All Natural, All West Coast
Summer is, believe it or not, winding down. If you’ve yet to hit the road or the runway, this may be a good time to sneak in a quick trip to the coast – in this case the Golden Coast.
The nudist lifestyle is well represented throughout California thanks to a plethora of naturalist-friendly beaches. Check out our list for an old favorite or a must try, and then get to finding some flight deals.
Choose from these clothing-optional beaches in California, and let us know if we’ve missed any!
Black’s Beach in San Diego
Set in La Jolla, Black’s Beach is divided into the southern and northern region – the northern being the nudist-friendly here. Owned and operated by the California Department of Parks & Recreation, Black’s Beach is said the first and largest public nude beach in the country.
Baker Beach in San Francisco
This half-mile stretch of shoreline neighbors the Golden Gate Bridge in the Presidio of San Francisco. Though swimming is not common at Baker Beach, nude sunbathing most certainly is – mostly within the northern sector of the beach.
San Gregorio Nude Beach in San Mateo County
Said to the most continually used nudist beach in history, the private San Gregorio Nude Beach – adjacent to the San Gregorio State Beach – is found just south of San Francisco and west of San Jose on the Pacific Ocean.
Gaviota Beach, Santa Barbara County
Found on Highway 101, Gaviota Beach is located northwest of Santa Barbara on the central California coast. Set in Gaviota State Park, this secluded nude beach is encircled by high cliffs, and even yields whale watching.
The Crater, Monterey County
Another nude beach along the Pacific Coast Highway, the Crater is so named thanks to its valley or bowl shaped shores. Located in Seaside near Monterey and Salinas, The Crater is a secluded spot neighboring Fort Ord Dunes State Park.
Bonny Doon Beach, Santa Cruz County
Found near Coast Dairies State Park just west of Santa Cruz, Bonny Doon Beach is a popular nudist beach and former 60s hangout. Follow Highway 1 to Bonny Doon’s known wind-protected cove.
Notes to beach goers: California nudity laws vary by county, city, park, you name it – so be sure to get the score before heading out. Next, sunscreen and shoes are heavily advised, while swimming may not be – especially in northern California. Last, have a blast.