Carmela is a journalist from London. Last Updated on May 28, Heading to California and want to get your kit off? The Golden State is home to several nude beaches where you can really let your hair down, forget about the constraints of your swimsuit, and feel at one with nature.
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There are areas on the California coast that are void of nude beaches all of Los Angeles County for example , but each region of the state has some. Below is a list of the official and unofficial nude beaches in California sorted from south to north. Note that you should obey all city, county, state, and federal laws whether posted or not. Technically nudity is prohibited across the entire state and is either a citable or an arrestable offence pursuant to the California Code of Regulations Title section — public nudity. That said, it seems to be the state parks properties where rules are enforced. At other beaches it has been accepted socially. Read our beach descriptions as we try to indicate where these nude areas are located.
I hope that this list of the top 10 nude beaches in California has given you some inspiration!
When going nude on California's beaches, there's often a wide chasm between expectation and reality -- but that's more of a "nude beach" thing than a California thing. You can't just drop trou and get an all-over tan at any old stretch of Golden State shoreline, and the select beaches where California does allow nude sunbathing are mostly and not-so-coincidentally in hard-to-reach and obscure locations. In other words, they're the kind of amenity-free beaches where you'd do well to bring your own food, drinks, chairs, and umbrellas. Many of the state's most popular and underrated nude beaches are hidden mere minutes away from the popular shopping malls that line our coast, but you'd never know it unless you knew where to look. So, we're telling you where to look: here are all the best beaches to bare your ass in California, how to get to them, and everything you need to know once you're there. Just keep your clothes on until you're sure you're in the right place. While the whole beach is nude tolerant, north of the trailhead is where the main action is. Pismo Beach A hidden, mellow beach with a questionable piracy connection Despite its numerous rocky caves perfect for smuggling contraband or, more likely these days, getting ass-naked , Pirate's Cove doesn't actually have much of a piracy connection. Rumors from the '60s about a buried treasure from Sir Francis Drake gave the place its name, but no treasure was ever found.
Though your idea of California Dreaming may involve shopping and sightseeing, others are after an altogether different sightseeing experience. However, you may find yourself truly surprised by the sheer number of nude beaches in California that are instead tucked away near popular tourist spots. Whether you fancy flapping about with some volleyballers or simply taking a walk along the stunning sands, then this is the place to be. As this is a clothing-optional beach and not a strictly nude beach, you can dip your toe in the water without going fully nude should you be new the experience. Check out the TripAdvisor page here. More Mesa is an incredible beach to visit for More Fun, as it were. Located near the UCSB campus, this nude beach tends to attract swathes of college students, so the atmosphere tends to be fun-loving and freewheeling. Located near Pyramid Rock in San Francisco, this is a more private option for those looking to bare all. Though we recommend taking in the sun and sand at this spot, we would avoid the water itself.