Nude beaches are becoming more and more popular throughout the world as people are experimenting with minimalism. You will now find them in almost every continent. Often patrols turn a blind eye, while in some places the locals are changing the law so that naturalists and nudists can enjoy the sand legally. Many of them want to get back to nature. Others just want the perfect tan and crave for total freedom. Leave the swimsuit at home. Here are the top 10 nude beaches in the US.
Florida has some of the best beaches in the country, including nude and clothing optional beaches. The Haulover Beach Park, which is a part of the bigger Haulover Beach, will certainly make it to this list. However the unique thing about this is that, it is run by the government. There are changing rooms, concessions, showers, barbeque grills, and public restrooms in this clothing optional beach. You will find many luxury shops nearby. There is police patrol too, but most beach-goers here look out for each other. Haulover is completely safe. The weather is great and the sand is pristine. It’s a popular one, as you will find about 7000 visitors on any average day. But naturalists can still get their privacy as the nude portion is clearly marked. It is more than 800 yards long. This beach is located just north of Miami.
This is a beautiful stretch of golden sands. Craggy volcanic outcrops and shrubs provide the seclusion that naturalists love. In fact, it was because of its seclusion that that the district court judge allowed nudity on a beach in Hawaii in the 1980s. This remains to this day the only clothing optional beaches in Maui. Though the clothing optional status remains unofficial, but no one is going to object if you take everything off. Actually, you will find many others like you. It is the perfect place for nude sunbathing, whale watching, bodysurfing, surfing and swimming.
This nudist beach is not on the sea. It is on the Lake Washington shoreline of Seattle, on an urban park, which is quite unusual. And like many others, this one too is not officially nudist. The beach itself is quite small really (just about 80 feet), but it is still a good one because of the convenience of being in an urban location. There are actually a few bus lines too that take people close to the beach. Everything is good about Denny, except that it can get chilly sometimes in this part of the country.
Address: 200 Lake Washington Blvd E, Seattle, WA 98112
This is another beach you can access easily from a big city – NYC. It’s actually almost in the shadows of this large city. Often New Yorkers come here to escape the stifling heat of the city, and they come with their clothes on. Part of the Fire Island National Seashore, some of them pass through the beach, including those visiting the lighthouse. There is however a separate part for naturalists where the nudists can enjoy without any intrusion. It is often not completely nude, but you will find many topless swimmers and sunbathers here. Just remember, nudity is not allowed at the center of the beach. Find a nice corner, and you could take off your clothes easily.
This is a famous one for being North America’s biggest nude beach. You will find many naturalists almost throughout the year. But remember, you will have to go to the right corner of Black’s. The beach crosses city park and state park jurisdictions. The bad news is that, you cannot legally go topless at city run parks. It’s a popular surfing destination, thanks to the big waves.
Address: 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, San Diego, CA 92037
Many people feel there is no better nude beach than Gunnison on America’s East Coast. There is a slogan for this beach too and it reads like this – “Life is Short: Play Naked”. There are plenty of well-toned all nude bodies everywhere. There are average bodied men and women too, so there is really nothing to worry. There are clear signs for the designated nude areas. Stay within the zone. You will also get a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline and NY harbor.
Try nude sunbathing close to San Francisco at Baker Beach. There are other beachgoers too, but that’s not a problem as most naturalists stay together within the zone. You can catch an incredible view of the Golden Gate Bridge from here. The view is so good that almost nobody stares at the bathers. Just a word of caution! The water is really cold.
Address: 1504 Pershing Dr, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94129
This is beach mecca for nudists. Officially it is not clothing optional, but if you take a quick look around, you will see many either topless or completely nude. The locals call it the UFO Beach after an evacuation vehicle that drifted ashore in 2010 after a storm. Strangely, it looks like a flying saucer. The beach turns really wild during the spring with the college kids partying.
Address: 4601 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597
This is another inland beach, on the Columbia River. Collins is popular with the locals, but nudists have a field day here too. In fact, 75% of all visitors here go nude. There are a few bearded hipsters with their funky and weird ways on the sand as Collins Beach is so close to Portland. Access is a bit rocky. You will have to drive the last half mile on a gravel road. Carry a cooler, some drinks, cream and towels.
Address: 38149-38155 NW Reeder Rd, Portland, OR 97231
San Gregorio is a very small town in the San Mateo County. South of San Francisco, this is home to just 287 residents. But what makes it stands out is the stunning Pacific coast here. The beach itself is two miles long. The San Gregorio beach is famous for one more reason – it’s the oldest nude beach in the US. There are separate areas for gay and straight naturalists. The sunsets are lovely.
Address: Highway 84--Highway 1 intersection, San Gregorio, CA 94074