Seek Out 5 Best Nude Beaches In US
Date: Monday, April 05 @ 04:00:00 EDT
Topic: Nude Beaches
Seek Out 5 Best Nude Beaches In US
By Marie Gerber, Contributing writer
|Thanks to the scantiness of modern swimwear, many beaches in the U.S.
seem only a small step away from a nudist colony, but the experience
for first-time nude beachgoers is often still shocking.
If you're looking to ease your way into the naturalist lifestyle,
nudist resorts and topless beaches are available that offer a slightly
less adventurous experience. However, our top five best nude beaches
are the "Full Monty," so proceed with caution!
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While many of the world's best nude beaches are located outside the United States, there are several beaches across the nation that encourage visitors to bare all. However, not all of these nudist havens are created equal.
Whether you're looking to get an even tan, meet people who share your naturalist values, or just let it all hang out, these are America's top five best nude beaches.
America's Best Nude Beach No. 5
Black's Beach - San Diego
Who says size doesn't matter? Located between La Jolla and Torrey Pines, Black's Beach is the largest nude beach in North America and ...
a popular destination for surfers and naturalists.
Whether you're looking to ride a big wave or just even out your tan, this nude beach is known for being safe and clean.
against high rock cliffs on the San Diego coastline, Black's Beach is
deceptively intimate. However, nude newbies beware, the massive waves
and relaxed atmosphere draw large crowds, so be prepared to have an
Also be careful to watch for signs at Black's Beach, because not all areas of this sandy hot spot are nudist-friendly.
America's Best Nude Beach No. 4
Little Beach - Maui, Hawaii
If you're looking for a place to bare all in America's 50th state, Little Beach at Makena is the place to go.
nudity is not generally allowed on Hawaiian beaches, the courts have
agreed to look the other way in the case of Little Beach, making it
Maui's unofficial clothing-optional destination. This beautiful strip
of sand was a favorite of the hippie population during the 1960s and
remains a popular destination for naturalists from all over the United
The swimming and snorkeling are reported to be
sensational at this popular sunbathing spot. However, Little Beach is
inaccessible by car, so be prepared to park at Makena (Big) Beach, and
hoof it from there.
Another insider tip: Take your valuables with you or leave them at home, as theft from cars is common at Big Beach.
Nude Beach No. 3: Clothing Optional, Military Style
America's Best Nude Beach No. 3
Gunnison Beach - Sandy Hook, N.J
Jersey might not seem like the ideal place to drop your drawers, but
the nude beach at Sandy Hook draws up to 5,000 sunbathers on any given
The beach takes its name from Gunnison Battery,
a military fortress built by the government in the 1800s. The remains
of the battery are still seen today, overlooking the beach. Army
soldiers stationed near the battery used the beach for skinny-dipping,
and when the beach eventually opened to the public, clothing remained
Because Gunnison Beach remains governed by federal
law, it is the only legal nude beach in the state, where nudity on
state beaches was banned in 1999.
As an added bonus, if you
need a little liquid courage in order to drop trou in front of
thousands of strangers, alcohol is also allowed at Gunnison Beach.
Nude Beach No. 2: The Original Nude Beach
America's Best Nude Beach No. 2
San Gregorio - San Mateo, Calif.
Another California hot spot, San Gregorio beach is the oldest nude beach in America.
in 1967, this popular nudist destination in San Mateo offers two miles
of soft sand and beautiful cave cliffs. Much less populated than some
of our other top spots, roughly 100 sunbathers visit San Gregorio on
any given summer day.
Because San Gregorio is privately owned,
expect a small admission charge. Due to strong surf, swimming is not
generally recommended, but other activities are offered, including
tide-pooling and surf-fishing. San Gregorio is popular with the gay
community, who tend to congregate on the north end of the beach.
of sexual orientation, nude beach-goers want to avoid straying north of
the "Hazardous Surf" sign, which signals the end of the
clothing-optional portion of the beach. Past this point, park rangers
may cite visitors for nudity.
Nude Beach No. 1: The Miami Hot Spot
America's Best Nude Beach No. 1
Haulover Beach - Miami
people think of hot sun, hot sand and hot bods in the U.S., Miami is
likely the first location that comes to mind. If you thought a typical
Miami beach was hot, then get ready for scorching!
both nudists and more modestly attired beach-goers, Haulover Beach is
known for having soft sands, crystal-clear waters and tons of fabulous
Due to immense popularity, lifeguards are present to
keep visitors safe, and from sunrise to sunset, beach-goers enjoy
amenities such as shower stalls, food and drink vendors and barbecue
If catching a tan isn't your idea of a day at the
beach, visitors can keep active with volleyball games and surfing
There you have it, folks, the top five best nude
beaches in America. Wherever your adventures take you, be sure to read
up on nudist laws and etiquette, which vary from one beach to the next.