With news of California’s new policy putting a fig leaf on nude beach sunbathing, we at GayCities think it’s high time to point you toward these clothing-optional havens – while they still exist. Here’s the run-down on getting naked with your fellow man (and woman):
Nude enthusiasts, don’t despair – because the very popular (and gay) Baker Beach is on federal land, the state has no jurisdiction over beach-goer’s trunks (or lack thereof). So head over to this gay haven, but make sure it’s a sunny day or the sights will be limited by the thick coat of fog that often descends over the San Francisco coast.
2. Gray Whale Cove – Pacifica
Not particularly gay, and a possible danger zone for the new policy. However, a much safer spot to dip into the water than Baker.
3. Red Rock (Stinson Beach) – Mount Tamalpias
It’s hard to imagine that visitors to Red Rock will put swim suits on any time soon. Though it does fall under CA enforcement, this beach has two factors on its side: a semi-remote location makes it an unlikely conflict zone, and a hippy contingency (ever tried to force one to cover up?).
4. San Onofre State Beach – Orange County
Already a hotbed of legal issues over nudity, this beach is likely to feel the clamp-down. That being said, Onofre has some very dedicated nudists who won’t robe easily.
Largely left out of the debate is this San Diego gem. Though it is part of Torrey Pines State Beach and thus subject to enforcement, the beach is kept hidden by its access point (a dangerous hike not for the faint of heart) and spectacular cliffs.