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California has world class nudist resorts.
Palm Springs - Together, these 3 resorts offer everything you could want
in a clothing optional or nudist resort. - Terra Cotta - Desert Sun Resort, and the incredible adult playground,
Sea Mountain Ranch and Nude Spa. You can book any of these via NFN Travel, a respected travel agency specializing in travel for nude, clothing optional, and lifestyle resorts.
San Diego - Black's Nude Beach
Directions - Go north from San Diego on I-5. Take the La Jolla Village Drive exit. Travel west about 1/2 mile and turn right on Torrey Pines Road. Just past the Salk Institute you'll see a sign for the gliderport. Turn left there and park in the lot. Take the stairs down to the beach. The nude beach is to the right of the trail when you get to the beach.
Park Superintendent Richard Haydon warns rangers will begin issuing citations but won't disclose when. "We are going to be moving forward with starting to enforce the nudity statute down at San Onofre, and basically returning that portion of the beach to all people who want to go down there without fear of running into [nudists]," Haydon said. Baylis said nudists are ready to be arrested. "If they really want to come down there and issue citations, we have people willing and able to be cited in order to take it up in the criminal courts as a matter of civil disobedience," he said. "It's a very important issue for a lot of people."
Update - 10-8-08: One of our readers reports the following for More Mesa:
I’ve been to More Mesa over 100 times between now, 10/08, and 2002 and have never seen anyone or heard of anyone (I talk to many people there) getting a ticket. Nor have I seen a Sheriff there. There is an agreement with the Sheriff that nudity is OK if you are North of the stairs. You will see nude people there on any given day. No one should be afraid to go there and enjoy themselves.
Summerland and Rincon (Bates Beach) both are in Santa Barbara County like More Mesa. However, Summerland and Rincon/Bates have been ticketed on a regular basis in the past and possibly are still ticketing there. You are risking a ticket if you go nude which is about $70 for the first offence. There is action being taken by www.nudebeachalliance.com to get them back to nude status, starting with Rincon/Bates beach. But for now, drive about 20 minutes north on the 101 to More Mesa and avoid getting a possible ticket.
There is a group of people trying to get back the lost nude beaches there such as Rincon. Before 1998 hundreds of people would be there on a summer weekend. Nude Beach Alliance is the name of the group. They have a website: nudebeachalliance.com and could use support to regain the nude beaches.
Above Santa Barbara - Gaviota Beach State Park - At this writing, Sept 2011 - Park Superintendent says, "No more nudity. We will enforce the law."
San Luis Obispo - Pirates Nude Beach at Avila
Directions: - take the Avila road exit off Hwy 101. Head west for about two miles. Look for an uphill road named Cave Landing. Take that road. There is a sign that say's Not a Through Road - No Overnight Camping. Follow the road to the parking lot and take the trail down to this beautiful cove.
Santa Cruz - Red, White and Blue Nude Beach (June08 - The property has been sold, and not currentlly open)
San Francisco - North Baker's Nude Beach
Directions - off Lincoln Blvd, near the Presidio and Golden Gate Bridge
North of San Franciso - though there are several nude beaches in this area, the most popular is Red Rock Beach.
Directions: Park 1/2 mile south of Stinson Beach and then follow the trail down to the ocean. It will take you about 10 minutes.
On the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. The beach is small due to high water but if you get there early (10:00 am) you should have no problem finding one of the nicer spots. Besides the beach area there are many large boulders that surround the cove, many use them just lay out.. The water in the cove is shallow so it stays fairly warm and is great for swimming, or just floating on an air mattress. The beach is recognized as a nude beach and nearly everyone is nude.
Directions: - From the bay area take I 80 east to Sacramento. Look for the Highway 50 exit and take it east to Lake Tahoe. From Stateline, take Highway 50 north to Highway 28. Go north on 28 about five miles until you see a parking lot on the west (lake) side of the highway. Park here. Walk south on the fire road that begins here until you come to two Porta Potties and some trash cans. Follow the trail that starts here down to the beach. Expect a 10- to 15-minute walk. If the lot is full, you can park on the shoulder of 28, south of the last No Parking sign (cars on the asphalt itself will be cited). On the west side of the road, follow signs that say Trail to the beach path. The trail also leades to Chimney Beach which is sometimes used by nudists, The boulders between Chimney and Secret Cove are reconized as clothing optional.