Nudism or Naturism is growing in popularity. A visit to FaceBook and searching on these terms will prove my point. Once upon a time the word "nudist" conjured up the image of an old ideologue who lived in a "nudist colony." Now a wide range of people enjoy nudism even though they don't consider themselves to be nudists. They just enjoy being nude in appropriate places. That may be in their homes, in an outdoor environment, at a resort or beach where clothing is optional. The goal of my site is to help you find those appropriate places where you can feel safe and comfortable and enjoy being nude.
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March 25, 2013 - Mazo nude beach in Wisconsin will be closed on weekdays. State officials state that crime and open sexual activity caused them to close the beach on weekdays.
March 1, 2013 - Pirates Cove - San Luis Obisbo, CA. The county has plans to develop this beach long used by nudists. However, officials say that the beach will remain clothing optional.
Feb 28, 2013 - Nudity banned on Fire Island, NY
Another one bites the dust. Where's the nudist organizations that are supposed to fight for the nude beaches. American Asssociation for Nude Recreation? The Naturist Society? Here's a link to the article. There's also a poll that you can take. Click on "Fire Island - Nudity Banned."
May 2012 - Cocoa Beach Motel Goes Nude.
San Onofre Nude Beach - Feb 2011
Rangers continue to issue citations for nudity at San Onofre. As of this writing the district attorney has chosen to not to prosecute several of the cases noting that the office has more serious and violent crimes to deal with. Read the latest news at Friends of San Onofre. Facebook - Friends of San Onofre. Each and every one of us must write our legislators and ask that the California Department of Parks and Recreation use its lawful authority to designate specific areas of the state park system as clothing optional. Here's a copy of the letter I wrote to my state senator.
A court ruling by the California Supreme court now allows the California Department of Parks and Recreation to enforce a no nudity regulation. Though the court battle focused on San Onofre State Beach, where there has been a nude beach for over 30 years, law enforcement officers of the department can now issue citations for nudity in any unit of the state park system. Users of Black's Beach in San Diego now have to wonder if their nude beach will be the next to fall.
Background: In March, 2010 state law enforcement personnel began issuing citations to people who were nude on the far south end of San Onofre State Beach. To reach this section of beach, one must drive 3.5 miles through the park to the parking lot for Trail 6. Then, one must walk about 1/2 mile down a dirt path to the beach, and another couple hundred yards to the section of the beach that has been unofficially nude for almost 30 years. Following the California Supreme Court decision in the fall of 2009, lifeguards and park rangers who are offended by seeing a naked person on the beach can issue a citation to that person.
The Southern California Naturist Association intends to continue to challenge this "no nudist" policy in the courts. You can help defend the right of people to be nude at designated beaches by donating to the Naturist Action Committee.
Keep in mind that this is about designating certain beaches and areas as "clothing optional" or for "nude use." Anybody who is offended by the nude human body need not go to one of these areas. The officials of the California Department of Parks and Recreation said that families were offended by the nudity they saw at San Onofre. As I stated above, one could not accidently stumble upon the nude section of San Onofre. If the officials were concerned about someone being offended, a sign could have been posted warning people that they may encounter nude people beyond the sign. As for "indecent activity," more patrols of the area would solve that problem.
Gaviota State Beach (just north of Santa Barbara)- Sept 2011
Park Superintendent - Says,"No more nudity. We will enforce the law."
I knew it was coming. First, San Onofre.Now it's Gaviota. When will the puritans of California State Parks come after the nudists at Black's Beach? Here's an excerpt from the newsletter for the Southern California Nudist Association: "9/1/11 - The Park Department Superintendent in charge of
It's clear to me, Patricia Beach, that legislative action is the only remedy. Attempting to work with park bureaucrats is a waste of time.
Report on Santa Barbara nude beaches - July 2009
I had an excellent trip to Santa Barbara. I'm happy to report that nudity is still very common at both More Mesa and Gaviota. I was at More Mesa for 3 days. Visitors still need to park on Puente Road and walk west on Mockingbird Lane to the undeveloped More Mesa Meadow. After walking down the path to the beach, the nude area is to the north. Nude use south of the path is discouraged because an informal agreement between the Friends of More Mesa and the Hope Ranch Homeowners Association.
Overall, the beach is in excellent shape. There are several driftwood shelters that people have built that make excellent nude sunning areas. There was a good size crowd each day- probably around 50-100 people- and everybody nude. As expected, there was a wide variety of naturists- several couples (both heterosexual and gay), lots of single, some groups, and some families. The only slight downside is the occasional lurker peeping at the nudes from the top of the cliff. But in general, More Mesa still gets 5 stars! Highly recommended.
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