- This Week
Our 36th annual guide to Bay Area nude beaches
07.06.10 - 2:19 pm | Gary Hanauer |
MUIR BEACH PHOTO BY AMANDA BOGGS
At press time, the NAC, along with BAN and 14 other nudist groups, were preparing, for the first time, to officially petition California to "designate clothing-optional areas" on one or more state beaches. Other efforts have, says Baylis, been "less formal." "Do they really expect us to pack up and leave?" Baylis asks. "We're going to fight back. This is our freedom they're messing with!"
What's the good news? Just like at Muir Beach, it doesn't look like naturists have anything to worry about for now in Northern California. "In the short term, things at Bonny Doon are destined to continue the way they are," says Kirk Lingenfelter, sector superintendent for Bonny Doon. He wants a better trail, stairs, and parking, but says the cash-starved state doesn't have the budget to make even a preliminary plan or increase ranger visits. He said his staff have not issued any citations or warnings at the nude cove, which he calls one of the spots that "really give you the feeling of rugged, untouched majesty. It's a very important feeling. Going to places like Bonny Doon helps you get recharged."
And the Devil's Slide police source, who wants to remain anonymous, told us: "Rangers aren't going to be pursuing enforcement against nudity per se. Nothing's changed." Rangers will continue responding to complaints, he explained, but it usually means they arrive too late to do anything about them because cell phones don't work on the beach. "We hear about it after the fact," says another Devil's Slide enforcer, Supervising State Park Ranger Michael Grant.
Want to contribute to the glad tidings? There's still time for plenty of fun in the sun. You can donate your body to the record books, at least temporarily, by showing up Saturday, July 10 at the Sequoians Clothes Free Club (www.sequoians.com) in Castro Valley, when its annual attempt at setting a world skinny-dipping record, with 138 other nude locations, will be held. And if you've ever been dying to do a little light cleaning in the nude (no window-washing needed), here's your chance: Your butt can be bare if you stop by Bonny Doon Sept. 18 to help fans pick up cigarette butts and other litter on the beach.
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NORTH BAKER BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO
Things are really cooking at San Francisco's long, narrow North Baker, which is in good shape this year, with plenty of sand and an influx of young people and more women than five years ago, even though the beach is still heavily male. "If you want to see naked chicks and guys, it's the place to go," says aficionado Paul Jung. Although beach regulars like himself welcome all the new nude volleyball players, "some of them seem to make up rules as they go along," he laughs. Fun activities: Look for dolphins that occasionally surface in the water off shore. And in low tide only, walk around the big rocks at the north end of the beach to check out Baker's "secret" tide pools.