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Our 36th annual guide to Bay Area nude beaches
07.06.10 - 2:19 pm | Gary Hanauer |
MUIR BEACH PHOTO BY AMANDA BOGGS
Directions: Take the 29 Sunset bus or go north on 25th Avenue to Lincoln Boulevard. Turn right and take the second left onto Bowley Street. Follow Bowley to Gibson Road, turn right, and follow Gibson to the east parking lot. Head right on the beach to the nude area, which starts at the brown and yellow "Hazardous surf, undertow, swim at your own risk" sign. Some motorcycles in the lot have been vandalized, possibly by car owners angered by bikers parking in car spaces; to avoid trouble, motorcyclists should park in the motorcycle area near the cyclone fence.
LAND'S END BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO
Land's End is just the beginning: it's not just the ground that seems to "disappear" into the sunset at this little slice of paradise off Geary Boulevard. So do your clothes, if you want to be magically transported to another dimension, away from the cares of everyday constraints. Shorts, swimsuit, even work clothes during a quick lunch break — they all can be removed at this delightful cove, which features a mix of sand and rocks plus some of San Francisco's best views. Better still, only a handful of people are usually present. Bring a windbreak for protection in case the weather changes.
Directions: Follow Geary Boulevard to the end, then park in the dirt lot up the road from the Cliff House. Take the trail at the far end of the lot. About 100 yards past a bench and some trash cans, the path narrows and bends, then rises and falls, eventually becoming the width of a road. Don't take the road to the right, which leads to a golf course. Just past another bench, as the trail turns right, go left toward a group of dead trees where you will see a stairway and a "Dogs must be leashed" sign. Descend and head left to another stairway, which leads to a 100-foot walk to the cove. Or, instead, take the service road below the El Camino del Mar parking lot 1/4 mile until you reach a bench, then follow the trail there.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO
Don't come to Golden Gate Bridge Beach, also called Nasty Boy Beach, if you want privacy: dozens to hundreds of visitors show up on the hottest days at the site that some have likened to a "gay meat market." Along with the guys, a smattering of women, straight couples, children and fishermen are spread out on the three adjoining rocky coves that make up the beach, whose stunning views of the Bridge will make you feel like you're the star of your own postcard. "It's really nice to walk in the water," says a woman. "In low tide, you can sometimes go out 150 feet."
Directions: Directions: from the toll booth area of Highway 101/1, take Lincoln Boulevard west about a half mile to Langdon Court. Turn right (west) on Langdon and look for space in the parking lots, across Lincoln from Fort Winfield Scott. Park and then take the new, improved beach trail, starting just west of the end of Langdon, down its more than 200 steps to Golden Gate Bridge Beach, also known as Marshall's Beach.
FORT FUNSTON BEACH, SAN FRANCISCO
If you try to be naked here on weekends, you'll be barking up the wrong tree. The main creatures who go nude at Fort Funston, south of Ocean Beach, are dogs, but that hasn't stopped a small band of stark naked sunbathers from hiding away in some sand dunes when rangers aren't in the area. Authorities usually issue several citations a year here. But if you don't make a fuss and visit on a weekday, you probably won't be busted. If anyone complains, put on your beach gear right away. Two more fun activities at "Fort Fun": watching hang-gliders take off from the cliffs and checking out a seemingly endless passing parade of people and their pets.