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Our 36th annual guide to Bay Area nude beaches

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MUIR BEACH PHOTO BY AMANDA BOGGS

Directions: The beach is a few blocks west of Natural Bridges State Beach and about 2.5 miles north of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. From either north or south of Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 to Swift Street. Drive 0.8 miles to the sea, then turn right on West Cliff Drive. 2222 is five blocks away. Past Auburn Avenue, look for 2222 West Cliff on the inland side of the street. Park in the nine-car lot next to the cliff. If it's full, continue straight and park along Chico Avenue. Bay Area Naturists leader Rich Pasco suggests visitors use care and then follow the path on the side of the beach closest to downtown Santa Cruz and the Municipal Wharf.

 

PRIVATES BEACH, SANTA CRUZ

Privates Beach, at 4524 Opal Cliff Drive, north of the Capitola Pier, is so private that it has a locked gate, security guards, and, unless you're too cheap to pay and want to try another option, a $100 per year fee (cash only). The two coves are exceptionally clean and you're likely to see families, kids, and dogs on the shore.

Directions: 1) Some visitors walk north from Capitola Pier in low tide (not a good idea since at least four people have needed to be rescued after being trapped by rising water). 2) Others reach it in low tide via the stairs at the end of 41st Avenue, which lead to a surf spot called the Hook at the south end of a rocky shoreline known as Pleasure Point. 3) Surfers paddle on boards for a few minutes to Privates from Capitola or the Hook. 4) Most visitors buy a key to the beach gate at Freeline Design Surfboards (821 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 831-476-2950) 1.5 blocks west of the beach. Others go with someone with a key or wait outside the gate until someone with a key goes in. "Most people will gladly hold the gate open for someone behind them whose hands are full," says Bay Area Naturists leader Rich Pasco. The nude area is to the left of the bottom of the stairs.

 

MUIR NUDE BEACH, MUIR BEACH

The mellowness of marvelous Muir Beach was marred last year when some homeowners verbally clashed with nudists over use of the sand. After a few meetings, it was decided that while bare buns on the beach wouldn't be banned, a warning sign stressing "respect" for everyone and listing a phone number for complaints will be erected, most likely in July, near the border of the nude and clothed sections of the shore. The nude spot is pretty and curved and usually has excellent swimming conditions and access. Instead of a trail, you just walk along the water from the public beach and go around and over some easy-to-cross rocks.

Directions: From San Francisco, take Highway 1 north to Muir Beach, to milepost 5.7. Turn left on Pacific Way and park in the Muir lot (to avoid tickets, don't park on Pacific). Or park on the long street off Highway 1 across from Pacific and about 100 yards north. From the Muir lot, follow a path and boardwalk to the sand, and then walk north to a pile of rocks between the cliffs and the sea. You'll need good hiking or walking shoes to cross; in very low tide, try to cross closer to the water. The nude area starts north of it.

 

RED ROCK BEACH, STINSON BEACH

Bay Area fan favorite Red Rock is still rocking with an improved trail, more sand than last summer, Ultimate Frisbee games that last as long as three hours, a shower where you can cool down on a hot day, and up to 75 people a day. "More rock climbers than ever are coming to the beach," says the Rock's "ambassador," Fred Jaggi. "You can get more privacy there." Three nude women who were perched on a terrace overlooking the cove in June were recently anointed as the Cheerleaders by members of the fun, highly social crowd below.

Comments

As a long time resident of Muir Beach I am in no way opposed to having nude sunbathers on the beach. As an adult, I am also not opposed to men walking around with hardware dangling from their units. What I am opposed to is lewd conduct on the beach that may offend any of my neighbors and their children.

I have seen just about everything you could imagine, including men jerking off and walking around the beach with hard-ons. This to me is not what I would call sunbathing.

The only thing a sunbather has to remember when coming to Muir Beach, is that, if they are cited for indecent behavior, its very likely that they could be tagged as a sex offender. This is a label that will be difficult to remove. So, you corporate types, yes the Google, Sun Microsystem and BofA worker this won't in anyway enhance your career. Try getting a job at the NSA when you have to explain that you were cited 8 years ago for walking around a beach with a set of rubber bands around your nuts.

Bathers beware!

Posted by Muir Beach Resident on Jul. 09, 2010 @ 2:11 pm
ugh

you are right

Posted by sterling belefant on Jul. 27, 2010 @ 11:48 pm

The other day I saw two men nude on Market and 4th. They are often seen walking around the Castro. They were holding some sign to elect someone for something.

I honestly don't know what they are thinking. If it was really just about being nude they wouldn't have been wearing cock rings with their penises semi-erect. Also, if a person is going to be naked.... go to the gym!!!

The bad news is what ever statement they are trying to make is not the one that is coming through.

Posted by Guest Greg on Aug. 11, 2010 @ 10:11 am

It's perfectly natural for people to walk around in the nude all over the world.But westerner's are so blasted uptight and twisted about it. All the gawking by the men on women and men on men.I thought the purpose was to enjoy the water and sun.If you want to have a contest of who has wins whatever award for this category go have a contest on the internet/cable for that.
Stop trying to make these beaches all about your selfish ego driven pleasure center's.
You want all this freedom but will not take any responsibility. The way we treat ourselves,each other and the Planet. It's really time to get real people. sorry. Just telling you how it looks from angle.
I am all for fun. someone has to clean up the house after the party.

peace to all-

harold Z

Posted by Harold z on Aug. 23, 2010 @ 9:09 am

Harold, what are you saying? Nudity is ok with you, but not lewdity?

Posted by johny why on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 7:28 pm

That is not right at all.. Walking naked on Market St? Have a little respect to your self - naked person!!

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

the naked body is the most natural and beautiful thing in the world (ok, maybe not all bodies). be proud, naturists, be proud! share your bare with the malls of humanity and the halls of justice!

don't let Christian shame besmirch your good name.

but i agree that lewdity should be discreet. i don't want to see other people's sexual activities in public. that is disrespectful.

Posted by johny why on Sep. 18, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

Why be opposed of a man's hard on. Some men like myself have a big dick. My dick looks like I am hard and sometimes I am.That may be lewd to some but impressive to others. If a hard on is caught by someone being stroked then that is one thing but if my dick is just hard and I am mining my business then that is another. That is no difference than some women with big butts and some with their butt hole exposed because their tiny butts. who can judge why some people body is different.

Posted by Guest Farris on Mar. 04, 2011 @ 10:44 am

very naked issues.. !!!!

Posted by jigar on Apr. 25, 2011 @ 1:55 am

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