On warm days in the summer, arrive by 10:30 a.m. or the parking lot of this Olema-area clothing-optional beach may be full. More parking is located a half mile away. Even with several hundred visitors on a hot weekend day, Limantour is so large that it usually looks deserted. Recently named one of the USA's top 10 national park beaches in the west by Sunset Magazine, you may just want to wear one thing: a pair of binoculars for watching birds, whales, and seals. Leashed dogs are okay, but only on the south half of the beach. Nudity is allowed away from main public areas like the parking lot or a picnic area, as long as nobody complains. A regular visitor says he walks several minutes from the lot before going nude. "The closest person is usually 100 to 150 yards away," he says. Also popular for disrobing are the sand dunes on the north end.
Directions: Follow Highway 101 north to the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard exit, then follow Sir Francis through San Anselmo and Lagunitas to Olema. At the intersection with Highway 1, turn right onto 1. Just north of Olema, go left on Bear Valley Road. A mile after the turnoff for the Bear Valley Visitor Center, turn left (at the Limantour Beach sign) on Limantour Road and follow it 11 miles to the parking lot at the end. Walk north a half mile until you see some dunes about 50 yards east of the shore. Nudists usually prefer the valleys between the dunes for sunbathing, which may be nearly devoid of, or dotted with, users depending on the day.
GET NAKED: UPCOMING NUDIST EVENTS
A five day long, clothing-optional summer camp at a retreat in the Santa Cruz Hills
July 20–26, www.photonaturals.com
SEQUOIANS NUDIST PARK
The family friendly Castro Valley park is holding a naked luau on July 30, an outdoor movie on the lawn Aug. 6, and a day of Jamaican food and reggae music Aug. 20.
FULL MOON HIKE
For fun that's not in the sun, join this group nude hike in the East Bay Hills.
Next hike Sept. 9. Leaves from the Sequoians, Castro Valley. www.sequoians.com
BONNY DOON BEACH CLEANUP
Want to help the environment and work on your tan at the same time? Drop by this nude beach to give back to nature, in your natural state.
Sept. 17. Bonny Doon Beach, Santa Cruz. www.bayareanaturists.org
NUDE BEACH PARTY DAY
Clothes-free races, nude fashion show, track and field events, naked sand sculpting, and body painting — and prizes up to $500 for winners.
Oct. 8, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., free. North Baker Beach, SF. www.photonaturals.com