Gary Hanauer

NUDE BEACHES 2013

From Bonny Doon to Supermoons: our 39th annual survey of Northern California naked fun in the sun

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Below you'll find our annual update on the state of nude beaches in Northern California, along with detailed guides and directions to some of our favorites. For details on dozens more, please see our complete Nude Beach Guide at www.sfbg.com/nudebeaches, which we are in the process of updating.Read more »

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Sand Dollar Beach

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NUDE BEACHES 2012

Our 38th annual survey of Northern California naked fun in the sun

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Editors Note: Below you'll find our annual update on the state of nude beaches in the Bay Area, along with detailed guides and directions to several of our favorites. For details on dozens more, please see our complete Nude Beaches Guide, which we are in the process of updating.  Read more »

Rat trap

Cities, activists, and animal lovers push for less toxic ways to control rodents

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The contents of the ubiquitous bright yellow packages of a common household product are making some local activists go green. Residents are roiling against rats in Berkeley, Marin is trying to attract owls to eat them, and San Francisco is busy persuading stores to stop selling some of the most popular rat baits even before the federal government pulls the plug on pellet-type rodent poisons.

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North Garberville Beach

Rating: C

Just five miles from Garberville, there's a beach on the south fork of the Eel River that's so secluded some visitors even camp nude there.  Its existence was kept secret by users for years, but it's not unknown anymore -- we unveiled directions to it last year.  The naked enclave, which is just off Highway 101, continues to get rave views.

"The beach is excellent for tents," says reader Dave.  "It's really private and fun."

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North Marina

Rating: C

A series of sand dunes just over the state property line -- about 100 yards north of Marina State Beach, which leaves them out of the range of park rangers -- are being used by nude sunbathers to shield them from view."People have been going here for more than two decades," says Tom, of Monterey.The main spot used by nudies is between two large dunes close to shore."It's warm and secluded," says Debbie, a frequent visitor and local business owner.

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Nude Beaches Guide 2011

Everything you need to know to drop trou waterside

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A few snippets from the year in nude beaches: TV installer Paul Jung enjoyed playing nude volleyball on the north end of Baker Beach. Stinson Beach local and attorney-teacher Fred Jaggi preferred to be naked while tossing a Frisbee on Red Rock Beach in the North Bay. And when he wasn't busy representing an area that stretches from Tomales south to Muir Beach and as far east as Novato, Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey could sometimes be found without a stitch of clothing at a beach in Point Reyes National Seashore.Read more »

Cross Rock Beach

Rating: D

Pebble-covered Cross Rock Beach is so tiny that it sometimes remains underwater until late summer. The beach path is so steep and dangerous that "you shouldn't even think about using it," says Red Rock regular Hugh Fullerton, who estimates the trail's angle at 45 degrees. At least one person has fallen from the cliffs.Read more »