A few naked sunbathers show up here on a periodic basis. "It's duney, but also so wide open in places that rangers can drive up and down and harass people," a regular visitor says. What little nudity occurs usually happens on weekdays or when there aren't many other people present. Use discretion and be prepared to suit up fast, in case a beach cop appears.
Women sometimes sunbathe topless on Capitola Beach and Santa Cruz Boardwalk Beach on warm days. For several decades, lifeguards and rangers at the sites have allowed the practice to continue. So far, they've received few complaints. However, full nudity isn't accepted.
The wooden deck at Santa Cruz's Cowell State Beach is usually used by surfers to put on or take off their wetsuits. But we've spotted several people jump naked right into the water from the platform on the hottest summer days.