Nude Beaches

San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge Beach

Rating: A

On the hottest days, Golden Gate Bridge Beach becomes so packed with people that one visitor describes it as a "gay mob scene." But the rocky shore, which connects three picturesque coves, also gets its share of straight men and women. Prime, non-cruising activities include sunbathing, enjoying breathtaking views of the Bridge, and even taking some dips in the water. "You can sometimes go out over 100 feet during low tide," says a woman.

Legal status: 

Part of the GGNRA.

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North Baker Beach

Rating: A

Social activists have begun streaming onto the sand of America's biggest urban nude beach, creating what visitor Santosh calls "a tone that's like Burning Man," with regulars bringing guitars, drums, and Frisbees to the sand, putting up art work best described as eclectic, and occasionally staring down gawkers.Read more »

Land's End Beach

Rating: A

Considered one of the most beautiful places in the Bay Area to doff your togs, Land's End should really be called Swimsuit's End.The reason:although it draws more clothed users than nudists, more than a few swim tops and bottoms magically "disappear" on warm spring, summer, and fall days at the little cove off Geary Boulevard.

Come early to grab your share of the sand on this semi-rocky shoreline, which is sometimes dotted with rock-lined windbreaks left by previous sunbathers.Bring a light jacket or sweatshirt in case the weather changes.Read more »