Gary Hanauer

Limantour Beach

Highly Recommended!

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Sculptured Beach


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Starlight Meadow

Starlight Meadow

Rating: B

Rimmed by a large tract of woods, a Dogwood area field emerged as the USA's first clothing-optional meadow decades ago. Since then, though, there have been few recent reports about its status. From Hagmier Pond (see next entry), expect about a 20-minute walk to the 60-acre site, which is good for picnicking, sunbathing, reading, and relaxing.


Legal status:

GGNRA land managed by Point Reyes National Seashore.


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RCA Beach

Highly recommended!

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Nude Beaches 2012

NUDE BEACHES Arrests for being naked on the sand, anti-nudity warning signs going up at previously unthreatened spots, outright threats of beach closures, social activists making their mark on San Francisco's most well-known clothing-optional beach: this is shaping up to be one of Northern California's busiest nude beach seasons in recent memory.Read more »

Nude beaches

Our updated guide to places to strip by the shore

In 1967, Northern California gave birth to America's first nude beach, at San Gregorio, near Santa Cruz. Now, 40 years later, there's great news coming from the sand: in the biggest surge in more than a decade, clothing-optional beaches and other skinny-dipping sites are booming once again. Check out our miniguide below. And in the near future, visit an expanded version on the web that includes our unveiling of a pristine cove near Capitola and directions to a place where you can take a naked full-moon hike.

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