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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

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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
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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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