Big Sur River


Rating: C

Improved directions! Newbies and veteran visitors intermingle at a riverbank beach on the Big Sur River, which is considered the oldest clothing-optional site on California's Central Coast. The site is clothing-optional, so suited users show up too. The beach is about 25 miles south of Carmel, off Highway 1 at Pheneger Creek, behind the Big Sur River Inn, located at 46840 Highway 1.


How to find it:

From the last stoplight in Carmel, drive south about 23 miles (approximately 40 minutes) to Andrew Molera State Beach. Go south on Highway 1 two more miles until you see Big Sur River Inn on your right. The beach is on Big Sur River, not far from the inn.

The beach:

A riverbank beach mixed with sand and rocks.

The crowd:

Both suited and nude visitors use the site.


Unknown legal status, needs better directions.

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