Nude Beaches

San Francisco

Land's End Beach


Rating: A

San Francisco may be the only place in the country where it's possible to get away from your office and spend your lunch break basking in the sun without wearing a stitch of clothes before returning to the work grind. From Civic Center, visitors drive to the end of Geary Boulevard and then walk down a short path to enjoy one of The City's best kept secrets: a small beach that features a mix of sand and rocks, plus some of the Bay Area's most spectacular views. Even on hot days, there may be fewer than 10 persons present.

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North Baker Beach


Rating: A

Recommended! After years of relative calm on the sands of beautiful Baker Beach, park police and rangers have been cracking down on everything from sex on the sand to possession of glass bottles, drug use, and public urination, according to regular visitor Paul Jung. "Don't get me wrong, it's not a police state," says Jung, a plasma TV installer who lives just 10 minutes from the site. "But they've been tightening their grip more." Since November, witnesses report, a number of visitors have been escorted off the sand by law enforcement. Read more »

Golden Gate Bridge Beach


Rating: A

Golden Gate Bridge Beach is reported to be better than ever this year, with cleaned up, easier to use trails. The paths had been closed last season, awaiting removal of contaminated soil. In the wake of the project's completion, visitors are streaming onto the mostly gay enclave that's also known as Nasty Boy Beach and by its real name, Marshall's Beach. Now that the way down has been fixed, you'll probably also notice a smattering of women, straight couples, children, and fishermen spread out along the shoreline. Read more »

Fort Funston Beach


Rating: C

Known mostly as a "dog beach," Fort Funston, which is south of Ocean Beach, also attracts hang gliders and, when it's warm enough and no rangers are around, a handful of naked sunbathers hidden away between the sand dunes on the shoreline. GGNRA rangers only hand out a few citations a year for nudity here, so, if you are discreet, your chances of harassment are low. But remember, if anybody complains, suit up quickly or you could be rousted.

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