2 nov. 2019

USA - California

California is one of the largest U.S. states with 423,970 km2. If it were a country, California would be the fifth-largest economy in the world. It extends between the Pacific Ocean (with a coastline more than 1,350 km long) and the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the east and the Mojave Desert in the southeast. California shares internal borders with Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Mexico to the south. 
Much of the coast and the central valley has a Mediterran climate, with hot dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Northern California and the mountains have snow in winter, while the deserts experience very hot summers and mild winters. The highest temperature in the world (56.7ºC) was recorded in Death Valley. 
California is undoubtedly one of the most renowed destinations in the world. Nowadays tourism has become a multibilion-dollar industry with a significant impact on the state's economy. After all, Los Angeles and San Francisco are always on top positions in the ranks of global cities. National parks like Yosemite or Death Valley are a magnet for nature lovers. But of course, the image of California that first come to our minds are probably those long sandy beaches full of people in a sunny day. 

The origins of naturism in California date back to the 1930s, when several small nudist camps were created around the U.S. (Lupin Lodge is the only one that remains of these pioneers). New ones appeared after World War II and specially in the 1960's. The next decade saw the birth of the Free Beach movement, claiming the right to use beaches in the nude. In parallel, many hot springs developed a clothing optional policy. 
The American Sunbathing Association (ASA) was founded in 1932 to coordinate nudist activities. In 1993 it changed its name to American Association for Nude Rectreation (AANR), being the AANR-West its branch in California. The Naturist Society (TNS) and many other local groups continue working to promote social nudism.
Today, simple beach nudity (absent sexual or shock motives) does not constitute the crime of indecent exposure acording to state laws in California, and police do not act unless there is a complaint. However, counties and municipalities can have their own local regulations on nudity.

Below you can find a map with more than 100 places in California where nudism can be practiced. The name and locations have been checked in several sources, but we cannot guarantee the accuracy in all cases. Please check by yourself the current status of these beaches.


Naturist resort
Non-naturist resort with nude or clothes optional areas
Hot springs with unrestricted nudity
Hot springs where nudity is possible
Official / traditional nude beach
Non-official nude beach, but nudism is tolerated (maybe only in one section of the beach or depending on the date/time)

Hotels and Resorts

  1. Meadowlark Country House and Resort
  2. Highlands Resort
  3. Laguna Del Sol
  4. The Sequoians Clothes-Free Club
  5. Lupin Lodge
  6. Kiva Retreat
  7. Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
  8. Ventana Big Sur
  9. Arroyo del Sol
  10. Olive Dell Ranch
  11. Glen Eden Sun Club
  12. Sea Mountain Luxury Nude Resort and Spa Hotel
  13. Turtle Back Mesa Bed & Breakfast
  14. Tuscany Manor Clothing Optional Resort Palm Springs
  15. Desert Sun Resort
  16. The Terra Cotta Clothing Optional Resort and Spa (closed)
  17. Santiago Resort
  18. Triangle Inn Palm Springs
  19. De Anza Springs Resort

Ocean Beaches

  1. College Cove Beach
  2. Baker Beach (Trinidad)
  3. Limantour Beach
  4. Alamere Falls
  5. RCA Beach
  6. Red Rock Beach
  7. Little Beach / Muir Nude Beach
  8. South Rodeo Beach
  9. East Bonita Beach
  10. Marshall's Beach
  11. Baker Beach
  12. Lands End Beach
  13. Fort Funston Beach
  14. Devil's Slide / Gray Whale Cove
  15. San Gregorio Nude Beach
  16. Shark Fin Cove
  17. Bonny Doon Beach
  18. Panther Beach
  19. Hole in the Wall Beach
  20. Laguna Creek Beach
  21. Four Mile Beach
  22. Three Mile Beach
  23. Strawberry Beach
  24. 2222 Beach
  25. Privates Beach
  26. Trestle Beach
  27. Indian Head Beach
  28. Crater Beach
  29. Carmel Meadows Beach
  30. Garrapata Beach
  31. Pfeiffer Beach
  32. Fuller's Beach
  33. Pirate's Cove Nude Beach
  34. Secret Beach
  35. More Mesa Beach
  36. Bates Beach
  37. Boneyard Beach
  38. Black's Beach

Rivers & Lakes

  1. Mad River Hatchery
  2. North Garberville Nude Beach
  3. Lilies Beach
  4. Russian River at Comminsky Station
  5. Wohler Beach
  6. Bass Lake
  7. Upper Bidwell Park
  8. Lake Oroville
  9. South Yuba River near Bridgeport
  10. Hoyt Crossing of the South Yuba River
  11. Purdon Crossing of the South Yuba River
  12. Edward’s Crossing of the South Yuba River
  13. American River near Auburn
  14. Bare Cove (Folsom Lake)
  15. San Lorenzo River
  16. Willow Creek
  17. Kern River Cataracts
  18. Upper Big Tujunga Canyon

Hot Springs 

  1. Hunt Hot Springs
  2. Kosk Hot Springs
  3. Sierra Hot Springs
  4. Orr Hot Springs
  5. Wilbur Hot Springs
  6. Harbin Hot Springs
  7. Travertine Hot Springs
  8. Buckeye Hot Springs
  9. Benton Hot Springs
  10. Little Hot Creek Hot Springs
  11. Hilltop Hot Springs
  12. Wild Willy's Hot Springs
  13. Shepherd Hot Springs
  14. Crab Cooker Hot Springs
  15. The Rock Tub Hot Springs
  16. Whithmore Hot Springs
  17. Iva Bell Hot Springs
  18. Mono Hot Springs
  19. Keogh's Hot Springs
  20. Saline Valley Hot Springs
  21. Sykes Hot Springs
  22. Esalen Institute Hot Springs
  23. Remington Hot Springs
  24. Tecopa Hot Springs
  25. Gaviota Hot Springs
  26. Little Caliente Hot Springs 
  27. Deep Creek Hot Springs

About the Author

Nat Biss

Author & Editor

I have dedicated most of my free time in the last years to discover the world, and beaches offer some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. The next step was to enjoy them as naturally as possible, which obviously mean without clothes. Now I think it is time for me to share this liberating experience and try to help others to discover it.

1 comentarios :

  1. Hi! Terra Cotta resort is closing
    :-( that is the 2nd nude resort that is closing in Southern California this year. I love your blog!



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