This anti-nude attitude wasn’t always the case. Did you know in 1860, Queen Victoria of England outlawed nude swimming.
Before this the only thing people were wearing in the water was was nothing.
Soon after the law was passed, swimsuits were invented and people became more “clothes-minded.” The rest is history.
But there is something freeing about taking it all off and letting the sun beat down on your back(side).
For those who want to strip so there’s nothing between yourself and the sand, here’s everything you need to know about the top nude beaches in America.
This two-mile-long sandy strip is the oldest nude beach in the United States, dating back to 1967.
Besides the soft sand, it also features a lagoon, tide pools, and a lava tube. It is particularly popular with the Bay Area gay community, who tend to flock to the northern side while other visitors tend to head south.
Try to stay late enough to watch the sunset. It’s glorious from these shores.
A former U.S. Army outpost, Sandy Hook is now part of the Gateway National Recreation Area and home to the only legal nude beach in New Jersey. Considered the best nude beach on the East Coast, it’s clean, supersafe, and community-supported. Just one caveat:
Located along Oregon‘s Columbia River, Sauvie Island is one of the only noncoastal nude beaches in the U.S. The calm river reflects the “relaxed and unwind” vibe here.
While the beach next door is family-friendly, the two respectfully coexist. About 75 percent of visitors to Collins feel free to show off what their mamas gave them. And with Portland not that far away, Sauvie is one place to see hipsters without their flannels.
The best thing about this beach, set below the Presidio and shielded by rocky crags, is that you don’t have to worry about creepy gawkers because everyone’s too busy checking out the awe-inspiring views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Be aware before heading here: This is mostly a layabout beach—the Pacific surf is too dangerous and cold for swimming.
Nestled below the 300-foot, mansion-topped bluffs of Torrey Pines is this secluded gem. While nude beaches are illegal in San Diego, authorities tend to turn a blind eye to Black’s because it’s so difficult to access.
Enthusiastic sunbathers have to hike down a rugged, steep path to reach the sand or take a 20-minute walk along the beach from La Jolla Shore (an almost impossible fete during high tide). But it’s worth the trek. There’s nothing quite like seeing the naked surfers.
While this is not officially a clothing-optional beach, that hasn’t stopped sunbathers from going native here on the reg.
Getting there requires a short trek from Makena State Park’s Big Beach to quiet, secluded Little Beach.
This spot is a favorite among famous naturalists, including nude recreation expert and artist Dr. Leisure, who has been painting this landscape for more than a decade.
Sunday nights are the time to go. Right before sunset, bathers form a drum circle and break into song and dance.
Just north of Miami is one of the few government-run nudist beaches in America. Located a stone’s throw from the tony town of Bal Harbour, this secluded beach is just as luxurious.
White sand, sky-blue water, and no looky-loos make it “one of the greatest success stories in North American nudism.”
According to the American Association of Nude Recreation. With certified lifeguards and organized group activities such as swimming and volleyball, it’s no wonder the place attracts more than 1.4 million visitors a year.
Off the coast of Massachusetts lies the island of Martha’s Vineyard—a vacation spot to presidents and old-moneyed aristocrats. While MV tends to be a conservative, preppy type of town, there is one place that is a bit more, well, liberal. Moshup Beach, located on the island’s southwestern tip, has been a naturalist hot spot since the 1960s.
It’s a 10-minute walk from the parking lot on a clear trail. There is a $15 fee in summer.
The lake scene is where it’s at in Austin. So it makes perfect sense that there would be at least one lakefront beach dedicated to birthday-suit bathers. Lake Travis, a 109-acre recreation park located 30 minutes from downtown, is that spot. For those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life—and their clothes—this is the best beach to do just that.