When we gave you The World’s 10 Best Gay Beaches it became clear you wanted to skip the tan lines and feel the heat. If you’re looking for clothing optional options that include sun, sand and surf get thee to a nude beach.
Please add suggestions if your favorite didn’t make the cut – tell us in the comment section…
Here are ten of our faves…
Obelisk Beach, Mosman, Australia
Located on the north side of Sydney’s harbor, all you really need at Obelisk is a bottle of sunscreen and a jug of water. Nude sunbathing is allowed on the beach and though it might be less frequented than Lady Jane there’s still a nice crowd (without all the tourists).
Photos by melbligh, izonkey, & i_am_pavie
Sitges has twenty-two beaches across the coast and there’s virtually something for everyone. Playa De Las Balmins, one of the most popular, is situated just to the west of Port d’Aiguadolç. There’s a lifeguard on duty and a variety of deck chairs and umbrellas. The first two coves are the most popular with the boys. Bears, cubs, and chasers are definitely welcome for a cool dip in the cool water. The beach can get crowded as the day goes on, be sure to get there early so you can spread out!
Photos by mau_bcn & maximus_fr
Could this be America’s biggest (and sexiest) nude beach? Head just north of San Diego to a really special spot just below La Jolla. The Black’s Beach Bears provide hot grill, extra umbrellas, and beach toys like Frisbees, body boards, and sand castle molds. There’s plenty to see and do on this clean and popular spot.
Photos by Alexsander7, sirellingtonbear troublepatterson
Haulover Beach Park, a stretch of land between the Intercoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean offers pristine white sand, open air surf, shaded picnic areas, sand dunes, concession stands, and a surprising number of men. The popular beach draws up to 7,000 on busy days, with many of them sauntering to the northern sections of the area to drop those sand traps they call swim suits and let it all hang out.
Photos by Elmo H. Love carloscrazyself & paulgrama
Baker Beach is infamously the original home to Burning Man. When the fog rolls out over the bay and the temperatures rise sun seekers flock to the rocks and sandy shore. Take in the stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge and flickering reflections of San Francisco structures and sky rises. Go North to shed the clothes and join the likeminded naturalists. Don’t worry, nobody is going to mind if you flash those pretty buns out across the bay.
Photo by nickkorkos
Hanlan’s Point has officially been clothing optional since 2002 and people really let it hang out. Before you strip down make sure you are in the designated area and be sure to dip those toes in the water before diving in, the water can be a bit brisk until later in the season. Don’t worry if the water’s too cold, there’s plenty to scope out on the beach with the Toronto skyline shimmering in the distance.
Photos by tounyto
Little Beach, at 650 feet long, is one of the most admired Hawaiian nudist beaches. Popular from the last 60’s, this tranquil hotspot is popular among locals and tourists alike. Natives come out of the woodworks for drum circles, swimming, and “fire dancing” and perhaps a few glances at the eye candy. Be sure to stay for the sunset, it’s out of this world…
Photo by Harold
How many visitors do you think Wreck Beach gets in a year? Ten, twenty, thirty thousand visitors? Think again. The hot little landscape is actually the second biggest clothing optional beach in North America, with over 100,000 visitors each year. The beach itself is located on traditional Musqueam land, hugs the western tip of the Point Grey headland within Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Sunseekers can join in volleyball or group dice games or munch on delicious bites like Peruvian empanadas from local vendors or join in beach casino (nude only, of course). Who knows, you might just hit the jackpot.
Photos by lifeaschad, wrileycox, bjnudeclub, & fecasunuri
Praia do Abricó, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ipanema is fun and all but if you’re looking for a boy from Ipanema, you have a better chance of finding him sunning his back side 25 miles west of Copacabana at the “Apricot Beach,” popular since the mid 1940’s. Expect a low-key, mellow (yet handsome) crowd avoiding crowds and watching the day go by.
Photos by marionegrii &diariodorio
Gunnison Beach, Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Don’t worry, you will never find Republican Governor Chris Christie at Sandy Hook unless there is a state emergency. While Nudism is officially illegal in New Jersey Gunnison rests on part of where a fortress protected New York’s coveted harbor. Sea Captain Henry Hudson discovered the famous beach in the early 1600’s and boat loads of New Yorkers started flocking to the clothing free beach since the 70’s. One can find quite the crowd of likeminded naturalists any day of the week in the summer, especially for a long, sandy weekend. Be sure to scope out a prime spot early and play nice with your neighbors.
Photos by jonofarabia & deedee_moreno_
I love Obelisk beach but never seen this guy down there unfortunately.
Aren’t there gay nudist beaches in Greece?
The best nude beach is forty minutes south of San Francisco but that’s all I’m going to say. I want to keep it paradise.
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Black’s Beach always had parking and access problems. A few dozon mile north is San Onofre State Beach. I don’t know the current status (nudity lawsuits come and go) but San Onofre is a fine beach with easy access either by car or bicycle, with a diverse and welcomeing crowd, a both gay and straight areas.
Wreck Beach in Vancouver has a slight access problem. You have to manoeuvre a very steep decent from the road. It would be impossible or dangerous for anyone with a disability to try it and once you’re down there you have to get back up again, eventually. The steep climb can be a bitch. The sex though, in bushes behind the beach, is plentiful.
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