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8 of the Best Nudist Beaches from Hawaii and San Francisco to New Jersey and Florida

Whether you're a newbie looking for a fun experience or a seasoned naturalist, these secret nudist beaches in the USA will ensure a delightful beach day.

I’m standing on the beach, listening to the sound of waves crashing onto the shore as a flock of seagulls slowly glide across a cloudless horizon. Feeling the soft white sand between my toes, I start to wade into the water with the sun warming my face as the breeze makes its way in from the ocean. It’s just like any other day at the beach, with one crucial exception.

Everyone is completely naked.

It’s a typical afternoon at Miami’s Haulover Beach, where being nude is all part of the experience. And indeed, no one seems to bat an eye at the large crowd of nude sunbathers who have congregated here on America’s largest public nude beach for another day of fun and sun in the sand without those pesky clothes getting in the way. After a couple of hours taking in the beach in the buff, it all starts to feel surprisingly normal.

Whether you’re a nude beach veteran, a curious newbie or simply love a beach getaway, here are the best nude beaches in the United States to visit this summer and where to stay when you’re there.

Black Beach | A Nude Beach Worth The Trip in La Jolla

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One of the country’s most spectacular nude beaches is, unfortunately, one of the hardest to access. Be prepared to take on a lengthy hike or difficult climb no matter which of the four access routes you choose to reach this remote outpost of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve just north of San Diego’s upscale seaside community of La Jolla.

Your reward is one of the biggest and most stunning nude beaches in the States, which also bears the historical distinction of being this country’s first public nude beach. The nude section is in the northern area, where a wild edge-of-the-Earth quality attracts adventurous nudies looking to lose themselves in nature while the southern section is more popular with surfers getting set to tangle with some of Southern California’s most legendary surf breaks.

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Located less than a 10-minute drive north of Black’s Beach is The Lodge at Torrey Pines, a laid-back oasis nestled beside the world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course unfurling sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Choose from well-appointed rooms equipped with Egyptian cotton linens and quilted duvets or suites facing the golf course before breaking bread at the resort’s A.R. Valentien restaurant overlooking the 18th hole. Golf and spa packages are also available at this AAA Five Diamond resort, including the “Putt and Pamper” package combining a two-night stay with golf and spa services.

Lodge at Torrey Pines

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La Jolla, 4.3 miles to Cold Stone Creamery
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Gay Head Beach | Enjoy A Carefree Spirit at this Nudist Beach in Matha's Vineyard

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No, not everyone in Martha’s Vineyard looks like they just stepped out of a Gap ad. Despite the island’s Andy-Bernard-from-The-Office reputation when it comes to style, it’s not all yacht clubs and penny loafers here. The hippie spirit remains alive and well in certain sections of the island, including the clothing-optional Gay Head Beach. Located beneath the stunning Gay Head Cliffs, the beach is tucked away on the southwest section of the island near the sleepy community of Aquinnah.

Take the Moshup Trail down to the beach to discover good quality sand and a crowd whose nude-to-clothed ratio is roughly 50/50 on most days. Admire the towering cliffs, play around in the surf, and scale the rocks in your birthday suit.

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From the outside, The Christopher (formerly the Victorian Inn) has everything that comes to mind when you think of Martha’s Vineyard. Yet its classic white Victorian exterior gives way to a surprisingly modern interior, which combines the coastal chic furnishings of New England with high-tech touches like iPads given to guests for use during their stay, Bluetooth radio in every room, and Apple TV-equipped flatscreens. The 15 recently remodeled apartment-style rooms are bright and cheery, with breakfast available in the cafe from 8-10:30 a.m.

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Gunnison Beach | The Biggest Clothing-optional Beach on the East Coast

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The biggest clothing-optional beach on the East Coast is also the only legally sanctioned nude beach within close proximity to New York City, which means this stretch of sand located in the Sandy Hook Bay within Gateway National Recreation Area is quite popular on a hot summer weekend.

The best way to get here is by taking an approximately 45-minute ferry cruise from NYC on a vessel unironically dubbed the Seastreak. Alcohol is allowed on the beach here, which does contribute to a sometimes boisterous party vibe, but it rarely gets overly irritating for those who just want to strip naked and soak in the sun or strut along the beach.

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Nothing too fancy here, but the Quality Inn Middletown (formerly the Comfort Inn) gets the job done with all the staple amenities you need including basic hotel-style accommodations at a pet-friendly, 81-room property equipped with a game room, fitness center, and salt water pool. Besides, you’re not here for luxury. You’re here to get naked on the beach, remember?

Hotel Comfort Inn Middletown

8.1 Very good (1210 reviews)
Excellent Service 8.9 / 10
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Haulover Beach | The Largest Nude Beach in the US

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The granddaddy of Uncle Sam’s nude beach scene, Miami’s Haulover Beach is the country’s largest nude beach attracting more than one million visitors per year. Unlike many nude beaches that are hidden away on a less than ideal slice of sand, Haulover is a spectacularly beautiful beach with food stalls for nude snacking.

It’s all very nice and normal, with crowds ranging from the typical wrinkled elders you’ll see at most nude beaches to families and tourists to the occasional model or two. The nude section is the northern one-third of the larger 1.4 mile Haulover Beach Park, the longest stretch of undeveloped beach in Miami-Dade County, where you can also fish, fly kites, rent electric bikes, and hit food trucks on Tuesdays.

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Located just a five-minute drive from Haulover Beach is one of the city’s most upscale resorts—the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour Miami. The 95-room resort features an elevated outdoor pool and private luxury cabanas overlooking the ocean as well as a $3.5 million art collection and two Tesla charging stations.

If you haven’t filled up on snacks at the nude beach, hit the hotel’s oceanfront Artisan Beach House for a dinner of duck and truffles with a side of avocado toast before transforming into full-scale relaxation mode at the spa.

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Miami Beach, 12.1 miles to Airport Miami International
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Kehena Beach | Drum Circles, Dreadlocks, and Yoga at this Nude Beach in Hawaii

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Ah yes, this is what Hawaii is all about. Drum circles, dudes in dreadlocks, and yoga poses are not uncommon sights on this picturesque, all-black sand beach located near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. Soul seekers, surfers, and families gather here—with or without clothing—to take in the sun, attend weekly parties, or enjoy some nude night swimming under the moonlight. The beach is small, so you’re unlikely to have the place to yourself, but you are likely to meet some interesting people along the way.

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Those seeking a more adventurous alternative to the cookie-cutter hotels that clutter much of Hawaii’s shoreline will find an answer to their prayers at the funky yet endlessly charming Kirpal Meditation and Ecological Center, situated on a 10-acre organic orchard about eight miles north of the beach. With a meditation pavilion and 1,000-square-foot ocean/lava view yoga studio, you can come to this solar-powered hideaway to help realign your inner chakras. But for those who are simply seeking an affordable yet comfortable stay in rustic, hand-built cabins on a property brimming with locally grown foods and colorful characters, this is the place to be.

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North Baker Beach | Admire the Golden Gate Bridge in the Buff

With approximately a half-dozen nude beaches in the Bay Area, it’s perhaps unsurprising that San Francisco’s famously open-minded attitude also extends towards clothing (or, in this case, lack thereof). Located on a prime strip of real estate overlooking the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Natural Recreation Area, North Baker Beach is easily the most beautiful and popular of the area’s nude beaches.

With that popularity and easy beach access also comes weekend crowds and the infamous fog that can often spoil your view. But there are few places better to just let loose and be yourself than this famous one-mile beach that was at one time the original setting for Burning Man. So yeah, they’ve pretty much seen it all here over the years. Nude sunbathers, who gather at the north end of the beach, are nothing out of the ordinary.

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Located about 15 minutes east of Baker Beach, the charming Monte Cristo B&B is steeped in San Francisco history. Dating back to 1875, the inn was a former turn-of-the-century bordello saloon that now welcomes guests to its 14 romantic rooms on two floors in the centrally located Presidio Heights neighborhood.

Choose from a variety of room types from California king rooms to petite queen rooms, all of which include bathrooms outfitted with heated toilet seats and rain showers. The delicious home-cooked breakfast is served in the dining room from 7:30-10:30 a.m. daily, allowing you to sleep in a bit if you like and still be able to fuel up on your way to the beach.

Monte Cristo

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San Francisco, 2.4 miles to 49 Mile Scenic Drive
8.9 Excellent (508 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.4 / 10
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Playalinda Beach | A Nude Beach That Allows Alcohol in Florida

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One of the few nude beaches in Florida that combine nudity with alcohol, this breezy beach located within Canaveral National Seashore may be less famous than Miami’s Haulover Beach, but it’s almost as beautiful.

At first glance, the beach seems very family-oriented thanks to its location near the Kennedy Space Center and its first 11 parking lots being in the non-nude section of the beach, but those seeking the full nudie experience need only to travel onward to parking lots 12 and 13 to discover the nude section. Despite allowing alcohol, the beach remains (mostly) quiet and laid-back, so listen to the breeze blowing in the grassy sand dunes or crack open a novel to read in the nude with a drink in hand. There’s just one rule: no glass, for obvious reasons.

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Casa Coquina is a hacienda-style B&B opened in 2012 inside of a 1927-era structure in the town of Titusville, where many who travel Florida’s “Space Coast” choose to base their operations. The “casa” features a diverse selection of intimate rooms from the tropical Emerald Room to the cottage-style Opal Room and the sexy Ruby Suite, whose red walls are meant to put you in the mood for love. Kick back and enjoy views overlooking the Indian River before heading out with fellow travelers on Casa Coquina’s monthly guided art social.

Casa Coquina

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Secret Cove | A Party-centric Destination with Nude Skiing

In a party-centric destination where nude skiing is never out of the question, Lake Tahoe provides an ideal setting to let your freak flag fly. On the quieter and more secluded northern end of the lake, you’ll find Secret Cove—a drop-dead gorgeous spot of sand well known to locals but more of a “secret” to most visitors.

Unlike some hikes in the area, accessing the beach is not very strenuous (although the downhill hike on the way there is certainly more of a challenge on the way back). The beach is not large, but it’s spectacular. Let the soft white sand sink beneath your toes as you admire panoramic views of the clear blue waters and snow-capped mountains that surround the lake alongside a small crowd of nudies taking in the sunshine seeping in through the fresh alpine air.

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A 10-minute drive north of Secret Cove sits one of the finest hotels in Lake Tahoe, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino located in Incline Village on the Nevada side of the lake. This means gambling is legal here and the resort is equipped with its own 24-hour casino that’s certainly worthy of a visit.

But don’t spend too much time (or money) here. You’ll want to save some hours to explore the rest of the gorgeous 422-room AAA Four Diamond property, including its outdoor bar, Pier 111, located at the end of a 275-foot floating pier.

After a few drinks at the pier, head back to your room or private cottage (many of which overlook the lake) to relax in your cozy Hyatt Grand Bed and take in the scenery. When the dinner hour arrives, make your way down to Lone Eagle Grille for an A-list dinner boasting views of the lake through sun-dappled picture windows.

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