Summer may still seem a bit away, but in sunny California, it doesn't need to be summer to get to the beach. While there has been rain and some cooler days lately, there will soon be sunshine and warmer weather. While many outside of the state look forward to visiting to enjoy time on the beach, locals can go more often and typically know hidden gems to avoid overcrowded beaches. One thing that is on many people's bucket lists is to one day go to a nude or clothing-optional beach, but since many can't get to Europe to enjoy theirs, they will need to find one in the United States. Not having a tan line is nice, and the thrill of going to a nude beach is something to experience for sure, but where are these beaches in the Golden State and which ones are the best to go to?

Black Beach in San Diego

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One of, if not the most popular clothing-optional beaches in the entire country lies in San Diego and is known as Blacks Beach. This beach sits at the bottom of the cliffs of Torre Pines in La Jolla and is one of the most beautiful natural beaches you will find. It is a good hike down the cliff, or a long walk from the state beach, but this beach offers 2 miles of sand for locals or tourists to run around in nothing but their birthday suits. Like many on this list, there are no facilities, so make sure to bring everything you need, because going back to the car is not an option. You will also need to be okay with using the ocean as a restroom or going near the cliffs. 

Baker Beach in San Francisco

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While Blacks Beach gets the attention in Southern California, Baker Beach is the most known nudist beach in Northern California. With a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge and being wheelchair accessible, this beach is much more crowded than others on this list. It can often take tourists by surprise that aren't prepared to be walking the beach and find a nude person lying out, but when in Rome, why not strip off and check it off your bucket list? While the view might be beautiful, don't expect a warm dip in the water, as it is typically cold year-round. 

Bonny Doon Beach in Santa Cruz

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With Southern and Northern California covered, where do the residents of Central California go? Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz is a beautiful hidden gem for the residents and tourists to enjoy. Swimming is not recommended here due to heavy currents, and like others, there are no lifeguards. The northern end of the beach is where you will find many baring it all, as they lay out in the sun and take in the sights. 

More Mesa Beach in Santa Barbara

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In Santa Barbara, there is good eating, beautiful views, and a beach where you can go completely naked if you choose. One of the negatives about this beach is the lack of parking near the beach, making visitors have to walk about a 1/4 of a mile to access it. The good news is, that this helps keep the beach from being crowded and more secluded. The beach has no facilities and is privately owned. It makes for great walking, laying out, and enjoying a day in the sun au natural. 

Pirates Cove in Avila Beach

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Pirates Cove is a hidden gem near Avila Beach and takes some work to get to. It is best to attend during low tide, as the beach isn't the biggest and during high tide leaves very little beach left. It is a great area to enjoy tide pools and hiking through the caves, although doing so nude might not be the best idea. This is a great secluded beach to enjoy a day away from the noise of life and take in some rays. 

College Cove Beach in Westhaven-Moonstone

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For a beautiful beach with a different feel than the rest, head on up the coast to the Westhaven-Moonstone area and check out College Cove Beach. This quiet beach has bathrooms, picnic tables, and allows dogs. This beach is a great place to bare it all, and take in wildlife, such as seals and sea lions. With a pine tree background, this beach will have you feeling like you are on a different planet compared to the rest. It might be a little chilly to be naked, but with nobody around, you might as well strip off and go for a walk down the beach. 

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These are just a few of the beaches you can strip down and bare all on in California. If you want to find more hidden gems to enjoy au natural, you can click on the link in the first paragraph. Take a trip to California this summer and check off nude beach on your bucket list, or if you live there, get rid of those tan lines and begin checking out these beautiful beaches. It might be scary at first, but it is worth a try at least once. You may find out you enjoy it.

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