We are pretty sure that by the time you’ve finished reading this guide, you’ve already booked a couple of flight tickets to Los Angeles. Or you’re at least seriously considering doing so.
- Best time to visit California
- Nudist Clubs and federations
- Nude in nature and other public places
- Nudist Bed and Breakfasts in California
- Lifestyle and gay/men only resorts
- California’s nudist resorts and nude beaches
- What to eat in California
- Getting to California and around
- Visa regulations
- Staying safe in California
- Say What?
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Best time to visit California
We’ll give you some tips for choosing the best period for nude vacation in California.
Nudist Clubs and federations
AANR and TNS membership cards are considered equals in all nudist resorts and clubs.
✅ NitOC: Naturists in the Orange County. They organise events at beaches, in nearby nudist resorts and in private places.
✅ SCNA: Southern California Naturist Association, based in Los Angeles. They organise events in nearby nudist resorts and in private places.
✅ Camping Bares: San Diego based naturist club which organises mostly beach visits, nude hikes and camping trips.
✅ The Olympian Club: Based in the Orange County and organise events in nearby nudist resorts and in private places.
✅ River Dippers: Based in northern California and organise events in nearby nudist resorts and in private places.
Nude in nature and other public places
Yoshua Tree national park for example knows no specific federal or county laws against nudity but if you drop your clothes at one of the viewing points among hundreds of other visitors, you won’t be naked for long.
✅ Angeles National Forest: LA County. Nude hiking has been approved by the LA county sheriff in 2006. You can always take the official letter (https://socalnaturist.org/law/baca.pdf) as a proof.
✅ Upper Bear Creek: LA County. Two hiking trails, one is 3 miles (5km) and the other one is 10 miles (16km).
✅ Lower Bear Creek: LA County. South of the upper trail. More shady hiking on the banks of the creek. This trail is popular during weekends so it’s advisable to go midweek for nude hiking.
✅ Kern River: Kern County. Popular for hiking, camping and skinny dipping.
✅ Los Padres National Forest: Ventura County. Nearby the Pine Springs campground are several secluded spots which are great for nude use.
✅ High Sierra: Lots of hiking options and little traveled paths. A favourite is Trail Lake. Temperatures can be low even in summer.
✅ Rodman Mountains Wilderness: Part of the Mojave Desert. Several nudist groups organise hiking and camping trips in this region. Temperatures can be extreme so make sure to be well prepared.
✅ Deep Creek Hot Springs: San Bernardino county. Nudism has been practiced here for a long time and nudists will be found on any sunny day. Bring enough water, the 3 mile (4.5km) hike back to the parking is uphill.
✅ Anza Borrego State Park: Borders at DeAnza Springs nudist resort at about an hour’s drive from San Diego. Nude hiking is quite common in the region.
Nudist Bed and Breakfasts in California
➡️ Have a look at this blog post for some of the best nudist Airbnb rentals in the world.
We rarely ever book a textile AirBnB which has no previous references and we would never do so at a nudist Bed and Breakfast.
We visited Clothing Optional Home Network member Arroyo del Sol in Pasadena (more about that further) and had a wonderful experience.
Lifestyle and gay/men only resorts
California’s nudist resorts and nude beaches
Some of the mentioned nudist resorts are adults only, but this does not mean that they’re anything sexual.
Also important to know is that all nude beaches in California are clothing optional by default. So nudity is not obligatory. Nevertheless, if you have no intentions of getting nude at all and didn’t come in the company of other nudists, it’s probably better to visit any of the many other wonderful Californian beaches.
A naturist B&B which is proud of its spa facilities. Hot mineral water is pumped up from a well to heat up both jacuzzis and the swimming pool. The comfortable rooms have no clocks, TVs, radios or phones to help you disconnect from the outside world. Wifi is available. Breakfast is included.
A big name among the Californian spa resorts and the first one in the region to focus on a nude spa experience in European style. Living waters has a swimming pool and jacuzzi which are naturally heated with mineral water and a sauna in case the desert sun is still not enough for you. Rooms are available around the swimming pool or in a separated villa.
The Terra Cotta is a well known name among Californian and foreign nudists. With 25 rooms The Terra Cotta is halfway between a nudist B&B and a nudist hotel. Providing the best of both. Top level quality in a friendly and homely environment. The Terra Cotta is adults only. Wifi and breakfast are complementary. The resort has a swimming pool, a spa and several areas for optimal tanning under the hot Palm Springs sun.
Desert Sun is the largest nudist resort in the Palm Springs area and focuses on those looking for a luxury nude vacation. Accommodation options vary from hotel rooms to condos to private villas. Desert Sun Resort has two swimming pools, a spa, a tennis court, a gym and a restaurant and bar. Desert Sun Resort is adults only.
Olive Dell Ranch is a popular family nudist resort near San Bernardino. Located in the hills it has several miles of hiking trails. There’s a choice between camping or staying in one of the rental “bird houses” which are very clever built chalets. Olive Dell Ranch has several sports options, a swimming pool, spa, sauna, bar and restaurant. The resort is particularly famous for its many events like the Bare Burro Run.
This long lasting family nudist resort at about an hour from Los Angeles provides something for everybody. Camping with RV or tent is possible as well as staying at one of the rental units. There’s a swimming pool, a spa, a sauna, a gym and a bar/restaurant. For the little ones there’s a playground and the “Children’s Pavilion” which contains games and art supplies. First time visitors get a free day pass at Glen Eden.
San Diego County
California’s most famous clothing optional beach is part of the Torrey Pines Beach in San Diego city. There’s parking at the Torrey Pines Gliderport. The road down is steep and can be slippery. In case this path is nothing for you, you could also access via the main beach but that’s a much longer way. Black’s gets very crowded on sunny days and during weekends.
Mostly a surfers beach which tolerates nude sunbathers. It’s located below a steep cliff and can only be accessed from the nearby Swami’s Beach and D Street beach. D Street gives the easiest access. Try to visit during low tide.
Located right at the border with Mexico in the middle of the desert is another big name in Californian nudism: DeAnza Springs Resort. DeAnza has both camping spots as rental cabins, a swimming pool and a bar and restaurant. Top of the bill however are the endless hiking trails in the area where nude hiking is perfectly possible. You can find an abandoned train, a saloon and lots of desert landscapes.
A private property in downtown San Diego which is perfect for nudists who like to visit the city. Since you’re renting the whole house you’ll always be the only visitor. The owners, Jeff and Grace, are nudists themselves and will keep you company if you enjoy that or otherwise just leave you alone. Boho Canyon Home has a nice sunny terrace and a private jacuzzi.
San Luis Obispo County
A wonderful stretch of clothing optional beach between Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. The main entrance is at the end of Cave Landing Road. This beach is especially popular among local nudists during weekends.
Los Angeles County
Just outside of Los Angeles in the Pasadena hills you will find this top class clothing optional Bed and Breakfast. Rolf and Cynthia know exactly how to pamper their guests. Accommodation is either a room inside the main building or a separate villa on the property. Arroyo del Sol has a large swimming pool and jacuzzi. The location is perfect for visiting Los Angeles and its surroundings. Arroyo del Sol is member of the Clothing Optional Home Network.
Located at about 10 miles (16km) from Carmel-by-the-Sea is the beautiful half mile long Garrapata beach. Secluded areas where nudism is common can be found at the southern and northern ends of the beach.
Santa Cruz County
Could there be funnier name for a nude beach? It has little to do with your (or anyone else’s) privates though. In fact it’s a private beach which is often frequented by surfers and local nudists. You can ask for entrance at the Freeline Design Surf Shop nearby at 801 41st Ave.
A very nice stretch of beach which is known to be clothing optional. It’s located just north of the (infamous and now closed) Red White and Blue beach. Find yourself a parking spot nearby on Highway one and search for the trail which crosses the railroad tracks.
A nice nude beach secluded by high cliffs just south of Davenport. Parking spots are available on the highway nearby the intersection with Bonny Doon road. Follow the path across the railway tracks. On busy days most nudists move on to the more secluded northern end.
San Francisco County
Although Baker Beach is certainly not the best nude beach in California, it is one of the most famous ones. For two main reasons. It’s close to downtown San Francisco and it gives you the unique chance to take a selfie of your naked butt with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. But you have to be brave. During the only months when the weather can be agreeable for nudists, the bridge will be covered in fog. So you’ll have to aim for a nice day in spring or autumn. The clothing optional part of Baker Beach is located in the far north.
Little Beach is a small cove at the north end of the main Muir Beach. To get there just park at the main beach and take the trail down. Once on the beach keep walking north until you find a secluded cove which is Little Beach.
This small nude beach is located just south of the main Stinson beach. The trail to get there is steep, make sure to wear decent footwear. During high tide all the sand on the beach will be wet, so if you’re planning for some nude sunbathing do make sure to check the tides.
Santa Clara County
At only a stone’s throw from San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley there’s a beautiful family naturist resort hidden in the woods. You guessed it, we’re talking about Lupin Lodge. Lupin is mostly a camping but rental accommodation is possible in the form of yurts (the round tents they also have in Mongolia). Several sports facilities are available as well as a large swimming pool and a spa. There’s also a bar and restaurant.
Contra Costa County
Family oriented nudist camping The Sequoians is the oldest nudist facility in the Bay Area. There’s a swimming pool, hot tub and community kitchen. Nude hiking trails can be found nearby as well as lots of other hiking trails where clothing is required. Several activities are organised during weekends.
Laguna del Sol is said to be the most beautiful nudist resort in northern California by its members and previous guests. It’s certainly a wonderful place with a large swimming pool, several spa areas and a 25 acre lake. There are tennis courts, volleyball courts, two playgrounds and a restaurant. First time visitors receive an orientation tour during weekends.
Meadowlark is a luxury spa resort in the heart of the Napa Valley wine region. The pool and hot tub are filled with natural mineral water. There’s a large sun deck and several shady relaxation places. Visitors come to Meadowlark to get away from the daily rat race and enjoy a luxury and relaxing nude vacation. Accommodation is in the form of standard rooms, suites or the Pool House.
This small nudist resort in the hills of the Mendocino Coastal Range provides a heaven for those seeking tranquility and rest. The resort has several hot tubs filled with natural mineral water, a steam room and a sauna. Camping is possible on the property and rental accommodation is available in the form of standard rooms, yurts and cottages.
Baker Beach is a small hidden cove just south of Trinidad. Because of its secluded location it’s often visited by nude sunbathers. The trail to get there is steep and overgrown and might be difficult to find.
What to eat in California
✅ Fish Tacos: The best of Mexico mixed with the best of the ocean. Put together in California.
✅Ramen Burrito: Even more international is the Ramen Burrito which is eggs, steak, scallions and ramen noodles wrapped in a tortilla.
✅ Sushirrito: Invented in San Francisco. Basically it’s a giant sushi roll which can be eaten like a burrito.
✅ Mac and Cheese Pizza: It’s said that Californians like healthy food, but probably not all the time. The Mac and Cheese Pizza is exactly what you think it is. Two dishes combined to skyrocket your carbs levels.
✅ Salads: Californians eat lots of salads and there are salad bars everywhere. Also the supermarkets often have lots of options for “make yourself salads”.
✅ Seafood: Other than fish tacos, California is famous for its seafood. Especially typical is cioppino which is a seafood stew originating from North Beach, San Francisco.
✅ Barbecue Ribs: In fact, we can leave out either word and it will still mean the same. In California there is no barbecue without ribs and you don’t eat ribs which aren’t barbecued.
Getting to California and around
Do check your possibilities as you might find some surprise routes like Stockholm, Sweden to Oakland for example.
When in California, do as the Californians do…
Renting a car is quite cheap in California and it’s very popular for tourists to rent a Ford Mustang. Of course, these are very cool to drive around with, but keep in mind that speeding tickets are expensive and that visiting nudist places will often require you to drive on gravel/dust roads.
If you don’t like driving, Uber is always around or you could consider to take a California party bus for extra fun.
Canadians can enter the country without the need of a visa and so can of course everyone from USA territories.
Since 2016 the Visa Waiver Program doesn’t apply to anyone who has previously traveled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen nor to dual citizens of Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria.
Staying safe in California
Because of the long distances you might find yourself driving for much longer than initially expected. Make sure to take regular breaks and stop in a motel if you feel too sleepy.
Also keep in mind that marijuana in California tends to be of very high quality so unless you’re a frequent visitor of Amsterdam you might want to keep it slow.
✅ Dude (M/F): In California, everybody is “dude”. It’s used for both men and women and to address someone or to talk about someone else. For us, who meet lots of people and completely fail in remembering names, this is a gift from heaven. You can easily say “Hey dude, where’s that dude who was playing volleyball with the other dude and won from the big dude?”. People will exactly know who you’re talking about.
✅ Bro: “Bro” is the little brother of Dude and is mostly used among men. If you even can’t remember the word dude, you can call people bro as well. We wonder if the uprise of these words has anything to do with the legalisation of marijuana in the state.
✅ Butthurt: This term is used when people are acting over sensitive. Like “Jane was completely butthurt when she lost the nude volleyball game”.
✅ Hella: Short for “hell of a”, which means “very” or “much”. It’s used for everything that’s even a little more than just average. In California you don’t have a good time, you have a hella good time.
✅ Epic: If “hella” isn’t strong enough to express your experience, it was certainly epic. Or you put extra power by combining both: “We had a hella good time in that epic nudist resort”. Don’t be afraid to use epic more often than you should, everyone does that.
✅ To bum: It’s like borrowing but with the intention of not giving it back. Basically it’s asking someone to just give you something. This is mostly used for small things: You bum a cigarette or a quarter but you borrow someone’s car.
✅ To bail/Cruise: Cruising can be used for both coming and leaving while bailing is only for leaving. “Hey dude, I’m gonna bail and cruise over to that other dude’s place”.
✅ The 110 north: Californians call their roads by the number and the directions by the compass. If you’re driving in California make sure that you have at least a slight idea about what the map looks like because when asking for directions you’ll hear something like “Very easy dude, you take the 101 east to the 130 and then up on the 110 north.”
✅ A 2 hour drive: Especially in the big cities and on large highways, the traffic jams are infamous. So if you’re wondering how long it will take you to get from point A to point B it makes little sense to know the distance in miles or kilometres. Therefor, the Californias measure distances in time. When you ask people in Pasadena how far it is it Venice beach they will look at their watch and tell you that it’s about an hour away.
✅ NorCal & SoCal: It seems like northern Californians and southern Californians are a complete different breed and they are proud about their region. Because it takes a long time to tell everyone “I am from southern California” they just cut it to “I’m SoCal”.
✅ Later: When it comes out of the mouth of a Californian, this can mean anything between in a couple of hours and the end of the year. Or maybe even never. Later certainly doesn’t always mean today. So be careful with this. If a Californian says that he/she will call you later and you really want the call anytime soon, ask to agree on a specific date and time.
✅ The Industry: Saying that you work in “The Industry” in SoCal and specifically in Los Angeles means that you’re in the entertainment business (TV, movie or music). However, in some regions or among some groups of people “The Industry” can also be a reference to the porn business. So be careful with asking whether someone works in The Industry as a compliment.
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