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This is a List of places where social nudity is practised in North America and adjacent islands for recreation. As a philosophy, this practice is commonly referred to as Naturism; the International Naturist Federation has affiliates in over 30 countries.[1] However, most who indulge in this activity are likely not formal members of a naturist organization. This listing includes free beaches (clothing-optional beaches or nude beaches)and some private resorts.

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Canada

These are just the most prominent nude beaches in Canada. For a more complete listing of free beaches and naturist resorts, visit Federation of Canadian Naturists. For general information on the naturist community, visit NetNude portal. For more information on top-freedom (toplessness) in Canada (and elsewhere), see Top-Free Equal Rights Association.

British Columbia

See Pacific Northwest locations listed at Pacific Northwest at Naked Wikia
Wreck Beach from a distance.

Ontario

Quebec

New Brunswick

Nunavut

Prince Edward Island

  • Blooming Point , Prince Edward Island [5]
    Blooming Point Beach in Prince Edward Island
  • Wonderful sandy beach along the northern shores of PEI and just a short drive from Charlottetown. While not an official nude beach, it is used regularly by naturists without problems.
  • The nude section is about a 15-20 minute walk to the left from the parking lot.

Jamaica

  • Most nudist beaches in Jamaica are private beaches owned by large resorts. Firefly Beach in Negril is open to the public.[6]

Mexico

Netherlands Antilles

  • On Aruba island, two beaches allow nudity, especially in late afternoon and dawn:
    • Baby Beach near Saint Nicholas.
    • Eagle Beach near Oranjestad.
  • Sint Maarten (Dutch side) and Saint Martin (French side) have a beach called "Orient Bay"
    • with the famous "Club Orient" facing flat island on the atlantic side.
    • No clothes on beach - in beachbar and hotel is tradition for more than 30 years now
  • Curacao has a legal nude beach at Sunset Waters Beach Resort near the west end of the island.

United States

Additional and up-to-date information on public and private locations may be obtained on the web sites of the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR)[3] and The Naturist Society (TNS)[4]

Alabama

Public nudity is illegal in Alabama (No social places)

Alaska

In Alaska, public nudity is illegal; however, the lack of law enforcement allows many people to get away with it.

Arkansas

Public nudity is illegal in Arkansas (No social places)

Arizona

Public nudity is illegal in Arizona, however Verde Hot Springs (Springs only not the campground) is traditionally nude. There are a few clothing optional gay resorts in Phoenix.

California

  • American River down river from the route 49 highway bridge. Biking path is on the south side of the vehicle bridge, after crossing the old concrete railroad bridge, several small trails lead down a steep bank to a series of large rocks outcropping on the river.
  • Baker Beach is a beach of the National Park Service in San Francisco. The north end of the beach (closest to the Golden Gate bridge) is officially sanctioned as clothing-optional.[citation needed] [7]
  • Black's Beach, in La Jolla, a neighborhood of San Diego, is possibly the largest de facto clothing optional beach in the United States. Part of the beach is in a state park where it is legal to be nude, the rest is on city property where it is illegal to be nude but generally tolerated.
  • Marina Beach State Park (South side) — A 15 minute drive north of Monterey, CA. 15 minute hike over the sand dunes.
  • Bonny Doon Beach — About a 10-15 minute drive from Santa Cruz on N. Highway 1. Across from Bonny Doon Rd. Nude beach is down the cliff - there are two sections of beach - the south end is for clothed beachgoers, and the north end, divided from the main beach by a large rock, is for nude sunbathers.
  • College Cove Beach is in the town of Trinidad, north of Eureka in Northern Humboldt County.
  • Deep Creek Hot Springs[5] — Clothing optional hot spring in the San Bernardino National Forest near Apple Valley, California
  • Desert Sun Resort[6] — Formally Desert Shadows Inn. One of the premier nudist resorts in North America. Located in warm, sunny Palm Springs, CA.
  • Garrapata State Park — Clothing optional beach 15 minutes drive south of Carmel.
  • Devil's Slide or Gray Whale Cove is the only officially-sanctioned nude state-owned beach in California. Run for years by a private concessionaire who provided the only access to this remote beach, the State of California took over its operation in 2001.
  • Harbin Hot Springs is a retreat and workshop center 93.4 miles (150.3 km) northeast of the San Francisco Bay Area, north of the Napa Valley, near Middletown, California.
  • Keough Hot Springs — Hot running creek with pools located near Bishop, California. Note: the resort at the end of the road is not clothing optional.
  • Laguna Creek Beach — Public beach frequented by nude sunbathers six miles (10 km) north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1.
  • Laguna Del Sol — Clothing optional resort in Wilton, near Sacramento, featuring camping and RV spots, a lake, heated swimming pools, spas, walking tracks, stores, restaurant and event center.
  • Land's End — Within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Land’s End beach is considered the most beautiful nude beach in the San Francisco area.[citation needed] It is reached only by a steep, difficult trail.[8]
  • Little Hot Creek east of Mammoth Lakes, California. To find this clothing optional hot springs, you'll need a good local map showing dirt roads.
  • Living Waters Spa near Palm Springs in Desert Hot Springs, CA, this swimsuit optional spa has hot spring water pools and the spa is an easy introduction to social nudity. [9]
  • Lupin Lodge[10] Naturist resort in Los Gatos, CA. Memberships available as well as day/night passes. Camping available. Just south of Silicon Valley, off Highway 17 (Idylwild Rd. exit). [11]
  • Pirates Cove near San Luis Obispo, California [12]
Celebrating the 4th of July at Terra Cotta Inn nudist resort, Palm Springs, CA
  • Red Rock Beach A half mile south of Stinson Beach, California
  • Saline Valley Warm Springs — Hot springs in Death Valley National Park
  • Russian River is right along U.S. 101 and CA 116
  • Sacred Cove Shown on some maps as "Portuguese Cove," it is located on the south side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, between Abalone Cove and Portuguese Cove.
  • San Gregorio nude beach might be the oldest continuously active nude beach in the United States[citation needed]. It dates to 1967 and is 3 km (2 miles) of public beach which can be reached only by a private road near the town of San Gregorio on the San Mateo County coast, south of San Francisco. San Gregorio beach is the largest of about 20 clothing-optional beaches along the coast between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.
  • San Onofre Beach is 55 kilometres (34 miles) northwest of this beach (near San Clemente).
  • South Yuba River Hoyts Crossing is an area of swimming holes on the South Yuba, about a 20 minute hike upriver from the Highway 49 crossing. (north of Nevada City, California).
  • San Vicente Inn is a mostly gay clothing optional hotel located in West Hollywood, California.
  • The Terra Cotta Inn Clothing Optional Resort and Spa in sunny Palm Springs, CA, this nudist resort is popular with first-time nude sunbathers. Palm Springs Life Magazine selected them one of top 3 best boutique hotels in Palm Springs in their December 2009 Best of the Best issue. [13]
  • Zmudowski State Beach - Unofficial clothing-optional "hidden beach" within Moss Landing.

Colorado

  • Mountain Air Ranch Family Nudist Resort, a family nudist resort near Denver, Colorado[7].
  • Orvis Hot Springs, a clothing-optional natural hot springs in Ridgway, Colorado[8].
  • North end of the Boulder Reservoir, near Boulder

Connecticut

Florida

  • Haulover Beach, at 25°54′40″N 80°07′18″W / 25.91111°N 80.12167°W / 25.91111; -80.12167 in Miami-Dade County (between Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, and Bal Harbour), the most popular nude beach in North America. Haulover Nude Beach is situated between the Intercostal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean and is part of Haulover Beach Park. This .4 mile stretch of white sand shores, open ocean surf, various shaded picnic facilities, beautifully landscaped sand dunes, and concession stands has attracted as many as 7,000 people on a single day. The northern nude area is officially recognized as clothing-optional with official signs and is only a part of the Haulover Beach Park but attracts 66% to 85% of park visitors.
  • Playalinda Beach, part of Canaveral National Seashore operated by the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (US Fish & Wildlife Service) - Titusville, FL; has long allowed nudity and has an unofficial clothing optional beach located at the north end of Lot 13 and north of dune crossover 13B. While there is no federal law restricting nude sunbathing, Brevard County passed an ordinance against nudity, but the Sherriff is not enforcing it pending a challenge [11] to the constitutionality of the ordinance.
  • Lake Como Family Nudist Resort [12] in Pasco County, Florida, is one of Florida's oldest. It is a resident-owned cooperative of almost 200 acres (0.81 km2) in a very natural setting of which 51 acres (210,000 m2) are registered as woodland and 60 acres (240,000 m2) as wetland. Five lakes are within or border the property. Non-resident memberships in the resort are available, and free tours are available for those interested.
  • South Beach in Miami permits topless sunbathing, partially due to the large amount of foreign tourists and immigrants found on the beach.
  • Key West Private Sailing Charters offers 4 hour, 6 hour, snorkeling, SCUBA, sunset and custom overnight sailboat trips from Key West's historic harborwalk (just a few minutes walk from Duval Street) on which nudity is permitted.
  • Key West There are not any legal nude beaches, however Boca Chica has been used for clothing optional for many years. Most use is by locals who have kept it secret for years. There are some sandy beach areas, but do not expect wide sandy beaches, this is a more secluded area. There are no facilities or anyone to clean up after you so please remove anything you take! This is just like having your own beach. Go to mile marker 10 on highway 1, turn beside Circle K on SR 941, follow it to the end approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) and park. Walk beyond concrete barricade and you have a 4-mile (6.4 km) stretch all to your self. You can find additional information at Florida Keys Naturists
  • Apollo Beach - Canaveral National Seashore (National Park Service) - New Smyrna Beach, FL in the Atlantic Coast of Florida. The accepted clothing optional sunbathing area starts about 1/4 mile south of parking area 5. Unlike as at Playalinda Beach (see above), this area of the National Seashore is in Volusia County, which does not have an anti-nudity ordinance. Scarce parking (29 spaces) usually limits visitors to less than a hundred at a time. (There is another Apollo Beach in Hillsborough County, Fl that has a very small beach inside the Tampa Bay and very close to the TECO electric plant. This is not a naturist beach and violators are fined.)

Hawaii

  • Donkey Beach on Kaua‘i
  • Kehena Beach (Dolphin Beach) is a black sand beach in the Puna District of the Island of Hawai‘i ("Big Island")
  • Larsen's Beach on Kaua‘i
  • Little Mākena Beach in Mākena State Park, Maui
  • Red Sand Beach near Hāna on Maui
  • Secret Beach on Kaua‘i
  • Slaughterhouse Beach in Hana Highway on Maui
  • HanginLoose Clothing-Optional Retreat & Botanical Gardens -- "Big Island"

Idaho

  • (TNS and AANR) Bare Mountain Hideaway is a substantial 130-acre (0.53 km2) nudist club near Boise, Idaho. Started in 1981 and is only open from late April to mid-October.[13]
  • (TNS, AANR-NW) Sun Meadows Resort in Worley (at the south end of Lake Coeur d'Alene) was the site of the 2005 TNS Gathering.[14][15]
  • Jerry Johnson's Hot Springs is located 20 miles west of the Montana state line on US 12. Located in Clearwater National Park, the warm water pools are about a one mile hike in and known for the clothing optional atmosphere. Judge your option according to company present.

Illinois

  • Nude sunbathing and swimming has occurred at Illinois Beach State Park, 1.6 km (one mile) south of the park headquarters building, at the end of the beach.
  • Until 1995, nude night swimming occurred at Oak Street Beach in Chicago and other beaches on Lake Michigan[citation needed], prior to its elimination by police patrols.
  • Blue Lake Resort is a family oriented nudist park located in Erie, Il, in the Rock River Valley of Northwestern Illinois, 30 miles (48 km) northeast of the Quad City area (Moline, Rock Island and Davenport). approximately 20 acres (81,000 m2) of sunny and shaded areas situated amid 98 acres (400,000 m2) of farm land. The camp facilities are approved by the State of Illinois each year. [14]

Indiana

  • Drakes Ridge Rustic Nudist Retreat in Bennington is a rural, wooded setting in the hills of Switzerland County, midway between the three major cities of Louisville, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati, and thirteen miles (19 km) north of Vevay.
  • Fern Hills Club in Bloomington Fern Hills Club is in the center of about 75 acres (300,000 m2) of hardwood forest that the members enjoy by walking the trails or using their golf carts.
  • Lake O' Woods Club in Valparaiso Lake O' The Woods Club is a member owned, family oriented, cooperative nudist club that was founded in 1933 and is located on 130 acres (0.53 km2) of woods and features a 20-acre (81,000 m2) lake.
  • Ponderosa Sun Club in Roselawn The purpose of this club is to promote health and happiness for its members. The Ponderosa Sun Club is a family oriented nudist resort (not clothing optional) located in rural Roselawn Indiana on about 88 acres (360,000 m2) wooded. Ponderosa Sun Club opened in 1965, the focus of the club's activities is their 65' wide by 120' long swimming pool with concrete sunning apron and a formal garden.
  • Sunshower Country Club in Centerville Sunshower Country Club is a family nudist resort established in 1959.
  • Sunny Haven Recreation Park in Granger Sunny Haven Recreation Park, located near South Bend, Indiana, has been the home to family nude recreation in northern Indiana since 1947.

Kansas

Maryland

  • Maryland ARea Naturist Association is the first ever and currently the only family nudist club in populous Baltimore County and City. It has been serving all of Maryland since 1999 as a privately owned committee-run nudist club that rents various facilities for events. The club endorses other efforts that promote nudism in a positive light and sent a delegation to the Nude Bike Ride, and the No Pants Metro Ride both through nearby Washington, D.C. It prides itself on outreach to college students and Grads that heavily populate each event, and in Summer 2009, the club hosts its first outdoor event and first organized nudist event in Baltimore City with the Guinness World Record AANR Skinny Dip. http://www.marylandnudism.com/
  • Camp Ramblewood in Darlington is available for groups wishing to host clothing-optional events. http://www.ramblewood.com/
  • Maryland Health Society in Davidsonville, Maryland is privately owned nudist club. http://www.maheso-naturally.org/
  • Pine Tree Associates in Crownsville, founded in 1934, is a cooperatively-owned, nudist club. http://www.pinetreeclub.org/

Massachusetts

  • Nantucket: Public nudity is unofficially tolerated in the area between Miacomet Beach and Surfside Beach.[16]
  • Martha's Vineyard:
    • Moshup Beach in Aquinnah in contains an area where public nudity is unofficially tolerated.[17][18] (Both the area and the beach are often called "Gay Head".)
    • Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark contains an area where public nudity is permitted.[19]
    • MVBoat offers private charter trips on which nudity is permitted.[20]
  • Provincetown: Public nudity has at times been tolerated on the beaches around Provincetown, especially in the small area that is not part of the Cape Cod National Seashore.[21]

Michigan

Public nudity is illegal in Michigan, so places for social nudity are limited to clubs and organizations with private land. These include:

  • Turtle Lake Resort in Union City.
  • Northaven Resort in Brooklyn
  • Cherry Lane Resort in North Adams

Minnesota

The Oakwood Club and Avatan Nudist club (both affiliated with the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) function and hold land for recreation in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Both are private clubs. Several other landless clubs operate in the region.

Mississippi

Although nudity was technically illegal there, East Ship Island, due to its remoteness and the fact that it could only be reached by chartered boat, was de facto clothing-optional for Gulf Coast residents that went there. However, East Ship Island no longer exists. It was very severely eroded by Hurricane Katrina, and disappeared entirely after the passage of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008.[16]

Missouri

Nevada

  • Lake Tahoe's Nevada shore includes several clothing-optional beaches — the best-known is Secret Cove. [22]

New Hampshire

  • Cedar Waters Village in Nottingham, New Hampshire. A 20-acre (81,000 m2) lake, surrounded by over 850 acres (3.4 km2) of forrest.

New Jersey

  • Rock Lodge Club is a family-oriented nudist club on 60 ha (145 acres) of privately-owned land in the Highlands forests of New Jersey, about 65 km (40 miles) from Manhattan, New York.
  • Gunnison Beach in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, a part of the National Park Service's multi-state Gateway National Recreation Area, is a clothing-optional beach by custom and is the largest such beach in the Northeastern United States (there are several other public beaches on Sandy Hook where nudity is not tolerated). In 1999, New Jersey passed a law a bill that prohibits all types of nudism on state or municipal beaches, making Gunnison Beach the only legal nude beach in the state, since it is on federal land not subject to state or municipal regulations.[17] Gunnison Beach offers dramatic views of lower Manhattan and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and is officially recognized as clothing-optional with permanent park signs and full lifeguard and police protection. It is the largest clothing-optional beach on the Atlantic coast of the US, and draws more than 5,000 visitors per day on most sunny summer weekends.
  • Sunset Beach on the west, bay side of Cape May. This is not a sanctioned nudist area (see previous), but nudity is commonplace here nevertheless.
  • Sky Farm Club is a private cooperative in central New Jersey. Situated on 35 acres (140,000 m2) in Somerset County, Sky Farm have promoted family nudism since 1932.
  • Good Land Country Club is a nudist club in Hackettstown.

New Mexico

New York

Oregon

See Pacific Northwest locations listed at Pacific Northwest at Naked Wikia.

Ohio

Oklahoma

  • Oaklake Trails is a clothing-optional family nudist resort located between Tulsa and Oklahoma City near the town of Depew, Oklahoma. At over 400 acres (1.6 km2), Oaklake is one of the largest land-area nudist resorts in the United States. Amenities include hiking trails, a fully furnished clubhouse with community kitchen, outdoor pool, dozens of RV hookups with 30 or 50 amp electric and water, acres of space for tent camping (some areas with electric hookups), rentable tents, and a rentable cabin suite. [23]

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Texas

  • Hippie Hollow/McGregor Park, on the shore of Lake Travis northwest of Austin.
  • High Island, between Winnie and Rollover Pass. At the junction of Highway 124 and Highway 87, the portion of Highway 87 to the east has been closed since 1990 due to hurricane damage. Approximately 1–5 miles east of the junction is an area that has become an unofficial nude beach. Galveston County follows Texas state law for Indecent exposure, which allows women to remain topfree unless someone complains and they are instructed to cover up, and full nudity under certain non-sexual circumstances. Full nudity is completely illegal, and will be ticketed if caught, by Parks and Game Wardens. There is also an unofficial nude beach approximately 12 miles (19 km) north of South Padre Island.

Utah

Vermont

Vermont state law does not prohibit public nudity, so nudity is allowed anywhere that it has not been specifically prohibited. The city of Burlington, for example, has prohibited nudity in public parks, but nudity is allowed anywhere else in the city.[26]

  • Abbotts Glen in Halifax.
  • The Ledges, on the Harriman Reservoir in Wilmington. [27]
  • Starr Farm Beach in Burlington. [28]
  • Knight Island, an island in Lake Champlain just off of St. Albans. [29]
  • The Southwest Cove at Lake Willoughby in the town of Westmore is a traditionally clothing-optional beach area located on state land. The Westmore selectboard has declined to enact any anti-nudity ordinance. At the annual town meeting in 2009, residents voted against an appropriation that would have enabled enforcement of any proposed anti-nudity ordinance. Thus, the beach remains clothing-optional.

Washington

See Pacific Northwest locations listed at Pacific Northwest at Naked Wikia

Wisconsin

Miscellaneous

Social Nudity & Youth

Both the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and The Naturist Society (TNS) have protocols that are intended to promote a family atmosphere at member resorts and clubs. Both organizations sponsor youth camps that are primarily intended for the youth of naturist (nudist) families. AANR hosts such camps at varying locations around the U.S., while TNS sponsors a camp hosted by Sunsport Gardens Family Naturist Resort[18] in Florida.

Controversy over these camps, though without any documentation of abuse, resulted in the Commonwealth of Virginia requiring the presence of a parent or guardian at any such camp.[19] The ACLU, the park, three boys (ages 11, 15, and 17), two girls (10 and 12), and their parents (three couples) challenged the new law on June 29, 2004, arguing that it violates the constitutional right to privacy.[20]

Social Nudity & Young Adults

While it could be argued that social nudism is still somewhat taboo with mainstream America and with many families of those under 18, it is a far different story where college students and recent graduates are concerned. In reality the lifestyle is popular with a small, dedicated segment of the young people in this age group, who visit both nudist clubs and naturist beaches. Two such groups are Vita-Nuda[21] and Florida Young Naturists[22].

A Baltimore,Maryland nudist club, Maryland Area Naturist Association promotes Nudism in a positive light and sends delegations to annual regional events that promote public nudity in a positive, inoffensive light such the Naked Baltimore photo shoot, World Naked Bike Ride, and the No Pants Metro Ride the latter two both through nearby Washington, DC, and prides itself on outreach to College Students and Grads from the outstanding higher learning institutions of Baltimore that heavily populate each event. In June and July 2009, the club proudly hosts its first outdoor event and first organized Nudist event in Baltimore City with the Guinness World Record AANR Skinny Dip on July 11. http://www.marylandnudism.com/

See also

References

  1. ^ International Naturist Federation
  2. ^ "Surrey's United Naturists News". http://www.crescentrockbeach.org/HTM/Politics.htm. 
  3. ^ American Association for Nude Recreation
  4. ^ The Naturist Society
  5. ^ "Deep Creek Volunteers". http://deepcreekhotsprings.net/r/www.deepcreekvolunteers.com/. 
  6. ^ "Desert Sun Resort". http://www.desertsunresort.com. 
  7. ^ "Mountain Air Ranch". http://www.trynude.com.  resort web site
  8. ^ "Orvis Hot Springs". http://www.orvishotsprings.com/.  resort web site
  9. ^ [1]Philip Sherwell in "Nudists in call to youth as membership sags", Telegraph 2007-10-06
  10. ^ Official website
  11. ^ New York Times Playalinda Beach Journal
  12. ^ Lake Como Family Nudist Resort
  13. ^ "Bare Idaho". Bare Idaho. http://www.bareidaho.com/. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  14. ^ "Sun Meadows Resort". http://www.sunmeadow.org/. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  15. ^ "Naked Wikia:Pacific Northwest". Naked Wiki. http://naked.wikia.com/wiki/Pacific_Northwest. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  16. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/23/science/23islands.html?no_interstitial
  17. ^ "In 39 Years, There's Little a Lifeguard Doesn't See". New York Times. July 31, 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/31/nyregion/31ink.html. Retrieved 2007-08-21. "But it was with the creation of Gunnison Beach, the only clothing-optional section of New Jersey's shoreline, that it became safe to say that Tom McLaughlin had seen everything. ... On a recent Saturday, he stopped at Gunnison Beach to survey the scene. At this Eden with umbrellas, some of the naturists were engaged in an intense round of volleyball, while others happily lounged without the fear of tan lines. A new visitor approached and asked Mr. McLaughlin why everyone seemed to be on the right side of the beach." 
  18. ^ Sunsport Gardens Family Naturist Resort
  19. ^ Virginai HB 158
  20. ^ ACLU Challenges Va. Law Banning Nude Summer Camps
  21. ^ Vita-Nuda
  22. ^ Florida Young Naturists







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