List of social nudity places in North America

List of social nudity places in North America

This is a list of social nudity places in North America and adjacent islands for recreation. Includes free beaches (or clothing-optional beaches or nude beaches) and some resorts.



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"
* All areas of British Columbia, unless otherwise specified by town or city by-laws, allow both males and females to be topless in public.
* Wreck Beach is the second largest clothing-optional beach in North America with over 100,000 visitors each year. On the shore of the Georgia Strait and the north arm of the Fraser River, it is part of Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which is adjacent to the University Endowment Lands, just west of the city limits of Vancouver.
* In Surrey, British Columbia, 2006 political wrangling has fallen "in favour" of allowing nude sunbathing at Crescent Rock Beach. [cite web | url = | title = Surrey's United Naturists News]
* Red Sands Beach in Nelson, British Columbia is a nude beach used mainly by locals. Camping is also common there.


*All areas of Ontario, unless otherwise specified by town or city by-laws, allow both males and females to be topless in public.
*Hanlan's Point Beach, on the Toronto Islands at coord|43|36|55|N|79|24|36|W|type:landmark_scale:10000 is a sandy Clothing optional beach.


*Oka, Quebec [] [] (Oka National Park - known locally as Okapulco), at coord|45|27|50|N|74|06|00|W|type:landmark_scale:10000 is about 40 km from Montreal in Quebec.
*Centre naturiste la Pommerie, in Quebec, a naturist camping where the annual Canadian Naturist Festival usually is held in August.

New Brunswick

*Kouchibouguac, New Brunswick []


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


* Zipolite, Oaxaca: Zipolite beach has been nudist for more than 30 years. Nudism in Zipolite is tolerated, since Mexican law condemns only "immorality" and thus the issue ends up being a matter of the judge's criteria. This beach is reputed to be the best place for nudism in the country. The numerous nudists and the long tradition make it safe for nudists.
* Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo has a beach in town located near the Cozumel Ferry terminal that allows topless sunbathing, at least informally. Some topless sunbathing also occurs at Tulum, although not as commonly as in Playa del Carmen.
* Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo also has beach areas where topless sunbathing occurs, especially at Playa Norte.

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

United States


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


*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 rock outcropping on the river.
*A Sea Mountain Spa Nude Spa Resortnude resort hotel for couples with 24 hour nude pool and natural mineral water in Palm Springs California [
*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.Fact|date=March 2007 []
*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 [cite web | url = | title = Deep Creek Volunteers] — Clothing optional hot spring in the San Bernardino National Forest near Apple Valley, California
*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.Fact|date=September 2007 It is reached only by a steep, difficult trail. []
*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. []
*Lupin Lodge — [] 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). []
*Pirates Cove near San Luis Obispo, California []
*Red Rock Beach A half mile south of Stinson Beach, California
*Saline Valley Warm Springs — Hot springs in Death Valley National Park
*San Gregorio nude beach might be the oldest continuously active nude beach in the United StatesFact|date=March 2007. 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 in sunny Palm Springs, CA, this nudist resort is popular with first-time nude sunbathers. []
*Zmudowski State Beach - Unofficial clothing-optional "hidden beach" within Moss Landing.


*Mountain Air Ranch Family Nudist Resort, a family nudist resort near Denver, Colorado [cite web | url = | title = Mountain Air Ranch resort web site] .
*Orvis Hot Springs, a clothing-optional natural hot springs in Ridgway, Colorado [cite web | url = | title = Orvis Hot Springs resort web site] .


*Solair Recreation League is New England´s oldest nudist camp and has a lake with a beach of its own deep in the woods of Connecticut [ [;jsessionid=4AYVY24F4ZSC3QFIQMGSFFOAVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2007/06/10/wnude110.xml] Philip Sherwell in "Nudists in call to youth as membership sags", Telegraph 2007-10-06] . Motto: "For the young - and young at heart". The camp is located at "65 Ide Perrin Road, Woodstock, Connecticut 06281" [ [ Official website] ] .


*Haulover Beach, at coord|25|54|40|N|80|07|18|W|type:landmark_scale:10000 in Miami-Dade County (between Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, and Bal Harbour), the most popular nude beach in North America.
*Playalinda Beach, part of Canaveral National Seashore; has long allowed nudity.
* [ Lake Como Family Nudist Resort] in Pasco County,Florida, is one of Florida's oldest. It is a resident-owned cooperative of almost convert|200|acre|km2 in a very natural setting of which 51 acres are registered as woodland and 60 acres as wetland. Five lakes are within or border the property. Lake Como exemplifies the ideals of the [ International Naturist Federation] that include "self-respect, respect for others, and for the environment." 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.


*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 on Maui
*HanginLoose Clothing-Optional Retreat & Botanical Gardens -- "Big Island"


:Warm Springs in Boise, Idaho, is a clothing-optional neighborhood.:"See Pacific Northwest locations listed at [ Pacific Northwest] at Naked Wikia".


* 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 MichiganFact|date=July 2007, 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, convert|30|mi|km northeast of the Quad City area (Moline, Rock Island and Davenport). approximately 20 acres of sunny and shaded areas situated amid 98 acres of farm land. The camp facilities are approved by the State of Illinois each year. []


* [ 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 Hill Club] in Bloomington Fern Hills Club is in the center of about 75 acres 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 convert|130|acre|km2 of woods and features a 20 acre 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 wooded acres. 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.


* The Naturist Society is affiliated with Lake Edun in Topeka and Prairie Haven in Scranton.
* The American Association for Nude Recreation is associated with the Sandy Lane Club in Hutchinson.


* Camp Ramblewood in Darlington is available for groups wishing to host clothing-optional events. []
* Maryland Health Society in Davidsonville, Maryland is privately owned nudist club. []
* Maryland ARea Naturist Association in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area of Maryland in a privately owned nudist club that rents various facilities for events. []
* Pine Tree Associates in Crownsville, founded in 1934, is a cooperatively-owned, nudist club. []


*Nantucket: Public nudity is unofficially tolerated in the area between Miacomet Beach and Surfside Beach. []
*Martha's Vineyard:
**Moshup Beach in Aquinnah in contains an area where public nudity is unofficially tolerated. [] [] (Both the area and the beach are often called "Gay Head".)
**Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark contains an area where public nudity is permitted. []
**MVBoat offers private charter trips on which nudity is permitted. []
*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. []


* [ Turtle Lake Resort] in Union City.

* [ Northaven Resort] in Brooklyn

* [ Cherry Lane Resort] in North Adams


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.


* The American Association for Nude Recreation is associated with the nudity-required Forty Acre Club in Londell, Missouri.
* The Naturist Society is affiliated with Heartland Naturists near Kansas City and Show Me Acres in Stover


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

New Hampshire

* [ Cedar Waters Village] in Nottingham, New Hampshire. A 20 acre lake, surrounded by over convert|850|acre|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. cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=In 39 Years, There's Little a Lifeguard Doesn't See |url= |quote=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. |publisher=New York Times |date=July 31, 2007 |accessdate=2007-08-21 ]
*Sky Farm Club is a private cooperative in central New Jersey. Situated on 35 acres in Somerset County, Sky Farm have promoted family nudism since 1932.

New York

*"Lighthouse Beach", Fire Island National Seashore, NY, a part of the National Park Service is just east of Robert Moses State Park on the barrier island known as Fire Island separating the main part of Long Island from Fire Island with the Great South Bay between them. Clothing-optional by custom, this beach has been so for over 30 years.
* Empire Haven in Moravia, NY.
* Full Tan Sun Club in Sprakers, NY.
* Ithaca, NY is known for some tolerance of nudity, particularly top-free women, but the infamous Potter's Falls almost always has skinnydippers in warmer weather.


:"See Pacific Northwest locations listed at [ Pacific Northwest] at Naked Wikia."
*Rooster Rock State Park along the Columbia River.
*Collins Beach on Sauvie Island near Portland.
* Bare Lake in Southern Oregon near Howard Prarie Lake.
* Bagby Hot Springs
* Cougar Hot Springs
* Breitenbush Hot Springs has a clothing-optional policy for all hot springs pools and tubs.


* [ Paradise Gardens] .
* [ Buckeye Bares] is an Ohio family nudist group. Members, guests and visitors are always welcome to enjoy the friendship and fun that only nude recreation can offer. [] .
* Many city parks in Columbus, Ohio allow both sexes to go topless.


* Oaklake Trails is a clothing-optional family nudist resort located between Tulsa and Oklahoma City near the town of Depew, Oklahoma. At over convert|400|acre|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. []


*Sunny Rest in Palmerton, Pennsylvania
*See West Penn Naturist Links at [] .
*White Thorn Lodge in Western Pennsylvania at [] .


* [ Hippie Hollow Clothing-Optional Nudist Park] , on the shore of Lake Travis northwest of Austin.


* [ Abbotts Glen] in Halifax.
*The Ledges, on the Harriman Reservoir in Wilmington.
*Starr Farm Beach in Burlington.


:"See Pacific Northwest locations listed at [ Pacific Northwest] at Naked Wikia"


*Mazo Beach on the Wisconsin River.


There are two places in the United States with nudist youth camps: Lake Como, Florida and Shangri-La, Arizona.

A camp at White Tail Park, Southampton County, Virginia may be discontinued: even though the camps are strictly non-sexual, in 2004 the commonwealth law of Virginia, enforced by Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore, banned nudist youth camps unless a parent, grandparent, or legal guardian is present, citing dangers from sexual predators. [] 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. [ [ ACLU Challenges Va. Law Banning Nude Summer Camps ] ]

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