At least one nude beach or topless beach can be found in almost every county along the California coast. There are almost 50 places where nudity or topless sunbathing is allowed or tolerated. These nude beach locations include Blacks' Beach, the most popular nude beach in the country and the nation's oldest nude beach (San Gregorio, where people have been going topless since 1967).
To find a nude beach in a California county, click on the county name below.
You can also go to the interactive nude beach map where you can choose by location.
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Luis Obispo
- San Mateo
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Cruz
California Nude Beaches and the Law
Laws abpout nudity vary by location and fines for going topless (or all the way) are stiff in some places. I have made every effort to provide accurate nude beach information with each beach profile, but the responsibility for knowing the law is yours.
POLL: What's the Best Nude Beach in California?
We've listed them all and you can find our readers' favorites in each county when you go to that page, but we're looking for the top nude beach in California.
☐ Baker Beach, San FranciscoSee what others think
☐ Blacks Beach, San Diego
☐ Bonny Doon, Santa Cruz County
☐ The Crater, Monterey County
☐ Gaviota Beach, Santa Barbara County
☐ Grey Whale Cove, San Mateo County
☐ Guadalupe Dunes, San Luis Obispo County
☐ Limantour Beach, Marin County
☐ Pirate's Cove (Avila), San Luis Obispo County
☐ San Onofre Beach, San Diego County