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Santa Barbara County Nude Beach Guide

Santa Barbara County Nude Beaches

The status of nude beaches in Santa Barbara County changes more often than perhaps any other county in the state, depending on the attitude of law enforcement officials and also on who controls the land. More Mesa, Rincon and Summerland Beaches are subject to Santa Barbara County nudity laws. Gaviota Beach is part of the California State Park system and subject to State Park Regulations

We try to keep up with the current situation and our growing number of beach reviewers help, too. You can join them by submitting your comments on the individual beach pages. Submit general information about Santa Barbara County nude beaches here.

Recommended Beaches

As of mid-2011, your best bets for nude sunbathing without law enforcement hassles at a Santa Barbara County Beach are:

Where Not to Go

North Rincon Beach (also known as Bates Beach) has been closed to nude sunbathing since mid-2000, although an active group of its fans continue to work to change that. You can find more information at their website. So far, local officials continue to state that they must enforce anti-nudity laws. Officers frequently walk on the train tracks above the beach looking for any kind of illegal activity and if they see you nude on the beach, they will ticket you.

Summerland Beach is also closed to nudity and county nudity laws are strictly enforced. Even if it weren't, this location is rapidly becoming an environmental problem because of oil seeping up onto the sand from old pipes.

Although San Onofre Beach (also called Secret Beach) and Vista Del Mar, as well as Cemetery Beach and a few others have seen some clothing optional use in the past, the best we can tell, they are not used for nude recreation now.

The Southern California Naturist Association website is a good place to get the most recent updates.

POLL: What is your favorite Santa Barbara County nude beach?

We realize that some of the beaches in this poll are among those not recommended above, but we also know that people don't always listen, so we've included them all.

Gaviota
More Mesa
Rincon
San Onofre(Secret)
Summerland
Vista del Mar

See what others think.

This is an interactive map. Click on the blue pushpin to get more information about More Mesa or click on the red pushpin to find out about Gaviota.


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