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San Onofre Beach


San Onofre Beach

San Onofre Beach

© Betsy Malloy 2001

San Onofre Beach was a popular nude beach is located just north of Camp Pendleton. Just barely inside the northern boundary of San Diego County, it was the closest nude beach to Los Angeles and Orange County.

Since early 2010, park rangers have stepped up enforcement and have issue dcitations for nudity at San Onofre, which essentially shut it down.

Visit the Friends of San Onofre website to get current information about the ongoing battle to reopen it.

The rest of this information describes what it was like before the increased enforcement.


Beware of helicopters overhead if you're sensitive about being seen.


San Diego County


  • Very friendly
  • Police are vigilant about sex here
  • Stay out of the military base, the citations are a hassle

    Who's at San Onofre Beach

    • In summer, several thousand people total, several hundred nudists on a warm day.
    • Much fewer people the rest of the year.
    • About 80% bare it all in the clothing optional area
    • Men outnumber women
    • Many are regulars who either know one another and stay in a group or stay to themselves

    San Onofre Beach Facilities

    Toilets, outdoor sinks and showers at each trailhead at the top of the bluffs. Drink machines, campsites with fire rings. The nearest store is about 5 miles away in San Clemente.

    San Onofre Beach Activities

    Nude swimming, sunbathing, volleyball, beachcombing, yoga, walking, jogging, Frisbee, paddleball

    San Onofre Beach Rating:

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    Laws regarding nudity at the naturist beach vary by location and fines are stiff in some places. I have made every effort to provide accurate information, but the responsibility for knowing the law at San Onofre Beach is yours.

    Nude or naturist beach neophytes, please be respectful of others and read the Nude Beach and Topless Beach Etiquette guidelines before you go to a nude beach and check the nudity laws too.


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