From the article: Panther Beach - Hole-in-the-Wall Beach
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- Stumbled apon this beach a couple days ago and had tons of fun exploring the area. Lots of cool rock formations to look at and to climb on. There was only a couple people there I wasn't even aware it was a nude beach until I read this article. I'm confused why this article is saying that the hole is collapsed because I just took a picture standing under it! Definitely worth going for something different! More interesting than just sand, sun and water to look at.
- —Guest Rachel
- After checking out all the local beaches I find that this one (these two) are my favorites. I've been going to Panther/Hole for over 20 years now and have seen the nude scene change dramatically. When I was first going there most people were nude and the clothed would sit right next to a nude person without a second thought. In the last several years I noticed a lot of pervs disguising themselves as nudists which led to no one wanting to go nude anymore. Today (2011) it's basically just me and sometimes my wife who go nude and as expected sometimes the clothed freak out but I'm expecting a resurgence of nudity here since all the pervs are gone and since it's such a beautiful beach. Where else can you find a hole in the wall (which only a few times out of hundreds I couldn't get through because of waves), a cave at the top of a rock tower, many other interesting rock formations and few crowds? Bonny D's cove is too limiting with many gawkers. You can sit anywhere nude at Panther/Hole.
- It was 1971, I was visiting Santa Cruz with a friend, it got late one night so we slept in the car along hwy 1. The next morning we were awakened by some beach goers who were going down to the beach. We went down with them, expecting a day in the sun enjoying the peaceful Pacific Ocean. I was still a little sleepy, and nodded off on the beach. My friend woke me a little later by yelling out my name. I looked around and everyone on the beach except myself was nude. Talk about a shocker. The beach is called Panther beach because you practically have to be a panther to get to the beach, which, by the way, is only accessable during low-tide. One thing of note - there is a rim of cliffs overhanging the beach and there seemed to be everyone and their brother with a camera taking pictures of the nudists. We were not really bothered by anyone that day, but that does not mean that the beach is not private property, so beware, because many of the beaches North of Snata Cruz on Hwy 1 are.