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Nude beaches aren’t as popular in America as they are in other parts of the world, however, the clothing-optional beaches in the United States are well worth the visit for all those wanting to bare it all. From oceanfront spots to lake shorelines, get rid of those tan lines at one of these top nude beaches in the United States.
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Little Beach, found in Makena State Park, is a clothing-optional beach on the beautiful island of Maui, Hawaii. Although nudity on beaches is illegal in Maui, Little Beach is the unofficial exception to the rule. This clothing-optional beach tops this list because it truly is one of the most beautiful nude beaches in the United States. There is a short hike from Big Beach to reach Little Beach. Little Beach does seem to have its own secluded section of Makena State Park, since it’s a bit removed from the main beach-going area. Catch the sunset at Little Beach on Sunday nights, when the beach crowd comes alive through drum circles and song and dance.
New Jersey is home to one legal nude beach, Gunnison Beach. Found in the Gateway National Recreation Area, this East Coast nude beach is a popular spot all summer long. Cool off with a swim and enjoy the Manhattan skyline right from the beach here. There is even a summer ferry that operates from Gunnison Beach to Manhattan. Due to its popularity, this nude beach gets crowded on weekends in the summer.
One of the most popular nude beaches in North America is Haulover Beach in Miami. This beach is actually one of the only government-run nude beaches in the country. Typical to Miami beaches, nudists here can enjoy the crystal-clear, blue water and soft sand. Since over 1.4 million people visit this beach every year, there is actually a lifeguard on duty here. Since its official title as a “clothing optional” beach in 1991, this Miami-based nudist beach has attracted locals and tourists alike.
There is no surprise that a clothing-optional beach is found within the “weird” city of Austin, Texas. This lake beach found on Lake Travis is where nudists sunbathe and swim in the Texas Hill Country. Although not a sandy shoreline, the flat rocks that line the lakeshore at Hippie Hollow still make for a great place to enjoy this Texas lake sans clothes. Hippie Hollow, found 20 minutes outside of Austin, is the only clothing-optional public park area in Texas.
The view of the Golden Gate Bridge from this nudist beach in San Francisco is well worth a visit here. Although not the best swimming spot due to cold water temperatures and rough swimming conditions, Baker Beach is still a great place to sunbathe. If you do intend to visit this California beach, keep in mind that only the northern part of this small beach is designated as clothing-optional.
Another California beach that caters to nudist visitors is Black’s Beach in San Diego. There is a trek to reach this clothing-optional beach, but as the only beach in San Diego where nudity is not illegal, many visitors still flock here. Expect naked surfers and sunbathers enjoying this secluded piece of California shoreline. The cliffs and strenuous trek down to this beach makes Black’s Beach one of the most secluded and isolated nude beaches on this list.
Collins Beach, a river beach on Sauvie Island, is where many Portlandians head to bare it all. This Columbia River beach is pro-nudity, as the area even has signs to alert non-nudists about the amount of skin that is regularly seen here.
Get rid of those tan lines when you spend some time at this beach on the Big Island of Hawaii. This black sand beach does require a hike to reach, however, the hike adds a more secluded beach experience away from gawkers and tourists. To embrace Hawaii’s nudist community here, visit on Sunday nights when music and dancing occur on this small, 75-yard beach.