If we did this list for Europe it would almost be redundant, after all, most beaches in Europe are at least a little nude friendly. But here in the United States, public nudity is still something one has to go looking for, and there’s no better place to look than at one of America’s ten best nude beaches.
[Also see our travel articles “The Ten Best Nude Beaches in the World” and “The World’s Best Nude Travel Destinations “]
10. UFO Beach, South Padre Island, Texas
[Also see our travel article “Exploring the Texas Hill Country“]
This beach isn’t officially clothing optional, but after taking a quick look around one could be forgiven for assuming that it is. A few miles north of the main strip and Beach Access 6, this beach, called UFO by locals because of its eccentric buoy, is the best place on the island to really work on your tan. It’s especially popular during the island’s raucous spring break festivities when it’s overrun with partying college kids.
9. San Gregorio, San Mateo County, California
[Also see our travel article “Road Trip: Los Angeles to San Francisco“]
San Gregorio is a tiny town with only 287 people in San Mateo County, just south of San Francisco. What makes it interesting is its stunning coastal setting on the Pacific, and its two-mile-long town beach, which is actually the oldest nude beach in the United States. Popular with the Bay Area gay community, straight visitors to the beach tend to stay on its southern side, while gay visitors migrate to its northern sands. Both groups, however, stay to watch the sunsets.
8. Lighthouse Beach, Islip, New York
[Also see our “travel articles on New York“]
Part of the Fire Island National Seashore, Lighthouse Beach is the place for New Yorkers looking to escape the city’s stifling heat and their clothes. Though not entirely nude, Lighthouse Beach is Long Island’s best known topless beach. The only place where nudity isn’t allowed is at the direct center of the beach near the lighthouse – because that’s not the view that the tourists come to see.
7. Gunnison Beach, Middletown, New Jersey
If you thought the cast of Jersey Shore was immodest, just wait until you see what’s going on at Gunnison Beach! The best nude beach on the East Coast, this beach sees well-tanned and well-toned guidos and guidettes strut their all-nude stuff just a few miles south of New York City all summer long.
6. Collins Beach, Sauvie Island, Oregon
[Also see our travel article “The World’s Most Livable Cities“]
Our first non-coastal beach, Collins Beach can be found on Sauvie Island in Oregon’s Columbia River. A big hit with locals, the beach is a great place to bare it all, and 75% of visitors to the beach choose to go nude. Of course, the beach is right next to hiptastic Portland, so don’t be surprised to see some bearded hipster bodies out on the sands.