10 Best Nude Beaches in the U.S. and the World
Just in time for Valentine's Day, we've rounded up five close-to-home nude beaches in the U.S. and the five best nude beaches in the rest of the world. So hop on over to a nearby domestic nude beach this weekend, then start planning your next nude beach vacation! Plus we've got your nude beach packing essentials!
5 Best Nude Beaches in the U.S.
Secret Beach (aka Kauapea Beach), Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai’s Kauapea Beach, sometimes called Secret Beach, is no big secret. Located on the island’s north shore, this large beach is tucked between Kalihiwai Bay and Kilauea Point and is accessible by a steep, unmarked footpath. Public nudity is illegal in Hawaii, but many folks strip down here since the beach is rarely patrolled. The east side of the beach is the unofficial nude section, so if you prefer your fellow beachgoers clothed, head to the west end. The water here can be rough, especially in the winter, so swimming is not suggested.
Haulover Beach, Florida
Haulover Beach, located in Bal Harbour, Florida is the state’s only official nude beach. The northern end is designated clothing-optional, so be sure to stay in the market area if you’re doffing your duds. Parking is $5 per vehicle and the beach is open from sunrise to sunset. Chairs are available to rent and most days there’s a snack cart in the area with food for purchase.
STAY: Oasis Villa
Baker Beach, San Francisco, California
San Francisco has numerous nude beaches with Baker Beach being one of the largest and closest to the city. It also has one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge in all of San Francisco. When you get to this public beach, hang a right past the hazardous surf sign for the nude section. The beach as a whole attracts large crowds, which can make parking a challenge, but the clothing-optional section, closest to the Golden Gate, is never overly crowded. Swimming is not advised due to rip tides and rough surf. Restrooms and picnic tables are available.
STAY: Presidio Inn & Suites
Moshup Beach, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Moshup Beach, also known as Gay Head Beach, is a public beach in Aquinnah on the west side of Martha’s Vineyard. This half-mile-long beach is about a 10-15 minute walk along Moshup Trail from the parking lot, and that coupled with the fact that it’s a bit off the beaten tourist path, means it’s not nearly as crowded as some of the Vineyard’s other beaches. While not officially designated a nude beach, the area near the first point as you walk towards the lighthouse is the unofficial clothing-optional zone.
STAY: Duck Inn
UFO Beach, South Padre Island, Texas
A big red object that can only be described as UFO bears the words “Nude Beach”. Find that and you’ve found U.F.O. beach, officially known as North Beach. To get to U.F.O. beach, a four-wheel drive is necessary unless you’re up for a ten-mile hike along a hot beach. This unofficial nude beach is popular with college students, particularly during spring break, which makes for a lively atmosphere. The beach is regularly patrolled and rangers seem to have varying attitudes towards nude sunbathing, so err on the side of caution and cover up as you see beach patrols approaching.
STAY: La Copa Inn Beach Hotel
Nude Beach Packing Essentials
Strong spray sunscreen. Because let's face it, rubbing lotion on your nude self in public could get a little...awkward. | A floppy — and face-covering — beach hat. | A big beach towel for sitting and sunning on. | A pretty pareo for covering up on your way to and from. | Foot jewelry, because if you can't show off your style in a cute bikini, you've got to accessorize!
5 Best Nude Beaches in the World
Orient Beach, St. Martin
Perhaps one of the most famous nude beaches, St. Martin’s Orient Beach is making its comeback after hurricane Irma. Currently some restaurants and bars in the area are open, with more working towards reopening, but the beach itself is still beautiful. Yes, there’s still some debris that needs clearing, but there’s definitely space to sun yourself. Bring you own cooler with water and snacks and towels as there’s currently no rentals like there was pre-Irma.
STAY: We'll get back to you on this one! The island is still rebuilding from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, so there's not a lot of available accommodations at this time. However cruises are still going to St. Martin and Orient Beach can still be visited.
Wreck Beach, Vancouver, Canada
Canada may not be the first place that comes to mind when we say beach, much less nude beach, but Wreck Beach is a secluded, official clothing-optional beach just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver. It’s also North America’s largest nude beach at approximately four miles long. There are numerous access trails to the Wreck Beach, the most popular of which is trail 6. During the summer trail 6 features many vendors selling food, drink, and beach-day necessities but you’re going to climb down 500 stairs to get to the sand — and keep in mind that at some point you’ll have to climb back up! The ocean is swimmable but can be quite cold. The Wreck Beach Preservation Society puts on events like monthly Nude Swim Night, Nude Art Show, and their annual Bare Buns Run.
STAY: Granville Island Hotel
Red Beach, Crete, Greece
Reachable by small boat, kayak or a 30 minute hike from Matala, Red Beach is a unique red-sand beach in Southern Crete. The entire beach is nude-friendly, but clothing-free folks tend to congregate on the north side of the beach near the carved rocks. During the summer there are loungers and umbrellas available for rent as well as limited beverages, however it’s best to bring your own food and drink as hours vary.
STAY: Xenios Dias
Hawksbill Bay, Antigua
Hawksbill Bay, named for its uniquely shaped offshore rock formation, is divided into multiple sections, one of which is Antigua’s only nude beach. The beach is part of the Hawksbill Beach Resort, an all-inclusive hotel that is naturist-friendly. The Honeymoon Cove and Eden Beach sections of Hawksbill beach are quiet and frequented by the clothing-optional crowd. Facilities can be found in the nearby Sea Grapes Beach section.
STAY: Hawksbill Beach Resort
Grande Saline Beach, St. Barth
Grand Saline Beach, on St. Barth’s south coast, is a long, wide and fairly desolate stretch of sand. This secluded white sand beach can be a bit windy and the surf can be a bit rough, but what it lacks in shade and amenities, it makes up for with beautiful views. Parking is plentiful and it’s a bit of a steep, rocky walk to get to the beach, but that keeps it from getting overly crowded. Head to the left of the beach path for the unofficial nude section.
STAY: Salines Garden Cottages