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Nude Beaches in San Francisco?
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Because of its setting, its half-mile long stretch of sandy beach, and its awe-inspiring views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands, this is a beach for everyone: tourists and locals; clothed and unclothed; kite flyers and sunset aficionados; picnickers and dog lovers.
The nude area is north of the Hazardous Surf sign (which should definitely be heeded, as the rip currents make swimming extremely unadviseable!) - be sure to stay in this area if you're going topless or au natural - you may be cited by rangers elsewhere on the beach.
There are some facilities at the clothing-required end of the beach in the form of restrooms, grills, and picnic tables.
Insider Secret: Baker Beach was the site of the first Burning Man Festival back in 1986.
Lands End Beach
Amazing views, driftwood and rocks, not a whole lot of sand, but it's still a popular beach with the locals especially.
There have been recent improvements made by the park service, which have made the beach a little easier to reach - this has impacted the amount of nudity (much less to none, so "test the waters" with a quick look around before you decide to doff the clothes!).
Dangerous waters, so no swimming, but there's good hiking along the bluffs and one of the bluffs has a meditation maze!
Lands End is between the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. From above you can see the shipwrecks of the Lyman Steward and the Frank Buck.
Fort Funston Beach with a Caveat
(CC) Chris Martin
I include Fort Funston Beach because it has traditionally been a clothing optional beach, but be forewarned that rangers are no longer tolerant of nudity here - perhaps because Fort Funston has turned itself to other uses like the programs for schoolchildren at the Fort Funston Environmental Education Center.
The beach area consists of sandy dunes backed by coastal headlands, and the area is one of the country's premier hang-gliding sites!
Dangerous surf and undertows here, and the climb down to the beach and back is strenuous.
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