San Onofre Nude Beach
I’ve been going to the nude beach at San Onofre for something like 15 years. It sounds corny, but for many years, it really was a little Eden. No cars, no buildings, no congestion, no services. Just sand, salt water, sandstone bluffs and serenity. And naked people.
It’s where I learned to surf, met my best friend, and let the harshness of everyday life percolate through sun and sand to become the rich story of my life. And now they plan to close it in just a few weeks. Or at least put a stop to a couple hundred people who like to gather without clothes. But since you have to pay $15 per day to park (or $175 per year for a pass) drive 5 miles to a dead-end road, walk about 1/2 mile, and end up on a beach that’s so rocky getting into the water can by physically painful, I can’t imagine many people will go there if they can’t be naked.
So time will tell. Will bureaucrats and those who believe they know how others should live their life succeed in telling us we can’t be naked on this remote stretch of beach? Or will some common sense and freedom prevail and let people continue to chill out, relax, catch a few waves in the buff? If you’re reading this you’re likely a nudist, or at least curious. We hope you’ll support the cause and help promote places and events that encourage nudity, freedom, self expression. That’s our goal. Life’s too short and too much fun to be hidden under clothes
San Onofre Nude Beach
Small Crowd on a Winter Day
One of the great things about California is that even in winter you can get great nude beach days. Like today.We headed down to Trail Six at San Onofre and surfed a few hours.Of course this time of year that means a full wetsuit since the water is in the high 50’s, but the sun was shining and beach temperatures were about 70.
Drying the wetsuit
The crowd was small.About a half dozen surfers (all guys).Not many of the regulars until later in the afternoon.There was one young couple.As you’d expect, the guy was naked almost immediately, the girl took much longer.They didn’t stay long, but at least got to enjoy an hour or two of laying naked in the sun in February.
Summer is still the best season for San Onofre. The air is warm all day and so is the water.Sun doesn’t set until after 8. But in winter you always get a good parking place (sometimes in summer you don’t get one at all), and you get your choice of places to sit. There’s a peaceful and quiet feeling to the place that’s nice. And it’s very easy to get in a game of nude Frisbee golf without hitting anyone with the occasional bad toss.
There are official courses all over the country, but with a little imagination you can create a course anywhere. At San Onofre we use trash cans as the “holes”. Sometimes we use big pieces of driftwood that stick up out of the sand. You score when you hit the can or stick. You can set the course as short or long as you like. We enjoy mixing it up.A few short holes, a few long ones. A few clear, open shots….and a few where you have to negotiate some big bushes and gullies. If you’ve got some sports you love, and enjoy even more naked, let us know about them. We’re always looking to update the website and appreciate contributions.