Bay Area beaches

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San Francisco beaches

Land's End Beach

Park on El Camino Real at 32nd avenue and hike in.

Fort Funston
China Beach

China Beach San Francisco
China Beach

Presidio beaches

Baker Beach

Baker Beach San Francisco

Baker Beach San Francisco

Popular with fishers and families. At the north end is a huddle of naturists and nudists.

Marshall beach and North Marshall Beach

Sometimes known as Golden Gate Bridge Beach, a trail from the road leads to Marshall Beach where everyone is still somewhat mixed. The photo (left) shows the rocky Marshall Beach, and the outcropping to the north of which is the gay section. However, especially at sunset it gets some photographers hoping to catch the sunset light against the bridge.

Marshall Beach San Francisco

North Marshall Beach San Francisco

Naughty Boys Beach San Francisco

North Marshall Beach San Francisco

San Francisco's best nude beaches

Baker Beach (at the north), Marshall Beach (mostly gay), Land's End, Fort Funston

San Mateo County beaches

San Mateo County's best nude beaches

Gray Whale Cove (aka Devil's Slide), San Gregorio State Beach (mostly gay),

Santa Cruz County beaches

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Nude beaches include Big Rock Hole, Frisbee Beach, especially Garden of Eden.

Santa Cruz County's best nude beaches

Bonny Doon nude beach, 2222 beach (across from 2222 West Cliff), Privates beach (from stairs at 41st, or get a key to the gate from 821 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 831-476-2950). The nude area is to the left of the gate.

Marin County beaches

Sausalito area

Five beaches here (all off Conzelman Road) have officially been closed for years due to lack of maintenance funds, but are still heavily used.
Kirby Cove

Closed but accessible. There is a campground. C/o.

Black Sand beach

The most popular of the Sausalito beaches. C/o.

Central Bonita beach

A very challenging trail involving some scrambling at the end. Go past the Black Sand beach carpark on Conzelman Road until becomes two-way, and park in the lot with the toilet on the left. Stay left and look for a narrow, treacherous trail to the beach. (I did not see this on the map.) C/o.

West Bonita beach

Disappears during high tide, but there is safe swimming at other times. Go to the Central Bonita carpark and take a fenced off dirt fire road/trail near the lot (with a warning sign) down. Where it loops uphill, go left along a narrow side path into the brush. Keep taking forks toward the Golden Gate Bridge to railroad-tie steps leading all the way down, though it may be crumbling at the end. Do not veer off the path, it is dangerous. C/o.

Point Reyes beaches

Bolinas Bay

Stinson beach

Big and sandy. Not c/o.

Little Stinson beach

Very rocky, frequently underwater, textile, gay hangout. Located between Stinson and Red Rock beaches. Not officially c/o.

Red Rock beach (aka Mickey's Beach)

Some erroneous locations on other, less thought-out maps. Very c/o.

Cross Rock beach

Dangerous to access. It is located immediately north of Muir Beach. C/o.

Midway beach

Other places

Mount Vision pond

Now choked up and marshy. Usually just a handful of people. Some c/o.

The Inkwells

Just park at the green bridge at Shafter Fire Rd and Sir Frances Drake Blvd. They are under the pedestrian bridge immediately to the east. Some c/o.

Marin County's best nude beaches

Muir Beach, Red Rock Beach. Lake beaches include Bass Lake (hike along Coast/Palomarin trail), Rodeo Beach (at the south), RCA Beach, Limantour beach (quiet, secluded), Kirby Cove (has a campground, but closed) and Black Sands Beach (closed), Central Bonita beach, West Bonita beach. Less-frequently-nude beaches are the Inkwells (usually empty), Cross Rock beach (dangerous to access).

Contra Costa County beaches

Contra Costa County's best nude beaches

Hidden Pond in Mt Diablo State Park is secluded and not much of a beach, but is refreshing.

Alameda County beaches