American men’s lifestyle website Thrilllist picks its top seven nude beaches in the USA. They are:
Baker Beach, San Francisco, CA
Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean about a half-mile from San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach was part of the Presidio military base before being given to the National Park Service. Clothing is optional, so expect to see nude sunbathers being totally cool with their bodies whilst silently judging yours.
Perks: You'll get spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Pits: The waters are extremely sharky, so you'd be wise to keep your minnow on land.
Black's Beach, San Diego, CA
A popular beach for both surfers and dolphins, and situated off of the gigantic underwater Scripps Canyon, Black's Beach is tough to access with only four entry routes. But with the risk comes reward: the uncrowded beach and opportunity to wear your "surf naked" t-shirt at a place where people will take heed.
Perks: Uncrowded waves, San Diego babes.
Pits: Landslides are known to occur here, so climbing up a cliff to get a better vantage point will not be to your advantage.
Gunnison Beach, Middletown, NJ
Originally intended to house a fortification to protect New York Harbour, the beach is located in New Jersey, making this stretch of sand the least offensive thing to come out of the Garden State since Anne Hathaway.
Perks: Expect to see a lot of implants and plastic surgery around intimate areas...
Pits: ... on dudes.
Haulover Beach, Bal Harbour, FL
Part of a 99-acre city park in Miami, Haulover juts out on a shoal between the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. The beach was sanctioned as "clothing-optional" in 1991 by a local naturist organisation.
Perks: Miami's beaches are loaded with beautiful and exotic women.
Pits: You're in Miami, and lest you forget, a guy ate someone's face there one time.
Lighthouse Beach, Islip, NY
Part of the Fire Island National Seashore, Lighthouse Beach has long offered New Yorkers a chance to get away from it all (including clothing). To this day, it's Long Island's most famous naked sunbathing area.
Perks: You can catch a Counting Crows show at nearby Jones Beach before catching the train back to Manhattan.
Pits: Lighthouse visitors had the middle section of the beach - which contains said lighthouse - made clothing-required in the 90s.
Little Beach, Maui, HI
Hundreds of folks flock to this beach daily and shed their clothes/inhibitions, but it also has top-notch waves and scenery.
Perks: There's a solid chance you see a naked person riding a surfboard (a.k.a., "hanging eleven").
Pits: Falling face first on volcanic rock hurts.
UFO Beach, South Padre, TX
OK, so South Padre doesn't have any official nude beaches, but they also don't seem to have much of a problem with showing a little skin. Head about 10-12 miles north of Beach Access 6 and you'll hit a stretch of self-proclaimed "clothing optional" sand the locals call UFO, demarcated by an emergency evacuation pod that washed up on-shore.
Perks: Everything's bigger in Texas.
Pits: You're not from Texas.