The 7 Best Nude Beaches


By OUTTraveler Editors

Clothing is always optional on these seven great gay beaches.

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Little Beach, Makena, Maui
On Maui the top gay sunning spot is peaceful Little Beach (nudity is the norm, although technically illegal). You'll find it about one mile south of the Maui Prince Hotel in Makena on the island's southwest coast. Take all valuables out of your car and hike north up the rocky trail from 3,000-foot Big Beach to find its smaller sidekick; gay sunbathers congregate at Little Beach's north end. 



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Wreck Beach, Vancouver

The fresh breeze from the ocean serves as Vancouver's own air-conditioning and prevents it from ever getting really hot or humid. Wreck is perched on the tip of Point Grey, looking out over the Burrard Inlet to the North Shore Mountains. Wreck is a taxi ride to the west of the city, at the foot of the cliffs that surround the University of British Columbia. The gay beach basks at the famous clothing-optional beach's south end. Naked vendors ply the beach offering water, beer, sandwiches, and a surprising array of narcotics. Ask any student how to get to the access paths that lead down to the water. If you have lots with you, leave your belongings in a locker in the Museum of Anthropology near the trailheads above. 



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Black's Beach, San Diego
One of the largest nude beaches in the country, Black's Beach runs for more than a mile on the coast north of San Diego, under the Torrey Pines Bluffs. Officially part of Torrey Pines State Beach, Black's is jointly by the state and the city. The distinction is important, as the nudity is only allowed on the state side, which starts about 100 yards south of the Torrey Pines Glideport. Getting here can be tricky, the quickest route is also the most treacherous—a steep rugged trail down a 300-foot cliff.