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San Onofre State Beach - San Onofre CA


This location, although great for surfers and sunners, probably will not have the best visibility for diving. The shallow reefs, however, do house a wide variety of marine life perfect for you underwater fishermen!

Directions: Located 3 miles South of San Clemente, and 19 miles North of Oceanside. From I-5, take the Basilone Exit South and travel 1.4 miles down the Old Highway 101.

Very shallow for a long, long way out (3-8ft). Mostly all cobble stones with no reef to speak of. Heavy surf makes this a popular surf spot. Not a good place to bring a beginner both because of the surf and the lack of reef life. This beach is also called Radiation Bay because of the nuclear power plant.

Getting real naked in California?

Leave your swim suit behind...
San Diego’s official ’clothing optional’ beaches:

San Onofre State Beach
Getting naked is tolerated, but when complains arise, officials will ask you to put your clothes on. It’s all about playing by the rules.
There is a small fee for the parking area, which fills up soon at the weekends.
How to get there: Take from I-5 the Basilone Road southwest until reaching the State Park. Then walk on Trail 6 in southern direction until you find like-minded fellows. This area compromies the southern section of the beach from the life guard tower to a fence where Camp Pendleton military base begins.
Keep a slight distance to the life guard and don’t cross the line to the military base.

Black’s Beach
Probably the most popular optional clothing beach of the area and the west coast. The beach is situated just north of San Diego in La Jolla and south of Torrey Pines State Beach. Take care that you don’t mistake Black’s Beach (State) with the one of the city, where clothing optional is not permitted.
A steep trail, beginning at Torrey Pines Scenic Rd, leads down to the beach. This zone is mostly quite crowded, sometimes up to 10,000 persons have been counted.
How to get there:
From San Diego drive I-5 northwards and take exit Genessee Ave. westwards.
When reaching North Torrey Pines Rd, turn left and the next possible road right. This should be Torrey Pines Scenic Rd.. Drive until you reach the start point for the paragliders.
Other California beaches, where you find like-minded people ...

Red, White und Blue Beach
Accessable from Highway 1 - is situated about 7 mi north of Santa Cruz. Look for a big red-white-blue colored mail box with no 5021 on it. Should be on the west side of the road. Turn into Scaroni Road and watch out for two gates, where the entrance is. A small fee applies.

More Mesa
North of Santa Barbara.
Find here also some sportive activity like Volleyball and Surfing.
Respect the end of the clothing optional zone which is indicated by a sign reading: ’Clothing Mandatory’.
How to get here: From Santa Barbara take Highway No1 and travel northwards. Take exit Turnpike Rd and turn south on Hollister Ave. Turn left at this junction and turn then right at the junction Puente Drive (which is the second crossing). Puenta Drive then becomes Vieja Drive and when you reach Mockingbird Lane you’re there. The rest of the way has to be done by feet. Steep stairs lead you down to the beach, where you must turn right to get to the clothing optional area.

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