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Local Nude Beaches

Okay guys, are you ready for the kind of information you want? Then let me break the ice, and give you this San Franciscan's perspective of nearby nude beaches.

When we were growing up in S.F., we understood that Baker Beach (well, the north half, anyway) was clothing optional. If you look on a map, spot the Golden Gate Bridge. Then trace the coast to the southwest. Bingo.

What we weren't told was that, first of all, the state of California did not allow public nudity. However, Baker Beach was on Federal, not state land. Supposedly, the Feds did not have anti-nudity laws. Or if they did, they generally did not enforce them at Baker Beach. On the rare fog-free and warm/hot day, north Baker Beach was and now will be teeming with mostly nudists, and of all ages.

Baker Beach is one of the few spots in urban America, when you can go in the buff.

During the 1991-92 school year, my housemate Dave introduced me to the secluded Bonny Doon Beach. It is just south of the tiny coastal town of Davenport, in Santa Cruz County. There are no bathrooms, and you'll have to make your way down (and back up!) a narrow trail. But you'll be greeted by a spectacular bay. The north end, beyond a big rock, is where the nudists congregate. Though Bonny Doon Beach is on State property, law enforcement generally doesn't like to come down, and intervene with nudists.

Okay. Dave and the 4 girls introduced me to what was known as Santa Cruz's "2222 Beach." Now, why was it called that? Because it was the equivalent of where 2222 W. Cliff Drive would be. See, if you walk along that street, you'd be elevated, some 20-30' above the shore. However, if you make your way from Natural Bridges State Park, the first cove on W. Cliff is 2222 Beach. You'll have to trudge down the narrow trail, but you will come upon a tiny cove. Because it is a cove, the waves usually aren't that rough. Also, the relatively calmer water allows clumps of kelp to float offshore, further slowing down the waves.

As I learned from Dave and the 4 girls, 2222 Beach was not your stereotypical middle-age-only dump. It was very popular among college-age kids.

Just like Baker Beach in San Francisco, 2222 Beach in Santa Cruz is one of those urban anomalies. If you're one of the myriad walkers on W. Cliff Drive, you'd never know 2222 Beach was there. Yet, if you do, it's the rare urban public place where nudists generally aren't harassed.

Now that I have introduced you guys to Baker Beach, Bonny Doon Beach, and 2222 Beach, (a) look them up, and (b) go there!

The 4 girls had diverse personalities. Consequently, they also had variegated musical tastes. But one song which they all liked was Toad The Wet Sprocket's "All I Want."

Edits: 05/14/17 05/14/17 05/14/17

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