Devil's Slide Nude Beach: The Complete Guide

Grey Whale Cove at High Tide

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In the past, Devil's Slide Beach has also been known as Grey Whale Cove or Edun (nude spelled backward) Cove. The name Devil's Slide comes from the landslides that frequently closed the highway nearby before the new tunnels were constructed.

Since 2001, the beach has been run by the California state parks system. So far, they have not enforced the park system's nudity regulations like they do in other locations, but that could change. A quick search for "devil's slide beach nudity" before you go may be a good precaution.

Description

  • 300-yard-long sandy beach bounded by two hills
  • Very clean
  • Best in September and October, chilly the rest of year
  • Lots of wildlife, even an occasional great white shark

While at the Beach

The number of textile visitors is increasing, and nude sunbathers tend to gather at the north end. Gawkers can be a problem. The beach has restrooms available. Fires are not allowed and dogs aren't permitted.

While you're at Devil's Slide you can soak up some sun or watch the whales, but swimming is not recommended.

More Nude Beaches Close to Devil's Slide

If you get tired of Devil's Slide, you can also go to  San Gregorio Beach, a privately-run nude beach about 10 miles north of Devil's Slide or visit San Francisco County Nude Beaches., Santa Cruz County Nude Beaches, or even Marin County Nude Beaches.

Nudity Laws and Devil's Slide Beach

Devil's Slide is a state park, which has ​its own set of rules and regulation about public nudity.

You can get a rundown on San Mateo County nudity laws in general by scrolling to the bottom of this page about San Mateo County nude beaches.

Nude or naturist beach neophytes, please be respectful of others and read the Nude Beach and Topless Beach Etiquette guidelines before you go to a nude beach.

The Bay Guardian newspaper gives Devil's Slide a grade of "A, " and our readers seem to like it, too.

Getting There

The beach is just off CA Hwy 1 south of San Francisco and north of Half Moon Bay

You can find it by watching the mileage markers if you know how. It's between milepost 37.7 and 38.06. Find out how to interpret a California milepost marker

If you're driving south on CA Hwy 1 from San Francisco and Pacifica, Devil's Slide Beach is just south of the Devil's Slide tunnels. There's a ruined building on top of the cliff just before you get there. The parking lot is on the left side of the road where an unmarked road goes uphill.

If you're driving north on CA Hwy 1 from Half Moon Bay, the parking lot is on the right, shortly after you pass Telephone Call Box number SM 1 375. It's 1.2 miles north of La Costanera restaurant.

There's a parking lot on the east side of CA Hwy 1 that's open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. To get to the beach carefully cross the highway and look for the entrance gate. Theres a paved driveway that leads to a 146-step staircase. Walk down it and you'll find your fellow naturists at the north end, past rocks that separate it from the rest of the beach. It's easiest to get there during low tide.