Guadalupe Dunes Beach

  • 01 of 03

    Guadalupe Dunes Nude Beach

    Guadalupe Dunes Parking Area
    Adapted from Google Street View

    Guadalupe Dunes offers unspoiled coastline with sand dunes.


    Santa Barbara County, Southwest of Pismo Beach. Get a map and directions on the last page of this guide.


    Very pretty and clean, but lightly visited.

    Who's at Guadalupe Dunes Beach

    Almost nobody

    Guadalupe Dunes Beach Facilities


    Guadalupe Dunes Beach Activities

    Bird watching (more than 200 species)

    More Nude Beaches Within 25 Miles of Guadalupe Dunes

    Nudity Laws and Guadalupe Dunes Beach

    You can find a summary of the nudity laws in Santa Barbara County here.

    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.

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  • 02 of 03

    Guadalupe Dunes Beach Reviews and Rating

    Sand Dunes at Oso Flaco and Guadalupe Dunes
    Tom Hilton/Flickr/Pier at San Simeon Beach

    What Our Readers Have to Say 


    Been there many times, though never tried to unwrap. Would have no fear to go natural, at all, however. Plenty of areas that no one is near or ever visits. I'll go there soon now that it is September, and report back < G >


    Too Cold For Nudity

    Anyone that has been at Guadalupe Dunes Beach in the best of weather knows it is too cold for nudity! Bundle up. Chilly!

    —Guest BobbyDi

    Close to Perfect

    The only other people I saw were right where the parking lot trail ends on the beach... Very isolated and pristine. After another 1/2 mile I felt comfortable enough to go nude... I observed the many types of birds all without seeing another soul. On a calm, clear day (no wind or fog) this beach would be very close to perfect!

    —Guest Mike

    Rating Guadalupe Dunes Beach for Clothing Optional Recreation

    When we asked our readers to review Guadalupe Dunes in a poll, more than 1,000 responded. 40% of them say it's excellent and 12% say it's good with a few flaws.

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  • 03 of 03

    Getting to Guadalupe Dunes Beach

    San Luis Obispo Beaches
    Adapted from Google Maps

    If you want an interactive version of the map, would like to convert to a close-up satellite map that shows the beaches and trails or need driving directions, use this Santa Barbara County Beach Map.

    Driving Directions

    • Exit US Hwy 101 onto CA Hwy 166 in Santa Maria
    • Drive west toward Guadalupe
    • Continue west for 8.8 miles (there are few highway signs)
    • CA Hwy 166 ends at CA Hwy 1
    • Turn right
    • Drive 3.7 miles to Oso Flaco Lake Rd, turn left
    • Drive 3.1 miles to the entrance to Oso Flaco State Vehicular Recreation Area (day use fee is charged)


    Park in the lot or on the road outside the gate

    Walking from Parking Lot to the Beach

    Walk one mile to the beach, then south two miles to the dunes (wear shoes)