If you find the idea of being on the edge of the continent appealing, Lands End Beach is an excellent place to be — and it has spectacular views. Some people favor it because of that, but it's also a favorite for naturists. You'll likely see sunbathers soaking in the sun, both clothed and nude.
You can also enjoy seeing the labyrinth created by San Francisco artist Eduardo Aguilera. It's not only beautiful, but you can put it to its time-honored use, slowly walking the serpentine path while focusing on a question or problem. If you're planning a visit to beach, read on for our complete guide.
Lands End Beach Essential Information
There are no facilities at the beach.
The beach is mostly rock-covered with a few sandy nooks. Sturdy, waterproof shoes are a good idea to protect your feet.
If it's a chilly day and especially if there's fog or wind, Lands End Beach can be a very unpleasant place to be. For a more comfortable (but less private) beach experience, try nearby Baker Beach instead.
If you take your clothes off, get dressed again before starting up the trail. If you get on the wrong path, you'll end up at a clothing-required golf course.
How to Get to Lands End Beach
To reach Lands End, drive west on Geary Blvd. toward the Cliff House. Turn right at the fork onto Pt. Lobos Ave.
You'll find parking in either of these locations:
Turn right onto El Camino del Mar, drive to the end and park there
Or keep going just past El Camino del Mar and turn into the big parking lot. Park at the far end near where the Lands End Trail begins.
Walking From the Parking Lot to the Beach
- The cliffside paths here can be dangerous, and the soil can crumble under your feet if you're too close to the edge.
- Vegetation crowds the path in many places. Watch for poison oak.
- From the parking lot on Pt. Lobos Ave., take the trail at the far end of the parking lot.
- From the parking lot on El Camino del Mar, go down the steps to the left of the signs and turn right at the bottom.
- Walk for 10-15 minutes along the path.
- You will pass three benches before you reach the trail. Resist the temptation to follow any of the many dirt paths down the hillside. The cliffs are unstable, and the results could be tragic.
- Go left at any forks in the trail.
- Just past the third bench, which is a short distance after you pass the telephone call box and the trail starts to turn right, go left toward a group of dead trees to a stairway with an international sign showing that dogs must be leashed (picture of man and dog).
- Follow the stairs down. Where a dirt path goes straight, go left on a second stairway, which leads to a 100-foot walk to the cove.
Nudity Laws and Lands End Beach
Lands End Beach is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which makes it Federal land. There is no Federal law against nudity, but neither is it a guaranteed right. State, county, and local laws can take precedence so be sure you're also familiar with California's nudity laws.
If you plan to visit for your first nude beach experience, please be respectful of others and familiarize yourself with nude and topless beach etiquette guidelines before you go to a nude beach.
More Nude Beaches Within 25 Miles of Lands End Beach
- Red Rock Beach: Marin County, about 20 miles north
- Sculptured Beach: Marin County, about 25 miles north
- Grey Whale Cove (Devil's Slide): San Mateo County, 20 miles south
- Baker Beach: A few miles north of Lands End in San Francisco
- Golden Gate Beach: Also known as Marshall's Beach, north of Baker Beach off Lincoln Boulevard