Los Angeles County Nude Beaches

Hint: They're Not Legal. What to Do Instead.

Nudity Prohibited
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Los Angeles County puts a proverbial fig leaf on nude sunbathing. 

That may seem surprising for a place that has a reputation for scandalous behavior. In fact, LA has strict laws about running around outside without your clothing. Anyone found nude in public anywhere in the City of Angels could be arrested or ticketed. Punishment for the offense includes a stiff fine and court appearance. The Los Angeles County nudity laws are included below.

That means nude beaches don't exist in the county. To be more precise, it's not a good idea to be naked in public at a beach or anywhere else, unless you're a young child or performing in a theater.

Where to Go for Clothing Optional Recreation Near Los Angeles

You may find all kinds of information online about nude beaches in the LA area. El Matador, Smuggler's Cove and Pirate's Cove are sometimes listed, along with Sacred Cove in Palos Verdes. 

The local law enforcement officers know how to Google "los angeles nude beach" and check social media as well as you do, and these days any location that you might find is also a target for enforcement. Penalties are stiff, and a conviction can stick with you for a lifetime.

If you want to practice the clothing optional lifestyle in Los Angeles, don't try sneaking into a place and risking the hassles that could ensue. Try these ideas instead.

    If You Go North, Expect a Long Drive. There are no nude beaches in Ventura County.

    Los Angeles County Nudity Law

    This is what the Los Angeles County - Ordinance 17.12.360, "Nudity and Disrobing" has to say:

    A) No person shall appear, bathe, sunbathe, walk, change clothes, disrobe or be on any beach in such manner that the genitals, vulva, pubis, pubic symphysis, pubic hair, buttocks, natal cleft, perineum, anus, anal region or pubic hair region of any person, or any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola thereof of any female person, is exposed to public view, except in those portions of a comfort station, if any, expressly set aside for such purpose.

    B) This section shall not apply to persons under the age of 10 years, provided such children are sufficiently clothed to conform to accepted community standards.

    C) This section shall not apply to persons engaged in a live theatrical performance in a theater, concert hall, or similar establishment which is primarily devoted to theatrical performances.