Nude Beaches Near Los Angeles County

Nudity Prohibited

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It may be surprising for a place that has a reputation for scandalous behavior, but Los Angeles County has put a proverbial fig leaf on nude sunbathing. 

The City of Angels has strict laws about running around outside without clothing, and those caught au natural could be arrested or ticketed with punishment for the offense including stiff fines and a court appearance.

To be clear, it's not a good idea to be naked in public at a beach or anywhere else.

Where to Go for Clothing Optional Recreation Near Los Angeles

You may find all kinds of information online about nude beaches in the L.A. area. El Matador, Smuggler's Cove and Pirate's Cove are sometimes listed, along with Sacred Cove in Palos Verdes. However, any location that you might find online is also a target for a police patrol.

So if you want to sun worship in the buff near Los Angeles, give these ideas a try:

  • A nude beach in San Diego County. For many years, the nude beach at San Onofre was the closest one to Los Angeles, but it closed to clothing optional recreation a few years ago. Now, you'll have to go all the way down to Blacks Beach.
  • Visit one of the southern California nudist resorts. Nudity laws don't apply at these privately owned facilities, and many of them offer overnight lodging and lots of recreational options. Some are within an easy day-trip drive from Los Angeles.

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

Los Angeles County Nudity Law: Los Angeles County - Ordinance 17.12.360

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