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 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:
- 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.
- Santa Barbara County has some beaches that get clothing optional visitors, but unless you know about the current law enforcement situation, it can be a risk. Locals report periods when there are lots of arrests and fines, mixed with long periods without them.
- San Luis Obispo County has some well-regarded nude beaches, but it is at least a three-hour drive from Los Angeles to get there.
Los Angeles County Nudity Law
Here is what the Los Angeles County - Ordinance 17.12.360, "Nudity and Disrobing" states:
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.