Muir Nude Beach

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    Muir Nude Beach

    Muir Beach
    Joe Lipson/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

    Muir Beach is named for pioneering environmentalist John Muir. Nearby is the Pelican Inn, a quaint English-style pub.


    Marin County​. Get a map and directions on the last page of this guide.


    Striking setting with a creek and dense woods
    Crescent-shaped beach with lots of privacy
    Excellent sand
    Best sun from late morning to mid afternoon
    Frequently windy and foggy, nice during Indian Summer

    Who's at Muir Beach

    More than 100 visitors on a warm day
    Straights, gays, singles, families, couples, seniors
    Some gawkers

    Muir Beach Facilities

    New Restrooms at the main beach. Picnic tables, pay phone in parking lot

    Muir Beach Activities

    Swimming is not advised because of strong currents

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    Nudity Laws and Muir Beach

    In 2009 and 2010, a controversy broke out over nude use of Muir Beach was reported in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, but the bottom line is that clothing optional use continues at Muir beach without any recent arrests, as long as sexual conduct is avoided.

    Laws regarding nudity at the naturist beach vary by location and fines are stiff in some places. Scroll to the bottom of this page to take a look at the Marin County nudity laws. I have made every effort to provide accurate information, but the responsibility for knowing the current law at Muir Beach is yours.

    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

    Muir Beach Reviews and Rating

    Satellite View of Muir Beach
    Google Earth

    The Bay Guardian newspaper gives Muir Beach a grade of "A" and our readers seem to like it, too, voting it their second-favorite in Marin County.

    The Bay Guardian says it's one of the only Bay Area nude beaches that receives nearly as many female visitors as males.

    Rating Muir Beach for Clothing Optional Recreation

    We polled 546 of our readers to find out what they think of Muir Beach. 51% said it was excellent and 11% said it was good but with a few flaws.

    Muir Beach Compared to Other Marin County Nude Beaches

    We also polled more than 2,300 readers to find out their favorite Marin County nude beach. Muir Beach came in third after Limantour and Red Rock, with 17% of the vote.

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    Getting to Muir Beach

    Marin County Nude Beach Map
    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 our Marin County Beach map at Google.

    Driving Directions

    Drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge on US Hwy 101
    Exit onto CA Hwy 1 north
    Turn left onto Pacific Way at milepost 5.7, just south of the Pelican Inn

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    Park in the beach lot if there's a space (usually full before noon on weekends)
    Don't park on Pacific Way. The fine could ruin your day.
    If the lot is full, go back to CA Hwy 1 and park on the street across the road and about 100 yards north

    Walking from Parking Lot to the Beach

    Wear sturdy shoes. You'll have to get over some rocks to get there

    Take either path from the parking lot toward the beach. Stay on the path to avoid damaging the wetlands

    Turn north (right) on the beach and go to the large rock pile. The nude area is north of the rocks.