RCA Nude Beach

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    RCA Nude Beach

    Aerial View of RCA Beach
    ••• Aerial View of RCA Beach. Adapted from Google Earth

    Lots of room and lots to do, but a little hard to get to.


    Marin County, a little north of Bolinas. Get a map and directions on the last page of this guide.


    Long, narrow beach

    Who's at RCA Beach

    Men and women. Most are nude. Never crowded

    RCA Beach Facilities


    RCA Beach Activities

    Tide pooling, jogging, sunbathing. Swimming is not recommended.

    More Nude Beaches Within 25 Miles of RCA Beach

    Nudity Laws and RCA Beach

    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 RCA 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...MORE nude beach.

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    RCA Beach Reviews and Rating

    Antenna Farm on the Way to RCA Beach
    ••• Antenna Farm on the Way to RCA Beach. Google Street View

    The Bay Guardian newspaper gives RCA Beach a grade of "A." 

    Rating RCA Beach for Clothing Optional Recreation

    We polled 432 of our readers to find out what they think of RCA Beach. 59% rated it excellent and 7% said it was good but with a few flaws.

    RCA Compared to Other Marin County Nude Beaches

    We also polled more than 2,300 readers to find out their favorite Marin County nude beach. RCA beach was one of the lowest rated, with 6% of the votes.

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    Getting to RCA Beach

    Marin County Nude Beach Map
    ••• 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

    Take US Hwy 101 north from the Golden Gate Bridge

    Exit onto CA Hwy 1 north

    The turnoff toward Bolinas is very difficult to find and unmarked. It is located at milepost 17.01 coming from the south, and is the first left turn after you pass the Bolinas lagoon.

    Watching the mileage markers will help you find it. Find out how to interpret a California milepost marker

    Turn left onto unmarked Olema-Bolinas Road. The mileposts are labeled C122.

    Follow the road past the edge of the lagoon to a t-intersection, then turn left

    Follow Olema-Bolinas Road for 0.5 mile. You will cross a colorfully-painted bridge and pass a school.

    The next stop sign is at Mesa Road. Turn right.

    Drive about 3 miles and you will see an antenna "farm" on the left. Keep driving past it and past the Point...MORE Reyes Bird Observatory. The road becomes a gravel road, but keep going until you see a big dirt parking lot on the left.

    If you miss it, the road ends at a place where you can turn around.

    If you miss the turn above off CA Hwy 1, you won't be the first. Turn left onto Horseshoe Hill Road and drive 1.5 miles to the stop sign, where Horseshoe Hill becomes Olema-Bolinas Road. Continue straight ahead, driving 0.5 mile to Mesa Road, then follow the above directions.


    Park in the small lot. On a busy day, the road may be lined with parked cars from the bird observatory to the end. Don't worry that they're all down on the beach; many are hiking on the Palomarin trail to Alamere Falls instead.

    Walking from Parking Lot to the Beach

    Follow the trail along the cliff top and down to the beach. It takes about 20 minutes.