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RCA Nude Beach
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
- Limantour Beach
- Sculptured Beach
- Red Rock Beach
- Muir Beach
- South Rodeo Beach
- Baker Beach
- Lands End
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... nude beach.Continue to 2 of 3 below.
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RCA Beach Reviews and Rating
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.Continue to 3 of 3 below.
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Getting to RCA Beach
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.
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... 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.