Red Rock Nude Beach

  • 01 of 03

    Red Rock Nude Beach

    View from the Path to Red Rock Beach
    ••• View from the Path to Red Rock Beach. zemistor/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

    A very popular nude beach. In fact, it may the most popular nude beach north of San Francisco. Get there early on warm summer days.

    Location

    North of San Francisco on CA Hwy 1 between Stinson Beach and Muir Beach. Get a map and directions on the last page of this guide.

    Description

    About a quarter mile long with rocky sides, smaller at high tide

    Who's at Red Rock Beach

    Often crowded, but known as one of the friendliest Bay Area nude beaches
    Families, tourists, some gawkers
    Very social and almost everyone is nude

    Red Rock Beach Facilities

    None. Nearest restrooms are at Stinson Beach

    Red Rock Beach Activities

    Frisbee games are very popular. So is sunbathing. Swimming is not recommended

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    Nudity Laws and Red Rock 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...MORE 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 Red Rock 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

    Red Rock Beach Reviews and Rating

    Aerial View of Red Rock Beach
    ••• Aerial View of Red Rock Beach. Google Earth

    The Bay Guardian newspaper gives Red Rock a grade of "A" and our readers seem to like it, too. They rate it #2 among Marin County nude beaches.

    Rating Red Rock Beach for Clothing Optional Recreation

    We polled almost 1,600 readersa about Red Rock Beach. 45% said it was excellent and 15% said it was good but with a few flaws.

    Red Rock 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. Red Rock came in second after Limantour, with 18% of the vote.

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  • 03 of 03

    Getting to Red Rock 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

    The entrance to Red Rock Beach isn't well-marked, but you can find it by watching the mileage markers if you know how. It's on CA Hwy 1 between Stinson Beach and Muir Beach just north of mileage marker 11.0 and the entrance to the Steep Ravine Environmental Campground.

    Find out how to interpret a California milepost marker

    Parking

    There are two free parking lots, one on each side of the road. They're the only large parking lots in the vicinity.

    Walking from Parking Lot to the Beach

    The lower part of the trail is sometimes slippery and footwear a little more sturdy than flip-flops is a good idea.

    The 1/4-mile-long, steep gravel path starts at the north end of the main parking lot.

    Remember that whatever you carry down, you'll have to haul back up. The path is fairly...MORE well-cleared, but watch out for poison oak.