These days, you'll only find one nude beach in all of San Diego County. A few years ago, there were two of them. That was before the California State Parks started enforcing their public nudity policies at San Onofre in northern San Diego County, which effectively shut it down for clothing optional recreation.
The good news is that the county's one remaining nude beach is thriving and well rated. In fact, Blacks Beach is known as America's most popular nude beach.
Clothing Optional Beaches in San Diego County
Blacks Beach is the only widely used nude beach left in San Diego County. Even before it was the only place near San Diego for nude recreation, it drew lots of people on sunny days. Expect to find sunny weather, except during early summer when all California beaches can get foggy. You will find friendly people there any time of year.
San Onofre Beach was once a popular place for nude recreation, located on the north side of San Diego County and close to Orange County. It's been off-limits since 2009 because of policy enforcement from the state parks. Local group Friends of San Onofre are still petitioning the state to change their mind about San Onofre, but they haven't had any luck so far.
Mapping the San Diego County Nude Beaches
If you want to see where all the San Diego County beaches are located (whether they are used for nude recreation or not), use this San Diego County Beach Map at Google maps.
You can use it to get directions to each one.
More Places for Clothing Optional Recreation Near San Diego
If you don't want to go to Blacks Beach or if the weather at the coast is foggy or cold, you can find other locations near San Diego to enjoy a clothing optional lifestyle. Your best bet for other nude recreation in the San Diego area is to visit one of the California clothing optional resorts.
If you are in San Diego and want to go to a beach somewhere else for clothing-optional recreation, you'll have to travel a long distance. There are no nude beaches in Orange County, Los Angeles County or Ventura County. The nearest nude beaches to San Diego are Santa Barbara County nude beaches, but they're a more than 200 miles from San Diego, and many of them are subject to law enforcement hassles.
San Diego City Nudity Law
Blacks Beach is jointly owned by the City of San Diego and the State of California. That makes the law enforcement situation complicated. However, the bottom line is that people use it for clothing optional recreation.
For the city-owned part of Blacks and for nude recreation elsewhere in San Diego, this is what the local laws say about public nudity:
San Diego City Nudity Law: Nudity on Public Lands according to San Diego, California, Municipal Code 56.53
No person over the age of ten years shall be nude and exposed to public view in or on any public right of way, public park, public beach or waters adjacent thereto, or other public land, or in or on any private property open to public view from any public right of way, public beach, public park, or other public land,
San Diego County Nudity Law (which applies outside the city limits) says PUBLIC NUDITY PROHIBITED:
It shall be unlawful for any person in the unincorporated area of the County to appear nude in a public place. This does not apply to theatrical performances," according to San Diego County Ordinance SEC. 32.1004.