The Best Clothing-Optional Resorts and Nude Beaches in the USA

Where You Can Bare All Nationwide

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••• The United States has several clothing-optional beaches and resorts you will love. PhotoAlto/Antoine Arraou / Getty Images

Would you go to a nude beach or clothing-optional resort in the USA for your next romantic getaway? Or, is naturist vacationing something you've always been interested in? Well, you're not alone—thousands of people do it. If you're nude-curious, consider visiting one of these beaches and resorts, several of which offer day passes. If you find that you enjoy the clothing-optional lifestyle and the people it attracts, think about spending your next vacation at a resort or beach where you'll need to pack little more than your toothbrush.

Below is a sampling of clothing-optional resorts and nude beaches across the USA (some states, such as California, have just too many to list)—many of which are a part of the American Association of Nude Recreation—from sunny and hot Arizona to places in the midwest to properties in New England, ideal in the summer months.

Arizona

With its temperate climate and gorgeous scenery, Arizona is an ideal state for enjoying the outdoors nude. Here are two resorts to choose from:

  • Mira Vista Resort—Step back in time at this property dating back to the 1850s. The hacienda sits on 30 beautiful acres, making this clothes-free property a relaxing Southwestern-style vacation in the heart of Tucson. 
  • Shangri La Ranch—This family and couples oriented ranch is located 45 minutes from the Phoenix airport. Activities include swimming in the outdoor pool, soaking in the hot tub, playing volleyball, tennis, and basketball, and going for hikes.

    Florida

    The "sunshine state" has warm temperatures and is outlined with soft, sandy beaches—what better place to go au natural? If you need a break from the Miami scene, there are some great options (as long as you wear sunscreen). There are four nude beaches throughout Florida:

    • Haulover Beach—Located north of Bal Harbour, this public beach is rated one of the top nude beaches in the world. The beach is family-friendly and has a safe community feel. There is plenty of parking and restrooms. 
    • Blind Creek Beach—Perhaps not an "official" nude beach, this stretch of Hutchinson Island has become a welcome spot for naturist sunbathing. The long strip of sand feels a bit untouched and does not have lifeguards or restrooms.
    • Playalinda and Apollo Beaches—These two nude beaches lie on Canaveral National Seashore, a remote and pristine national park that is the longest undeveloped part of the Eastern coastline of Florida. Apollo is on the northern tip while Playalinda is at the southern end of the park, straddling the counties of Volusia and Brevard—nudity is prohibited in Brevard County so be sure you are over the Volusia line before baring all.

    California

    Beaches, palm trees, mountains—who wouldn't want to go au natural in Cali? 

    • Glen Eden Nudist Resort—From art to cribbage to pickleball, there is no shortage of nude activities at this resort. Glen Eden is the largest member-owned club and resort and features pools and jacuzzi, gym and sauna, sports facilities—even a bookstore and a dog park.
    • Laguna del Sol—Providing both active and leisure activities, Laguna del Sol is a nudist retreat set on 250 acres near Sacramento. Welcome to singles, couples, and families, this resort's philosophy is to "Discover the freedom that comes with shedding not only your clothing but also all the stresses of your busy life."
    • Lupin Lodge—Located in the San Fransisco Bay area, this nudist resort is an ideal escape from the stress of Silicon Valley. Come for the day or stay overnight—activities range from themed dinners to live outdoor music to naked scrabble.
    • Sea Mountain Resort—This clothing-optional inn and day spa is just outside of Palm Springs and 90 minutes from Los Angeles. Soak in the sun, swim in the mineral pools, and enjoy a massage as you gaze at the surrounding mountains. Adults only.
    • The Terra Cotta—Set in Palm Springs, this clothing-optional resort is just for couples. There are 26 unique hacienda-style rooms, some featuring gas fireplaces, and kitchenettes. Relax on the (terra cotta) rooftop deck, by the pool, or in the hot tub after a day of spa treatments.
    • Nude beaches in California—There are too many clothing-optional beaches to list here since just about every coastal county has one, but once you know which county you'll be in, it's easy to find a place to bare it all on the sand.

      Hawaii

      Although nudity is illegal at public beaches in Hawaii, you will find several clothing-optional beaches throughout the islands. If a naturist getaway is what you are after, there are a few options:

      • The Banana Patch—These private cottages are set on a tropical estate among banana trees (hence the name), as well as papaya, Kona coffee, and mango trees, creating an intimate oasis for vacationing in the buff. The three hideaways feature hot tubs, sunbathing areas, and fully-equipped kitchenettes. Located on the Kona coast of the Big Island.
      • Hangin' Loose—This clothing-optional retreat and botanical garden on the Big Island is an ideal spot for the nature lover. Accommodations range from a hale (pronounce "ha-lee" and Hawaiian for "home'), a garden cottage, and a eucalyptus yurt. The property has a pool, hot tub, and sunning deck.

      Indiana

      As you may assume, beaches aren't really the thing here in Indiana, and going nude is saved for the summertime. These resorts feature warm-weather activities in a welcoming environment. 

      • Ponderosa Sun Club—A family nudist resort in Roselawn, Ponderosa Sun Club is the closest nude resort to Chicago. It is open May to September and has scheduled activities including fun volleyball tournaments, old-fashioned campfires, and an auction and dance party.
      • Sunshower Country Club -This Midwestern clothing-optional club was established in 1959 and is just an hour from Indianapolis, Dayton, and Cincinnati. With a variety of events—from the Bare Butts 5k to a hog roast to parties celebrating almost every holiday—there is constant fun for the whole family. 

      Louisiana

      You will not find any nude beaches in this state, but there are a park and a bed and breakfast.

      • Indian Hills Nudist Park—Located in Slidell, this is the only nudist park in Louisiana. It is private and gated and offers cabins and camping facilities. Come for one of the several events planned or just to enjoy the pool. And don't forget to pack the bug spray!
      • Bayou Allure Bed and Breakfast—Just a short drive from New Orleans in Baton Rouge, this clothing-optional accommodation offers a private place to relax. Take a dip in the pool, play a game of billiards, and enjoy a homemade breakfast in the outdoor kitchen.

      Massachusetts

      Due to the climate, these resorts are open only during the warm months.

      • Berkshire Visa Nudist Resort—Open May through mid-October, this resort is nestled in the hills around Hancock. Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery as you bare all. Activities such as a DJ dance, nude gardening, and themed pool parties will keep you entertained. 
      • Sandy Terraces Nudist Campground—Enjoy Cap Cod clothing-free! This campground near Mashpee has been open since 1953 and welcomes singles, couples, and families. It offers RV and tent sites and features a heated pool with a large sunning deck, tennis, and a pond. There are weekly family events. Open May through the end of September. 

      Michigan

      There are several secluded beaches in Michigan, but none are officially nude beaches. Since the state has strict public decency laws, you may want to play it safe and head to one of these resorts:

      • Turtle Lake Resort—This clothing-optional resort in the south-central part of the state is open year-round, offering a private beach, swimming pool, and plenty of outdoor activities (including a 9-hole golf course) in the summer, and an indoor pool and hot tub for enjoyment in the winter. There are plenty of events planned throughout the year.
      • Whispering Oaks Nudist Resort—Close to Detroit, Whispering Oaks is a private family-friendly campground complete with a clubhouse for games and parties, a swimming pool, indoor hot tub and sauna, and lake for boating and fishing.

      New Jersey

      The Garden State is home to only one legal nude beach, but there are a few nudist resorts to choose from.

      • Gunnison Beach—At the north end of Sandy Hook, this is the state's only legal nude beach. It is a bit of a hike to get to, so wear comfortable shoes and try to pack light—but not too light since there aren't any food stands or equipment rentals.
      • Goodland Country Club and Spa—Located in Hackettstown, this is one of the oldest nudist parks in the country. Camp and trailer sites are available by the night, week, or season and both members and visitors are welcome. Activities such as swimming, badminton, and shuffleboard are available.
      • Rock Lodge Nudist Club—Centered around a spring-fed lake, this family-oriented naturist club offers sailing, kayaking, tennis, hiking, and biking, just to name a few of the sporting activities. There is also a talent show, live music, and dramatic readings, as well as kid-friendly happenings. 

      New York

      Although this state has some of the most pristine beaches in the world, there is only one that is known as clothing optional—Lighthouse beach on Fire Island—but it is not official so get the scoop before you go. Here are two family-friendly resorts:

      • Empire Haven—Set in the Finger Lakes region, this nudist park has been around since 1959. Come for the day or rent a trailer and stay longer (RV hookups also available). The peaceful setting is ideal for relaxing with a book—or you can join a group for a game of petanque or pickleball. 
      • Juniper Woods—Nestled in the picturesque Catskill Mountains, this getaway offers a serene setting for being natural in nature. Enjoy the two beautiful lakes, numerous trails, as well as outdoor swimming pool.

      Oregon

      Oregon has a cozy relationship with nudity and may have been the first state to start a naturist club. There is a nice selection of beaches and resorts where you can bare all. Here is just a sampling:

      • Rooster Rock State Park—This park on the Columbia River has a state-designated clothing-optional beach. It is completely private and not visible from other areas, but since the remaining part of the park requires clothing you will need to dress to go to and from your car.
      • Squaw Mountain Ranch—The oldest nudist club west of the Mississippi River is set high up in the Cascade Mountains. This modern campground offers a chance to enjoy the unspoiled wilderness as well as recreational activities.

      Pennsylvania

      The Poconos aren't just for family vacations and couples retreats—the area is also ideal for naturist resorts.

      • Sunny Rest Resort—Established in 1945, this Pocono Mountain clothes-free resort offers hotel rooms as well as camping sites. There is never a shortage of activities including a full-service restaurant and pool-side bar, as well as a nightclub.
      • White Thorn Lodge—Although a membership club, this nudist club in the western part of the state welcomes visitors from Memorial Day through the weekend after Labor Day. Among the 200 wooded acres, you'll find a variety of sport and recreational activities as well as campground facilities. 

      Tennessee

      There's not a lot to choose from in this state, but this one is well reviewed.

      • Rock Haven Lodge—This resort set on 25 woodland acres outside of Nashville is a nudist park, not clothing optional, which means it is required to be clothing-free at all times. There are park models and cabins for rent, as well as several recreational activities.

      Texas

      You're not alone in the Lone-Star State when it comes to wanting to be one with nature. Here are a few of the clothing-optional beaches and resorts to choose from:

      • Hippie Hollow—Set on Lake Travis in Austin, this clothing-optional park is an ideal spot to take in the beauty while taking a dip au natural. There is a paved walking trail as well as hiking trails hugging the cliffs. This is the only official nude beach in Texas.
      • Sandpipers Resort—This adult nudist resort shaded by palm trees is in deep-south Texas. Many of the guests are actually snowbird residents, but the resort does offer suites—complete with living room and kitchen as well as king-size bed—and RV hookups for those interested in a short visit.
      • UFO Beach—Named after an emergency evacuation pod that washed ashore, this "unofficial" nudist beach is located on South Padre Island and popular with spring breakers. You will need a four-wheel drive to get there because the closest parking lot is 10 to 12 miles away.

      Vermont

      Although we may think of skiing (in many warm layers) when it comes to Vermont, there are a few places to shed it all. 

      • Abbott's Glen—This year-round (brrr!) clothing-optional inn and nudist resort sits on 55 acres in southern Vermont. Stay in one of the well-appointed rooms any time of year, or enjoy the campsite in the summer.
      • Coventry Club and Resort—A family-oriented nudist resort, Coventry Club offers both cottages and campground facilities set around a lake in Milton. Open May through September, activities at the resort range from beach luaus to chili cook-offs to golf cart and bike parades.

      Wisconsin

      Before Mazo Beach was closed, Wisconsin was home to one of the largest nude beaches in the country. Now the options are a few campgrounds and skinny dipping at Dragonfly Beach.

      • Sun Ray Hills—This family-oriented clothing-optional campground is located in the scenic Kettle Moriane area. Most campsites are rented annually, but there are several for visitor use. Amenities include an outdoor wood-burning sauna, large heated outdoor pool, and snack shack and bar. 
      • Valley View Recreation Club—Open summer only, this small, rustic nudist club is a place to relax and play. Events include the annual nude car show and nude Olympics held Labor Day weekend.