The nudity laws in California, and on California beaches in particular, exist in a perpetual gray area — a total headache for those who wish to live their lives outside the shackles of the status quo and velcro, goddammit. Further blurring the lines, California's coastline is butchered into a bunch of arbitrary jurisdictions — municipal, county, private, state-park, unassigned, etc. It's been nearly two years since the state won a legal battle to ban nudity at Trail 6, a favorite nude sunbathing spot for decades. However, some of the nudists aren't complying with the ban. Instead, they're pushing back, sunbathing in the nude in the state park and trespassing on an abutting beach on Camp Pendleton. The story then spirals into a bunch of he-said, she-said between the nudists and law-enforcement officers, but here's the gist:. Terminally naked folk want somewhere to chill, and park rangers seem quite determined not to let it happen on their watch. At least Google Maps is on their side:. View Larger Map. Bob Morton, executive director of the Naturist Action Committee , tells the Weekly it's a matter of priority for state officials — and protecting the preferred lifestyle of nudists, or naturists not to be confused with naturalists, who collect bugs; though Morton says he likewise knows some naturist naturalists; mindfuck!
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The clothing-optional area of San Onofre State Beach is located south of the main state park beaches. There are six numbered hiking trails numbered 1 to 6 north to south that lead down to beaches in this state park. The nude beach is south from the bottom of Trail 6.
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It's located just north of the Camp Pendleton military base. San Onofre is one of California's oldest surfing spots. It goes back to the s when surfers using redwood boards first visited San Onofre. Some people say it has one of the premiere surf breaks in the United States: Trestles. It's unsightly, but most visitors just choose to ignore it. Before , San Onofre Beach was a busy nude beach. In the summer, hundreds of people went to San Onofre. Since then, park rangers stepped up enforcement of state park regulations and issued citations for nudity at San Onofre, which virtually shut it down. You can also go camping at San Onofre.
We love this beach. We bright our RV and it had hookups and we used the nearby facilities for Watch out for the rattlesnake as you walk around. Especially near the low scrubs. Everything else The first time I went there, I walked down from the first parking area around the power plant to the other end. Eventually I reached the nude area. I found it to be a beach where you can take very long walks. The nude area stretches in to the Camp Pendelton area.