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After the excess of Burning Man, we were ready for a few days rest before ending our holiday in San Francisco, so we stayed two nights at the gorgeous Lake Tahoe, home of our third and final naked adventure.
We stayed at Zephyr Cove RV Campground in South Lake Tahoe. It is a lovely spot, just across the road from the lake itself, with good shower/toilet facilities. We did feel a little under-equiped as we parked up alongside 35 foot RVs (especially one covered in Playa Dust!). At using the showers, we had a meal in the restaurant next to the campground before falling asleep listening out for bears in the woods!
After a good nights sleep (we were so, so tired!), it was time to check out the local nudist beach.
Secret Cove, Lake Tahoe
I’d spent a bit of time researching where the exact location of this beach is but too be honest none could help me locate the exact spot. I think that the name of the cove changes depending on which website you read (some call it Secret Beach, some Secret Cove, some Paradise Cove, etc). What I can say is that it is definitely called Secret Cove and it is gorgeous!
In terms of directions, we took the Interstate 50 north from Zephyr Cove, then turned north up the Interstate 28 towards North Lake Tahoe. About 5km along this road, you’ll come to a line a cars parked on the left hand side before arriving at Chimney Beach Parking Lot on the left (with a small overspill on the right). I knew that Chimney Beach was too far north, so we turned round here and parked up with the others cars that we had just past. Here we spotted a path going down towards the Lake. Taking a right (North) we picked a more well-trodden path and soon came across a sign for Secret Cove.
After following the path for a further 10 minutes or so we were greeted by the view of the cove. I don’t think that the pictures can do it justice – it is amazing. Crystal-clear waters, soft sand/shingle beach, pine trees – everything about this place was picturesque.
The actual beach is quite small, meaning that the 50 or so people there are quite close together. Some may find this a bit uncomfortable – especially given American’s way of constantly talking to you – it certainly was different to the more quieter beaches we’ve experienced in Portugal and Spain.
There was a good mix of people on the beach – mostly couples and families, some older single men, people relaxing after Burning Man, small group of gay men (located further south along the beach) as well as a small group of young girls (who seemed to be trying naturism for the first-time. They actually commented that this was their Burning Man – if only they knew!). Everyone was really friendly – we were offered some melon from a fellow beach goer.
The water was really refreshing, given the heat of the mid-day sun and it was really nice not to feel all salty after you normally feel after a day at the beach.
I think this is my favourite beach I’ve ever been to – certainly a 10/10.
If any of you have been here, we’d love to hear from you!
CNN have today released a list of their top 15 nude beaches. Click here for more information.
1. Jerolim beach, Croatia
The Bare Beaches book provides the following information about Jerolim –
“The whole of this rocky islet is a naked paradise – no clothes anywhere apart from the bar. Small ferry boats make regular crossings from the historic town of Hvar – it only takes 10 minutes.
There is no accommodation on the island but Hvar town is a beautiful place to stay”.
Hvar is Croatia’s fourth largest island, and it is a long but comparatively skinny island that spans about 70 kilometers from east to west. The island’s three principal towns are located toward the western end of Hvar, and Hvar town is the largest of these. The Paklinski Islands are an archipelago of much smaller islands that extend westward from Hvar town, and two of the islands in particular—Jerolim and Stipanska—are popular day-trip destinations for nudists, with boat shuttles connecting the islands to Hvar town.
2. Praia de Galheta, Santa Cantarina, Brazil
About 20 kilometers south of Florianopolis in the Brazilian state of Santa Caterina, this white sand beach attracts die-hard naturists and the nude-curious alike.
Praia de Galheta is a naturally preserved area, with no restaurants or other buildings nearby – so take a packed lunch.
The Association of the Friends of Galheta lobbies and looks out for the interests of nature and naturism on the beach.
3. Naturist beach, Marinadi Camerota, Campania, Italy
A 300-meter strip of shingle beach near Marina di Camerota, in the Campania region, has recently been designated naturist-friendly.
On the southern side of the Cilento National Park, the clear waters of this quiet coast will feel like a breath of fresh air.
Marina di Camerota is 90 kilometers south of Salerno and the naturist-designated beach (known as ‘del Troncone’) is south of Cala Finocchiaro.
4. Anantara Phuket Villas, Thailand
These luxurious villas – 83 of them in total — all come equipped with a private courtyard featuring a sunken pool and complete seclusion, which means you can take a naked dip to your heart’s content without fear of offending other guests or staff.
A pool villa starts from 13,500 baht (US$429) per night but check their website for discounts and deals. Click here for more details.
5. Naked cruising, Côte d’Azur
For something completely different, take a naked swim in the Mediterranean at any time of the day or night on a naturist cruise along the Côte d’Azur.
Cruises set off from Marseille and can be planned to suit your interests — if you’ve always wanted to sail around the Calanques au naturel, this is the holiday for you. All you need to do is persuade a group of family or friends to share the experience.
Cruises cost €110 (US$152) per person per day and usually last one week. Click here for more information.
6. Black’s Beach, La Jolla, California, United States
Black’s Beach is reckoned to be the best by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). It’s a spectacular location below Torrey Pines golf course where a long stretch of sand is protected by steep cliffs.
The beach attracts naturists and surfers and is a well-established haven where San Diego’s anti-nudity law is not enforced. Click here for more information.
7. Racquet and Tennis Club, New York, United States
This private members club in the heart of New York City is a strange mixture combining the epitome of pro-establishment-conservatism with near-Nordic enlightenment.
While its members (it’s men-only, women are allowed entry for special events if accompanied by a male member) include the city’s great and ambitious (think bankers, lawyers and senior execs), its after-work men-only naked swimming sessions have become legendary.
Much has been conjectured over what really happens during the bare swims. They certainly provide New York’s businessmen with an opportunity to think outside the box.
370 Park Avenue, between East 52nd and 53rd Streets, New York
8. Lady Falls, Brecon Beacons, Powys, Wales
Listed in the Wild Swim book, Lady Falls is located amongst a multitude of bathing spots within Coed Y Rhaeadr (“wood of the waterfalls”). The ultimate for a skinny dip is one mile into the wood at the paths end: Lady Falls, a round pool surrounded by trees and steep banks, with the River Neath falling about 40ft from a huge-flat, overhanging ledge.
The Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, on the tip of the Baja California peninsular, has 66 rooms with an ocean view and a pool just for you. The luxury factor is incredible, so you’ll need to shower in the cold water rainforest shower to remind yourself it’s real.
An ocean-view room starts from US$375. Click here for more information.
Maslin Beach, south of Adelaide, was declared Australia’s first legal nudist beach in February 1975.
Maslin is one of the most popular and beloved nude beaches in Australia, and it is also one of the most beautiful. With multi-colored, barren cliffs in hues of red and brown, the backdrop is reminiscent of the scenery of northern Arizona and southern Utah, except with sparkling blue water in front. Few other beaches anywhere in the world have such a dramatic and gorgeous setting.
Click here for beach reports on the fantastic Cap’n Barefoot website. Scroll down to Karpaz beach.
While nude sunbathing is not permitted in Hawaii, there are some clothing-optional, nude and topless beaches where it’s accepted and tolerated — if not officially. Maui has more scope for quiet, secluded bays than Oahu, and Little Beach on Maui is a popular out-of-the-way cove in Makena State Park where you can swim, snorkel and lounge like a lizard in nothing but your sun-protection cream.
It’s recommended by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and there is a music and fire-dancing festival on Sundays. Click here for more information.
This exclusive boutique hotel, perched on the slopes of Pyrgos village overlooking Thira, the capital of Santorini, prides itself on the privacy of its 10 suites. With a private terrace and pool in each apartment, guests can feel free to let their hair down and abandon their bathers for an uninhibited swim in the solitude of their own pool. Ideal for honeymooners, the hotel also boasts a Turkish bath, which can be booked for private use. A junior suite with private pool costs from €240 (US$333) per night. Click here for more information.
Tokyo, despite being a massive city, has plenty of natural thermal springs. Try the Toshimaen Garden Spa, with its tranquil setting inside a garden designed by Kenzo Kosugi. If you want to get even more back to nature try the Seta Onsen Sanga-no-Yu, where you can contemplate views of Mount Fuji while soaking yours aches away.
TripAdvisor have produced a list of their top 5 nude beaches. See here for full article. The beaches are:
1. Haulover Beach – Miami, Florida. See here for more information
2. Wreck Beach – Vancouver, Canada. See here for more information
3. Paradise Beach – Mykonos, Greece. Not great reviews of this beach on Cap n Barefoot’s website
4. Orient Beach – St Maarten, Caribbean
5. Black’s Beach – San Diego, California. See here for more information.
If any of you have been to these beaches we’d love to hear from you.