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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!
The Bare Beaches book has come up with their top 5 nudist beaches for snorkelling and diving. These are:
1. Paya Bay beach, Honduras
Paya Bay beach is located within Paya Bay Resort which is described as a beach, nature, leisure, and wellness boutique hotel on the beautiful island of Roatan in the Central American Caribbean.
There are three beaches in the bay -
- Bliss Beach (topless apart from specially designated naturist weeks) – this has been voted one of the top ten most beautiful private beaches in the Caribbean.
- Buccaneer Landing – a private, protected cove teeming with juvenile tropical fish that is ideal for sunbathing and swimming
- Secret Cove – a spectacular little cove near the tip of the Alligator Head rock formation that has excellent snorkeling as soon as you enter the water.
For more information see the Paya Bay Resort website.
2. Sunset Waters beach, Curacao
3. Sveti Nikola, Porec, Croatia
The naturist beach on Sveti Nikola is located just off the coast of Porec. The islet of Sveti Nikola is Porec’s oldest bathing place and a favourite since the end of the 19th century. The islet can be reached by free boat which starts regularly (every 30 minutes) from the town promenade and only takes a few minutes.
When you get to the island, proceed left along the coast, past the textile beach and than you will find entrances to the FKK beach on the left side of the path.
The beach itself is marked as naturist only with large FKK signs written on the shore. It is very small (no more than 100 meters in length), extremely rocky and hidden from sight. It has no facilities whatsoever and no shade, so take what you need for the day.
4. Vritomartis, Crete
See my blog for more information on this beach.
5. Villata, Porto Vechio, Corsica
For more information click here.
If you have been to any of these beaches we would love to hear from you. Alternatively, if you have any suggestions on any other nudist beaches that are ideal for snorkelling please do get in touch.