Pirate's Cove in
Avila Beach was once a secret spot where cargo was diverted from
Harford Pier in Port San Luis
by smugglers bringing large quantities of liquor ashore from cargo
ships. Like the naturist activity at the beach today, locals knew
what was going on but did not mind it. In fact, townsfolk protected the
smugglers and even assisted in efforts.
California beaches offer breath-taking
beauty beyond compare. Scenic flower-covered hills and slopes give way
to protected coves covered with rocks and soft sand shaped by nature's
endless waves. It is in these hidden treasure troves that locals find an
oasis. They run bare-skinned with their pets, soak up the warm sand and
feel the sun's energy penetrating every inch of creation for the
ultimate, free and perfect tan.
One of these coastal hideaways is located
in San Luis Obispo County, somewhere near the cities of San Luis Obispo
and Pismo Beach. Pirate's Cove, as some call it, features a hiking path
and wood-plank steps leading from a rocky hill to a small sandy
cove. The path is slightly soft and narrow in its final, short
descent and is not recommended for tiny tots or less active folks.
The rocks and soil along the narrow, fragile steps can fall. Just try
touching the rocky wall to experience the dirt dropping past your feet.
With the rules of naturist beach
attendance in adherence at this location, guests are asked not to stare.
If the beach scene bugs you, enjoy hiking the hills and climbing to the
tallest cliffs that overlook Pismo Beach and Guadalupe Dunes. You can
also bring your fishing gear and enjoy watching the seals resting on
rocks. On a clear day, you can watch the boats coming in and out of Port
For other naturists
beaches, you might enjoy some of the Santa Cruz,
San Mateo and San Diego county beaches
Pirate's Cove is located off Highway 101
Avila Beach exit not far from the golf course.