Pirate's Cove, SLO County

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 San Luis.


For other naturists beaches, you might enjoy some of the Santa Cruz, San Mateo and San Diego county beaches and more.


Pirate's Cove is located off Highway 101 Avila Beach exit not far from the golf course.

Pirate's Cove, SLO County

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