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Nude Beaches in California

Nude Beaches California - Clothing Optional Sunbathing

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While those who frequent nude beaches know there's actually a set of guidelines and etiquette that comes along with privilege, on the opposite end of the scope is the law that bans nudity in your own yard.

Huntington Beach, Calif.- One former resident of this conservative beach community, Miguel Angelo Ferreira, a.k.a. the Naked Man, shocked so many people with his physical presence and nudity that some feared it could ruin tourism, eegads!

While other cities in California have policies permitting such, Orange County once was less prohibitive. Less than a decade ago, Huntington Beach city council member scrapped a proposed ban on nudity in public places. Designed to remove a proposed business serving up drinks and lap dances from Beach Boulevard in Huntington Beach, other methods managed to keep the potential club from opening in the seaside resort town.

To prevent Ferreira from being naked at his home, the district attorney's office suggested that Huntington Beach officials ban public nudity, rather than file indecent exposure charges that require evidence the act was sexually charged (which it didn't seem to be).

What created the most debate among council members was not the ban, but another city law that prohibits people from taking off their swimsuits in public.


Should you visit or decide to live in Huntington Beach, don't take offense at this proclivity to be discreet. Just walk out on the beach during the US Open of Surfing (as opposed to the US Clothed of Surfing) and you'll see everything but a few inches of the body as thong-strapped girls (and sometimes guys), walk along with what looks like no clothes at all from the back side. And be sure to take a look at the most photographed surf statue in the city.