Some might argue in favor of the black sand beach at Kehena, but our pick for the best clothing-optional beach in Hawaii is along the soft white sands of Maui in a hidden, woodsy cove with big Pacific waves breaking on a turquoise shoreline. It’s every bit the Hawaiian vacation fantasy, minus the bathing suits.
Perk: Though technically nudity is illegal here, it’s tolerated by local law enforcement. So the nudity is kind of a secret (hence the nickname Secret Beach).
Pit: Again, it’s not advertised as nude, so you may be a little shocked should you stumble upon it without warning. As happens from time to time.
San Diego, California
The best nude beach on the Pacific sits just north of San Diego near Torrey Pines, where Californians flock to get line-free tans. Because of the location, it draws California beach-types rather than hippies, and feels more like Endless Summer than a beachside Woodstock. Just remember it’s still the Pacific Ocean, so while being naked might be liberating, it can be a little chilly.
Perk: Best surf breaks of any nude beach, anywhere.
Pit: Nudity is only legal on the state-owned portion of the beach. The city outlawed it back in 1977, so make sure you walk up to that point before stripping down.