Free Beach Etiquette
(a guide to gracious sunbathing)
- Stay on trails. Keep out of dune vegetation, wildlife habitat and
other environmentally sensitive areas.
- Obey parking regulations and other posted rules.
- Respect the privacy of others. Gawking or staring is rude. Many
come to the beach for quiet time alone and don't want to be disturbed.
It's OK to make friends, but rude to monopolize a person's time before
- Ask prior consent for photography. Even on a public beach, it is
courteous to obtain the permission of your subject before you snap. Not
everyone wants to end up in a stranger's photo album. Parents should
also be asked before children are photographed.
- Keep it quiet. Use earphones for stereos. No boisterous shouting.
- No overt sex. Nude is not lewd, but sex is for consenting adults in
private. A good reputation keeps our beach free.
- Limit nudity to the beach. Nudity in clothed beaches or parking
lots may offend others and undermine our objectives.
- Respect property of others. Theft of others' property is a crime.
Return found valuables to their owners or to the local police.
- Come prepared. Bring your own towel, sun-screen, beverage, food,
matches, etc.. Don't expect others to share these items. Mooching is
- Help control litter. Always bring a trash bag and take out more
than you brought.
- No fires. Limit cooking to portable grills so you can take your
ashes with you. Follow local fire regulations.
- Speak up for our standards. If someone seems unaware of our
etiquette, give them a copy of these guidelines.
Bay Area Naturists
P.O. Box 23781
San Jose CA 95153-3781