For photo shoots?
Going on location, and understand the State of CA has made them verboten....
May 20 13 11:11 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
You understand correctly
May 20 13 11:20 am Link
Roseville, California, US
You need to write the State Parks Dept, more than 30 days in advance and get a permit (starting at $250) and show proof of liability insurance...
Edit: although I have no idea if there are any nude beaches in Monterey county. There are in Santa Cruz & San Mateo, that are pretty laid back... I just shoot there quickly and low key
May 20 13 11:34 am Link
May 20 13 12:55 pm Link
San Jose, California, US
I've found this link to be helpful when looking around.
http://gocalifornia.about.com/cs/clothi … ebeach.htm
May 20 13 01:17 pm Link
Monterey, California, US
There are a few nude beaches in Monterey County, but that doesn't mean that whoever's nude won't get cited or whoever's photographing won't be asked for a permit if Park Rangers are around.
The Northern part of Marina State Beach has a nude area.
Garrapata State Beach also has a nude area at the north end.
Same with Pfeiffer State Beach near Big Sur.
The places I would stay away from are the more touristy beaches - the Lover's Point/Asilomar Beach areas, Carmel Beach, Del Monte Beach, and Monterey State Beach.
Now there are beach areas which are more secluded where you could get away with doing a nude shoot (9 out of 10 times possibly), but you're still taking a chance. Those places might be areas between Carmel River State Beach and Monestary Beach, certain areas of Marina State Beach, certain areas of Garrapata State Beach and areas along the coast towards Big Sur.
As already mentioned, Santa Cruz County has quite a few nude beaches and I've never had any problems shooting nudes up in that area (or in Monterey County for that matter - knock on wood! lol)
Just north of Santa Cruz up towards Davenport is fairly secluded, but a lot of those areas require you to navigate down a steep cliff/trail area. One of my favorite nude beaches to shoot at is Panther Beach, about 7 miles or so north of Santa Cruz. It may be kind of difficult to find since there are no signs and you need to drive into a dirt parking area that extends a ways down the road so you can't see where to turn off until you actually pass the parked cars (if that makes sense).
Anyway, if at all possible, shoot on a weekday and not the weekend. Good luck!
May 20 13 01:23 pm Link
Thank you soooo much for your wealth of information
May 24 13 11:30 am Link
Upland, California, US
The 'Guerilla Style' Company is giving away free permits for nude photoshoots all over the California coastline... if you're familiar with that company...
PS... just joking... and yeah... verboten is probably correctamundo...
May 24 13 11:35 am Link
Menlo Park, California, US
Bonny Doon almost always has a few nudes here and there, and I've shot there numerous times without problem. I've also generally had no problem at Panther, although that is also the only beach where a Ranger [for State Beaches, he informed us as we left] got all hot and bothered and used a bullhorn from the bluffs to say "The Photoshoot is OVER! The Photoshoot is OVER! The Photoshoot is OVER! ..." His need to repeat himself was almost amusing, although his behavior was not. We left to avoid the hassle of a bully with a badge and a gun, but we just moved to another beach a little farther north, and continued shooting. I've shot there again since, no problems.
More generally: I am unaware of any California state statute, ruling, judicial decision, or attorney general opinion that specifically prohibits nudity, or otherwise revokes the Cahill doctrine. There are numerous city ordinances regarding nudity on beaches, and a few county ordinances, but I am unaware of anything at the state level except Penal Code Sections 314 [which requires lewd conduct, see In re Smith, 7 Cal.3d 362 (1972)] and 647(a) [which has been interpreted by the California Supreme Court to require lewd conduct as well, see Pryor v. Municipal Court, 25 Cal.3d 238 (1979)]. For those who shoot in California, on state beaches, it is worth reading both In re Smith and Pryor, to understand exactly what California law is, even without bringing in the issue of the first amendment rights of a photographer and model to create art as a mode of free speech. If anyone is aware of a California statute, ruling, judicial decision or Attorney General's opinion that contravenes anything that I have posted here, please post a link.
By the foregoing, I am not addressing, at all, the potential for the state to require a permit for the taking of photographs on state beaches. This is a different issue, but, if the photographs are not "for commercial purposes", the state will have a hard time enforcing a permit requirement since that requirement is never enforced against those simply shooting their girlfriend/boyfriend/aunt/mother/cousin/best friend. That does not mean that a ranger will never cite you, because they count on most people not to take the time/effort to challenge such requirements.
May 24 13 12:00 pm Link
Columbus, Ohio, US
I've been here a few times.....isn't it the beach on federal land that is ok?
May 24 13 02:53 pm Link
Salinas, California, US
You've given a lot of great information! There is a secluded beach that I know of near Big Sur where I've shot nudes a long time ago. I even got away with shooting nudes in a waterfall in the park itself. The thing is to do so on off days when there are few people around.
May 24 13 04:09 pm Link
Oakland, California, US
if you go north of santa cruz right before Davenport there are a few... shark tooth cove and the one just south of that....or you could take highway 1 and pull over at any place...there are dozens of state beaches that no one is at especially on the weekday. Its only illegal if you get caught.
May 24 13 05:23 pm Link
Oakland, California, US
oh also you actually might be better off too just picking a spot at random. The problem with designated nude bitches is that you get riff raff trying to see some boobs and butts. And will literally just walk up and watch and or take pictures.
saw it happen at shark tooth.
May 24 13 05:26 pm Link