Where the Weather’s Warm and the Clothing Is Optional
For some, the idea of strutting around the pool or playing tennis in nothing but your birthday suit is mortifying, and for others, it’s the most freeing and energizing experience ever. Stripping down and letting the sun wash over your bare skin is an eye-opening adventure. Whether you’re a longtime nudist or naturalist or if you’re curious about the nude life, we’ve come up with 9 of the best resorts and pools across California for going au naturale. Best Nude Resorts and Pools in California
This Mediterranean-style, adults-only nudist resort is located a mile away from Palm Springs. For over 25 years, nudists and naturists have been going to Desert Sun Resort to spend time relaxing au naturale. The resort was built on the same site as the famed 1943 clothing-optional Normandy Hotel built by actor Errol Flynn. Guests can enjoy three year-round heated pools, two whirlpool hot tubs, a full spa, tennis courts and a restaurant.
Location: Palm Springs
Seated on 40 acres of land, Freedom Acres Resort is both a lifestyle-friendly, clothing-optional facility. The resort features two heated pools and hot tubs and two BYOB bars. Membership to the club is required to attend any parties or events. While on property, guests can stay in RVs, tents, cabins and yurts! Unwind in the sauna or steam room, or get active on the tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.
Location: San Bernardino
This co-opted nudist social club is for families, singles and couples. Amenities include a heated pool and hot tub, co-ed showers, nude or clothed hiking trails, lawn games, children’s area and a patio firepit. The tree-dotted property is green and lush with life, a sweet and relaxing escape from city life.
Location: Castro Valley
4 | Tortuga Del Sol
Southwestern decor meets lush landscaping at this premier gay men’s clothing-optional resort in Palm Springs. At Tortuga Del Sol, guests have the option to stay in studios and suites with fully equipped and stocked kitchenettes or kitchens with an adult or mainstream DVD collection. Take a dip in the heated pool and outdoor jacuzzi and soak up the sun! Tortuga Del Sol offers guests a safe space to be free and meet new people.
Location: Palm Springs
Sea Mountain Ranch is an adults-only nudist and lifestyle-friendly resort with 24-hour heated, mineral spring pools and hot tubs. Enjoy complimentary snacks and coke beverages during your stay and lingerie dances every night of the year. Guests come to Sea Mountain Ranch for a sexy and exciting experience, great for both singles and couples. Check into the new guest rooms where mineral water flows from the sinks and showers, and French doors open to pool views.
Location: Desert Hot Springs
6 | Olive Dell Ranch
Located in Colton California, Olive Dell Ranch is a family-friendly nudist resort close to Los Angeles, sure to make even your most conservative friends go nude. Book a rental cabin, hook up your RV or grab your tent for a weekend of camping. Get some all-over coverage while you enjoy the tennis courts, swimming pool and sauna. Olive Dell Ranch offers a wide array of activities for guests including bingo, book exchanges, cornhole, dances, movie nights and monthly birthday cakes!
7 | Laguna del Sol
Stretching across 250 acres of land near Sacramento sits Laguna del Sol. Since its opening in 1961, people have been flocking to this resort for its top-notch facilities and green landscape. This family-friendly resort features a 25-acre lake, “Lake Archie,” where guests can enjoy a running trail, paddle boats and rope swing for free! Enjoy a meal at the Lakeside Inn for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The resort hosts many events throughout the year including “Rockets and Sprockets,” a car and motorcycle show weekend.
8 | Glen Eden Resort
If you’re looking for nude resort that offers a great transition into the nudist/naturist lifestyle, then Glen Eden is for you. Indoor and outdoor pools, a dog park and a family center keep an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere alive. For the curious and studious, check out the Western Nudist Research Library and the bookstore located on the property. For a spiritual moment, head to the on-site chapel or stop by the two art studios for clay, painting, drawing and needlework classes!
Location: Temescal Valley
Wilbur Hot Springs is a beautiful, inclusive, off-grid, solar-powered resort. The hot springs are the only clothing-optional area of the resort; clothing is required everywhere else. Take some time to observe the wild ponies that live on the property at Wilbur Hot Springs, enjoy the nature preserve lush with flowers, trees and a large assortment of beautiful birds.
Local Insight: Wilbur Hot Springs was established in 1865 by Ezekial Wilbur. Later, it became a post office before J.W. Cuthbert built the hand-poured concrete hotel, one of the first of its kind in California.
Location: Wilbur Springs