Nudism or Naturism as we know it has several sources and most of them can be traced back to early 20th century health and fitness philosophies in Germany. Formally Naturism arrived in the USA in 1923 when Katherine and Herman Shoshinki who were familiar with nudism arrived in Germany and helped in the formation of one of the first Nudist groups (American League for Physical Culture) in 1929.

Since then Naturism has gradually grown in the USA. A Gallup survey conducted in the USA first in the year 1983 and then in 2000 clearly showed that Naturism or leniency towards Naturism is on the rise in the USA. California which is the most populous US state and the third largest by land cover has a climate mix ranging from arid to subarctic (depending upon the latitude & distance from the coast) provides an excellent opportunity for Naturism lovers to surf and enjoy the sunshine.

State laws in California regarding Naturism are very clear and state that “Public Nudity is prohibited except in authorized areas set aside for the purpose” (California Codes Penal Code – Section 314 Summary ). Fortunately, California does provide a number of opportunities for Naturist lovers in the form of Naturist beaches, Nudist Resorts, Clothing Optional Resorts, Site- Protecting Clubs and Social/Travel Clubs.

The Californian coastline has multiple beaches and resorts to offer to Naturism lovers.  Some of the famous Naturist beaches are Humboldt, Los Angeles, Marin, Monterey, San Diego, San Francisco, San Louis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. In addition, The Sequoians clothes free club – Castro Valley, Meadowlark Country House – Calistoga, De Anza Spring resort – Jacumba, Olive Dell Ranch, Glen Eden Sun club – Corona etc are just some of the various examples that clearly show that Naturism lovers have plenty of opportunities to hang out and enjoy themselves.

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