The beach takes its name from Gunnison Battery, a military fortress built by the government in the 1800s. The remains of the battery are still seen today, overlooking the beach. Army soldiers stationed near the battery used the beach for skinny-dipping, and when the beach eventually opened to the public, clothing remained optional.
Because Gunnison Beach remains governed by federal law, it is the only legal nude beach in the state, where nudity on state beaches was banned in 1999.
As an added bonus, if you need a little liquid courage in order to drop trou in front of thousands of strangers, alcohol is also allowed at Gunnison Beach.
Our next destination is the original nude beach ...
No. 2: San Gregorio - San Mateo, Calif.
Another California hot spot, San Gregorio beach is the oldest nude beach in America.
Founded in 1967, this popular nudist destination in San Mateo offers two miles of soft sand and beautiful cave cliffs. Much less populated than some of our other top spots, roughly 100 sunbathers visit San Gregorio on any given summer day.
Because San Gregorio is privately owned, expect a small admission charge. Due to strong surf, swimming is not generally recommended, but other activities are offered, including tide-pooling and surf-fishing. San Gregorio is popular with the gay community, who tend to congregate on the north end of the beach.
Regardless of sexual orientation, nude beach-goers want to avoid straying north of the "Hazardous Surf" sign, which signals the end of the clothing-optional portion of the beach. Past this point, park rangers may cite visitors for nudity.
Last up, ready to take your talents to South Beach?
No. 1: Haulover Beach - Miami
When people think of hot sun, hot sand and hot bods in the U.S., Miami is likely the first location that comes to mind. If you thought a typical Miami beach was hot, then get ready for scorching!
Popular with both nudists and more modestly attired beach-goers, Haulover Beach is known for having soft sands, crystal-clear waters and tons of fabulous amenities.
Due to immense popularity, lifeguards are present to keep visitors safe, and from sunrise to sunset, beach-goers enjoy amenities such as shower stalls, food and drink vendors and barbecue grills.
If catching a tan isn't your idea of a day at the beach, visitors can keep active with volleyball games and surfing competitions.
There you have it, folks, the top five best nude beaches in America. Wherever your adventures take you, be sure to read up on nudist laws and etiquette, which vary from one beach to the next.
Distributed by Internet Broadcasting. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.