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Gunnison Beach

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Daniel Carlson wrote a review Mar 2021
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania79 contributions28 helpful votes
To be fair, I have a pretty high bar for nude beaches, including those in France, Spain, Croatia, and Greece. Gunnison is nothing like any of those. That said, I'm not a huge fan of New Jersey beaches in general. They're typically crowded and noisy, with people blaring radios and making SO much noise. In that regard, Gunnison fits right in! And since it's the only viable clothing-optional beach in the region, it draws an incredibly eclectic crowd. People watching is really a thing there. When our kids were young, we were in search of a place like the family-oriented nude beaches we had experienced in France. We've seen very few children at Gunnison, and I don't think we would have felt comfortable bringing our own. Just a little too edgy. All that said, there's enough space to find your own plot of sand, and again, I'm simply grateful that the beach exists at all. Rare, but amazing, is the day when you get a clear view of the Manhattan skyline. Worth the trek, just for that.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Trek06584832235 wrote a review Sep 2020
1 contribution8 helpful votes
Loved it! What a Liberating experience! Used to visit in my 20s, kept my bathing suit on. Was a bit shy. Last time was 2008. Wanted to come back to strip for the full experience. Now, 2020, 3 times in 2 weeks. Once you go you are hooked. The walk is not hard. Pace yourself and carry light. I had water, sunglasses, a towel and myself. The experience is best if you go alone. All naked strangers. Nice way to make friends. All are there for the same reason. Arrived at 3, breezy chill in the air, I could not wait to get naked! I set up in the center area. I stripped off my shorts and tank top and was suddenly overcome with such an incredible relaxed feeling. Almost indescribable. The tension of the day melted away. The ocean breeze felt amazing on my naked body. I sat in my chair soaking up the experience. All equal here. A few gawkers kept walking back and forth past me. Harmless I hope but a bit creepy. As the sun set, you can see the New York Skyline lights. Most people left as the sun set, I stayed. As darkness came, I ran to the ocean and jumped in! Wow! Skinny dipping in the cool ocean water at night is a wonderful feeling. Erotic and definitely freeing. People say they come here to enjoy being naked in public but deep down, we all have those thoughts. My entire body felt the rush, I slept soundly that night, naked of course. With that said, I highly recommend a trip to Gunnison Beach. Once you start, you will be back again. I hope this unique paradise stays just as it is.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Nude Lease On Life wrote a review Sep 2020
16 contributions27 helpful votes
Gunnison beach is quite the character! Historically boasted as the "largest clothing optional beach on the east coast of the United States," it is located within the Sandy Hook area of New Jersey. In 2020, new signs were installed limiting the official clothing optional area to a much smaller region than what has typically been enjoyed, though many seem to ignore the signs and take their beach walks far beyond these limits. This seems to work in most cases, as the nearest beaches (also within Gateway National Park at Sandy Hook) are quite a distance away. Despite all of the above, the beach is INCREDIBLY wide (not sure if that's the right word?) from a shore-to-dune perspective. While from "left to right" we may be more limited in nude use, the depth of the beach is astounding. Given this fact, the walk from the parking lot area is also arduously long (and in-season they put down mats to make the walk much more enjoyable), but the overall clothing optional area enables beachgoers to setup further back from the water if all of the "good spots" are already taken. While parking is ample (daily rates in-season are $15 per vehicle as of writing this, rumor has it they will be increasing to $20 in 2021), on beautiful summer days traffic will back up significantly and it may be difficult to get a good spot on the beach, let alone have a convenient place to park. While the beach is open year round, most amenities are seasonal and include the mats mentioned above, restrooms, showers, and food trucks (although they are all adjacent to the parking area and still a pretty far walk from the beach itself). It is worth noting that the parking fee does not apply in the off-season, or if you arrive very early or very late in the day. In pre-COVID times, dumpsters were available within the parking lot area, but no trash bins were available otherwise -- please carry out anything you bring in. The beach is patrolled regularly by park rangers on a year-round basis, and has lifeguards stationed until 5pm during the summer season. Speaking of 5pm... it seems Gunnison has gotten a bad reputation for what goes on after 5pm. While Rangers will still occasionally patrol, the beach is known to get a little bit rowdier after hours. Despite having a wonderful view of parts of the New York City skyline, Brooklyn, and the Verrazano-Narrows bridge, and being relatively close (as the crow flies) to these densely populated areas, the beach is still very remote and at least a few miles away from any regularly travelled roadways that aren't part of the national park area. As of 2019, alcohol is prohibited (rangers have been known to actually check your coolers) and they no longer allow tents or windscreens to be positioned in a fashion that completely obstructs the view of what is going on within your camp. This is not to detract from the beauty (and the fact that it's pretty much the only option in the northeast...) that Gunnison can provide during a typical summer weekend where it draws thousands of visitors, but a fair warning that you may not want to visit at odd hours, during questionable weather, or stay too late into the evening if you aren't interested in potentially seeing some borderline questionable behavior. To this end, while online communities of Gunnison regulars do exist, we personally believe the beach could benefit greatly from an ambassador program like what they have at Haulover and Blind Creek in Florida. While we wanted to provide a fair warning in this regard, please don't let this review alone prevent you from visiting the beach and trying it out for yourself!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jack T. wrote a review Sep 2020
Berkeley Springs, West Virginia3 contributions4 helpful votes
The clothing optional side used to be good, but it has gone downhill. Too many people go to gawk, masturbate and worse. Being naked in nature is about freedom, feeling like a kid again and relaxing. Not sex. Do that in private or somewhere else. Go to the clothing part of the beach for a better experience.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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O2795HJbrianb wrote a review Sep 2020
Raleigh, North Carolina155 contributions66 helpful votes
Went to Gunnison Beach labor day weekend. Beach was very crowded and not many ppl were wearing mask. I totally forgot covid was going on to be honest. 15 dollars to get on. The nude area is in part G I believe. View of the city was nice. The beach had a nice mix of old young fit and unfit. Also everyone there was just having a good time. It is quite a bit of a walk. They do not allow your personal tents. Or atleast they didn't let us have ours. They were very strict on this rule. Its not even a big tent its one for the beach. But they said we couldn't use it. You will definitely get an eye full. Great time though will definitely go there again
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Date of experience: September 2020
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