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Gunnison Beach, Sandy Hook

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Beach · Nature / Park
Gunnison Beach is a beach within the Sandy Hook unit of the Fort Hancock and the Sandy Hook Proving Ground Historic District which is the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, on the Atlantic coast of New Jersey. It is located in Middletown Township, Monmouth County, but is on federal land managed by the National Park Service. It is New Jersey's only legal clothing-optional beach. It takes its name from adjacent Battery Gunnison, which visitors must pass next to in order to get to and from the beach.

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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • We visited Gunnison beach a few weeks ago. This was mine and my partner's first experience going to a clothing optional beach and we had a fantastic time! Although this was the first time for both of us, we didn't feel nervous about stripping down because the atmosphere and is so laid back and free of judgement. It was such and awesome and freeing experience being able to swim, sunbathe, and just chill in the nude. Definitely will be coming back. :)
  • I genuinely enjoy this beach, very clean and relaxing. The downside is the fact that there is a side where clothing is required. Why? There's so many other beaches within the same area that the clothed people can go to. This makes the nude side very packed and very difficult to remain respectfully spacious. The other thing is there are security guards/ officers that walk around making sure everyone's following the rules however the rules differ with each guard. For example, closed tents are not permitted which is understandable. We bought an opened "sun protection" tent which is opened entirely on one side and clear mesh on the other. We have been there multiple times and no issues. Our last time there the guard said it's considered a tent and requested we take it down leaving us with zero coverage from the sun. The walk to get on the beach is extremely long. It's just a shame... this could be a much better experience.
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