Nude Beaches in Massachusetts

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Nude beaches are public or private beaches where visitors are allowed to be topless or completely nude if they choose.

These beaches are not common and have a more relaxed and accepting attitude toward public nudity. There are actually only a handful of nude beaches in Massachusetts and they are mainly located on Cape Cod.

Have you been to any of these nude beaches in Massachusetts? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

The following is a list of nude beaches in Massachusetts:

Moshup Beach (Martha’s Vineyard):

Address: 71 Moshup Trail, Aquinnah, MA

Moshup Beach, located on the southwestern shore of Martha’s Vineyard in Aquinnah, is a half-mile-long picturesque beach that is known for its unique natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere.

Moshup Beach is also known for its clothing-optional area, located at the southern end of the beach just below the Gay Head Lighthouse. The area is marked by a sign that reads: “Beyond this point you may encounter nude sunbathing.”

While public nudity is illegal in Massachusetts, this section of Moshup Beach has unofficially become known as a clothing-optional area where some visitors choose to sunbathe without clothing.

Overall, Moshup Beach features a unique and stunning landscape with soft sand, large rocks, south-facing views of the ocean and picturesque towering cliffs.

Whether visitors come to admire the colorful cliffs, swim and sunbathe either nude or clothed, explore the nearby walking trails and dunes or simply enjoy the peaceful surroundings, Moshup Beach is sure to leave a lasting impression.

On-site parking is available for a daily fee and facilities are located near the parking lot.

Longnook Beach (Truro):

Address: Longnook Road, Truro, MA

Longnook Beach, located in Truro, Massachusetts, is a large, picturesque and secluded oceanside beach on Cape Cod.

Longnook Beach is known for its natural beauty, pristine sandy shores, massive dunes, and stunning ocean views. The beach offers a peaceful and unspoiled beach experience.

Compared to some of the more popular beaches on Cape Cod, Longnook Beach has a relatively secluded and peaceful atmosphere. While it can become busier during peak summer months, visitors love the quiet and peaceful setting that is hard to find at other beaches in the area.

There is an area of the beach near the cliffs, about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the right of the entrance, that is a popular area for nude sunbathers. Although nudity is banned on this beach because it is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, the park rangers don’t enforce this rule.

Overall, Longnook Beach offers a serene and unspoiled coastal experience, with stunning natural beauty, moderate surf, and opportunities for fun in the sun.

Lifeguards are not available at Longnook Beach. Portable toilets are located on site. On-site parking is available with the purchase of a Truro Beach Parking Sticker.

Herring Cove (Provincetown):

Address: Province Lands Rd, Provincetown, MA

Herring Cove Beach is a popular bayside beach located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at the tip of Cape Cod. Since the beach is located on Cape Cod Bay rather than the Atlantic Ocean, it has much warmer and calmer waters.

Herring Cove Beach is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, characterized by a pristine sandy beach, rolling dunes, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as distant views of Race Point Lighthouse. The beach offers some of the best sunset views on Cape Cod.

Provincetown has a long-standing reputation as a welcoming and inclusive destination for the LGBTQ+ community, and Herring Cove Beach is no exception. The beach’s laid-back atmosphere and diverse crowd make it a popular spot for LGBTQ+ visitors and allies to gather and enjoy the sun and surf.

A portion of the beach, a thin strip of land between Cape Cod Bay and a tidal lake just about a mile south of the parking lot, is the nude section of the beach which is rumored to have seperate areas for gay men and lebsians.

It is technically illegal to sunbathe nude on the beach but the park rangers usually ignore the rule and beachgoers often cover up quickly enough anyway to avoid being ticketed. There are occasional reports of nude beachgoers being ticketed by the police though, so keep that in mind.

Overall, Herring Cove Beach offers visitors a beautiful and serene coastal experience with stunning scenery.

The beach features life guards, a snack bar and seasonal restrooms. On-site parking is available for a fee. Those arriving on foot are charged an entrance fee.

Lucy Vincent Beach (Martha’s Vineyard):

Address: Lucy Vincent Beach Rd. Chilmark, MA

Lucy Vincent Beach is a beautiful and secluded private nude beach located in Chilmark on the western side of Martha’s Vineyard.

Ironically, the beach is named after the town’s former librarian, Lucy Vincent, who was infamous for reportedly tearing out pages from library books or even hiding books in her desk drawer if she deemed them immoral.

Yet, others say the story of her being a prude is a myth and that the beach originally belonged to Lucy, during the 1960s and 70s, and she let locals use it even though they sunbathed nude there. When she was informed that the beachgoers were nude, she replied that she never went there so she didn’t care.

Lucy Vincent Beach is known for its natural beauty, rugged cliffs, and clear blue waters. The beach offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by scenic coastal landscapes.

Lucy Vincent Beach offers a relatively secluded and peaceful atmosphere compared to some of the more crowded beaches on Martha’s Vineyard. Access to the beach is limited to Chilmark residents and renters to help preserve its tranquil ambiance.

Lucy Vincent Beach has excellent swimming conditions, with clear, calm waters that are ideal for wading and swimming. The beach also experiences moderate surf, making it a popular spot for boogie boarding and body surfing.

Overall, Lucy Vincent Beach in Martha’s Vineyard offers visitors a serene and unspoiled coastal experience, with stunning natural beauty, secluded ambiance, and opportunities for relaxation and recreation.

On-site parking is available with the purchase of a parking pass during the summer months. Walk-on passes are also available during the summer months.

Nantucket Island Beaches:

All private and public beaches on Nantucket Island allow nudity thanks to a bylaw amendment called “Gender Equality on Beaches.”

Nantucket Island, located off the coast of Massachusetts, is home to several beautiful beaches offering a variety of scenic landscapes and recreational activities.

Some of the notable beaches on the island include Cisco Beach, Madaket Beach, Siasconset Beach, Jetties Beach, Surfside Beach, Dionis Beach and Great Point Beach.

These are just a few of the beautiful beaches that Nantucket Island has to offer. Each beach has its own unique charm and attractions, making Nantucket a beloved destination for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Overall, visiting a nude beach is a unique and liberating experience for those who a little more adventurous. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, body positivity, or simply a different beach experience, nude beaches can provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

If you’re looking for a more quiet and peaceful beach experience, check out this article on secluded beaches in Massachusetts.

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“Longnook Beach.” Town of Truro Massachusetts, truro-ma.gov/beach-office/pages/longnook-beach
“Moshup.” Martha’s Visit, marthasvisit.com/beaches/moshup
“Beach Rules & Regulations.” Town of Chilmark, Massachusetts, chilmarkma.gov/beach-committee/pages/beach-rules-regulations
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About William Briscoe

William Briscoe is a seasoned travel blogger and adventurer based in Massachusetts. With a passion for exploring hidden gems and sharing his travel experiences, Briscoe's website, "Mass Attractions," has become a go-to resource for those seeking seasonal attractions in Massachusetts. In addition to his website, William has contributed travel stories and articles to various travel publications, and his work has been featured in several magazines and online platforms. He also collaborates with tourism boards and travel companies to promote sustainable and responsible travel practices. William enjoys exploring the scenic beauty of New England, spending time with his family and two rescue dogs, and experimenting with classical New England recipes in his kitchen. He holds a degree in English Literature from Boston University, which he believes laid the foundation for his writing skills.

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