“Nude bathers may be present on beach” warned a sign near the packed parking area of Gunnison beach — a strip of sand and sea in the Gateway National Recreation Area separated from other Sandy Hook beach-loungers by grassy dunes.
The presence of nude bathers is the only reason my friend and I drove an hour and 15 minutes to Gunnison beach — the only legal, clothing-optional beach in New Jersey, a destination for naturists (another word for nudists) along the Northeast coast.
An impressive mini-plaza with outdoor showers, bathrooms and two food trucks welcomed us. Those trekking in were still clothed, lugging beach chairs and towels.
As the dunes gave way to the shoreline, everything looked like a typical beach. But soon, flesh-toned forms came into focus. Some were as naked as the day they were born. Some were wearing bottoms, no tops; some tops, no bottoms. Very few were completely covered by bathing suits.
The crowd was as diverse as the colorful umbrellas that poked out of the sand — folks of all ages, skin tones, shapes and sizes were sleeping, swimming, playing volleyball.
Source: North Jersey Record
Original publication Aug 13, 2019
Posted on NatCorn 3 weeks ago
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