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Say hello to tan lines -- San Onofre's nude beach is about to be busted

May 30, 2008 |  3:11 pm

One_of_californias_first_nudists_2 Clothing-optional for decades, the nude beach at San Onofre is about to get a visit from the (fully-dressed, we're betting) law. The O.C. Register has the skinny:

Trail 6 is a secluded area abutting Camp Pendleton property where beachgoers can let it all hang out – literally. The 1,000-foot beach, one of few "clothing-optional" beaches – with a lax approach to nudity, has been a safe haven for "naturists" for decades.

That might change in the next month, as the state sets out to crack down on nudity at the beach, in a move that has some longtime locals fuming and worrying about where they'll go. State Parks will start an educational period Sunday, warning beachgoers of the change, and start citing July 1, officials said.

What's a nudist to do? Some answers here. (And yes, there's a naked derriere on the site.) And the photo? It's of Peter J. McConville, au natural in the 1940s, as befitting the founder of SoCal's first nudist resort near Lake Elsinore.

-- Veronique de Turenne

Archival photo: Los Angeles Times