Our First YNA Nude Beach Meetup of the Season at Gunnison Beach in NJ
Ever since nudity was banned at Lighthouse Beach on Fire Island, the only official, public nude beach for the tri-state area is Gunnison Beach (other than Cherry Grove and the Pines, two small beaches where FINS isn’t enforcing the NY nudity law).
So that’s where we went last weekend for our first nude beach outing of the season.
It was supposed to be overcast all day according to the weather forecast for the area. But when we got to the nude beach around 10:00 am, it was sunshine all around.
We set up a “YNA camp” on the sand and raised our flag to mark the area. Shortly thereafter, so many YNA members started coming to hang out with us throughout the day!
We also made new friends with other beach goers who were drawn into our camp by the sounds of laughter and merriment.
As is our MO, we brought some body paints with us, and people had fun painting on each other. We also brought holi powder, our new and easier form of decorating bodies in bright colors.
We did a group holi powder session that went much like a pudding toss. But instead of throwing pudding we were throwing powder. It doesn’t stick as well as paint, but it does create some cool effects.
There’s always a volleyball net set up on the beach for anyone to use, and it gets a lot of use on a nice day. There are groups of players who take their games seriously if you’re looking for a competitive game. We tend to be more casual about naked volleyball, and some of our group managed to get a small game going when the regular players stepped out.
Back at camp, someone put on music and got a limbo stick competition going. This is just another example of how lively the scene is at Gunnison.
It’s still the beginning of the season, so the ocean was numbingly cold. It is nice to get in after you heat up in the sun further inland. Early on in the day, the tide was out and a big sandbar formed, which made it easier to get in the water.
The sun is strong at Gunnison, and the ocean breeze does a lot to dispel the heat. But this also makes it easier to get burned without noticing… which is exactly what some of us did! I was red as a tomato by the end of the day. So I remind you, fellow nudies: sunbathe responsibly and apply sunscreen often!
There’s no shade on the beach, so an umbrella or sun shelter is always a good idea, too. And now at Gunnison you might not have to worry about bringing your own. This Saturday there was a vendor at the entrance renting umbrellas and chairs. We don’t know if he’ll be there every weekend, but it’s nice to have that option when you don’t feel like schlepping your umbrella from home (or in case you forgot yours at home).
The nude beach changed quite a bit since Hurricane Sandy (in 2012). It’s a lot smaller than it used to be. But thousands of people still visit every weekend and the parking lots will generally fill up by 11:00 am on a hot summer day. Luckily for us, on Saturday, the cloudy forecast must have deterred some visitors as it was no issue to park and the beach wasn’t so packed.
There is no longer a hot-dog food cart on the beach itself. But the entrance, sometimes, has a food vendor with drinks and fast food (hot dogs, French fries, etc). A vendor was present the day we went.
Another pleasant discovery… one of our friends who attended uses a wheelchair. We were planning to use a snow sled to get her on the beach; but thanks to another awesome new friend, we were pointed to a shed at the entrance which housed this heavy-duty all terrain chair!
So we borrowed that for the day… Thank you, Gunnison Beach for being wheelchair-accessible!
By 6:00 pm, the sun was starting to go down and the temperature quickly dropped. It was time to get dressed, pack up and go home.
This meet-up was a great time, and we are planning to schedule another one for Saturday, July 23! So if you missed out, join us next month for another beautiful beach day.