This past Victoria Day I saw a friend of mine describe Hanlan’s Point Beach on Facebook as “wall to wall gays.” Indeed, I can’t picture the ferry ride across to Hanlan’s Point without throngs of gorgeous gays in muscle shirts. I’m sure there’s a logical reason why this clothing-optional beach attracts a disproportionate number of gay men.
GayCities has declared Hanlan’s one of the 10 best nude beaches in the world
. Before being officially declared a clothing-optional beach in 2002, Hanlan’s was used unofficially by nude sunbathers and was subject to infrequent police crackdowns for nude sunbathing. Now, however, Hanlan’s is a popular tourist attraction for naturists and beachgoers, and police and park officials work to maintain a welcoming atmosphere.
Though fairly US-centric, GayCities' list also includes locations in Cape Town, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; and Lisbon, Portugal. Not to be forgotten is Wreck Beach in Vancouver, the second largest clothing-optional beach in North America.