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Comments for Gunnison Beach

On a clear day at Gunnison Beach, it's possible to see the New York skyline. That's because the Northern New Jersey beach, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, is conveniently located to the Big Apple. During the summer months, there's even round-trip ferry service from Lower Manhattan.

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Posted August 7, 2016 08:42 pm

Post Labor Day at the Beach

What's the beach like post Labor Day?

Posted July 29, 2016 02:56 pm


Everyone is friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere is incredible. If you have never been to a nude beach before, you almost instantly feel at ease and comfortable. I can't get enough of the place!

Posted July 28, 2016 09:07 pm

2016 visits

The charge for parking is currently $15 and is charged starting at 7 (I think) The toll gate opens at 5 and you can park for free if you get there within that window. Compared to other beaches it's fairly small in width but quite deep. The life guards leave at 6 but you can stay at the beach until the late evening hours, which frequently happens on weekends. Officially the park closes at 10 p.m. Parking on the weekend can be a challenge, especially when the weather is nice. The lot is full by 10 a.m. This is a national park and it is patrolled by armed police. When there is nudity and alcohol, people don't always use the best judgment and their presence helps everyone enjoy their day. There are some die-hard beach goers who set up extensive "sites" but keep in mind that tents are not allowed. Nor are glass containers. Having said all that, this beach is AMAZING! Everyone is very friendly, lots of shapes and sizes and ages. Volley ball courts on site, life guards, great views.

Posted June 19, 2016 04:05 pm

Cost? Help please?

How much does it cost to get onto beach? My fiancé and I are on out way and would like to know. It's our first time

Posted September 21, 2015 10:16 pm

Being Naked

I love the fact that you can be naked at the beach and drink alcohol too. I wish that there were more beaches like that. I go there to appreciate being free.

Posted January 21, 2015 01:36 pm

The Best Place EVER

The long walk from the parking lot is definitely worth it. I noticed the truck with ice cream before the long walk so I had something to look forward to.

My first visit was in the middle of the week. The people were mostly over forty and extremely nice people. My second visit was ten days later on a Sunday. More people of all ages and as friendly.

My third visit was on a Saturday after Labor Day. No life guards, people had rafts and music (not permissible when guards are on duty).

Can not wait for the weather to get warmer so we can get back to the beach. For me Gunnison Beach is the only beach worth going to. It's very clean. Its as nice as any other. Only wish they had a tram car for that walk. You can bring a cooler with water and cans (no glass) of beer and food. Please clean up after yourself.

Posted October 27, 2014 07:06 pm

Wish I Could Have Stayed Forever.

I learned about the beach in mid-March and could not help but go when I saw it was within four hours. I had butterflies the entire ride, knowing that for the first time I was finally going to be completely nude in public for all to see.

The feeling of undressing on the beach is one that I will want to enjoy many times for the rest of my life. Such an amazing feeling, being able to walk around in the fresh, open air naturally, free, and exposed. If only I could lie in the sand naked forever and never have to see clothes again. I had one of the most wonderful experiences of my life in spite of the chilly weather and the beach has plenty of length to explore. I absolutely love being a nudist, and will be back to Gunnison when it's warmer to skinny-dip.

Posted August 14, 2014 08:01 am

Parking Fee

Just so you can update your site-the parking fee at Gateway National Park and Gunnison beach is now 15.00 per car,or you can buy a season pass for 75.00.Get there early on the weekend for best parking-the lot at Gunnison fills up fast!!

Posted March 13, 2014 06:54 am

Indian Summer in 2001

With the twin towers gone from the view and the plume of smoke coming up from the ruins in plain view the wonderful Indian Summer in late September and early October 2001 is hard to forget.

There were crowds on the beach that were similar to some summer days. You had the normal chatter and sounds that a group of people make on a beach. However each time an airliner would pass over the beach everyone on the beach seemed to stop what they were doing and just watch the airliner pass by. The silence was telling as everyone paused to think about the tragic day we now call 9/11.

It all was just spontaneous but it happened again and again.

Posted September 12, 2013 01:00 am

Great beach!

I first started experimenting with nude beaches back in 1995. I already heard about this beach when I lived up in the Garden State back in the 80s and when I visited my home state back in 1996, I decided to check this beach out! Was I ever impressed! It had almost every walk of life there as in Florida is was mostly guys like myself and mostly over 40 in age demo. Here you had young, old, middle aged, male and female!

It was like Seaside Heights only without the clothes, but wonderful. Last year in 2012, I returned after not being there in NJ for almost 10 years, and it was still a wonderful experience. I even heard a 22-year-old female bragging about the place to everyone she met as she thought the whole experience was beautiful as she thought we were all the same. She has been going there since she turned 18 and has not stopped patronizing.