kadventure saidThanks for the link, but the only specific beaches I saw listed weren't in the LA area. You said you've been to some in San Pedro, and Malibu, but what/where are they?
Sorry if I'm just missing it. I skimmed the post thoroughly, but it was still jsut skimming.
Like Pirate's and El Matador, Rancho Palos Verdes' Smuggler's Cove is a Los Angeles-area beach that's often visited by law enforcers, so be wary: citations run $150. But when deputies aren't present, some sunbathers stretch out naked on the sand. Sacred Beach, as it's also called, has two coves, including one to the south with tidepools. The trails are steep, so use caution. Look for Smuggler's eight miles south of Redondo Beach.
Legal status: Unknown. The site is also called Pirate's or Abalone Cove.
How to find it: Look for Smuggler's Cove in Rancho Palos Verdes, between Inspiration and Portuguese Points, off Palos Verdes Drive. Park in the Abalone Cove parking lot, then walk a half mile along Palos Verdes Drive South, passing Wayfarer's Chapel on the left and a Landslide Area warning sign on the right. Just after a street sign with a left-turn arrow for Peppertree Drive, take any one of the paths that begin there south to the cove. You will find the trailhead 100 yards before the bus stop at Peppertree Drive; if you reach the stop, you've gone too far. To reach the northernmost of the two nude coves (Inspiration Point), at the intersection of Peppertree and Palos Verdes Drives, take the trail to the right, which goes downhill. Or, from the first beach, simply walk north around the bend about five minutes.
The beach: The first cove is a 500-yard-long, gently sloping shore of sand, pebbles, and rocks. The beach is backed by cliffs and chaparral. Inspiration Point Beach is flatter and more pebbly. Some nudity also occurs on the hill above Inspiration Point.
The crowd: Most visitors are nude, except when deputies are present. Gay men seem to prefer the northern cove.
Problems: Steep, eroded, slippery trails; stiff law enforcement; Abalone Cove parking lot fee.http://www.virtualvman.com/hehe/scla_beaches.html
I have been to this beach before...more than a decade ago. It is beautiful, with tide pools, a cave. I even saw a whale come right near the rocks.