There’s a tendency to view nude beaches as being full of voyeurs ogling a few naked bodies from behind dark sunglasses. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nude beaches and resorts are for those who seek the genuine, freeing experience of not wearing clothes. It has nothing to do with sex, and there’s usually very little about it that’s sexy. A quick look around the average naturist site should be proof of that. Still, there are exceptions, and we’ve found them. There are beaches where clothing is not even an option, beaches with all night parties and body painting, and places for newbie nakeds and families. Walking around naked with your dad may not be for most people, but if it is, we’ve got some spots where you’ll fit right in. So here they are, the best nude beaches on the planet.
Red Beach, Crete
On the south side of the island, Red Beach has been a popular haven for naturists since the Sixties. Its appeal is the picturesque setting and relaxed atmosphere. You can shed your skivvies comfortably here. There are two ways to get to it on foot, one with less of an incline than the other. You can also get there by boat. It is a beach, after all. Red Beach is quiet and intimate, with a small coffee shop where you can get food and drinks, but not a lot of shade, so bring some cover with you.
Hidden Beach, Cancun, Mexico
Hidden Beach is a fully equipped luxury resort catering only to naturists and is suitable for first timers as well as more serious naturists. You could spend a week here and never wear a thing. Burn away those tan lines on the white sands of Kantenah Beach, or let it all hang out at activities like volleyball, yoga, or the nighttime disco. There’s nothing you can’t do here without clothes, and that includes the restaurant – dressing for dinner will never be quicker. The resort is popular with ages 25 and up, and with never more than 84 guests at any time, you won’t be battling crowds. A day long naked cruise is also available.
Haulover Beach, Miami
Haulover is a government-sanctioned, county run naturist beach with certified lifeguards and group activities like volleyball. This clothing-optional international attraction is half a mile of beach, picnic areas, concession stands, and a friendly environment. That really ought to go without saying. Who’s going to be angry and naked?
Wreck Beach, Canada
Wreck is five miles of naked beach just minutes from downtown Vancouver and receives, on average, between twelve and fourteen thousand visitors every day during the summer season. It is Canada’s first government-sanctioned, clothing-optional beach and popular with people of all ages, including families and students from the nearby University of British Columbia. Visit August 10 this year and you can participate in the Buns Across The Border run.
Cap d’Agde, France
Probably one of the most fun resorts on the planet. If your dream is to be locked up on the south coast of France in an adult resort full of nightclubs, bars and restaurants, where everyone is either naked or dressed to thrill, that’s Cap d’Agde. And the best part is you don’t have to wake up at the end of it. This isn’t just a nude beach – though there’s a mile of sand that stacks up to any of the best French Mediterranean beaches – it’s a nude city, with foam parties. Cap d’Agde is family friendly, gay friendly, crossdressing friendly, any kind of friendly. So long as you’re willing to lose your clothing – there’s really no choice – you’ll be happy here.
Spiaggia di Guvano, Italy
Loosely translated, Spiaggia di Guvano means “hot Italians without clothing,” as this nude beach in the national park of Cinque Terre proves. Tucked away on Italy’s north west coast and popular with locals, finding it is half the fun, and you’ll be rewarded with stunning views. Yes, of the coastline. While it lacks a bar and other beach facilities, there are also few tourists here, and that’s a good thing.
At the other end of the spectrum is Negril. Remember when we said there’s nothing sexy about being naked? You didn’t think we were serious, did you? Whether you’re single or hooked up, Negril is a place for play. Here’s where you get to party naked all night with a box of paints and a brush. At any of Negril’s beaches, topless is the norm. To let it all hang out, visit the more private coves on the West End cliffs.
Es Trenc, Majorca
Simply arriving in Majorca seems to inspire people to take off their clothes, but at Es Trenc you get to be legally naked. Because it’s not attached to any resort, you’re pretty much on your own here. But that’s ok. There are restaurants and a mile of sand where you can rent sunbeds and parasols, and chat up the lifeguards. The water stays shallow for a long way out, and the beach has a wild, rugged feel to it, so it’s kind of fitting that no one’s wearing a damn thing.
Praia do Pinho, Brazil
Given the shortage of material in the average Brazilian bikini, you’d expect nude beaches in Brazil to be pretty much standard. There are surprisingly few. This one has been open as the first sanctioned naturists’ beach since 1987, and is the oldest naturist beach in the country. It is clothing optional, but the locals will expect you to take it all off. The beach has bars, toilet facilities, and accommodation, and a giant statue of Christ holding a sombrero looking down on you.
Montalivet Beach, France
Clearly, the French want to be naked in a big way. Opened in1950 on the Atlantic coast, Montalivet is a whole complex devoted to naked living, the world’s first naturist resort. Featuring a mile long beach, pool, bars and beach concerts, there is also a range of different accommodations available, from a campsite where you bring your own tent, to studios and chalets, which are like log cabins. Upon arrival you may be asked to sign a commitment to naturist attitude. This is seriously naked stuff.
Tower Isle, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Tower Isle is the nude island for couples staying at the Couples Resort in Ocho Rios, the ultimate in romantic seduction. Clothing is prohibited here, as are children. The island is about two hundred yards offshore. You can either take a boat or swim across, naked. Is that a surprise to anyone?
The resort at Valalta was established in the Sixties, and has been designated the most beautiful naturist campsite of 2014. Situated on a gorgeous stretch of coastline, the resort features a seawater pool, grills and restaurants, an aqua bar, water slide, and a long list of outdoor activities such as tennis, cycling, and bocce. It even has its own brewery, where you can kick back with a mug of draught Valalta eco-beer. Plus, you’re naked.
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