Category Archives: Snorkelling
After the excess of Burning Man, we were ready for a few days rest before ending our holiday in San Francisco, so we stayed two nights at the gorgeous Lake Tahoe, home of our third and final naked adventure.
We stayed at Zephyr Cove RV Campground in South Lake Tahoe. It is a lovely spot, just across the road from the lake itself, with good shower/toilet facilities. We did feel a little under-equiped as we parked up alongside 35 foot RVs (especially one covered in Playa Dust!). At using the showers, we had a meal in the restaurant next to the campground before falling asleep listening out for bears in the woods!
After a good nights sleep (we were so, so tired!), it was time to check out the local nudist beach.
Secret Cove, Lake Tahoe
I’d spent a bit of time researching where the exact location of this beach is but too be honest none could help me locate the exact spot. I think that the name of the cove changes depending on which website you read (some call it Secret Beach, some Secret Cove, some Paradise Cove, etc). What I can say is that it is definitely called Secret Cove and it is gorgeous!
In terms of directions, we took the Interstate 50 north from Zephyr Cove, then turned north up the Interstate 28 towards North Lake Tahoe. About 5km along this road, you’ll come to a line a cars parked on the left hand side before arriving at Chimney Beach Parking Lot on the left (with a small overspill on the right). I knew that Chimney Beach was too far north, so we turned round here and parked up with the others cars that we had just past. Here we spotted a path going down towards the Lake. Taking a right (North) we picked a more well-trodden path and soon came across a sign for Secret Cove.
After following the path for a further 10 minutes or so we were greeted by the view of the cove. I don’t think that the pictures can do it justice – it is amazing. Crystal-clear waters, soft sand/shingle beach, pine trees – everything about this place was picturesque.
The actual beach is quite small, meaning that the 50 or so people there are quite close together. Some may find this a bit uncomfortable – especially given American’s way of constantly talking to you – it certainly was different to the more quieter beaches we’ve experienced in Portugal and Spain.
There was a good mix of people on the beach – mostly couples and families, some older single men, people relaxing after Burning Man, small group of gay men (located further south along the beach) as well as a small group of young girls (who seemed to be trying naturism for the first-time. They actually commented that this was their Burning Man – if only they knew!). Everyone was really friendly – we were offered some melon from a fellow beach goer.
The water was really refreshing, given the heat of the mid-day sun and it was really nice not to feel all salty after you normally feel after a day at the beach.
I think this is my favourite beach I’ve ever been to – certainly a 10/10.
If any of you have been here, we’d love to hear from you!
The following places are suggested in the Bare Beaches book as the best places to go “if you prefer to strip but your loved ones won’t bare it”. These beaches have been highlighted due to them having a mix of clothed and unclothed bathers.
1. Playa Mitjorn, Formentera
The Bare Beach book describes this beach as “six miles are largely undeveloped sandy bays with rocky areas for snorkelling [that] have tempted many people into their first experience of bare bathing. The beach is big enough for everyone and there are beach bars scattered along much of the length.”
The Nakedplaces.net states that, “stretching about 5 kilometers, Playa Mitjorn is the longest beach of Formentera’s southern coast, and there are pockets of nudist and textile use along its entire length.”
2. La Grand Plage, Ile d’Oleron, France
The Bare Beaches book describes this beach as “a fabulous open white-sand beach with acres of space and a completely relaxed atmosphere – swimsuited and bare bathers enjoy the peaceful setting in harmony.”
Nakedplaces.net describes the beach as “one of three established nude beaches on Ile d’Oleron, this beach at the southwestern corner of the island has a huge zone where nudity is possible”.
3. Playa Cabopino, Calahonda, Costa del Sol, Spain
The Bare Beaches book describes this beach as “a super biscuit-coloured sand beach, backed by extensive dune and pine trees. The shore is clothes-optional for up to 700 metres.”
Nakedplaces.net describes this beach as, “known by the name Artola and Cabopino, the beach east of Marbella is backed by a vast field of sand dunes. Its the most popular nude beach in Málaga and has a notable gay presence.”
4. Corralejo, Fuerteventura
The Bare Beaches book states “the dunes provide a spectacular backdrop to a line of yellow sandy beaches with great views across the bay. Although popular, there is plenty of space for that away-from-it-all feeling. You will find a relaxed mix os swimsuited and bare bathers.”
Nakedplaces.net adds “just south of the town of Corralejo in the far northeast of Fuerteventura, Playa de Corralejo is a Saharan landscape of immense sand dunes. The dunes extend about 8 kilometers. With the exception of the immediate vicinities of the only two beachfront resorts on the beach, nudity can be practiced anywhere, with most nudists congregating a bit south of the two resorts. This is the most popular beach with nudists of the four locations in the north.”
5. Paradise and Super Paradise, Mykonos
Located near Platis Yialos on the south coast of the island, the Bare Beaches book states “these are two of the most famous bare beaches in the Aegean and even the Mediterranean. They traditionally attract a lively cosmopolitan crowd. Perhaps more fairly described as clothing-optional these days, beacuse there’s likely to be a relaxed mix of dressed and undressed visitors. Super Paradise is also very popular with gay holiday makers.”
Nakedplaces.net adds that “several decades ago when Mykonos first began to gain notoriety for bare bathing, Paradise Beach was the straight nude beach and Super Paradise Beach was the gay nude beach, and to a certain extent those reputations remain, even though the demographics started to shift as far back as the 80’s. Paradise Beach evolved into a mostly textile party beach. Nudity never vanished altogether, but nudists have long been a rather small minority. Super Paradise has likewise changed, and while one end of the beach is still mostly gay, other segments of the beach are attended by straight nudists and textiles. Elia Beach, the most distant of the five beaches, did not gain prominence until the 90’s, when nudists began to seek a less crowded alternative to Paradise and Super Paradise, but as more and more tourists have continued to flock to Mykonos, Elia did not remain a quiet alternative for long. At one end of Elia, nudists and textiles mingle among the thatched beach umbrellas, and there is also a tiny, separate micro-cove just around the bend that is more or less an all-gay nudist haunt.”
The fantastic Cap n Barefoot adds that “Mykonos was once a nudists’ paradise. It is now chancy to say the least. It’s a lively island, well known for many years as a meeting place for the gay community. The inflow of more and more textiles means that if naturism is your priority it is hard to recommend Mykonos these days, particularly in high season”
If any of you have been to one of these beaches please get in tough and let us know what you think. If any of you have stayed in any nudist friendly properties that are close to these beaches we would particularly love to hear from you!
Gone are the days when you had to trek for half a day to find a secret bare beach. The fantastic Bare Beaches book provides 5 beaches where you won’t sweat getting to:
La Grande Cote, near Royan, France
The Bare Beaches book describes the beach as an “attractive sandy beach popular with families because it is more sheltered and has easy access. Acres of fine light golden sand slope gently into the sea, making it good for skinny dipping in calm weather. The is a sandwich bar serving refreshments on this official bare beach.”
The Nakedplaces.net website refers to the beach as “easily accessible and popular beach [that] draws a mix of nudists and textiles. Although quite spacious, it is more densely populated than nearby Plage de la Côte Sauvage and requires less effort to reach.”
Playa los Tusales, Costa Blanca, Spain
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Haulover Beach, Florida, USA
The Bare Beaches book describes the beach as “situated in the south of the ‘sunshine state’, this officially bare sandy beach set in the regional park has a huge following of regular visitors from across the globe. The bare area is more than 800 yards long and has it’s own lifeguard lookout posts. Refreshments are on sale, sunbeds and umbrellas are available to hire. Toilets are located directly behind the beach. The cosmopolitan crowd here often hold impromptu barbecues and at weekends there’s a particularly lively atmosphere.”
Vera Playa, Costa de Almeria
The Bare Beaches states that “this is Spain’s capital of nudism. A long wide beach with a big choice of naturist accommodation nest to it. Great for au natural sunning, walking and skinny dipping.”
The Nakedplaces website states that the formal name of the beach at Vera Playa is Playa del Playazo.
The Bare Beaches book states that “this beach could not be easier to find. Bare bathing is popular and commonplace immediately to the east of Sougia town. The water is excellent for swimming and snorkelling, with safe natural rock pools for children. The beach is small pebbles, fine enough to make it comfortable for sunbathing. There is a happy mix of dress and undress on the beach, although the nude bathers often comfortably outnumber the clothed ones. Further east beyond a rock, is a more secluded area with springs and caves to explore.”
Do you know of any other nude beaches that are easy to get to? If so, we would love to hear from you!
If any of you have been to these beaches of have stayed in any nudist friendly properties that are close to these please let us know. I definitely fancy a trip to Sougia this year!
The Bare Beaches book has come up with their top 5 nudist beaches for snorkelling and diving. These are:
1. Paya Bay beach, Honduras
Paya Bay beach is located within Paya Bay Resort which is described as a beach, nature, leisure, and wellness boutique hotel on the beautiful island of Roatan in the Central American Caribbean.
There are three beaches in the bay –
– Bliss Beach (topless apart from specially designated naturist weeks) – this has been voted one of the top ten most beautiful private beaches in the Caribbean.
– Buccaneer Landing – a private, protected cove teeming with juvenile tropical fish that is ideal for sunbathing and swimming
– Secret Cove – a spectacular little cove near the tip of the Alligator Head rock formation that has excellent snorkeling as soon as you enter the water.
For more information see the Paya Bay Resort website.
2. Sunset Waters beach, Curacao
3. Sveti Nikola, Porec, Croatia
The naturist beach on Sveti Nikola is located just off the coast of Porec. The islet of Sveti Nikola is Porec’s oldest bathing place and a favourite since the end of the 19th century. The islet can be reached by free boat which starts regularly (every 30 minutes) from the town promenade and only takes a few minutes.
When you get to the island, proceed left along the coast, past the textile beach and than you will find entrances to the FKK beach on the left side of the path.
The beach itself is marked as naturist only with large FKK signs written on the shore. It is very small (no more than 100 meters in length), extremely rocky and hidden from sight. It has no facilities whatsoever and no shade, so take what you need for the day.
4. Vritomartis, Crete
See my blog for more information on this beach.
5. Villata, Porto Vechio, Corsica
For more information click here.
If you have been to any of these beaches we would love to hear from you. Alternatively, if you have any suggestions on any other nudist beaches that are ideal for snorkelling please do get in touch.