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CNN have today released a list of their top 15 nude beaches. Click here for more information.
1. Jerolim beach, Croatia
The Bare Beaches book provides the following information about Jerolim –
“The whole of this rocky islet is a naked paradise – no clothes anywhere apart from the bar. Small ferry boats make regular crossings from the historic town of Hvar – it only takes 10 minutes.
There is no accommodation on the island but Hvar town is a beautiful place to stay”.
Hvar is Croatia’s fourth largest island, and it is a long but comparatively skinny island that spans about 70 kilometers from east to west. The island’s three principal towns are located toward the western end of Hvar, and Hvar town is the largest of these. The Paklinski Islands are an archipelago of much smaller islands that extend westward from Hvar town, and two of the islands in particular—Jerolim and Stipanska—are popular day-trip destinations for nudists, with boat shuttles connecting the islands to Hvar town.
2. Praia de Galheta, Santa Cantarina, Brazil
About 20 kilometers south of Florianopolis in the Brazilian state of Santa Caterina, this white sand beach attracts die-hard naturists and the nude-curious alike.
Praia de Galheta is a naturally preserved area, with no restaurants or other buildings nearby – so take a packed lunch.
The Association of the Friends of Galheta lobbies and looks out for the interests of nature and naturism on the beach.
3. Naturist beach, Marinadi Camerota, Campania, Italy
A 300-meter strip of shingle beach near Marina di Camerota, in the Campania region, has recently been designated naturist-friendly.
On the southern side of the Cilento National Park, the clear waters of this quiet coast will feel like a breath of fresh air.
Marina di Camerota is 90 kilometers south of Salerno and the naturist-designated beach (known as ‘del Troncone’) is south of Cala Finocchiaro.
4. Anantara Phuket Villas, Thailand
These luxurious villas – 83 of them in total — all come equipped with a private courtyard featuring a sunken pool and complete seclusion, which means you can take a naked dip to your heart’s content without fear of offending other guests or staff.
A pool villa starts from 13,500 baht (US$429) per night but check their website for discounts and deals. Click here for more details.
5. Naked cruising, Côte d’Azur
For something completely different, take a naked swim in the Mediterranean at any time of the day or night on a naturist cruise along the Côte d’Azur.
Cruises set off from Marseille and can be planned to suit your interests — if you’ve always wanted to sail around the Calanques au naturel, this is the holiday for you. All you need to do is persuade a group of family or friends to share the experience.
Cruises cost €110 (US$152) per person per day and usually last one week. Click here for more information.
6. Black’s Beach, La Jolla, California, United States
Black’s Beach is reckoned to be the best by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). It’s a spectacular location below Torrey Pines golf course where a long stretch of sand is protected by steep cliffs.
The beach attracts naturists and surfers and is a well-established haven where San Diego’s anti-nudity law is not enforced. Click here for more information.
7. Racquet and Tennis Club, New York, United States
This private members club in the heart of New York City is a strange mixture combining the epitome of pro-establishment-conservatism with near-Nordic enlightenment.
While its members (it’s men-only, women are allowed entry for special events if accompanied by a male member) include the city’s great and ambitious (think bankers, lawyers and senior execs), its after-work men-only naked swimming sessions have become legendary.
Much has been conjectured over what really happens during the bare swims. They certainly provide New York’s businessmen with an opportunity to think outside the box.
370 Park Avenue, between East 52nd and 53rd Streets, New York
8. Lady Falls, Brecon Beacons, Powys, Wales
Listed in the Wild Swim book, Lady Falls is located amongst a multitude of bathing spots within Coed Y Rhaeadr (“wood of the waterfalls”). The ultimate for a skinny dip is one mile into the wood at the paths end: Lady Falls, a round pool surrounded by trees and steep banks, with the River Neath falling about 40ft from a huge-flat, overhanging ledge.
The Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, on the tip of the Baja California peninsular, has 66 rooms with an ocean view and a pool just for you. The luxury factor is incredible, so you’ll need to shower in the cold water rainforest shower to remind yourself it’s real.
An ocean-view room starts from US$375. Click here for more information.
Maslin Beach, south of Adelaide, was declared Australia’s first legal nudist beach in February 1975.
Maslin is one of the most popular and beloved nude beaches in Australia, and it is also one of the most beautiful. With multi-colored, barren cliffs in hues of red and brown, the backdrop is reminiscent of the scenery of northern Arizona and southern Utah, except with sparkling blue water in front. Few other beaches anywhere in the world have such a dramatic and gorgeous setting.
Click here for beach reports on the fantastic Cap’n Barefoot website. Scroll down to Karpaz beach.
While nude sunbathing is not permitted in Hawaii, there are some clothing-optional, nude and topless beaches where it’s accepted and tolerated — if not officially. Maui has more scope for quiet, secluded bays than Oahu, and Little Beach on Maui is a popular out-of-the-way cove in Makena State Park where you can swim, snorkel and lounge like a lizard in nothing but your sun-protection cream.
It’s recommended by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and there is a music and fire-dancing festival on Sundays. Click here for more information.
This exclusive boutique hotel, perched on the slopes of Pyrgos village overlooking Thira, the capital of Santorini, prides itself on the privacy of its 10 suites. With a private terrace and pool in each apartment, guests can feel free to let their hair down and abandon their bathers for an uninhibited swim in the solitude of their own pool. Ideal for honeymooners, the hotel also boasts a Turkish bath, which can be booked for private use. A junior suite with private pool costs from €240 (US$333) per night. Click here for more information.
Tokyo, despite being a massive city, has plenty of natural thermal springs. Try the Toshimaen Garden Spa, with its tranquil setting inside a garden designed by Kenzo Kosugi. If you want to get even more back to nature try the Seta Onsen Sanga-no-Yu, where you can contemplate views of Mount Fuji while soaking yours aches away.
If you want a beautiful setting for a beautiful experience, try skinny dipping at ones of these……..
Bare beaches book recommends the following:
1. Cayo Largo, Cuba
Nudity is freely tolerated along many parts of the beach at Cayo Largo, an island off the south coast of Cuba. This island has no permanent residents and was developed strictly for tourists in the 80’s. Popular with Canadians and Europeans, Cayo Largo is the only place in Cuba where beach nudity is acceptable.
2. Arnaoutchot, France
Located in the heart of Les Landes de Gascogne, in a pine forest of 45 ha, Arnaoutchot is the perfect naturist destination for your family. Facilities include:
2 swimming pools
Waterslide and Hydrotherapy centre
Grocery store, plus much more.
During the high season Arna offers over 60 workshops and multiple activities for young and old, plus evening activities.
The site is open from April until September offering a rage of accommodation.
For more information click here.
3. Playa Risco del Paso, Fuerteventura
Playa de Sotavento is 10 km long and situated on the south eastern coast of Fuerteventura. The beach is divided into two sections – Playa Risco del Paso and Playa Barca.
This east-facing beach of the Jandía peninsula is a tremendous expanse of over 10 kilometers, easily accessible from several points. Nudists and textile bathers intermingle along the entire length of the beach. At its northern end, the beach blends into the coves of the Costa Calma resort area. Two of these coves also draw nude bathers.
4. Playa Illetes, Formentera
On the north side of Formentera, Illetes is a peninsula that tapers toward Espalmador Island. Nudists and textiles mix freely along many parts of the peninsula, and at its narrowest point, you can be naked on the white sand with water just a few dozen paces away on either side. At low tide, it is possible to wade to Espalmador Island, a small island which is often populated with nudists. Other than wading, it is also possible to reach Espalmador by boat from Formentera’s ferry dock.
5. Los Grottes Plage, France
Ile du Levant, where nudism was first practised in France, can be reached by ferry from Le Lavandou. The island is full of small naturist hotels and guesthouses, and nudity is allowed almost everywhere (except for the port of Heliopolis and the military areas which are off limits anyway). The nude beach is called Les Grottes Plage and is 10 minutes walk along the quayside. Please note that cars are generally forbidden on this island so you will have to get around by bicycle or on foot.
6. Club Orient beach, St Martin
Located on the eastern coast of St. Martin, the far southern end of Orient Bay beachis the most popular nude beach on the island, owing to its location next to a nudist resort – Club Orient. This is arguably the most renowned nude beach in the Caribbean.
For more info on the resort click here.
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If any of you have stayed at the above beaches we’d love to hear from you. If any of you have stayed in any nudist friendly properties near to these beaches please let us know.
I know that public nudity is now banned in Barcelona, but given the number of fantastic naturist beaches within close proximity, I wondered whether Barcelona is the best place to go for the perfect nakation?
Let me know what you think.
Here’s what Barcelona has to offer naked traveller:
1. Playa de las Rocas
This beach located just west of Calella’s main town beach has several coves where nudists.
Click here for some photos showing the coves and the town’s main beach.
See map below for location.
2. Platja de la Musclera
This popular beach is located to the north of Barcelona in Arens de Mar. The beach is just off the coastal highway N-II therefore access is easy. Car parking provided.
The fantastic Bare Beaches book describes the beach as the following:
“A well managed official naturist beach of clean fine-grain sand, looked after by the local authority. Popular with families, young people and male groups. Care required when swimming – steeply shelving shore with some submerged rocks.”
The beach is located between Arenys de Mar and Caldes d’Estrac and easily reached by the train from Barcelona.
The rail journey from Barcelona is 35 minutes; get off the train at Caldes and it’s a 10 minute walk along the promenade towards Arenys, by the Restaurant Hispania and the sailing club. The nude beach is clearly signposted.
Take the N11 along the coast for 37km north-east of Barcelona and turn for the beach by the km-marker 655.
3. Playa de la Mar Bella
Just a few kilometers from Barcelona’s central square, this may well be the most urban nude beach in the world. This beach is almost always very crowded, and nudists are almost always a rather small minority even though nudity is perfectly acceptable.
Bare Beaches describes the beach as:
“Swimming is good but steer clear of the breakwater. It has bars, showers, toilets, children’s play areas, parking, disabled access, lifeguards and safe drinking water.
The beach is next to the Mar Bella sports centre at Villa Olimpica, 1km north of the marina and 2km from the Christopher Columbus statue in the city centre. Nearest metro stations are: Poblenou (line IV); or Selva de Mar (line IV). Buses 36, 71 and 141.
See link for map of the beach
4. Playa de Sant Sebastià (Barceloneta)
Playa de Sant Sebastia lies at the southern end of Barceloneta and is covered in golden sand and is 1.1 km long.
Playa de Sant Sebastia offers everything that you can expect from a city beach: showers, toilets, lifeguard stations, etc. The beach has a high number of local visitors plus Barcelona’s surf community meets here when the swell is good.
The nudist area is at the southern end of the beach.
See link below for map of the beach
In addition to the above beaches, there are also weekend naturist sessions at Bernat Picornell Olympic pool. Click here for details.
If any of you have been to these beaches we would love to here from you.
We are planning a trip to Barcelona next year and are looking for any nudist-friendly properties that we could stay in. If anyone has any ideas please let us know!
TripAdvisor have produced a list of their top 5 nude beaches. See here for full article. The beaches are:
1. Haulover Beach – Miami, Florida. See here for more information
2. Wreck Beach – Vancouver, Canada. See here for more information
3. Paradise Beach – Mykonos, Greece. Not great reviews of this beach on Cap n Barefoot’s website
4. Orient Beach – St Maarten, Caribbean
5. Black’s Beach – San Diego, California. See here for more information.
If any of you have been to these beaches we’d love to hear from you.