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America – August/September – Part 3

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!

Directions

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.

Beach

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!

 

America – August/September – Part 2

At seeing the sights of LA, it was time to catch a plane, pick up the camper and head into the desert.  For our second naked adventure was at Black Rock City, or the Burning Man Festival as you may know it.

Arriving late at night (longer than we thought, stopped for speeding), we collected our tickets and headed to the entrance.  Here we were greeted by the Burning Man ‘greeters’ – volunteers who welcome ‘people home’.  Ours had a spaceman helmet on.  As with tradition, all virgins are asked to roll in the dust and ring the virgin bell.  What have we let ourselves in for?!!

After finding a suitable space to park up, we loaded up our rucksacks with alcohol and headed out onto the Playa.  At night, Burning Man is a serious head-fuck.  As far as the eye can see, there was neon lights, soundsystems, fire and art installations.  We spent some time at the Thunder Dome trying to take it all in, before retiring for our first night in the desert.

After a good night sleep, we woke to a blazing sun and the sound of techno.  After a bit of breakfast and we went for a walk to see what BM had to offer during the day.

I had read that there is a relaxed approach to nudity at BM, with a number of naked activities including:

* Naked Zorbing

* Body Painting

* Party Naked Tiki Bar

* Critical Tits (and Dicks) Bike Ride

However, I have to say that there was not as much nudity as I thought there would be.  Whenever we went to the Party Naked Tiki Bar, there was only a handful of people there and all were clothed.  We didn’t see any Naked Zorbing or any Body Painting either (I believe that the Bike Ride took place earlier in the week).

Most nudity seemed to occur during the morning as people got up, washed/showered, used the portaloos.  People seemed comfortable being naked around their camps at the start of the day, but as it got later it seemed that nudity ended.  There was however, small numbers of people sitting around naked by their camps throughout the day, and a few couples walking around naked.  Needless to say, I spent most of the daytime sat in our camp, working on getting rid of my tanlines!

I was also looking forward to experiencing the ‘gifting’ economy with which BM works – people contribute to the festival through gifting either time, materials, etc and I had hoped that there would be far more social interaction amongst the festival goers.  Despite our best efforts to greet passersby with a nod and wave, the number of people we spoke to as minimal.  We kind of felt that most people were in camps made up of a group of friends, and so tended to keep the party to themselves.

I don’t know if this is linked but we had a long chat to one of the artists who build a couple of sculptures on the Playa.  He was was in his 10th year but had become increasingly disillusioned with BM and felt that the festival was losing its roots due to an increase in the number of younger teens who were here to drink and take drugs rather than ‘participate’.  Given the number of college kids dancing on top of their parents RV’s, I can see where he is coming from.

Overall, I’m glad that I’ve been to BM – it certainly is an awesome place, with incredible art installations and amazing landscapes.

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America – August/September 2012 – Part 1

Apologies for the delay in posting recently, been very busy as well as suffering from post-holiday blues!  Having saved up for months and months, me and my amazing wife went on holiday to America.  I won’t bore you all with how fantastic it was (it really was fantastic!), instead I’ll focus on the naked adventures we had:

 

Living Waters Spa, Desert Hot Springs

After checking out Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon we picked up our hire car and drove West towards Los Angeles (via an overnight stop at Living Waters Spa).

When booking the accommodation (email, couple of telephone calls) we were sent our booking confirmation with a note at the bottom that said ‘no check-in after 5.00pm’.  At the time of booking we thought nothing of this and it was only as we were still an hour away from our destination (at about 4.30pm) that we thought anything of it.

Surely there would be someone there to let us in?

How can they say no check-in after 5.00pm?

What if you arrive on a late flight?

Arriving at 5.30pm excited at the prospect of enjoying the ‘award winning European-style clothing optional spa’ we were greeted by a locked door.  No sign, no note, nothing.  Having knocked on every door we could find, we started to panic.  The sun was going down and we had nowhere to stay.  Fortunately, we found a public payphone at a local supermarket (where, incidentally, they sold the biggest sandwiches I’ve ever seen!) and managed to get hold on a member of staff.  After explaining why we were late we arranged to meet back at Living Waters to check in – it felt like being back at school again!

We were shown to our en-suite room (with fridge and microwave) and left to get on with it, before heading back to the supermarket to pick up food for the evening.

Back at the motel and with the food and wine flowing, we were able to relax at this lovely place.  The view from the motel is amazing, especially at dusk.  There were two other couples booked in but they were both out for the evening so it felt like the whole place was ours – total bliss!  Enjoying the pool and hot tub whilst looking up at the stars was an amazing experience I’ll never forget.

After a good nights sleep (the 10 hour round trip to the Grand Canyon really takes it out of you!), we made our way to the breakfast room.  A selection of cereals and bagels was available as well as a help-yourself-as-much-as-you-want range of beverages through-out the day.

In the heat of the sun, we sat and read, took leisurely swims, sat in the mineral-fed hot tub and watched a hummingbird feeding from the plants in and around the pool.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this place, just remember to turn up on time!

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** Photography is not allowed inside the motel, but I had to sneak a couple for this blog!**

 

Nakation News – Turn up, strip off!

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.

 

 

Sougia, Crete

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!

Nakation News – CNN list top 15 nude beaches

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.

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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.

9. Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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.

10. Maslin Beach, Adelaide, South Australia

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.

11. Golden Beach, Northern Cyprus

Click here for beach reports on the fantastic Cap’n Barefoot website.  Scroll down to Karpaz beach.


12. Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii, United States

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.


13. Orient Bay, St. Martin, Caribbean

Click here for recent posting about Orient Bay.
14. Carpe Diem, Santorini, Greece

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.

15. Traditional onsen, Japan

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.

Reading this list has inspired me to plan my summer holiday next year!
If you have been to any of these beaches or stayed in any nudist friendly property nearby please let us know.