According to the 2011 eDreams Nude Travel survey, nearly one in three customers and Facebook fans from all over Europe have practiced nudism in a public place.
For more info, click here. Summary points include:
1. Reasons for sunbathing naked range from:
* It feels natural (60 percent)
* Enjoy the freedom (25 percent)
* Get to know your body (15 percent)
2. Popular destinations are:
* Balearic Islands
* Canary Islands
3. Most worrying is that 69% of people felt that they were being watched when practicing naturism.
What do you make of these findings? Where is your favourite destination? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
On Friday night I went to my first naturist swim at Levenshulme swimming baths. The event was organised by the people behind Naked Vegan Cooking who had booked the second pool and access to the steamroom/sauna.
Levenshulme Swimming Baths were built in the late 19th century and was formerly called “Levenshulme Public Baths and Washhouse” as it also housed the public washhouse at the side. In the late 1920s and early 1930s Levenshulme Baths was used as a training pool for Longsight resident Sunny Lowry, who, in 1933, was the first British woman to swim the English Channel (from France to England).
In April 2008 the Manchester Evening News reported an ‘outrage’ by local mothers, over Levenshulme Baths hiring one of their two pools to a private naturist group Naked Swim one night a week. The criticism, with homophobic undertones, created an unprecedented amount of discussion on the Manchester Evening News website much of it in support of the male-only naturist group.
We were asked to get there for 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. When I arrived, there was a group of around 20 people waiting on the steps to get in. Once the lifeguard turned up, we paid Jess and in we went. Given the date of the building, the facilities are ok with changing cubicles located around the side of the pool. The majority of people their were male (probably around 70/30 males to females) with a fairly broad mix of ages. Although I didn’t try the sauna/steam room (non-naturist), the session was very relaxing and would definitely recommend it – by 9.00pm I didn’t want to leave!
On Thursday night, Channel 4 screened a documentary entitled ‘My Daughter The Teenage Nudist’.
The programme explored the growing group of teens and twentysomethings embracing the world of public nudity. In addition to their quest to normalise nudity, question the media’s obsession with the body beautiful, and encourage other young people to liberate themselves, it was interesting to see the Young British Naturist Officer trying to recruit younger members to the British Naturist Society. I think that most young people are simply keen to have fun, spontaneous approach to nudity rather than joining the seemingly old fashioned naturist clubs.
Click here for a link to the documentary.
If any of you are interested in going on a holiday or a beach where you can enjoy the delights of stripping off, please check out my other posts!
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
Click here for more details
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!
Hello all, apologies for not posting much recently but we have been very busy planning and celebrating the festive season.
I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and best wishes for 2012.
We’ve had a great Christmas so far, one of my favourite presents was this funky little mug from Blossom and Bill and are now looking forward to celebrating the New Year in style.
Please keep checking us out over the 12 months as we have some exciting plans that we are working on!
All the best.
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.
There is a new clothing-optional swim at Levenshulme swimming baths on Monday 28th of November, 8pm to 9pm
£3 entry (please arrive before 8.00pm)
Under 30’s are especially welcome!
I’ll be going so keep checking for a review or maybe see you there!
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.
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.