The Best Nude Beaches

January 19, 2014

If you're looking for a place where you can confidently show some skin and soak up the rays during your next vacation, consider these nude beaches:


Saline Beach, St. Barth

While topless sunbathing is allowed, total nudism may be forbidden in St. Barth, but travel guides predict that if you’re looking for a place to shed your clothes in the sunshine, you’ll have the most luck at getting away with it while you’re at Saline Beach.


Paradise Beach, Mykonos Greece

Like Saline  Beach, toplessness is more common on Paradise Beach than full-on nudism, but there are certain areas near Paradise Beach, like Paranga where you’re likely to find nudism is more common and people are more tolerant.


Haulover Beach, Florida

This clothing-optional beach is less than half a mile long, but it’s a popular place for sunbathers. If surfing or swimming is more enjoyable than sunbathing for you, this is the perfect beach to visit.

The beach includes landscaped sand dunes, concession stands and shaded picnic areas. Haulover Beach receives as many as 7,000 visitors on any given day.


Clifton Beach – South Africa

In Cape Town, South Africa, you’ll find a popular beach that is often listed in guides such as this. Clifton Beach is not a single beach, but is actually a group of four sandy spaces, divided by boulders. If you’re looking for a space to indulge in partial nudism, this is the beach. Topless sunbathing is encouraged here.


Wreck beach, British Columbia

This beach spans three miles and is the largest nudist beach in North America. The beach closes at sunset, but before dark, visitors are allowed (and encouraged) to shed their clothes and see what it’s like to go au naturel. Dedicated visitors to this beach are called “Wreck Beachers,” and according to one source, this beach is popular for individuals who have a deep love of nature. It is partly hidden by a forest, some say.


Paia Secret Beach

If you’re looking for a somewhat secluded area to let your inhibitions and your clothing go, this beach in Hawaii might be the perfect place. Located between Baldwin Cove and  Paia Bay, this beach is more popular with the locals than the visiting crowds, probably because the access road is gated and a key is required, as is four-wheel drive.


Little Beach, Maui

Although Hawaii doesn’t allow full-on nudity or nude sunbathing on public beaches, Maui’s Little Beach is the place where you’ll find that the clothing-optional mindset is embraced. This beach is known as “unofficial-clothing optional beach.”


Red Beach, Crete

In Greece, many say that Red Beach is the best of the nudist-friendly beaches in the country. Hidden behind a rocky outcropping and a fence, this swath of sand is located in southern Crete. Unlike many beaches, this one has an air of tranquility to it.


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-April Bamburg

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April Bamburg
April Bamburg is a freelance writer specializing in community news, travel writing, press releases and other blog posts. She dreams of traveling the world and getting lost in Italy, Turkey or even Scotland.
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