Nude Beaches: Take It All Off!
Here’s the first thing to know about nude beaches: they are rarely about sex. The Naturist Society, a membership organization that promotes clothing-optional recreation, makes the point that “the human body is natural, not shameful.” Indeed most nudists are drawn to the lifestyle for its natural connection, not out of eroticism.
While nude beaches remain largely taboo, there are a number of strands, from North and South America to the Caribbean and Europe, that cater to naturists and those who want to experience the sensation of the sun and air on completely bare skin. The following is a list of the best beaches in the world where beach lovers can shed their skivvies and work on an all-over tan.
1. Little BeachKnown as the "unofficial clothing-optional beach" in Maui, Little Beach is an isolated strand surrounded by high shrubs, craggy volcanic rocks and driftwood. Although nude sunbathing is illegal in Hawaii, the law has not been enforced here for years. As a result, Little Beach has become a favorite hangout for naturists and has even attracted the likes of nude recreation expert and artist Dr. Leisure, who has been painting colorful scenes from nude beaches for more than a decade. Activities at Little Beach are plentiful, including swimming, body surfing and whale watching.
Little Beach Wailea/Makena (Maui), Hawaii
2. Haulover BeachJust north of Miami lies one of the few county-run and government-sanctioned clothing-optional beaches in the United States. For years Haulover Beach has been a haven for naturists from South Florida as well as snowbirds from Canada and Europe. Thanks to the efforts of the South Florida Free Beach Association, this beach has certified lifeguards and organized group activities, such as swimming and volleyball.
Haulover Beach Miami-Dade County, Florida
3. Red BeachWith its cobalt-blue waters, sun-bleached cottages, ancient ruins and red sandstone cliffs, Crete's Red Beach is remarkably picturesque. Made famous in 1968 when hippies from across Europe flocked to its shores, the resort at Red Beach has remained a naturist favorite thanks to its rustic charm and its tolerance (nudity is allowed everywhere except the dining room). Visitors to Red Beach will find the area's ancient caves interesting, as well as sunken bits of history from off-shore shipwrecks that wash ashore from time to time.
Red Beach Matala, Crete
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