The 8 Most Nude-Friendly Destinations Around the World

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We’ve said it before, and we will say it again: Nakations (naked vacations) are rising. So where is everybody going? According to Jeff Baldasarre, director of marketing and PR for the American Association for Nude Recreation, those looking to bare it all are unsurprisingly chasing warmer weather. “They are looking at seasonal travel, just the same as textile travelers,” he says. Textile travelers are what naturists refer to as folks who prefer to travel fully or partially clothed. When asked if any destinations stand out as being more progressive as far as allowing nudity, Baldasarre told us the nakation climate is always changing, and nude-friendly spots are popping up so fast that it’s hard to point out any outliers. However, we’ve done some research and come up with this handy list of the world’s most nude-friendly destinations. At these eight places, you can easily find a place to slip out of the confines of your clothes and enjoy a free-spirited vacation, just as nature intended.  

1. Florida

Paradise Lakes Resort, Clothing Optional Resort - Adult Only
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When it comes to naturists, Florida is pretty open-minded. Perhaps it’s the warm weather and increasing number of snowbirds who can’t wait to shed more than just their winter coats, but this state has a handful of nude spots to check out. While you might be able to get away with sunbathing semi-topless on Miami‘s South Beach, you can bare it all just a few minutes away on the mostly secluded sands of Haulover Beach. This beach draws a vacationing European crowd, but note that it is both clothing-optional (so you might be around some suited sunbathers) and family-friendly. Some other nude-friendly Floridian beaches include Playalinda near Cape Canaveral, Apollo Beach, and Hobe Sound on Jupiter Island. Florida also has a good selection of naturist resorts, including three — Paradise Lakes Resort, Lake Como Family Nudist Resort, and Caliente Resort — in Land O’ Lakes (just north of Tampa) alone. There’s also the ever-popular Cypress Cove Nudist Resort just outside Orlando.

2. Germany

German sign FKK Bereich translates as nudist area - nudism or naturism in Germany
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A name for nudism in Germany is “Freikörperkultur” (FKK), which translates to Free Body Culture. You may have heard that Europe is full of nude beaches, but the first official nude beach opened here in 1920. Germans aren’t body shy, and it’s common to find people stripping down in designated clothing-optional or nude spaces. What’s great about Germany is that nude experiences go beyond the beach, too (though there are still plenty of nude beaches to be found). In Wiesbaden, you can get steamy, soak, and relax sans suit at the Kaiser-Friedrich-Therme bathhouse. You can also go full-on naturist in designated areas of several German parks, like the English Garden in Munich or Tiergarten in Berlin. Just look for signs marked with FKK. For a more social experience, check out one of Germany’s social nudist clubs, where folks gather to play sports, hike, and hang in the buff.

3. Thailand

young nude girl lost bathing suit on the beach
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Asian cultures tend to be conservative regarding nudity — outside of public bathhouses and hot springs. However, Thailand is quickly becoming a hot spot for naturist travel, thanks to a surprising selection of nude beaches and naturist hotels (many of which are owned by women). Some of Thailand’s best nude beaches can be found on the islands — just remember that most are unofficially nude. The popular tourist haven of Phuket has two nude beaches of note. On the southernmost tip of Rawai, you’ll find Nui Beach, and on the northwestern tip, there’s Mai Khao Beach. Mai Khao Beach is over five miles long, making it the longest nude beach in the country. Lemon Tree is a popular naturist resort on the island. Moving inland, you’ll find bare skin abound in landlocked spots like Barefeet Naturist Resort in Bangkok, Oriental Village in Chiang Mai, and Pattaya’s family-friendly Phuan Naturist Village.

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4. Riviera Maya, Mexico

Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Nudist Resort
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Cancun and its surrounding areas are huge tourist hot spots, especially for Americans. Nestled among those massive mega-resorts is a good selection of nude-friendly resorts, making the Riviera Maya a solid pick for nakations. Most famous are the Desire Resorts in Puerto Morelos, Desire Riviera Maya Resort, and Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort. You can also shake it off at the Intima Resort Tulum, Naked in Tulum Condo, or the Hidden Beach Resort near Puerto Aventuras. If you’re feeling more of a topless-only vibe, you can get away with it on a few public beaches, like the stretch of natural sand in Tulum, just off the Mezzanine Colibri Boutique Hotel.

5. Australia

Sunset at Maslin Beach near Adelaide, South Australia. Maslin's is Australia's first official nude beach.
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Folks looking for more action while wearing nothing (get your mind out of the gutter) should consider a trip to Australia. They are so down with nakedness Down Under that clothing is often not optional. Sure, it’s a long flight, but you can stretch your legs and exercise your way out of the jet lag by participating in many adventurous activities — all without a stitch of clothing. Join a mass skinny dip in the sea during the annual Sydney Skinny, go hiking and canyoning in the bush (with a supervised group), or take yoga and art classes. If you’re not into being judged while naked, skip the Nude Games at Maslin Beach. Fearless folks gather on Australia’s first nude beach each January to compete in festival-style games like three-legged races and frisbee throwing. Don’t worry — if you’re not outdoorsy or adventurous, Australia still has a handful of nude-friendly resorts where you can relax.

6. Spain

At the famous natural beach of Es Trenc, Mallorca, Spain
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Spain may be the most nude-friendly place on earth. Not only is it legal to bare all anywhere — beaches, parks, streets, you name it — but it’s written into the country’s constitution as an inalienable right. That said, you aren’t likely to find folks just strolling around, letting it all hang out. Even though it’s legal, social norms still give nudity a time and place. Most beaches will have a few people going topless and even some who feel more comfortable completely naked, but you’ll also find dedicated nude beaches. If you want official nude beaches, head to Formentera, a tiny island about a 30-minute ferry ride from Ibiza. It’s the smallest of the Balearic Islands and used to be a naturist hot spot. Several of the beaches here are still officially designated as nude. Majorca‘s Es Trenc Beach is also a popular spot to sunbathe totally naked.

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7. Jamaica

the nude island at Couples Tower Isle
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Jamaica is a mecca for clothing-optional resorts. The only caveat is that these properties are mostly for couples and have a romantic or sex-forward lean. We should also add that despite its relaxed reputation, this Caribbean island can have some very conservative viewpoints and the only place you’ll be able to be nude is on the resort property. You’ve got a few options if you hear the call of Negril’s famous Seven Mile Beach. Shack up and strip down at the clothing-optional Hedonism II, relax and rekindle the flame at Couples Negril or Couples Swept Away, or get luxurious at the Grand Lido Negril Au Naturel All-Suite Resort. Ochos Rios also has options, like the nude island at Couples Tower Isle and the fully nude resort, Couples San Souci.

8. France

Aerial view of Cap d'Agde a seaside resort and naturist village on France's Mediterranean coast, Europe
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France has a reputation for its nude and topless beaches. There’s even a whole town on the Mediterranean dedicated to the naturist lifestyle. Often called Naked City, Cap d’Agde pulls in tens of thousands of tourists in the peak summer season. Visitors flock to the coast and naturist village resort where nude is the norm (though clothing is still optional). Unlike most other places on this list, you can see people living their daily lives—including grocery shopping — completely naked. It’s worth noting that over the decades, this once family-friendly seaside town morphed into more of an adult playground, at least in certain open areas. In other parts of France, nudity isn’t technically legal or illegal and is more common in the south than in the north. Still, check with locals or the internet to see which beaches give the green light for going topless or full-on nude.

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