Skinny-dipping is one seriously liberating experience – literally and figuratively! There’s nothing better (if you are brave enough) than taking your kit off, feeling the breeze all over your body and having the heat of the sun on your skin – plus you’re getting that important all-over tan. What’s not to like?
Our world is heaving with choice when it comes to beaches where nudism is legal or at least accepted. And with this in mind, we have compiled a list of 11 destinations that are great places to strip your clothes off and get your swim on…
1. Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii, USA
This little cove on Maui is where you go if you want to get naked with a bunch of like-minded people. Adjacent to the more famous Big Beach, it can get pretty crowded (especially during weekends) with drum and fire dancers entertaining the crowds from early afternoon until late into the evening.Return tickets to Hawaii from £615
2. Golden Beach, Northern Cyprus
One of the most unspoiled and remote beaches in the Mediterranean, nudist are not the only ones who flock to this spot. Thousands of turtles love this secluded beach, returning year after year to lay their eggs – not one has lodged a complaint about naked humans in the water.Return tickets to Cyprus from £85
3. Maslin Beach, South Australia
Just south of Adelaide is Maslin Beach, considered to be the best beach for nudists on this side of the world. In fact, Maslin Beach is said to be one of South Australia’s cleanest and prettiest beaches. It’s also home to a Nude Olympics (yes, there’s more than one) – need we say more!Return tickets to Australia from £516
4. Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece
This place has been swinging (ahem, in the party sense of the word) since the 60’s. What better way to cap off a night than with a cleansing dip at dawn!Return tickets to Mykonos from £153
5. Orient Bay, Saint Martin
They say if you walk from the north to the south east of this broad sweep of yellow sand, that there’s an ever-declining volume of clothing on the patrons. Let’s just say, feel free to lose that pair of Speedos or your bikini at the end of your stroll. The Atlantic awaits.
6. Onsens, all over Japan
The Japanese have an ancient tradition of bathing in outdoor hot springs (roten-buro) totally naked. Clothing is not an option and nudity is seen as normal in Japan. Is it time you indulged in the ritual of naked communion?Return tickets to Japan from £406
7. Jonkershoek Tweede Waterval, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Fairytale-looking waterfall, check. Rounded, moss-covered boulders, check. Quiet spot…er…perhaps. Skinny dipping here is all about arriving at first light.Return tickets to South Africa from £336
8. Various calanques, Côte d’Azur, France
Are you thinking, “What on earth are calanques?”? They’re basically narrow and usually steep-walled massifs or in short, really picturesque rocky coves. The southern French coast has an abundance of them especially around Marseilles. Here, you can go calanque-hopping au naturel.Return tickets to Marseille from £54
9. Praia de Galheta, Santa Caterina, Brazil
With no buildings whatsoever, this beach goes as natural as its occupants.Return tickets to Brazil from £460
10. Englischer Garten, Munich, Germany
Skinny-dipping normally requires a quiet and secluded spot. The centre of Munich is neither. In the summer, thousands of workers head to the park (inside the oval bridleway), lose their suits, and hang out naked. Can’t say that about many cities in the world!Return tickets to Munich from £60
11. Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain
No, this is not the Sahara. This is Gran Canaria. The Maspalomas sand dunes are a nature reserve and naturists paradise, and Maspalomas itself is a hot spot for for sun worshippers and a top location for gay nightlife. The beach is huge and the whole nature reserve has its own palm tree oasis and lagoon.
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