CNN might not be best known as avid supporters of the nudist lifestyle, but they’ve come up with a list of 22 of what they consider to be the best places to skinny dip worldwide. The post also contains a slideshow of of the dazzling locations mentioned. Be warned! You might not need swimsuits, but you’re going to need deep pockets to take advantage of some of the places on offer! The locations really are worldwide, and include Japan, China, Croatia, the USA, France and loads more. Dear old UK only gets one mention, ( Lady Falls, near Brecon in Wales) but I can vouch for this one as it’s not a million miles from my home and I’ve used it several times. Unlike some of the others it’s free to use, but you’ll need to prepare yourself for the breathtaking coldness of the water when you take the plunge! If you’ve used any of the places mentioned, why not comment on your impressions?
Pirate’s Cove is one of the prettiest spots on California’s San Luis Obispo County’s southern coast, and one of the best nude beaches in the area. Up to now it’s always been a quiet, undeveloped spot passed over by the masses who head to Avila and Pismo. That may all change in the next couple years as the county converts the area to a public park, complete with a paved parking lot, improved trails and restrooms. Are we in danger of losing yet another fine beach? Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/03/02/2413927/so-what-if-the-countys-only-nude.html
After hurricanes Sandy and Irene flattened the dunes on the Fire Island National Seashore, exposing beach views to the rest of the island, the National Park Service has decided to ban nude bathing because of the behaviour of some so-called “naturists”. Prostitution, voyeurism, exhibitionism, public sex and masturbation have all become problems at the beach surrounding the Fire Island Lighthouse. Yet another nudist resource lost, and another stain on the character of the nudist movement, because of the actions of these perverts masquerading as naturists. Sometimes, increasingly these days,I despair, I really do. . .
Morfa Dyffryn nudist (naturist) beach forms part of the northern end of the majestic Barmouth Bay beach. It is a beautiful spot, consisting of 1 km of fine golden sand gently sloping to the clean, clear ( if sometimes chilly ) waters of the Welsh coastline. The beach is backed by acres of sand dunes, Morfa Dyffryn is considered by many to be Britain’s best nudist beach.
Drive north out of Barmouth on the A496
After 4 miles you’ll come to Talybont. Proceed through the village and over a narrow bridge.
Just after this bridge you’ll come across a road on the seaward side next to a small chapel, signposted ‘Treath Beach’
Turn down this road ( actually a lane – very narrow in parts)
One mile down you’ll come to toilets, beyond which is a free car park. This has height barriers which makes it unsuitable for van/campers etc
From the car park follow the marked path through the dunes for about 1 mile to the nudist beach.
ALTERNATIVELY, nudists may want to turn right at the toilets and drive into the Dyffryn Seaside Estate and park there. It is a shorter walk to the nudist beach, but the Estate may make a nominal charge in high season.
Nearest air / rail links.: The Welsh Coast railway line from Barmouth to Porthmadog runs just inland from the beach, with stops at Dyffryn Ardudwy and Llanbedr. Also the Shrewsbury-Machynlleth-Pwllhei railway stops close to the beach.
None on the beach itself, but there are shops and a pub at the nearby Dyffryn Seaside Estate. There are public toilets at the car park. Camping and caravanning is available nearby at Benar Beach Caravan Park.(mostly textile, but with a small nudist area), and tents and small campers at “Glyn’s Field”( on the right of the road to Dyffryn Seaside Estate, off the side road down from the A496 on the edge of Dyffryn Ardudwy.)
Disabled A boardwalk runs from near the National Park Car Park through the dunes to the beach to allow disabled access, although it is still a long but level trek over hard sand from there to the nudist section. The board walk is also good for cyclists.
Official since 2000
Who goes there:
Up to 500 nudists on a sunny Sunday in summer , including a substantial homosexual community who tend to congregate at the northern end. The main nudist beach attracts a good mixture of couples, families and singles.
Snowdon: Snowdon is the highest mountain in England and Wales.
Centre for Alternative Technology: Machynlleth. Demonstrating practical ways of dealing with some of the most serious challenges facing our planet and the human race, such as climate change, pollution and the waste of precious resources.
Caernarfon Castle. Castle Ditch, Caernavon Mighty Caernarfon is possibly the most famous of Wales’s castles. Its sheer scale and commanding presence easily set it apart from the rest, and to this day, still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intention of its builder Edward I.
Ffestiniog Railway Co. Porthmadog, Gwynedd, A must for railway enthusiasts. The Ffestiniog Railway is the oldest independent railway company in the World – being founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832.Over the last fifty years, the Ffestiniog Railway has become a leader in railway preservation and is now one of Wales’ top tourist attractions.
Lloyd George Museum. Criccieth, Gwynedd Discover the life and times of David Lloyd George, the cottage bred boy who became Prime Minister during World War 1.
The beach can attract several hundred naturists in summer during fine weather , mostly from North Wales and North West England, although visitors from mainland Europe are frequent.. Although the official designation was resisted by some local residents, complaints of indecent exposure and related behaviour have markedly decreased since 2000. The naturist section of the beach is now clearly marked by signs at both ends. Some naturists complain that the official section is too small – the traditional naturist area was 1,6km (1 mile) in length.
We say …
Although Morfa Dyffryn nudist beach suffers, like most UK beaches, from the attentions of a small number of voyeurs and other undesirables, it is large enough for most genuine nudists to enjoy themselves without problems. Families may want to avoid the northern end of the beach which is gay orientated. It’s certainly a contender for the title of the best nudist beach in Britain, but, be warned; the breeze can be chilly, even in summer.
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Trip Advisor, the travel website has announced the winners of top 5 nude events and top 5 nude beaches. Quite what criteria they used, and who carried out the judging is unknown, but here are the results according to Trip Advisor.
The top five naked events :
1. World Naked Bike Ride
Held annually since 2004, bike riders from all around the world celebrate cycling in the nude.
2. World Record Skinny Dip
More than 12,000 people stripped off and gathered in pools across the US to form the “largest number of people skinny dipping at once,” now a category in the Guinness Book of World Records.
3. Nude Beach Olympics
The Nude Olympics take place on Australia’s sunny Maslin Beach.
4. Running of the Nudes
Held in Pamplona just after the annual “Running of the Bulls”, this is an event organised by PETA to protest against the cruelty of bullfighting.An alternative to the running of the
5. Burning Man Festival
An annual event held in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, which usually includes large amounts of human nudity.
Top five nudist beaches
1. Haulover Beach Park Florida
2. Wreck Beach Canada
3. Paradise Beach, Mykonos
4. Orient Beach, St.Maarten, Caribbean.
5. Black’s Beach, California.
I don’t disagree too much with Trip Advisor on the events, except that I ‘m surprised that The Burning Man Festival was chosen over seriously nude events like the World Body Painting Festival in Austria or De Blote Billen Loop (Zandvoort, Netherlands –people have to run or walk 5 km in the nude, on a nude beach) or even the Valentine’s Day Nude Bungee Jump in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.
With regard to the beaches, well, I guess it’s entirely subjective, so who am I to argue, except to say that Paradise Beach was overtaken years ago by Panormos beach on the north of Mykonos and neither of those two would get into my top five! In fact my list would include only two of the Trip Advisor selection.
Still, it all depends on what makes a beach the best for you, and until you’ve visited them all how can you judge which is the best in the world?
Guess I’d better get packing. So much to see, so little time…
Tambaba , 45km south of Joao Pessoa, is the only nudist beach in north-east Brazil, and is regularly voted one of the top 10 beaches in the country.
Situated in an area of great natural beauty, the 600 metre, palm dotted, sandy beach is backed by steep cliffs up to 20 meters high, which can make access difficult but which deter the casual gawker. The sea is crystal clear, quiet, with small waves and always warm. In some places, during the low tide, small natural swimming pools are formed, which are excellent for children. There is a permanent breeze
The beach is divided into two areas. One is open to everyone, and clothing is optional. The other is restricted to families and couples and nudism is obligatory.
The region enjoys a tropical hot, semi-humid climate. The annual average temperature remains around 24º C, with a maximum of 30º C and minimum of 21º C.
Scroll to bottom of the post to view a YouTube video of Tambaba Nudist Beach
Tambaba is about 40 km South of João Pessoa on the Atlantic coast of Brazil.
Take the PB-008 south from João Pessoa (this is the highway which passes right beside the Cabo Branco Lighthouse)
Keep on driving about 30 km to Jacumã and then another 10 km to Tambaba.
Alternatively, from João Pessoa get onto Federal BR-101
Head South for about 15 km
Take the State PB-018, which will cut across the city of Conde and will eventually reach the beach of Jacumã (about 16 km from the BR-101);
From there, take State PB-008, for another 10 km south to Tambaba.
There is a small parking area at the beach.
Nearest air / rail links. João Pessoa’s Castro Pinto International Airport (IATA: JPA – ICAO: SBJP) receives daily flights from most Brazilian capitals. From there you can take an inter-state bus and then continue to Tambaba, in Conde District.
Public transport. You can get regular ( and cheap ) buses from João Pessoa to Conde, and from there take the local bus to Jacumã and Tambaba.
It is easy to find taxis for hire in the Tambaú area of João Pessoa willing to do this trip. Prices and conditions are negotiable.
There is a bar / restaurant on the nudist only section of the beach, and there are variously sized (and priced!) hotels next to the beach itself.
The nearest town of Conde is small, but offers all the usual facilities and has a good range of restaurants, bars, hotels and accommodation
Who goes there:
In the summer there are hundreds of visitors from other parts of Brazil and from around the world.
In September 2008, Tambaba will host the 31st INF World Naturist Congress, so expect it to get very crowded.
Other nearby attractions:
Recife 115 km south is the 4th largest city in Brazil, and it might be considered as the capital of the northeast with more than 2 million inhabitants. Recife is also known as “the Venice of Brazil”.
Olinda Due to its exciting past, its beautiful and important architectural and cultural heritage as well as its outstanding natural beauty and its unique topography the town became a National Monument of Brazil in 1980 and 2 years later was declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
Today, Olinda is one of Brazil’s most popular tourist sights visited by people from all over the world. They love its natural and cultural beauties, its grand festivals, above all its Carnival with its outsize puppets.
João Pessoa 40 km north is the first city to receive the sun rays on the American Continent, at the beach of Ponta do Seixas. It is the state capital of Paraiba and is Brazil’s 3rd oldest town is situated in the northeast of Brazil, 150 km from Recife.
According to the United Nations, João Pessoa is considered to be the world’s 2nd most tree-covered city, with many parks.
The best time to visit Tambaba nudist beach is between October and May, when temperature is higher and the sea acquires a beautiful colour. Between the months of May and August, the rain makes access to the beach difficult as the 9 km connecting the beach to Jacumã resort are of soft sand.
A noticeboard situated on the approaches to Tambaba contains a long list of rules and regulations which are strictly enforced. These are basically the common sense strictures against nuisance, indecency and environmental vandalism which are found world-wide, but Tambaba goes a step further.
At Tambaba nudist beach,
Nudity is compulsory in the nudist area.
Men are not allowed in the nudist section unless accompanied by a woman. Lesbian couples are permitted but gay male couples are not (unless accompanied by women)
Dogs or other pets are not allowed.
The compulsory nudity rule and the exclusion of single men make this a very popular destination for nudist families and other nudists who are worried about voyeurs or a male dominated beach. Whilst the single man rule does seem unfair and discriminatory, single male nudists are allowed on the adjacent clothing-optional section, so they needn’t feel too excluded. The mandatory nudity on the nudist section is an excellent idea which should be swiftly adopted worldwide.
All in all an excellent, if sometimes crowded, little beach.
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St-Germain-sur-Ay offers an incredible fine white gently shelving sandy beach, with warm waters making it perfect for nudist families.
St Germain is on the west coast of the Cotentin Peninsula. The “mother-of-pearl coast”, as it is called, is characterised by vast, empty sandy beaches, rolling dunes, wild, windblown headlands and huge skies. Inland, its salt marshes have protected it from over development.
St Germain is directly opposite the island of Jersey, which protects it from the wildest Atlantic weather and whose climate it shares.
Take the D650 south from Cherbourg for approx 50 km
Just west of St Germain sur Ay, turn left onto the D306 towards the village of St Germain sur Ay Plage. (approx 2.5 kms)
At the village turn left along La Rue de Bretagne,
The beach is at the end of the road. There is a designated car park.
Nearest rail / air links
Railway: Portbail (7.51mi, 12.08km)
Airport: Aéroport de Cherbourg Maupertus (29.45mi, 47.39km)
None on the nudist beach itself, but the village contains the usual amenities.
Official nudist beach
Authorized by local bylaw of 1999.01.05 and managed by the Club “Saint Germain Naturisme”
Who goes there:
Mostly families attracted by the safe beach, but the majority don’t go nudist.
Ferries to Jersey run from both nearby Portbail and Carteret in season
Local Market at St Germain sur Ay : Thursday and Sunday morning in season.
The annual Holy Cross Fair at Lessay On the second weekend in September every year the population of 2,000 is swollen to over 400,000 by visitors to the annual Holy Cross Fair. The Champ de Foire at Lessay, for those three days, becomes the biggest shop in Europe with over 1500 stalls on the 32 acre site.
Dogs are allowed on the nudist beach.
Suitable for the infirm or disabled.
There is good shopping in St-Germain-sur-Ay,
A peach of a beach! Its fine white gently-shelving sandy beach, warm waters , quiet location, good choice of accommodation and wealth of nearby places of historic interest make St Germain a perfect place for a family nudist beach holiday.
Although popular with french families it is surprisingly little known out side of France, especially given its proximity to the UK. Go there now, before it gets ‘discovered!’
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There are actually two beaches at College Cove, usually designated as north and south. The northern beach is easier to reach, and therefore tends to get busier.
The beach is a crescent shaped cove with about a quarter mile of sand and tons of driftwood. The water can be very cold, and this stretch of the coast is subject to fog.
· Take US 101 North out of Eureka.
· Take the turnoff leading to Trinidad. You will come to an intersection that forks either to Trinidad or Stage Coach Road
· Take the Stage Coach Road fork. Look for and park in a dirt lot less than mile down on the left.
· The north trail goes to College Cove North while the south trail leads to College Cove South.
Not clear. Is widely known as a popular and frequently used nudist venue, but has a history of some law enforcement. Use with caution.
Who goes there:
· On a good day, about 50 / 100 visitors over both beaches. Both beaches are popular with young singles, although most of them are textile. There is a higher percentage of nudists on the south beach, but even there they are in the minority.
· Some gawkers.
At low tide it is possible to walk between the two beaches.
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