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…