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Naturism dying on Western Australian Beach?

Broome Nudist Beach

Since the 1960s, naturists have gathered on a section of Broome’s famous Cable Beach known as “north of the rocks”, to sunbake, fish and swim in the nude.
But veterans of the scene say about a decade ago, things began to change. The local tourism industry boomed, and suddenly, the nudists were coming under close scrutiny.
Read this great article on the decline of nudism in the area. And if you can, get along there, strip off, and give the local nudists some support!

Barcelona nudists call for more beach space

Nudist users of Barcelona’s popular Mar Bella Beach say they are being crammed into an ever smaller space and have called on local authorities to act.
While Playa de la Mar Bella is not technically a nudist beach, naked bathing is common place and accepted.
But now naturists claim they are being squeezed out.
Speaking to local television station BTV, nudist groups complained that flags marking out the beach’s nudist area had been moved 20 metres. They also expressed their displeasure at the large numbers of non-nudist bathers in the area and at the parties held at a nearby beach bar which operates in summer, arguing the presence of hundreds of drinkers made nude bathers uncomfortable.

Spanish nudists lose beach battle

Nudists have lost a seven-year legal battle for access to a popular tourist resort beach on Spain’s southwestern tip.

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Spanish Federation of Naturism against local government legislation prohibiting nudists to use beaches within the historic port city of Cadiz. The federation had argued that nudism could be considered a fundamental right to freedom of ideology as defended by Spain’s constitution.

The court disagreed, saying in a ruling Friday that local authorities of Cadiz had the power to “manage properly the use of its services, equipment, infrastructure, facilities and public spaces.” It said the federation had failed to make a convincing case that nudism was “at this moment, an accepted practice by the majority of beachgoers.”

More here

Far East heads list of reluctant nudists

Asian nudistsMore than 80 percent of Korean tourists reported feeling uncomfortable at nude beaches when travelling overseas.

Expedia, an online travel agency, conducted a survey on 11,155 tourists from 24 countries to arrive at the conclusion.

When asked for opinions regarding nude beaches, 81 percent of Korean tourists answered, ‘uncomfortable’, followed by Japan (75%) and Hong Kong (73%).
Conversely, European countries such as Austria (24%) and Germany (28%) were more comfortable with nude beaches and toplessness in general.

For those of us who have discovered the benefits and joys of naturism it seems a shame that such a large part of the world should be so reluctant to embrace social nudity, but I guess that cultural influences are not easily overcome. Maybe one day. . . Until then let’s just be happy that there’s more room on the beach for the rest of us!

Free nudist beaches – Morfa Dyffryn

Free Nudist Beaches # 1 – Morfa Dyffryn

An occasional look at some of the world’s notable nudist beaches.

Morfa Dyffryn Nudist Beach, Gywnedd,
North Wales UK

Google map here.

Description:

 

Morffa nudist beach

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.

Directions:

  • 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.

Facilities:

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.

Designation:

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.

Other nearby attractions:

For directions, links and more information to all the following attractions, see our Morfa Dyffryn map here.

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.

More information:

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.

Do you know this nudist beach? Is it nudist family friendly? Are pets allowed? Is it suitable for the infirm or disabled Please help us help the nudist community and make any helpful additions or corrections or comments.

World’s best nude events and beaches revealed

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…

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New Nudist Beach at Key West?

Proof that the world recession isn’t wholly a bad thing.

The City fathers of Key West, Florida are “considering whether or not to allow nude bathing at one of their beaches”, citing the success of the designated naturist beach at Haulover Beach Park on Miami Beach.

The clincher may be the economic situation. Commissioners point to the success of Haulover and also the increased tourist revenues of nearby Cuba, which has official nudist beaches.

The commissioners hope to put it to the ballot in October. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

Fabulous Nudist trip to Cap d’Agde and South of France

Cap d'Agde. French Nudist City

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NFN Travel has organized a Mediterranean tour that begins in Nice, France and ends in Cap d’Agde, the Naked City with visits in between to Monte Carlo, Monaco. The tour will be hosted by the congenial Paul and Claudine who have many years experience hosting Mediterranean tours.

The dates are July 14 – 25, 2009  For Bookings or more information go to NFN Travel, click on the “home” tab and select the Cap d’Agde link

Read my impressions of Cap d’Agde on this post.

Nudist Resort Report – Cap d’Agde, France

When “The Cap” Fits. My love / hate relationship with the “nudist city” of Cap d’Agde

My partner and I have just returned from Cap d’Agde, the famous nudist resort in the glittering South of France. Not so much a nudist resort as a nudist city it is one of the largest of it’s type in the world, and during the day the nudist facilities are superb. It is a clean, friendly, innocent and happy place, which for once lives up to expectations. I could write pages about our stay in Cap d’Agde nudist resort and still not tell the whole story. But, space and time are limited, and you wouldn’t believe half of it anyway.

So I’ll just say that the journey was murderous, the weather was great, the accommodation was good, the facilities were brilliant, the beach was clean, the nudist resort was amazing and the entertainment – both official and unofficial – was, umm… entertaining. Although there were nearly 40000 people on the nudist resort, there was none of the loutish behaviour that spoils so many other resorts, and even at night-time when the “demi -monde” emerged for their nightly revels, the atmosphere was always relaxed. good-natured and friendly.

It is a good place for children, but after dark you may want to avoid some of the more outrageous venues, or you might have some embarrassing explanations to make! You see, when night falls, the place loses its innocence. Wholesome nudity is replaced by outrageous exhibitionism, the bars and cafés feature near explicit sex-shows, virtually anything goes, in public, and the site becomes a sort of Sodom on Viagra.

In short, Cap d’Agde after dark is just the sort of nudist resort that we as genuine nudists should disapprove of and never go near again.

And that, my friends, is a problem.

Because I loved it!

And will we be going back? You bet!

What are your impressions of this nudist resort? Is it nudist family friendly? Why not leave your comments?