Dare to bare. Those looking for the best beaches were they can relax, and enjoy the sea and the sun in the buff, have to look no further. Here are the eight best nude beaches the world has to offer.
8. Es Trenc, Majorca
The turquoise shallow waters, the white sand, the sun, and the freedom to walk around in your birthday suit make this Spanish beach a favorite among European nudists.
Es Trenc is 2 km (1.2 mi) of undeveloped paradise, and it is the most popular beach in the island of Mallorca, in the Mediterranean. It is a bit more remote, for it requires a walk of about 200 m (650 ft) to access.
Most of the beach goers are 20 and 30 year-olds, and families. The nudists gather on one end.
Unlike the other beaches of Mallorca, Es Trenc does not have water sports, except for snorkeling during the summer. There are some basic facilities like toilettes, lifeguards, a few bars and one restaurant, and further away, accommodations. But Es Trenc’s beauty lies in its remoteness and relaxed vibe.
7. Cap d’Agde, Occitania
Cap d’Agde is on a league of its own. It is not only the name of the beach, but also of the largest nudist resort in the world. Cap has been nicknamed ‘the naked city,’ because it is one.
D’Agde is a French village where you can go naked to the bank, to the restaurants, supermarkets, shops, pharmacy, hotels, guesthouses, nightclubs, and certainly to the beaches. You can spend a whole weekend naked without the need to go to the outside world. And many do.
Cap has three main beaches which cover 2 km (1.2 mi).
The largest beach is family friendly, and has lots of kids, grandparents, etc. Beyond that, there is the x-rated swingers area. Only adults are allowed and many have sex on the beach (not the cocktail, the real one). Most people in this section are couples in their forties and older. And since plenty choose to… express their love in public, there is also a crowd of single men that surround them to watch the show, and sometimes to participate in the action, if they are invited to do so. The nightclubs at Cap d’Agde are also sexual-activities-friendly and many cater to swingers.
The last section of the beach is the gay nudist area.
Most visitors at Cap are French, followed by other Europeans.
There are two ways to access the beaches. One is through the nudist village, but that requires paying a fee and registering. The other option is more private and free. It involves parking in the neighboring Marseille Beach and then walking southwest 50 m, along the beach, until reaching Cap d’Agde.
6. Praia do Pinho, Santa Catarina
What is unbeatable about this Brazilian beach is that it has warm weather and warm water all year round, which people in the buff might appreciate even a little bit more.
The beach itself is 500 m (1600 ft) of niceness, with whitish sands and a wavy, but swimmable, sea. There are lifeguards on duty, and two bars on the beach, along with a clothing-optional campsite and hotel.
In the family-friendly beach nudism is mandatory. Praia do Pinh is surrounded by mountains and vegetation, so the experience is quite safe and private. The staff of the campsite even ensures that no one takes pictures on the beach. And for those who did not make the trip fully equipped and need to rent umbrellas and chairs, they can do so for the reasonable price of $10. The food and the drinks are also on the affordable side.
Another pro is how easy to access Praia is. A bus from the nearby city of Florianopolis drops the passengers right at the beach’s entrance, and those driving can park for free.
Most of the visitors to Praia do Pinh are Brazilians and Argentines, but everyone is welcomed.
5. Orient Beach, St. Martin
Orient Beach has all you would expect from the Caribbean: the transparent blue, calm waters, the unending white sands, and the year-round warm weather, although some seasons are a bit rainy.
Nudists gather on one end of this 2 km (1.2 mi) long beach, which is on the island of St. Martin. On the French side of the island all beaches are topless-friendly and some outright nudists, like Orient. Which is not surprising since France is the country with most nude beaches in the world.
For the athletically-inclined there are plenty of sports available, from parasailing to jet skiing. Or if you are most the restful type, you can just lounge around on this tranquil piece of paradise.
Although it has a relaxed vibe, Orient Beach is near everything. There are a few bars where one can get food and drinks, and rent chairs and umbrellas (for $20 the whole combo).
4. Platja des Cavallet, Ibizia
So If you have been partying the night away in Ibiza, des Cavallet is the perfect spot to hang out and recover during the day. It is a more secluded beach, usually not so crowded as other spots in the Spanish island. One side of the beach is for clothed people and it is family-friendly, the middle of the beach is for naturists, and the southern end for the LGBTQ naturist community. Des Cavallet is quite famous among the European LGBTQ crowd.
The beach itself is gorgeous, with white sand, and blue transparent waters -although the sea is for stronger swimmers as it is not exactly calm. There are plenty of amenities in des Cavallet, from bars and toilettes to umbrella rentals.
3. Red Beach, Crete
If you want it to be just you and nature, this is the place. And it has a stunning view, too.
Nudity is allowed everywhere in this 300 m (1,000 ft) long beach. The Red Beach in Crete is a family-friendly environment where everyone is laid-back.
There are two options to get to this secluded spot, one is by sea -by small boat, kayak, or jet ski- and the other is for the fit, for it requires a 30 min walk from the village of Matala, under the Greek sun, and through rocky terrain. On this route, one can also peak inside the many caves of the area, but during summer they might be inhabited by local fishermen so prying eyes might not be welcomed.
The beach itself has reddish sand and blue transparent waters. Since there is no shade anywhere and the only shop in the area is not always open, visitors better bring their own umbrella and towel, along with food and water.
2. Haulover Beach, Miami
Haulover is in the middle of it all, in northern Miami. And it is easy to access by car or public transportation. Which explains its popularity: it has more than 1,4 million buff visitors every year. It can get a bit crowded.
This clothing-optional public beach is part of a larger park so there are many amenities around. Visitors can go golfing, play tennis or volleyball before they head to the nudist section. And once there they can choose their side: the LGBTQ community hangs out in one area, and the other is packed with couples, kids, and singles. People of all ages and body sizes wander comfortably around.
Plus, the beach-goers can rent umbrellas ($15/day) so they don’t get overcooked, chairs ($10/day), and find a snack in any of the food trucks parked nearby. There are also showers and restrooms. And in Miami, one can count on a nice weather almost all year round.
A word to the wise, though. Since this public beach is in the middle of the city, there are high-rise buildings nearby, so those who prefer a more private nudist experience may want to check the other beaches on this list.
1. Montalivet, Aquitaine
For those looking for the perfect relaxed nudist beach, this is it. Montalivet is an underdeveloped area of Aquitaine, in France, surrounded by forests and marshes, and the beach itself is wide and 12 km (7.5 mi) long, so even during the summer there is plenty of room for everyone. People walk or jog while others play volleyball, soccer, surf, sail, or swim. During low tide the ocean is ideal for swimming, and in case anything goes wrong, the lifeguards would help.
The beach is next to a small town that has plenty of restaurants with delicious French food, and where there is free parking.
Although technically only a portion of the beach is fully nudist, in reality naturists wander all along Montalivet Beach. After all, the European naturist movement was born here some 60 years ago.
People even practice surf in the buff. Do not know how to surf? Not a problem, there are several surfing schools in the area. And those that wish to stay for a couple of days, can pick among campsites, rental houses, and resorts. Some of them are for naturists, aka, for nudists.
The vibe of this beach is relaxed, safe, and family-friendly. And the sunsets are superb, making Montalivet the best nude beach in the world.