More than a Place to Get Rid of Tan Lines: 5 Added Benefits to Visiting a Nude Beach

Nudist on Abrico Beach

by Megan

My first visit to a nude beach was around ten years ago, and I have to admit, I was skeptical. The initial draw was the beach itself—removed from the hustle and bustle of other beaches in my home city, it seemed like a neat experience.

It didn’t take long before it became my local beach of choice. My partner and I soon started seeking out other nude beaches, even basing our travel choices on whether there were clothing-optional beaches nearby. If you’re still not sure what makes nude beaches special, here are my reasons:

1) Anything Goes…Mostly

Most nude beaches we visit don’t have many rules. That is, beyond the usual social etiquette of course.

Many nude beaches are so remote that the only law enforcement is community driven. That means, in most cases, alcohol and light drug use is ok as long as it doesn’t get out of hand. This can make for a fun atmosphere if you want it. If you don’t, just choose a different area on the beach.

2) Body Positivity

This was one of the most surprising benefits I’ve felt since I first visited a nude beach. I’ll never forget the first time I went nude at a beach. It was so nerve wracking until…I realized nobody around me cared about my nudity. There were all kinds of different bodies just as naked as me and it actually felt more awkward to stay clothed.

I now feel the most confident in the buff and more self conscious in a bikini. Stripping down at a nude beach is a great way to feel more comfortable in your own skin in a public place. Not to mention, once you swim naked, you’ll never want to go back to a bathing suit!

Zipolite: A great place to stripoff for the first time!

3) Beautiful Beaches

By their very nature, clothing-optional beaches are typically off the beaten path making nude beaches a touch more wild and, well, natural compared to their clothed counterparts. 

This can make for some fun naked exploring or just sitting and watching the amazing natural views. A sunset on a nude beach just can’t be beat!

4) The Community

If you want it, nude beaches make for a great place to make new friends. It’s easy to pick out who the regulars are and, in most cases, they’re friendly and willing to strike up a conversation. They can also take a hint if you’re after more of a solitary experience.

No matter your choice, the community at nude beaches will always protect those who are there with good intentions.

Playa de Benalnatura: lots of regulars at this charming Spanish beach

5) If You Know, You Know

There’s just something about being in on how awesome the nude beach experience is. When people first heard about myself and my partner going to nude beaches they couldn’t believe it. Once we explain (using the above reasons and more), they very often are sold and want to experience it themselves.

It’s a unique and freeing experience like no other. While the lack of tan lines and not dealing with a wet swim suit helps, it’s the adventure of discovering new places and the freedom of stripping down (in all senses of the term) that really solidifies nude beaches as my number one choice. There are plenty of nude beaches to enjoy – find your favourite!

What added benefits do you enjoy when visiting a nude beach? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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