Clothing optional beaches are about more than being in the buff. They’re about the freedom to enjoy nature while dressed in any way you’d like. From the south of France to the islands of the Caribbean, not every beach allows au naturel visitors, but a select few allow the liberty of nude bathing. Some of these beaches are part of naturist clubs or resorts and are open to members. Others are accessible to the general public, with no membership required. Some of the nude beaches out there are allowed by law, while others are tolerated by the local authorities or illegal. If you’re planning to leave your swimsuits behind, you’ll want to check ahead to make sure clothing really is optional.
Caribbean Clothing Optional Beaches
With warm breezes and warm water, the beaches of the Caribbean seem especially inviting for the clothing free. Many of the region’s nude beaches are located on islands with Dutch or French roots. Those with connections to Britain tend to be more conservative, often not allowing clothing optional swimming. Some of the most relaxed rules for clothing optional beaches are found on the island to St. Martin/St. Maarten. On the French side of the island, many of the beaches allow clothing optional beaches, and many of them are family friendly. Orient Beach is one the most popular nude beaches on the island. It has all the amenities you’d expect for a Caribbean beach, including resorts and bars. One beach is in front of the naturist resort, Club Orient, is clothing optional; four surrounding beaches require swimsuits.
Beyond St. Martin, you’ll find occasional nude beaches. On Saint Barths, the attitude towards clothing is pretty laid back, especially along Anse du Gouverneur and Grand Saline. Many of the upscale resorts allow topless and nude bathing. In Guadeloupe, most of the beaches allow topless visitors, but only Pointe Tarare is a clothing optional beach.
California Clothing Optional Beaches
For those who want to go sans clothes and sans tan lines in the Golden State, they have several choices up and down the Pacific Coast. While the vast majority of California beaches require clothing, a select few are enjoyed by the naturist community. In the south, Black’s Beach near San Diego, is one the busiest and top-rated clothing optional beaches in the state. If you’re looking for a secluded getaway, consider the beaches of San Luis Obispo County. At Pirate’s Cove and other beaches, nude sunbathers gather along the cliff or the beach to soak up the sun and the warm breezes. Moving to the north, there are several nude beaches around Santa Cruz and San Fransisco, including Gray Whale Cove State Beach and Red Rock Beach. North of there, it’s often too chilly to sunbathe in the nude, but there are some beaches where it’s allowed.
Jamaica Clothing Optional Beaches
On the island of Jamaica, most of the clothing optional beaches are part of resorts—very few of the public beaches allow visitors the choice of going topless or nude. But for those who would like they choice, they would do well to book at stay at one of the resorts that includes a topless beach. Hedonism II, renowned for its adults-only party atmosphere, certainly allows for clothing optional trips to the beach in Negril. Couples Resorts allows nude sunbathing at most their locations. At Couples Tower Isle in Ochos Rios, there is an entire island just for nude bathing. The all-inclusive resort will send a boat to the island to allow its guests the chance to soak up the sun without tan lines.