Best Beaches. Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — Although still taboo in many places, casting aside your clothes at the shore has become a customary practice around the world in recent times. From rocky coastlines to talcum powder fine sands, and big city bays to secluded shores, there are now hundreds of beaches where it's perfectly legal or at least de facto legal to sunbathe, swim and otherwise frolic beside the sea in nothing more than your birthday suit. While clothing-optional beach destinations may seem like a modern invention, it's actually quite an old idea, a product of the otherwise prudish Victorian era. During the s, American poet Walt Whitman extolled the virtues of the "Adamic air bath" -- his nude walkabouts and swims along Timber Creek in New Jersey, writing of "The free exhilarating ecstasy of nakedness in Nature. Channeling that same vibe, the naturist movement took off in Europe and North America during the first half of the 20th century, with city parks, camp grounds and eventually beaches established for those who wanted to experience nature nude in their most natural state. One of the spin-offs of the socially and sexually liberal s was a "free beach" movement that saw a proliferation of nude beaches around the world. And their popularity continues today, with more and more popping up each year. Here are 15 of the best nude beaches around the world:.
Playa de Ses Illetes
American exceptionalism may have gotten us to the moon and back, but when it comes to actually mooning each other you know, on the beach , we're not exactly world-beaters. Europe, by contrast, is in a completely different league when it comes to shoreline skinny-dipping. Maybe it's their permissive attitude toward public nudity. But which ones are really worth your vacation days? Once you do, however, you'll be greeted by a wealth of gorgeous beaches, each of which is nude-friendly. Playa de Ses Illetes is one of the most popular, and with its powdery white sand and azure waters, it's easy to see why. Crete, Greece Crete's known for its staggeringly beautiful beaches, and Filaki's one of the standouts.
Spiaggia di Guvano
This list of social nudity places in Europe is a list of places where social nudity is practiced for recreation in Europe. It includes free beaches or clothing-optional beaches or nude beaches and some resorts. Naturism is popular in Austria , with social nudity places typically indicated by FKK signs. Designated locations include camping spots, beaches, and hotels.
ARE you a fan of getting an all-over tan? Then you need to put these best nude beaches from around the world on your bucket list. According to Fiona Hunt, managing director of Adventure World, getting buff in the buff is a hot travel trend, with many of the beaches below offering opportunities to work out via activities such as beach volleyball or fitness classes. So there! Located on Contadora Island, Playa de las Suecas is the only place in Panama you are officially allowed to be completely nude. Perfect for buff beach walks. In fact, there are even a number of local restaurants on board where you can grab a bite to eat in the buff without anyone batting an eyelid. Rio is world renowned for its body beautiful locals, however Abrico is the only beach where you are officially allowed to bare all. Fitness classes are held there every Sunday, weather permitting.