To go nude or not? This is a question many vacationers find themselves confronted with. If you're spending your summer vacation at an overseas beach, it's likely that you will have to decide. Many overseas beaches are classified as being clothing option or nude beaches.
In the United States nudity and even bare breasts are considered a taboo. In fact, even breast feeding in public is illegal in most USA states. Ironically, however, in the state of New York women are legally permitted to go topless, though few do or even know that they are entiteld to do so.
Most everywhere else in the world, other than in Muslim countries, partial nudity is permitted on most public beaches. For the benefit of summer vacationers living in inhibited cultures, I want to first explain about beaches that are more liberal then you may be used to. The terms clothing option beach, nude beach and topless beach tend to be used interchangeably or synonymously, which is incorrect.
A clothing optional beach is just what the term suggests. It is optional as to whether someone wears clothing or swimwear, or not. Optional mean you have a choice. If you have no problem with other people being nude or partially naked, but you choose not to be, you're welcome to visit a clothing optional beach. If, on the other hand, you're uncomfortable seeing totally or partially naked people you should avoid a clothing optional beach. Nude beaches remove the option of what to wear while on the beach. If you want to visit a nude beach you'll have to be nude yourself.
Topless beaches on the other hand are not really a category, but if you want to only go topless you have the option to go to a clothing optional beach. Most European and many South American beaches are referred to as topless by visiting tourists unfamiliar with customs enjoyed by people living in uninhibited cultures. Such beaches aren't consider to be anything special in need of a label. So be warned - if women choosing to be bare breasted on the beach is going to bother you, you'd best not go to the beach, or consider vacationing in the USA or a country governed by Islamic law.
Clothing optional and nude beaches will usually have notices posted, but not always. It depends on what the local laws require.
So you decided to throw inhibitions and clothing into the wind...
Whether you're vacationing overseas with your friends or you're vacationing with your partner or spouse, you may want to consider a nude beach as your next summer vacation destination. When it comes to selecting a clothing optional or nude beach destination, you have a number of options. A selection of the more popular nudist beaches you may want to consider as your next summer vacation destination are...
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is a tourist Mecca unto itself, and home to the internationally acclaimed Wreck Beach. At 7.8km long, Wreck Beach is North America's largest clothing optional beach. Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, it's also officially recognized as one of Vancouver's 5 best beaches. Also in Canada, the provice of Ontario passed a law that women are permitted to be topless if they wish, being as it is their right under gender equality legislation. Ironically though, there are few clothing optional beaches and rarely do women go topless on beaches.
Montalivet Beach, located in the Medoc region of France, is one of the most popular nude beaches in the world. The beach is located on the Atlantic coast and offers a number of overnight accommodations, including bungalow rentals and campsites. The atmosphere at Montalivet Beach is safe for individuals of ages.
Samurai Beach, located in Australia is another of many, top rated nude beaches. Multiple resorts along the beach, including Bardot’s Clothing Optional Resort, allow nudity within the facility. In fact, nudity at the Samurai Beach is so common that it has become the home of the Nude Olympics, which are held on a yearly basis.
Greece is home to a number of nude beaches, including the popular Red Beach, which is famous for its lack of limits on nudity. In addition to vacationing on the beach nude, Greece is well-know for its history. There are a number of historical landmarks along the Red Beach. The only restriction, at this popular nude beach, is that clothing must be worn in the dining hall. A large number of nude beaches limit when and where you can be in the nude, but Red Beach offers freedom to all.
Nude beaches are ideal for adult vacationers. However, if you're vacationing with your family you may want to reexamine your decision to choose a nude beach destination if you come from a more prudish enviornment. After all, one of the most common topics for kids returning to school to be asked to write about is, "What I did on my summer vacation."