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.
Keep your clothes on. In many places, public nudity is a serious crime that could lead to a fine or worse. Naturist resorts cater to completely clothing-free vacation seekers, so if you want to go all in or off , consider these options rather than a one-time visit to a nude beach. Rules at each of these resorts differ, and many are adults-only. Obviously, you will be required to look at your fellow sunbathers at some point, whether greeting them or fetching their Frisbee from your beach towel. Contrary to popular belief, most nude beaches are not sexy places ripped straight out of the pages of a Playboy Mansion memoir. Patrons come in all sizes, shapes, and states of physical fitness, and are far more likely to veer into dad bod territory than looking like Channing Tatum in the buff.
By Susan Breslow Sardone. Or is naturist vacationing something you've always been interested in? Well, you're not alone—thousands of people do it. If you're nude -curious, consider visiting one of these beaches and resorts, several of which offer day passes.
It seems fitting that the Sunshine State would be a magnet for sun worshipers from around the world. Florida is much more than just a place for naturists to gather, says Ramon Maury, naturist industry representative and voice in Tallahassee. But Pasco is hardly alone in offering a range of naturist-friendly attractions and activities. It's certainly the best-known and oldest officially recognized public one.