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Tan Line Free! Some of the World’s Best Nude Beaches

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Written by Suzy Guese

Travel can be a liberating experience – perhaps most literally on a nude beach. All around the world, a number of beaches welcome shedding your bathing suit to go au naturel. Not only can you find other naturalists at these beaches, but you can also appreciate some naturally beautiful sands in the process. If you are looking to ditch those tan lines, seek out these nude beaches around the world.

Samurai Beach, Australia

Located on the sand dunes in Tomaree National Park, Samurai Beach stretches for roughly 1.2 miles. Settled into New South Wales, the beach makes you work to reach its sands. In order to get to Samurai Beach, you must have a 4-wheel-drive vehicle. Right next to One Mile Beach, Samurai Beach is entirely clothing optional, as it has been since officially declaring its no-swimsuit-required state in 1996. Post nude bathing, the area affords a number of activities including hiking and fishing.

Wreck Beach, Canada

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Located just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, you can bare it all on Wreck Beach. The 7.8-kilometer nudist beach wraps around the western tip of Point Grey. It sits within Pacific Spirit Regional Park. Not only is Wreck Beach the city’s most pristine and least developed sandy beach, but it also lends a bit of privacy for the shy. Wreck Beach is bordered on three sides by lofty trees. The beach remains the largest naturist beach in North America.

Praia do Pinho, Brazil

If you are not quite sure if you want to go without your swimsuit just yet, Praia do Pinho in Brazil is not for you. Nudity is mandatory on this beach in the city of Balneário Camboriú. With its white sands and strong waves, the beach is believed to be the first naturist beach in Brazil. Surrounded by hills for more privacy, the beach also offers cabins and inns for overnight stays.

Red Beach, Greece

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Image via Flickr CC-Henry Burrows

Located 20 minutes on foot from the town of Matala is southern Crete’s Red Beach. With its dark reddish brown sand and clear waters, the beach is one of Crete’s most naturally beautiful. The scenic location also welcomes visitors to go completely bare. In order to reach Red Beach, you must hike over rocks or arrive by boat.

Orient Beach, St. Martin

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Settled on the eastern coast of the island of St. Martin, Orient Beach boasts a French side that is completely clothing optional. Not only can you bare it all here, but you can also appreciate Orient Bay. Orient beach is considered one of the finest beaches on the island with its powdery white sands and crystal clear waters. To fully embrace the natural lifestyle, you can even stay at neighboring Club Orient, a nudist resort. In addition to shedding your swimsuit, the beach entertains loads of activities too from parasailing to windsurfing.

Haulover Beach, Florida

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Image via Flickr CC-Phillip Pessar

The US is not often known for its official and legal nude beaches. However, on a wide strip of sand north of Bal Harbour in between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, you can bare it all without worrying about breaking the law. Haulover Beach in Florida is one of the few clothing-optional beaches in the country. Just north of Miami, the northern part of the beach is designated for nudists. Known for its pristine white sands, the South Florida beach is also good for surfing and swimming.

From Florida to Australia, nude beaches are more common than you might think. Whether you are tired of tan lines or feeling a bit more adventurous on your travels, these beaches are some of the best in the world for dropping trou.

Have you been to these nude beaches or others around the globe? Share your experiences with us in the comments below.

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About the author

Suzy Guese

Suzy Guese is a travel writer from Denver, Colorado. She caught the travel bug after taking her very first flight at just three months old—she was headed for Disney World—and has been a total travel junkie ever since. From family car trips across North America to stints abroad in Europe, Suzy travels the globe with her redheaded temperament in search of sarcasm, stories, and travel tips to share with anyone willing to listen. She blogs about her travels at http://suzyguese.com.

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