Picture your perfect vacation: a peaceful cabin in the woods, a sun-kissed beach, maybe a quiet European town. Now, imagine enjoying each of these places without any clothes on.
If this idea only makes the scenario better then these nine nudist destinations around the world are for you. They range from the hidden to the luxurious—and they all offer the chance to strip away your worries… and your clothes.
Cap-d’Agde is the mecca of naturism. Described as the nudist capital of the world, this town doesn’t just have a nudist zone, it has an entire nudist village. Every single part of the Naturist Village is made for those who want to break free from the restrictions of clothing. Here, you can go about daily tasks like doing groceries and getting your hair done, all in the nude.
Because of the unique nature of the village, entrance is highly regulated, and visitors are required to fill in access forms to get permission for their desired length of stay. Once inside, it’s all about enjoying your natural self. But don’t think you’ll be able to share any part of your visit on social media: video and photography are quite restricted.
Where to stay: Stay at Natureva Spa to avoid having to leave the Naturist Village. It’s the perfect uninterrupted nudist vacation.
Miami is a city for hedonism. Everything from the food to the nightclubs is meant to treat the senses—and the beach is no exception. Though there are many topless beaches in Miami, those who want to take it a step further can head over to Haulover Beach. This beautiful county park boasts one of the most popular public nude beaches in the U.S.
Joining in the fun is as simple as going into the fenced section and laying in the sand. If you visit in July, you can participate in the beach’s whimsical National Nude Recreation Week events.
Where to stay: The Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbor is about a mile from Haulover Beach, so you can cut down clothes-wearing time and get to beaching a la nude faster.
Vera Playa, Spain
On the beautiful Coast de Almeria, Vera Playa has an entire naturist zone. This zone includes long strips of beaches, as well as numerous apartments and resorts, promenades, and restaurants. If you wish to, you can spend your whole vacation without putting on clothes— nudity in any part of the naturist zone is not just encouraged, but expected.
Where to stay: Vera Natura Apartments provides a nudist home away from home with beachfront access within the naturist zone.
Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii
If you’re more about the experience than the amenities, this is the place for your nudist within. Little Beach in Mākena State Park does not offer many facilities, but provides the experience of connecting with nature. To get there, you must cross a rocky footpath that leads to a splendorous view of the ocean. Swimming and wildlife watching are the preferred activities at this secluded clothing-optional beach. For a magnificent experience, participate in the Sunday Sunset Drum Circle that features fire dancers, music, and a joyous nudist community.
Where to stay: Hotel Wailea provides a luxurious and relaxing stay in Maui. Car rental is available for guests who wish to drive around this beautiful island.
The eastern province of Ontario has a number of nudist resorts that offer lakes and forests instead of beaches. The secluded nature of these resorts means naturists can be themselves in comfort. In communal spaces, guests are encouraged to interact and connect with like-minded people.
Where to stay: Bare Oaks Naturist Family Park is all about embracing the freedom of nudity and the beauty of nature. Spend your days hiking in the woods, swimming in the lake, and paddling through streams, all au naturel.
Praia do Pinho is one of those destinations you have to work for. Cradled by mountains, this secluded beach on the coast of Brazil is protected from fame by its relative inaccessibility. You’ll probably need a car, but it’ll be worth it to be in on this naked secret.
Where to stay: Girassois da Lagoa Guesthouse offers a homey waterfront experience. It’s the perfect place to set up base when you’re not out looking for hidden beaches.
Byron Bay, Australia
The Australian nudist community tends to flock to Byron Bay. The clothing-optional sections at Tyagarah Nature Reserve and Belongil Beach offer chill vibes and fun events like the annual Anzac Day Nude Cricket Match. Even if you can’t make it to the event, no worries—nudist volleyball games are as regular as sunny days here.
Where to stay: Wake up to the sound of the ocean at Bluewater on the Beach. Located right on Belongil Beach, naked fun in the sun is never far.
Spending your precious vacation time getting to the one nude beach that’s close to you can be pretty frustrating. Luckily, Germans don’t waste time, and don’t want you to, either. Perhaps this is why the island of Sylt has made every single one of its beaches clothing-optional. The freedom of having choices coupled with no naked time wasted make for a perfect vacation.
Where to stay: Enjoy comfort steps away from the beach at the Dorfhotel Sylt.
Spiaggia di Guvano might be the best destination on this list for travelers who love to get off the beaten path. Getting to this secret beach is an adventure that requires you to bring your own flashlight and cross through an abandoned tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a quiet little beach where you can leave your clothes on the sand and soak in the beauty of Cinque Terre away from the suffocating crowds.
Where to stay: You’ll have to wear clothes at Affittacamere da Nicolina, but the views are worth it.
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Editor’s Note: This story originally misidentified Haulover Beach as a state park rather than a county park. It has been corrected.