The Beach Guide

The Best Nude Beaches around the World

Our selection of the very best beaches to bare it all on and get that all-over tan. If taking all your clothes of at the seaside and letting the sand go where the sand naturally goes, then you will be pleased to know there are an ever growing number of naturist beaches around the globe.

The exact definitions and laws on nude beaches vary from country to country. In much of Europe no one bats an eye at topless sunbathing and complete nudity may be tolerated even if not strictly legal. The most common setup around the world though is having designated nude beaches. This way nobody gets offended when you take a skinny dip and there is less gawking!

So without further ado here are the world's best beaches for nudists.

  • Sinemorets // Bulgaria

    Sinemorets
    ©Marcin Szala / CC BY

    Set close to the Turkish border Veleka Beach is one of two beaches in Sinemorets, and by far the nicest. In fact it is one of the most striking and iconic beaches in Bulgaria consisting of a narrow strip of soft white sand which juts out across… read more »

  • Yyteri Beach // Finland

    Yyteri Beach

    Yyteri Beach is a magnificent 6-kilometre stretch of golden sands on Finland?s west coast. It looks out over the chilly waters of the Gulf of Bothnia, which merges with the Baltic Sea at its southern end. Backed by extensive sand dunes, and woodland beyond, the beach at Yyteri has a… read more »

  • Freedom Beach // Thailand

    Freedom Beach
    ©BlueEyeTea
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  • Red Beach // Greece

    Red Beach

    Red beach, so named because of the pinkish hue of the sand, is located just south of the better known beach of Matala. Both were firm favourites on the 1960s and 70s hippy trail and whilst Matala may have gone mainstream, Red beach still retains some of its laid back… read more »

  • Plaka beach // Greece

    Plaka beach

    Generally regarded as the best beach on Naxos, Plaka is a huge stretch of fine white sand backed by low sand dunes. The waters of the bay at Plaka are calm and clear with a definite green tint. 

    Whilst there are areas of the beach with the familiar straw umbrellas and… read more »

  • El Cofete Beach // Spain

    El Cofete Beach
    ©eyewave

    Cofete Beach is located just around the headland from the southern tip of Fuertaventura. The bright lights and resorts to the north of the island will do nothing to prepare you for the awe-inspiring scale and wildness of this beach. The beach is a wide expanse of golden sand that… read more »

  • Shell Bay, Studland // UK

    Shell Bay, Studland

    Shell Bay is at the very end of the beautiful, unspoilt stretch of golden sand that forms Studland beach. Despite being on the edge of the busy Poole harbour and opposite the super exclusive developments at Sanbanks, Shell Bay retains a feel of the wilderness. This is partly due to… read more »

  • Porthcurno Cove // UK

    Porthcurno Cove

    Porthcurno is one of the most westerly beaches in mainland Britain, just a few miles around the coast from Land's End. This cove is stunning in so many respects; the near white sand which is made from ground up sea shells, the clear turquoise water and the rugged granite cliffs… read more »

  • Playa Paraiso // The Caribbean

    Playa Paraiso
    ©Nikymi / iStock

    Playa Paraiso is a fabulous stretch of beach where soft, powdery white sand runs parallel to a turquoise sea, all under an almost eternally clear blue sky. It is sandwiched between Playa Blanca and Playa Sirena beaches to the east and west respectively. These and a number of other top-rated… read more »

  • Agua Blanca Beach // Spain

    Agua Blanca Beach
    ©lunamarina / CanStockPhoto

    The often quiet, secluded Agua Blanca beach is a far cry from the resort towns on the south of the island. This long beach of fine sand gets its name (meaning "white water") from the white horse's that frequently crest the waves on choppy days. However, these prevailing winds that… read more »

  • Sotavento // Spain

    Sotavento
    ©Dirk Vorderstraße / CC BY

    Situated on the "Calma Costa" which runs along the south east coast of Fuerteventura is Sotavento beach. A vast tract of golden, windswept beach this stretch of coast is about one of the most remote areas on the island.

    Sotavento is a collection of beaches which together create a… read more »

  • Maspalomas Beach // Spain

    Maspalomas Beach
    ©Tono Balaguer

    Set on the southern tip of the island of Gran Canaria is a little slice of the Sahara Desert. Over the centuries the fine golden sand here has been sculpted into an extensive network of dunes extending several hundred metres back from the beach. With a landscape like this you… read more »

  • Grande Saline Beach // The Caribbean

    Grande Saline Beach

    Grande Saline beach on St Barts (or St Barths) is probably the best known on this Caribbean island for two reasons. Firstly this beach is stunning; set in a wide bay on St Bart's less developed south coast Grande Saline has everything you would expect from a Caribbean beach. There… read more »

  • Playa de Esquinzo // Spain

    Playa de Esquinzo
    ©Mário José Martins
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  • Playa del Águila // Spain

    Playa del Águila
    ©Sebastian Köttinger
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