The Best Nude Beaches around the World
- Miami South Beach, USA
- Playa de Ses Illetes, Spain
- Baker Beach, USA
- El Cofete Beach, Spain
- Maspalomas Beach, Spain
- Holkham Beach, UK
- Agiofarago Beach, Greece
- Alexandria Bay, Australia
- Playa de Las Conchas, Spain
- Playa de la Tejita, Spain
- Moshup Beach, USA
- Preveli Beach, Greece
- Ågesta Nudist Beach, Sweden
- Bonny Doon Beach, USA
- Collins Beach, USA
- Map of beaches
South Beach is perhaps the ultimate urban beach. It has it all; history, style, quirkiness, class and as much partying as you want, not to mention a vast swathe of white sand beach bordering clear blue ocean. This is where the beautiful and rich come to play in the sunshine before hitting the nightlife of Ocean Drive after dark. South beach is brash, colorful and even a little crazy - but this is part of the attraction. One day it can be a Caribbean carnival, the next there's a polo… read more »
Located just a stones throw away from the party island of Ibiza is the small island of Formentera. Despite its proximity Formentera can only be reached by boat and feels like a different world. There are several beautiful beaches around this unspoilt island but the Playa de Ses Illetes is the best of the bunch with its fine white sand and crystal clear turquoise waters.
The beaches name comes from the six islets which lie just off the coast providing additional protection from the Mediterranean waves.
The sand on Playa de… read more »
Situated between San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge to the north, Baker Beach is a flat, wide expanse of golden sand approximately 800 metres in length.
In the city's Presidio area, its natural vistas are improved by views of the entirety of the Golden Gate Bridge on all but the foggiest of days. Within Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it also boasts a coastal trail that leads up onto the cliffs that overlook it, and a huge gun called Battery Chamberlin which was installed in 1904 and lies just… read more »
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 continues for as far as the eye can see. Directly behind the beach the dramatic mountains of Jandia rise hundreds of metres, there faces carved by thousands of years of harsh, dry winds. Set near the foot of the great… read more »
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 won't be surprised to know it hardly ever rains and the temperature rarely dips below a balmy 20°C (68°F). And just to really ram home the point about the desert-like dunes you can take a camel ride.
OK, so there's… read more »
Holkham beach is widely regarded as the finest beach in Norfolk, and by some the UK. In fact a recent survey amongst travel editors and writers put Holkham beach right at the top of the list. Whilst I don't agree with this result, it is still a very fine beach.
The beach at Holkham is a great expanse of fine golden white sand which stretches off in every direction. For England there is a rare feeling of massive space and wilderness. This is probably what inspired the director of the… read more »
Agiofarago Beach sits at the foot of the Agiofarago Gorge, which you will need to traverse in order to reach the beach. This is an experience in itself as you hike through the vertical walls of rock. You will also pass by a number of caves where hermits from the Odigitria monastery still live today. There is also a small chapel of St Anthony there and the area in general is one of the most religiously significant locations in Crete.
When you reach the mouth of the gorge, you will be… read more »
On the opposite side of Noosa Head's famous headland, Alexandria Bay is a quieter location for soaking up the tranquility and rays on this golden sandy beach. The only way in is on foot, either from Noosa Heads (3.5km through the Noosa National Park) or 20 minutes on foot from McAnally Drive on Sunshine Beach (1.3km).
Away from the crowds on Noosa Main Beach, its remoteness does attract nudists, albeit unofficially. Known locally as "A-Bay" you can also enjoy a walk all around Noosa National Park taking in… read more »
Playa de las Conchas lies on the northwest coast of the little island of La Graciosa, five kilometres along a gravel road from the ferry departure point back to Lanzarote. Its almost white sand stretches for 600 metres beside shallows the colour of turquoise. Reaching a maximum width of around 100 metres, Playa de las Conchas is surrounded by the red-tinted foothills of the volcano Montana Bermeja.
Meaning "mussel beach" because of the shells you'll find here, Playa de las Conchas is pristine, and has few facilities. While a stunning place… read more »
Southward facing, Playa de la Tejita is located immediately to the west of the hill called Montana Rosa, a short distance from Tenerife Sud International Airport. One of the island's clothing optional beaches, the dark coloured sands run for around a kilometre, giving plenty of options for seclusion for those looking to go au naturel. Away from the tide line it is edged by shingle.
At the furthest point from the summit of Montana Rosa are a block of sun loungers and their accompanying umbrellas, as well as a small kiosk… read more »
Located on the exclusive barrier island of Martha's Vineyard, Moshup Beach aka Aquinnah Public Beach is a gem. It's also known as Gay Head or referred to by locals as "the cliffs beach" as that's what it is.
The cliffs are multicolored providing a stunning and dramatic backdrop to the beach. These cliffs are so special they are a National Landmark and are owned and protected by the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah. The colors range from orange, red and mustard yellow to dark purple and were once beneath the ocean.
Many of… read more »
Preveli Beach is possibly the most famous of Crete's beaches. Situated at the mouth of the Kourtaliotiko Gorge, this is where the Grand River flows into the Mediterranean. It has a tropical landscape with a number of Theophrastus palm trees which line the river for around 500 meters before it empties into the sea.
The beach itself is a small crescent flanked by cliffs with the lush green of the gorge behind. The shallow river runs across the beach, emptying in the far western corner and whilst the sand is… read more »
Sweden is well-known for its relaxed attitude to nudity, but this doesn't mean you can just get naked anywhere you please. But if you are looking for somewhere to go clothes-free Sweden has around 70 naturist beaches, including the wonderful Ågesta beach just outside of Stockholm.
Ågesta nude beach is an officially designated beach and is maintained by the Eos Naturist Association (Naturistföreningen EOS). This means that not only is the beach well looked after, with good basic facilities, but that there are certain rules which visitors should adhere… read more »
Pretty Bonny Doon Beach is a gorgeous sandy cove backed by high cliffs and flower-covered slopes creating a natural amphitheatre.
Situated just off the Cabrillo Highway near Bonny Doon Road in Santa Cruz, it is part of Coast Dairies State Park with free parking but no facilities. The paved parking lot is open 8am to sunset but it quickly fills up. Beach access involves walking across the railroad tracks and down one of the steep and slippery trails.
Bonny Doon Beach is a well-known clothing-optional area and naturists are… read more »
Collins Beach is a rare thing - not an ocean beach but a river one. It is located on the eastern side of Sauvie Island, on the border between Oregon and Washington state, with sands that disappear beneath the waters of the Columbia River.
Approximately 1.5 kilometres in length, it is also worth noting that Collins Beach is in part a clothing optional beach, one of just two beaches in the state where this is a possibility - legally anyway. Despite this, Collins Beach can be quite busy on summer days.
One… read more »