The Best Nude Beaches around the World

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  • Bonny Doon Beach // USA

    Bonny Doon Beach
    ©Nick Amoscato

    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 »

  • Praia da Galheta // Brazil

    Praia da Galheta
    ©Papa Pic

    The arched white sands of Praia da Galheta can be found roughly 20 kilometres from the centre of Florianopolis on Santa Catarina island. Hidden from the road by a ridge of steep hills covered in foliage and wild orchids, its fine sands are accessed via a short trail that leads from the northern end of Praia Mole.

    One of the areas more natural beaches, without restaurants or other facilities, Praia da Galheta is approximately one kilometre in length. Its gentle shoreline waves are popular with naturists, although nudism is not… read more »

  • Collins Beach // USA

    Collins Beach
    ©Just Me BN

    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 »

  • Olho de Boi // Brazil

    Olho de Boi
    ©Rodrigo Soldon

    Positioned on the western side of a tiny cove shaped like a "V", Olho de Boi is an official nudist beach on a promontory of land outside of the resort town of Armação dos Búzois. It is accessible only by water taxi or on foot via a jungle path of around 1.5 kilometres (1 mile) in length. The name of the beach translates literally to 'eye of the bull', which comes from the small red seeds that can be found on its sand.

    Its short extent of pale sand is… read more »

  • Swanbourne Beach // Australia

    Swanbourne Beach
    ©Mark Pegrum

    Located roughly 20 minutes from Perth by road, Swanbourne North Beach is part of a long ribbon of soft white sand which stretches for 12 kilometres.

    One of only two officially-recognised nudist beaches in the Perth area, this clothing-optional section of the larger Swanbourne Beach can be found around 300 m north of the car park, where dunes 10-20 m high begin to form. The dunes are fenced off to protect the local flora and fauna. The start of the clothing-optional area is well-signposted.

    Also known as "no man's land", Swanbourne North… read more »

  • Jacob Riis Park Beach // USA

    Jacob Riis Park Beach
    ©Steven Pisano

    Jacob Riis Park Beach makes up the westernmost part of the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. Named after the social journalist who urged the city authorities to purchase the land to create a public park and beach, its long length of sand is dotted with original art deco structures from the 1920s and 30s, including the bathhouse (bath pavilion).

    The beach's northern end is paralleled by a 140 foot wide concrete boardwalk where the historic Wise Clock stands. Its length is subdivided into a series of bays distinguished by breakwaters of wood,… read more »

  • Samurai Beach // Australia

    Samurai Beach

    A subsection of One Mile Beach where nude bathing is officially permitted, the clean sands of Samurai Beach lies in Tomaree National Park north of Newcastle. It is mainly used by older naturists.

    Situated close to the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary, it can be reached via an unsurfaced track, necessitating the use of a four-wheel drive vehicle.

    A beautiful stretch of secluded coastline backed by dunes, Samurai Beach has its own campground, although there are no facilities such as toilets or showers. It requires no permit to drive along,… read more »

  • Warnbro Beach // Australia

    Warnbro Beach

    The white sands of Warnbro Beach arc for almost the entire 8.5 kilometre length of its bay. Pointing west towards The Sisters tree-topped offshore rocks, it lies on the Indian Ocean coast of Western Australia in the southern Port Kennedy suburb of Perth.

    A dog-friendly beach, there is a 900 metre section about midway which has also been designated a "Free Beach", making it one of just six officially-sanctioned nudist beaches in the state. This takes the separate name of Port Kennedy Nudist Beach, although it is one continuous… 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 sun-beds, much of the beach still retains a relatively wild feel and is largely unspoilt. 

    The southern end of the beach is a popular spot for naturists.

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  • Sinemorets // Bulgaria

    ©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 the mouth of the Veleka River as it empties into the Black Sea. This creates a beautiful beach with the sea to one side and a lagoon behind.

    Until the 1990s this area was off limits to outsiders with… 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 being owned by the National Trust with the extensive sand dunes and heathland to the rear of the beach being a protected nature reserve.

    The area at the southern end of the Shell Bay is a designated naturist beach. Attracting a… read more »

  • Pampelonne Beach // France

    Pampelonne Beach
    ©Daniel Kaesler

    In the playground for the rich and famous that is Saint Tropez, it is Pampelonne Beach that has been at the centre of this glamorous scene since the 1950s. This stretch of coast was made famous by Brigitte Bardot in when she appeared in a gingham bikini on Tahiti beach in the 1956 film "And God Created Woman". In the years that followed the dress code became even more casual with many considering this to be where topless sunbathing became mainstream. However, Pampelonne was on the map a… read more »

  • Haulover Beach // USA

    Haulover Beach

    White sand, clear turquoise sea - nothing unusual there for a Florida beach. Oh, and clothes are optional! That's right, the northern third of Haulover is an officially sanctioned nude beach.
    But there is more to Haulover beach than getting naked - this beach has a fantastic array of amenities and things to do making it one of the best family beaches in the Miami area. Along with acres of picnic area, a concession stand, showers and plenty of restrooms there is a tennis center, golf course and… read more »

  • Sotavento // Spain

    ©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 virtually unbroken stretch of sand from Playa Barca right down to Morro Jable on the southern tip. That's 25 km of beach! With this much beach no one is going to complain if you take all your clothes off, or… read more »

  • Allans Beach // New Zealand

    Allans Beach
    ©Tomas Sobek / CC BY

    Allans Beach is set among the lush rolling hills of the on the Otago Peninsula, on New Zealand's South Island. It consists of a kilometre long spit of fine white sand which separates the shallow waters of Hoopers Inlet from the Pacific Ocean.

    The beach here is something of a haven for wildlife; at the northern end there is a small sea lion colony, whilst the other end is home to a number of yellow-eyed penguins.

    As you would expect from virtually any of New Zealand's beaches the surf here… read more »