The Best Nude Beaches around the World

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  • Eriks Hale // Denmark

    Eriks Hale

    The Ærø island beach of Eriks Hale is set on a narrow spit of land which juts out into the Baltic Sea. This has the effect of creating a beach with two very different coasts. To one side the Baltic Sea crashes against the sand, whilst to the back of the beach you have the sheltered lagoon of "Lille Hav" and the marina beyond. The calm waters here are ideal for taking a dip

    You'll find practically nothing here in the way of amenities, and that's the way it's intended. When… read more »

  • St George Island State Park // USA

    St George Island State Park
    ©Todd Van Hoosear

    St George Island State Park is on a barrier island off the western coast of Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. The sand is white and soft, and it stretches endlessly along the turquoise waters of the Gulf coast. This is a wonderfully wild place where you watch the most amazing sunsets and then see the stars as they brighten up the nighttime sky.

    During the day, you can enjoy long walks on the beach, collecting shells, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and more. This is a hotspot for nature and if… read more »

  • Seven Mile Beach // The Caribbean

    Seven Mile Beach
    ©Chee-Onn Leong / 123RF

    When you get to the holiday town of Negril, you have also reached the western-most point of tropical Jamaica. No need to worry though, because, apart from a staggering choice of accommodation options, Negril has some of the most stunning beaches anywhere on the planet, and Seven Mile Beach is right up there with the best. As its name suggests, Seven Mile offers plenty of space and you can keep walking until you find the ideal spot to settle for the day.

    Seven Mile Beach is at the northern periphery… 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 is fine, golden-white sand, the water is brilliant aquamarine and to top it off the beach has a secluded feel where crowds are rare. This bay exudes natural beauty and has thankfully been left largely undeveloped although there are a… read more »

  • Little Palm Beach // New Zealand

    Little Palm Beach

    Little Palm beach sits next door to Palm beach in a relatively sheltered bay on Waiheke Island's north coast. It is yet another of the island's pristine beaches with a white sandy shoreline facing into clear blue sparkling waters.

    What makes Little Palm well known amongst a plethora of other beautiful beaches of Waiheke Island is its reputation as a naturist beach - in fact it is often referred to locally as "Nudey beach". At Little Palm you will find clothing is strictly optional, so do as you please.… read more »

  • Onetangi Beach // New Zealand

    Onetangi Beach
    ©trakesht / CC BY

    At nearly 2 km (1.2 miles) long, the north-facing Onetangi Beach is the longest on Waiheke Island. The local have taken full advantage of this fact and the beach has been home to the Onetangi Beach Horse Races for many years.

    Other activities the beach is well known for include the annual sandcastle-building contests; the soft sand, which is free from shells, is particularly suitable for the creation of some epic sand sculptures.

    As with nearby Little Palm beach, the western end of Onetangi (which is inaccessible at high… read more »

  • Obelisk Beach // Australia

    Obelisk Beach
    ©Ernest McGray, Jr. / CC BY

    Situated within the greenery of Sydney Harbour National Park is a secluded, pretty little sandy cove. Obelisk Beach is tucked away behind Middle Head, only a stone's throw from Mosman and neighbouring Balmoral Beach. However, this hidden beach feels a world apart being sufficiently off the beaten track to rarely attract a crowd.

    Getting to Obelisk beach involves at least some walking including a long set of steps. It is probably because of its relative obscurity that the the cove is one only a handful of legal naturist beaches in… read more »

  • Wreck Beach // Canada

    Wreck Beach
    ©Colin Knowles / CC BY

    Located in Vancouver, BC Wreck Beach is a 7.8 km long nudist beach, making it the largest naturist beach in North America.

    Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the beach wraps around the western tip of Point Grey Headland and is fairly easy to access down one of the steep trails with wooden stairs (about 500!) from Marine Drive. There's a car park (fee) and toilets at the head of Trail 6 on the campus and free street parking on Marine Drive.

    Threatened with development, pollution, erosion and deforestation, in… read more »

  • Playa de Esquinzo // Spain

    Playa de Esquinzo
    ©Iván Hernández Cazorla

    Not to be confused with the beach of a similar name in Fuerteventura's south, Playa de Esquinzo is a relatively remote stretch of soft golden sand on the northwest coast, six kilometres from El Cotillo. It lies within a small horseshoe shaped bay at the end of a gravel road and beyond a footpath leading from the car park down the dark cliffs to the waves.

    Roughly 300 metres long by 30 metres deep at its widest point, Playa de Esquinzo is rarely crowded. Occupying the mouth of a dry riverbed,… read more »

  • Playa Del Matorral // Spain

    Playa Del Matorral
    ©Dirk Vorderstraße

    Curving around the southernmost point of the island, the three-kilometre-long Playa del Matorral can be roughly split into two equal parts. Its rich golden sands have been awarded Blue Flag status for cleanliness time and time again over the years, while the waves that come ashore are also normally calm.

    The section closest to the city of Morro Jable is where you'll find the majority of hotels, as well as most of the beach's onsite facilities. It makes this part of Playa del Matorral a popular getaway for families with young… read more »

  • Playa de Benijo // Spain

    Playa de Benijo

    Forming a part of Parque Rural de Anaga, Playa de Benijo lies on Tenerife's northern coast close to the island's easternmost point. It runs without break into the neighbouring beach of Playa de Fabin although its widest point sits at the base of the curve of the bay.

    Because of its location within the reserve, Playa de Benijo is one for lovers of nature and narrow mountain roads. Views include those of the Roques de Anaga formations, although to absorb them you'll need to tackle a short, stepped path.

    Playa de… read more »

  • Playa del Águila // Spain

    Playa del Águila
    ©Sebastian Köttinger

    A wild and relatively wind-swept section of Fuerteventura's northwest coast, Playa del Águila also goes by the name of Playa de la Escalera, or Stairs Beach. A beach for a romantic sunset stroll rather than family day out, its orange-gold sands are backed by high sheer cliffs and lack any kind of facilities.

    To reach it, visitors must travel a short distance along an unsurfaced road before tackling a set of steps widely accepted to be in need of renovation. Tranquil as a result, Playa del Águila is a stunning place… read more »

  • Secret Beach // USA

    Secret Beach

    The western end of Kauapea Beach is known as Secret Beach or just "Secrets" by locals. At high tide these two neighbouring sandy coves are separated by a rocky outcrop.

    Secret Beach is a frequent feature on lists of Hawaii's best beaches, and its golden sands, secluded location and scenic outlook to Moku’ae’ae Island make it a real gem.

    Backed by steep cliffs covered in lush vegetation, the only way to reach Secrets is down a steep unmarked trail, maintaining its hidden status. You need to carry everything down… read more »

  • Kauapea Beach // USA

    Kauapea Beach

    Hugging the northern shoreline of Kauai between Kalihiwai Beach and Kilauea Point, Kauapea Beach merges as one with Secret Beach at low tide. The golden sands are quite large by Kauai standards, stretching for half a mile or so with black lava rocks dotted here and there sheltered by tree and vegetation covered cliffs.

    The beach is accessed down a steep unmarked trail, maintaining its seclusion and, of course, amenities are nil. Watch out, as in wet weather the path can be slick and dangerous to descend. Although the… read more »

  • Lucy Vincent Beach // USA

    Lucy Vincent Beach
    ©N. Friedler

    Located near Chilmark on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Lucy Vincent beach is a beautiful stretch of golden sand that runs along the Atlantic coast. Sadly, unless you are a resident or renting a house in town, you cannot access this beach from June 1 through September 15. Beach passes are required during that time.

    The beach was originally owned by the town librarian, Lucy Vincent, and upon her death in 1970, her heirs worked out a deal with buyers that the town could have the beach and access to… read more »