The Best Nude Beaches around the World

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  • Kata Beach // Thailand

    Kata Beach
    ©Jacek Lesniowski

    Kata Beach is a laid-back sandy crescent stretching for around 1km along the southwest coast of Phuket. Although it can be busy, it is nowhere near as crowded as Patong. It has a more local "villagey" atmosphere making it popular with families and couples looking for a relaxing place to spend the day. It's also known as Kata Bay or Kata Yai.

    Protruding tree-covered headlands separate it from Karon beach to the north and Kata Noi Beach further south. Soft golden sand is edged with blue waters… read more »

  • Karon Beach // Thailand

    Karon Beach

    Karon Beach is popular and busy but still manages to deliver that feeling of paradise on earth when you visit. The 3-mile long beach has powder-soft white sand lapped by clear blue waters edged with white waves.

    It’s a popular scene with artists who often sit at their easels and recreate the view. The beach is also home to a beautiful temple known locally as Wat Suwan Khiri Ket. The entrance has two carved snakes guarding it and the central hall includes a rare black statue of a Buddha.

    From… read more »

  • Spiaggia di Piscinas // Italy

    Spiaggia di Piscinas
    ©Olaf Tausch

    There is something ironic about a beach known as "Sardinia's desert" is set in the Costa Verde (Green Coast) on the island's west coast. Despite this the name is apt as this wide sandy beach is equally deep and backed by dunes reaching up to 60 metres high. Created by the relentless Mistral wind which blows off the Mediterranean, Spiaggia di Piscinas' dunes are dotted with equally sculpted juniper bushes and macchia. During the Spring flowers such as violacciocca, the sea lily and the sand poppies improbably bloom amongst the… read more »

  • Agios Prokopios Beach // Greece

    Agios Prokopios Beach

    Voted the third best beach in Greece, and ranking in the top ten of a Europe-wide poll, Agios Prokopios beach remains one of the most popular beaches on the island of Naxos as much for its innate beauty as for its proximity to the island's main town of Chora (Naxos town) and the ferry port.

    Just a short drive, bus ride, cycle or stroll from Naxos town, Agios Prokopios beach is one of three on Naxos that holds a Blue Flag award for the purity of its waters, which drift between… read more »

  • Huk Beach // Norway

    Huk Beach
    ©Grzegorz Wysocki

    The small, but pretty beach of Huk sits towards the end of the Bygdøy peninsula, just to the west of Norway's capital, Oslo. Backed by parkland this is one of the best, and most popular beaches within easy striking distance (5 km) of the city; therefore don't be surprised that it gets a little busy during the summer.

    Huk is divided into two beaches, with a small inlet separating them. The eastern beach is somewhat larger, while the smaller beach to the west is a naturist beach. Both are backed by… read more »

  • Little Beach // USA

    Little Beach

    Little Beach is so called, not only because it is fairly small, but because it is next door to the longest beach on Maui's south coast - Big Beach. Both are beautiful stretches of golden sand backed by the near-pristine tropical greenery of Makena State Park, it's just the scale is different... well mostly that.

    Perhaps what Little Beach is most famous for is the fact it is Maui's best-known clothes optional beach. But, I hear you say, public nudity is still illegal in Hawaii. This is true, but no… read more »

  • Cala Escorxada // Spain

    Cala Escorxada

    You would expect a beach this beautiful to get pretty busy in the summer, but this is not the case with the exquisite little cove of Cala Escorxada. It is just that bit too far off the beaten track for its pristine white sands and clear blue waters to ever get crowded.

    If you don't have a boat getting to Cala Escorxada involves at least an hour's walk from the nearest road access. Given that when you arrive at the beach there are no facilities it really is one for only… read more »

  • Cala Mesquida // Spain

    Cala Mesquida

    Located on a remote stretch of the rugged north-eastern coast of Mallorca is an oasis of beautiful soft, white sand lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters. The beach of Cala Mesquida is a true gem with the perfect balance of a stunning setting and all the facilities you'll need for a family day at the beach.

    The beach of Cala Mesquida is set in a small bay with a backdrop of sand dunes which extend far back before giving way to pine forest. The dunes can be crossed by means of a… read more »

  • Es Trenc Beach // Spain

    Es Trenc Beach

    Set in the far south of Mallorca, Es Trenc is a large stretch of unspoilt white sand with clear turquoise waters reminiscent of the Caribbean. Despite its remote, wild character this is still one of the best-known beaches on Mallorca and is popular with locals and visitors alike.

    Es Trenc is a great family beach as the water is shallow and tends to be calm. There are lifeguards towards the middle of the beach too. Facilities are quite basic, with a couple of "chiringuitos" (Mallorcan beach cafes) but beyond this you… read more »

  • San Gregorio State Beach // USA

    San Gregorio State Beach
    ©Nathan Siemers

    Close to Silicon Valley in the South Bay Area, San Gregorio State Beach is a popular beach with a large car park and good amenities. Located on a wild stretch of the California coast this is a great place for picnics, birdwatching, beach activities, walking, hunting for fossils and exploring the trails.

    Accessed from La Honda Road and Cabrillo Hwy, you will find restrooms, picnic tables and barbecues. There is a fee for parking and dogs are not permitted on the beach.

    The beach is divided by the San Gregorio Creek as… read more »

  • Black's Beach // USA

    Black's Beach
    ©Raquel Baranow

    Situated on the beautiful California coastline north of San Diego, Black's Beach is north of La Jolla at Torrey Pines, just below the famous golf course of the same name. The name Black's Beach comes from the horse farm in the area that was once owned by the Black family.

    A little off-the-beaten-track, the beach is accessed down a steep sandy trail from the Gliderport Parking Area. It can be tricky if you're carrying a lot of beach gear but there are very few facilities on the beach apart from restrooms… read more »

  • Playa Puerto Angelito // Mexico

    Playa Puerto Angelito
    ©Adam Jones

    Located in the popular beach destination of Oaxaca, Playa Puerto Angelito is a small family-friendly beach just to the west of Manzanillo Beach. Together these adjacent beaches stretch for about 120 metres.

    Both these attractive beaches curve around the bay and have beautiful white sand, clear aquamarine waters and rocks at either end, but Puerto Angelito is busier with fishermen pulling up their boats and fixing their nets. You can approach them and join them on a boat trip in search of dolphins and turtles which are very common in… read more »

  • Glyfada Beach // Greece

    Glyfada Beach

    One of Corfu's longer runs of beach, Glyfada Beach can be found on the island's west coast. Here low dunes and grasses slip down towards the sea before being halted in their progress by a depth of beautiful flat golden sand – a relatively rare occurrence on Corfu's shingle-strewn beaches.

    Generally attracting a younger crowd, it can be quite noisy and is not a beach to head to if searching for a secluded escape. However, a shallow entry into the Blue Flag certified waters means Glyfada Beach is also rightly popular… read more »

  • Maslin Beach // Australia

    Maslin Beach
    ©Michael Coghlan

    Forming part of suburban Adelaide, Maslin Beach (or Maslins) is located in the City of Onkaparinga local government area of the city. Most of the beach lies within a special recreation reserve. This incorporates the curving sand of the beach, together with the low grassy dunes and bare sedimentary cliffs which line it. Its southern end became Australia's first official nudist beach right back in 1975.

    Not only is Maslin Beach one of the oldest nude beaches in Australia, it is also one of the most famous, for Maslin… read more »

  • Seven Mile Beach // Australia

    Seven Mile Beach
    ©Peter Jones / CC BY

    There's no real need to guess the length of Seven Mile Beach, although there may have been some rounding error! Situated between Nowra and Kiama, the beach comes in at 12 kilometres (7.8 miles) long. Backed almost exclusively by uninterrupted littoral forest with eucalyptus (gum) trees, it is encompassed into Seven Mile Beach National Park.

    Its long ribbon of pale sand gets wider and narrow due to the prevailing ocean currents, while slightly inland there are some excellent walking opportunities along partially-shaded tracks.

    Barbecues can be enjoyed at the Beach Road picnic… read more »