The Best Nude Beaches around the World

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  • 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 »

  • Lady Bay Beach // Australia

    Lady Bay Beach
    ©bfdingo / CC BY

    Also known as Lady Jane Beach, this little beach is located just around the corner from Camp Cove in Watsons Bay. The beach here sits on the sheltered harbour-facing side of South Head making it and ideal spot for taking a dip, or just taking in the views across the harbour. And don't worry if you forget your cozzie, Lady Bay is also a designated nude bathing area.

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  • Washaway Beach // Australia

    Washaway Beach
    ©Doug Beckers / CC BY

    Washaway Beach faces east into Sydney Harbour with superb views across to Balmoral and the Manley Ferry coming and going. After a storm, the sand really does get washed away, exposing the rocky slab beneath! At other times it boasts a 200m stretch of sand and waves usually 0.5m or more, depending on the outside swell.

    At high tide you may have to sunbathe on the rocks. Not surprisingly, this remote beach does not have any lifeguards or amenities, but that's part of the attraction. Formerly a nudist beach, some visitors… read more »

  • Paradise Beach // Greece

    Paradise Beach
    ©Prayuth Chiarakul / 123RF

    The person who named Paradise beach was probably inspired by the soft golden sand and warm crystalline waters. Straw umbrellas and loungers adorn the waterside and there are plenty of beach-side cafes and bars. Possibly not the best family beach in the area but the nightlife is very lively.

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  • Sandy Bay // South Africa

    Sandy Bay
    ©Gary Bembridge / CC BY

    One of Cape Town's most inacessible beaches it is not entirely surprising that Sandy Bay is also Cape Town's only recognised naturist beach (although it is still unofficial). The beach is located just around the corner from upmarket Llandudno at the base of the rugged peaks of the Twelve Apostles mountains.

    Like neighbouring Llandudno, Sandy Bay is a pretty stretch of white sand strewn with huge slabs of granite. The numerous rocky outcrops here serve to divide the beach up into a number of little coves and provide and added… read more »

  • Marley Beach // Australia

    Marley Beach
    ©Philip Terry Graham

    Sometimes called Big Marley Beach, this stretch of sand sits within Royal National Park just south of Sydney. One of the largest beaches within reach of the city, its gently sloping orange-yellow sands give way to sand dunes covering an area of 130,000 square metres.

    Facing towards the southeast, Marley Beach is just under 400 metres in length, and about the same in depth. Horizontal rocks at its southern end are used as a fishing platform, while low forested hills mark its northern extent. Neither surfing or swimming are recommended by… read more »

  • Ao Sane Beach // Thailand

    Ao Sane Beach
    ©Thomas Tangelder

    If you're looking for a small sandy spot in Phuket, look no further than Ao Sane, a quiet 200m long cove tucked away and reasonably uncrowded. It is not easy to find, hence it remains something of a hidden gem.

    Although the cove is visible from the road and from Nai Harn Beach, it is only accessible by driving through the Nai Harn Resort. There are a few beach bungalows overlooking the beach. Be aware that beach parking is limited so you need to get there early in the day.

    The… read more »