We’ve never been on a clothing-optional vacation. What’s it like?
A clothing optional vacation is just like your other vacations – with one major exception – you don’t have to wear clothes. A growing number of people are enjoying these types of vacations and a growing number of first class resorts are offering the option to go topless or nude.
Clothing-Optional or Nude recreation has been the norm in Europe for many years, and while a bit slow to “catch on” in the US proper, it is becoming very popular, especially in Caribbean destinations catering to American tourists.
It’s not at all unusual for the first timer to be a little nervous getting started, but once they get out of their clothes, any nervousness quickly disappears.
There are two pretty good methods of going about getting “nekkid” for the first time.
1. A lot of first timers will choose destinations that are clothing optional for their first trip. Optional means exactly what it implies – you can choose to go with or without your bathing suit. Many of the finer resorts like the Grand Lido’s in Jamaica all have clothing optional beaches. This way you can work out of your suit a bit more slowly until you are comfortable.
2. Just jump right in and “Go for it”. If you have already made the decision to go to a clothing optional or nude beach you have already passed the biggest hurdle. When you get there, head out to the nude beach or pool, and quickly strip all the way out of your clothing, just like you have been doing it all of you life. Remember… All those other people are “nekked” too… so it’s not a big thing for them to see you in your birthday suit.
What are the people like?
Just like you and me! In our travels to clothing optional or nude destinations we have met all types of folks including businessmen, entrepreneurs, secretaries, doctors, professionals, office & factory workers alike. The great thing about going to a clothing optional destination is that everybody is the same. Any pretensions of class or position are usually quickly lost and everybody seems to fit together and socialize together.
My body is far from perfect. Won’t I be embarrassed?
If you’re going to a nude beach expecting to see a nude version of “Baywatch” you’re likely to be disappointed or relieved as the case may be. One quick look around a nude beach and you will soon realize that as we mentioned before, most everyone is just like you and me. You see bodies of all types, shapes and sizes – tall, short, calorically challenged (thin), calorically endowed (um… opposite of thin), black, white, brown and everything in between. Not wearing clothes is nothing to be embarrassed about.
Wayne, our webmaster, relates his observations about some of his visits to resorts that have both “textile” and “nude” beaches. He finds that the people on the “clothed” sections of the beaches always seem to be MUCH more body conscious than on the nude beach. Always tugging and adjusting suits so they look just right, while the folks on the nude beach are relaxed and comfortable. We have noticed exactly the same thing.
Source: Nudist Society
Original publication 7 February, 2013
Posted on NatCorn 3rd August 2021
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