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My Favorite Nude Beach in the World

The beach itself is beautiful, but what makes it remarkable are the demographics it attracts and the liberating sensation unique to this place.

It was another Sunday morning on Balmins Beach. A group of naked old men were gathered in a circle, one of them holding hands with his unclothed 5-year-old granddaughter. The old guys were chatting and chuckling, oblivious to the fact that the little girl’s eye line was located at a pretty interesting angle.

“Oh my God,” drawled my visiting American friend, a New York assistant district attorney. “That’s a crime scene right there…”

Courtesy of Barcelona Tourism
Courtesy of Barcelona Tourism

In the U.S., maybe, but here in Catalonia, Spain, being publicly naked on a beach is still the ultimate sign of liberty. On Balmins Beach in the cosmopolitan town of Sitges, famous for its association with Picasso and Dali and the jet set of the 1960s, the right to be naked and proud is as deeply ingrained as the insistence on speaking Catalan or the unspoken pressure to eat a weird kind of barbecued leek called calçots on Sundays in the winter.

But even by the standards of Catalan nudist beaches, Balmins, 30 minutes south of Barcelona by car, boasts a demographic unparalleled by any other nudist beach I’ve ever been to. Calçots eaten with the traditional almond and red pepper Romesco sauce is actually a great combination, but the reason I bought an apartment in Sitges 17 years ago is Balmins Beach with its utopian mix of gay men, Catalan bourgeoisie, and senior citizens and their grandchildren.

They all co-exist in a fascinating way that reaches its apotheosis on weekend mornings when imperious Catalan couples are out in force with their pristine sun loungers and their copies of La Vanguardia. As they liberate bosoms from bras and buttocks from underpants, they hardly notice the gay men with expensive cock jewelry strutting along the shore. The gays will, however, respectfully defer their frolicking when they pass groups of au naturel women of a certain age, ample legs planted confidently in the surf discussing the latest Spanish royal family scandal or the best way of cooking cuttlefish and potato stew.

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Source: The Daily Beast

Original publication 10.10.19

Posted on NatCorn 2 weeks ago

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Naked run organisers in northern France ‘overwhelmed’ by interest
Organisers of a naked 6km running race have had to impose entry limits after being overwhelmed with the level of interest in their event.

The Hauts-de-France Naturistes group were astonished when a post promoting the first ever nude run in Berck-sur-Mer in the Pas-de-Calais département was viewed 600,000 times on Facebook.

The post, featuring a stylised drawing of naked runners, asked viewers: “Do you like to run naked or have you always dreamed of doing it? Come and join us on Sunday, September 22th on the naturist beach of Berck.”

The 6km beach run is organised by a local naturist organisation.
The 6km beach run is organised by a local naturist organisation. AFP

“We didn’t think we would arouse such interest,” says Philippe Lehembre, president of the Hauts-de-France Naturistes.

“It’s true that this is the first time we’ve organised a race, but we do activities all year round,” he told Le Parisien.

In fact local officials became so worried about the potential size of the event that the group was forced to apply for a permit and limit numbers for the race – which consists of two laps around a 3km circuit on the beach – to 60.

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Source: The Local

Original publication 5 September 2019

Posted on NatCorn 18th September 2019

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7 nudist beaches just a short drive from Somerset
Time to change into your birthday suit

Unfortunately for local naturists, Somerset is somewhat lacking in nudist beaches.

However, for those who enjoy total freedom on the coast, there are several options a short drive from the county.

The law is slightly patchy surrounding nudist beaches, according to The Beach Guide, but as long as one does not ‘harass, alarm or distress’ others, then it is perfectly legal.

There are several nudist beaches just a short drive from Somerset
There are several nudist beaches just a short drive from Somerset Getty

As we reach the end of summer, this could be the last opportunity for nudists to make the most of the sunny weather.

Here are seven nudist-friendly beaches just a short drive from Somerset.

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Source: SomersetLive

Original publication 24 AUG 2019

Posted on NatCorn 8th September 2019

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No clothes? No problem for visitors at ‘naturist’ camp in Croatia

As an early pioneer of nudism, Croatia’s idyllic Adriatic coast has a long and storied history of people stripping down to swim and commune with their surroundings in the naturist tradition. But as the once wildly popular trend struggles to attract new followers, devotees are grappling with how to harness Croatia’s booming tourism industry to revive the glory days.

“For me, naturism is freedom,” says Dusan Salomon, a Slovenian who has been visiting Croatia’s largest naturist camp with his wife for nearly 50 years.

A tourist enters the water at the Kanegra naturist campsite, near Umag, in northern Croatia
A tourist enters the water at the Kanegra naturist campsite, near Umag, in northern Croatia

The 65-year-old man, who lives in Germany, also jokes that it is a frugal style of vacationing since they save money on swimsuits.

“Everyone feels more free (here), one is what one is,” adds his wife Katarina, sitting in the shade next to their trailer.

The couple consider themselves lucky to have a daughter and 20-year-old grandson who also join them for summers at Koversada, the sprawling naturist complex based around an islet off Croatia’s northwestern Istria peninsula.

By and large, the camp clientele is aged over 40.

“For younger generations, naturism is simply not sufficiently attractive, as it was to their parents,” says Nenad Skuflic, camping manager of Adris Group, which runs Koversada.

At the camp, whose pine forested grounds spread out over some 100ha, guests are generally naked as they stroll around, play sports or ride bicycles outdoors.

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Source: Star2

Original publication AUGUST 20, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 3rd September 2019

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NAKED THEFT Barcelona now so ravaged by tourist muggings that cops are giving out robbery ‘survival kits’ to victims on the beach
BARCELONA has become so besieged by tourist thefts that police are handing out survival kits to beachgoers who have their clothes pinched while taking a dip in the sea.

The initiative is particularly appreciated by nudists visiting the beaches of Sant Sebastia or Mar Bella, according to reports.

The Urban Guard of Barcelona is looking after victims of theft by giving them bags containing four practical items – flip flops, a T-shirt provided by Barcelona City Council, trousers and a one-way Barcelona Metro ticket.

El Pais reports that the “theft kit” is especially designed for holidaymakers returning to their belongings on the beach after a swim, only to find their gear has been swiped.

Cops in Barcelona have special kits to hand out to holidaymakers targeted by criminals on the beaches
Cops in Barcelona have special kits to hand out to holidaymakers targeted by criminals on the beaches GUÀRDIA URBANA

Since the holiday season began, cops have handed out 174 kits between May 27 and August 21.

This is a rise from three years ago, when 120 were provided from May to September.

The jump echoes a rise in reported crime in the resort location, with deputy mayor Albert Batlle saying there’s a “security crisis”, including at its crowded beaches.

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Source: The Sun

Original publication 26 Aug 2019

Posted on NatCorn 30th August 2019

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We spent a day in Sandy Hook at NJ’s only nude beach. Here’s what to expect if you go

“Nude bathers may be present on beach” warned a sign near the packed parking area of Gunnison beach — a strip of sand and sea in the Gateway National Recreation Area separated from other Sandy Hook beach-loungers by grassy dunes.

The presence of nude bathers is the only reason my friend and I drove an hour and 15 minutes to Gunnison beach — the only legal, clothing-optional beach in New Jersey, a destination for naturists (another word for nudists) along the Northeast coast.

A sign in the parking lot warns people that nude bathers will most likely be seen on the beach.
A sign in the parking lot warns people that nude bathers will most likely be seen on the beach. Rebecca King

An impressive mini-plaza with outdoor showers, bathrooms and two food trucks welcomed us. Those trekking in were still clothed, lugging beach chairs and towels.

As the dunes gave way to the shoreline, everything looked like a typical beach. But soon, flesh-toned forms came into focus. Some were as naked as the day they were born. Some were wearing bottoms, no tops; some tops, no bottoms. Very few were completely covered by bathing suits.

The crowd was as diverse as the colorful umbrellas that poked out of the sand — folks of all ages, skin tones, shapes and sizes were sleeping, swimming, playing volleyball.

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Source: North Jersey Record

Original publication Aug 13, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 29th August 2019

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How a beach becomes nude, and why people like getting naked in public
Walk along the coastline of Waiheke Island and you may stumble upon a nude beach. But who decides if a beach is nude or not, and why do people like getting naked in winter?

Take a walk along the coast of Waiheke Island and you’re likely to find fat kererū on sagging branches, classic fish n’ chip shops and nudists.

They pop up out of the woods without warning. Crisscross around the beach boulders, or over the spiked black rocks and there you have it: Nudity and a kererū on the sea shore.

Waiheke Island's Little Palm Beach is one of the many nudist-friendly beaches around New Zealand.
Waiheke Island’s Little Palm Beach is one of the many nudist-friendly beaches around New Zealand.

Even in the middle of winter, when the clothed beaches remain almost empty and people steer clear of the Hauraki waters, you will still find a few bare bottoms on Waiheke’s Little Palm Beach.

There was news, recently, saying nude beaches were becoming less popular worldwide – but New Zealand appears to be bucking that trend

For instance, the Auckland Outdoor Naturist Club is getting ready to celebrate its 70th anniversary in a few weeks.

The club, which owns its own retreat in the forests of Ranui out in West Auckland, includes more than 200 paid members who enjoy being free of clothing.

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Source: Stuff

Original publication Aug 11 2019

Posted on NatCorn 25th August 2019

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Argus reporter puts on his birthday suit for Brighton nudist beach anniversary
“SOCKS on or off?” I holler through high winds to the photographer.

Off. I’m going the whole hog. It’s the 40th anniversary of the day Brighton decided to open Britain’s first nudist beach, and I’m wearing my birthday suit for the occasion.

It’s a nippy day out on Black Rock naturist beach. The few hardy nudists hunkering down in the shingle are loath to expose themselves to a fully clad reporter.

Argus reporter Laurie Churchman at Brighton Nudist Beach
Argus reporter Laurie Churchman at Brighton Nudist Beach

So I’m meeting them on their own terms.

Kit off, I’m better equipped for the job. But I’m surprised by how quickly the thrill wears off too.

In the easterly patch of Brighton beach set aside for naked bathers on August 9 1979, between the sea and the pebble mounds that shield naked bodies from prying eyes, nudity is no big deal.

But in Brighton 40 years ago, it was anything but.

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Source: The Argus

Original publication 9th August 2019

Posted on NatCorn 22nd August 2019

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The virtues of nudism and the 5 best beaches to practice it in Spain
The number of people who practice nudism in our country has not stopped growing in recent years, although it is still far from the usual figures in other European countries. Is it a simple fashion or is it a way of understanding life? What benefits does your practice have? What are the best nude beaches? Questions with answer.

The latest figures indicate that Spain is about to reach the figure of one million habitual practitioners of nudism in Spain. The increase experienced in the last decade has its logic: our country has about 8,000 kilometers of coastline in which are some of the best beaches in the world where you can carry out this way of living and feeling that is nudism .

We are still far from the figures recorded by other countries in our environment but our offer of beaches, campsites and other facilities makes nudist tourism increase every year and that encourages the development of this custom among our citizens.

Those who practice nudism on a regular basis insist, first of all, on the feeling of freedom and fullness that goes without clothes in everyday situations. In the case of nude beaches , direct contact with the sea water and the surrounding nature provides a pleasant feeling that can be much more intense than if it is done with some clothes on. It is a way of parked for a moment what some call “the repression of the fabric.” And that release produces several advantages.

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Source: Periodico

Original publication 09.08.2019

Posted on NatCorn 21st August 2019

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An eye-opening hour at Kent’s little-known nudist beach on the Isle of Sheppey
The naturist hotspot at Shellness is a short distance from Leysdown

A short distance away from Leysdown beach lies a hidden stretch of shore.

For those in the know, Shellness is one of the most popular nudist beaches in the UK.

It is a true naturist hotspot.

We thought we’d pay it a visit to find out what it’s really like.

Welcome to Swale Naturist Beach
Welcome to Swale Naturist Beach

As I drove past the main beach at Leysdown, I wondered just how far down the beaten track I would have to go to find it.

The answer was a further half mile of undulating, pothole-pitted, tyre-scraping, off-piste road.

No-one would come down this lane by accident.

Parking my car next to a dozen or so others, I walked up the grass bank to catch a first glimpse of the sea.

The sea was not what I saw first.

Beyond a sign welcoming me to the Swale Naturist Beach strolled a man in nothing but flip-flops without a care in the world.

I walked further in to take in my surroundings.

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Source: KentLive

Original publication 6 AUG 2019

Posted on NatCorn 18th August 2019

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Sunbathing warning: How to protect yourself when suntanning naked – skin cancer risks
Ditching swimwear on holiday is no longer taboo with over 22 per cent of Britons opting for sunbathing in the buff. How can you still protect your delicate areas when tanning naked?

Almost a third of Britons dare-to-bare and reveal they prefer to wear no clothes while on holiday. With naturist beaches fast becoming the new travel hotspots, getting that all over tan is more popular than ever before. This trend looks set to continue with 27 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds choosing to one day getting their kit off, saying they are up for it in the future. When it comes to sunbathing ‘au natural’ 31 per cent prefer tanning naked. However burning one’s bits is the reality for most so how can you protect yourself when tanning in the nude?

Sunbathing warning: Precautions to take when sunbathing naked
Sunbathing warning: Precautions to take when sunbathing naked Getty Images

Research from Hotels.com and the British Skincare Foundation looked at Britons attitudes to sunbathing in the buff. It found that half of those surveyed over 55, admit they don’t always use sun protection when exposing those sensitive areas to the sun.

Almost two thirds admit they don’t always use sun protection, 41 per cent claim to find it’s easy to forget and shockingly, 7 per cent never wear sun cream at all.

What’s more, almost two fifths of 18 to 24 year olds are not aware that it’s even possible to get sunburnt down under, with many finding out the hard way.

When it comes to burning their private parts, six per cent admitted experiencing the pain, 14 per cent have caught the sun while sunbathing topless and one in five have come back from the beach with a burnt bottom.

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Source: Express

Original publication Aug 6, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 17th August 2019

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Tell me how you are and I will tell you which beach in Fuerteventura to go to
The Canary Island in five essential beaches

Whether you run away from the wind and the crowd or dream of a calm sea, as if you are looking for the perfect wave or postcard photo, Fuerteventura has a place reserved for you.

Fuerteventura from beach to beach
Fuerteventura from beach to beach

If we were to define the beaches of the island with few words, these would be white sand, turquoise waters and wind! But there is a corner where you can take refuge from it, we have found it in the northwest, in El Cotillo, where La Concha beach is located. The residents have managed to sunbathe with peace of mind creating small circular walls of volcanic stone, called corralitos.

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Source: Conté Nast Traveler

Original publication 05.08.2019

Posted on NatCorn 16th August 2019

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Nude beaches with more and more swimsuits
Tarragona naturists ask that the coastal tradition areas be respected for bathing without clothes

The freedom of some ends when that of others begins. This phrase, often so repeated that it loses meaning, comes alive in the declarations of the naturist associations of the regions of Tarragona . They ask, as claimed by other entities in Catalonia, to respect the beaches of naturist tradition . They ensure that more and more users who enjoy the coast in a swimsuit are inclined to nude beaches and consider that they cut their freedom. They add that in the regions of Tarragona it is a growing trend and can be observed in coastal areas such as Cala Fonda or Platja Waikiki -in Tarragona city- or in the Platja del Torn , located in the Hospitalet de l’Infant.

Naturists ask that nudism be respected on the beaches of nudist tradition
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“We claim naturism in those beaches where tradition has existed for decades,” defends Mondejar. He admits that the group is aware that their option is a minority on the coast, but that they do not want to lose those areas where, for years, they have enjoyed their option of life and leisure.

“All the beaches of the coast are public and there is freedom to bathe if clothing, if desired, but we have long since opted to enjoy nudism in certain points, which are less and less respected ,” says the president of the ‘ Associació d’Amics de la Platja Naturista del Torn , Manel Mondejar. He knows what he is talking about, since he explains that he has enjoyed this point on the coast since 1977. It is currently the visible face of the entity that groups beach users, which brings together more than 260 families.

Precisely, the Platja del Torn – with its 1,600 meters of coastline, easy access and innate tranquility – is one of the most popular points of the coast of naturist tradition in the Tarragona region. In the act of protest on the first Sunday of July, he gathered 173 people with their hands together and a total count of 1,256 naturists, representing almost 63% of naturists on the coast of Tarragona.

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Source: Lavanguardia

Original publication 07/31/2019

Posted on NatCorn 10th August 2019

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Topless sunbathing in France falls out of vogue amid harassment, ogling by men, and health concerns
– One in five Frenchwomen under 50 said they still sunbathed topless, compared to 28 per cent a decade ago and 43 per cent in 1984

– The current heatwave has also reignited debate around the full-body Islamic burkini swimsuit

Once widespread in France, topless sunbathing is going out of fashion, a survey has shown, with fears about harassment, body image and health seen as prompting a trend to cover up more at the beach.

Fewer than one in five Frenchwomen under 50 said they sported a “monokini”, compared to 28 per cent a decade ago and 43 per cent in 1984, according to the survey by French pollster Ifop.

Topless sunbathing is going out of fashion in France.
Topless sunbathing is going out of fashion in France. Shutterstock

Young women aged 18 to 25 said harassment, criticism of their bodies and being ogled by men were their biggest barriers to going topless.
And while France may be the country of liberty, equality and fraternity, Frenchwomen are more shy than their European neighbours about stripping off at the beach, compared to Spaniards (48 per cent) and Germans (34 per cent).

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Source: South China Morning Post

Original publication 30 Jul, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 6th August 2019

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12 great nudist beaches in Spain
Discover the most inviting coves to strip off on, from Cabo de Gata in Almeria to Son Real in Mallorca

The sea breeze, the invigorating heat from the sun, and the sound of the waves – everything about these well-kept beaches makes you want to strip off and enjoy feeling the elements on your bare skin.

A group of swimmers without a swimsuit on the Granada beach of Cantarriján, in Almuñécar (Granada).
A group of swimmers without a swimsuit on the Granada beach of Cantarriján, in Almuñécar (Granada). @NANYFOTOGRAFIA

From a total of around 3,000 beaches in Spain, there are around 450 nudist ones, which are more exclusively so before the second half of June when high season kicks off. The Spanish Naturist Federation’s website has a map of their locations along with tourist information centers and a list of associations.

Shedding inhibitions is trending, even if the use and abuse of the cameras on our ever-present cellphones is somewhat off-putting.

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Source: El Pais

Original publication 26 JUL 2019

Posted on NatCorn 4th August 2019