Casting your clothes aside is not a taboo at some of the best nudist beaches in the world. From clothing-prohibited resorts in South America to artificial sand strips in Europe, there are plenty of places where you can work on your all-over tan and even dine, shop and party in the nude.

    Whether you’re looking for a secluded naturist getaway or a chance to break the world record for skinny-dipping, you can find your ideal seaside destinations to reveal all without fear of judgement or reprisal. These top nudist beaches should be on your bucket list if you’re planning to go au naturel for your holiday.

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    Cap d’Agde, France

    One of the world’s largest clothing-optional beach resorts

    Cap d’Agde, dubbed the “Naked City,” is one of the world’s largest clothing-optional resorts. During summer, up to 40,000 people reside in this French village, where they enjoy sunbathing on the long beach. Dining and sightseeing in your birthday suit is also the norm at Cap d’Agde.

    While clothing is optional around town, nudism is a requirement on the beach. If you want a bit of privacy, head to the Plage de la Grande Conque, a volcanic beach with black sand that’s surrounded by 2 stacks of scenic cliffs. Before visiting Cap d’Agde, you might want to neaten up as the locals tend to keep things trimmed down there.

    Location: Le Cap d'Agde, 34300 Agde, France

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    Platja des Cavallet, Spain

    Parties and sunbathing with zero clothing restrictions

    Ibiza enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the quintessential party island of the Mediterranean, but it also caters to those who want to soak up the sun without it resulting in unsightly tan lines. Near the southernmost point of the island, you’ll find Es Cavallet, an official nudist beach that’s split into sections for naturists, beach partygoers, and the LGBT community.

    You won’t struggle to find a place to lay your towel on this 1-km-long stretch of white sand that’s lapped by blue water and rolling waves. We recommend heading to the beach before lunchtime so that you don’t have to traverse the salt flats in the blistering heat.

    Location: Platja Es Cavallet, 07818 Sant Josep de sa Talaia, Balearic Islands, Spain

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    Haulover Beach Park, Florida

    The most popular nudist beach in the US

    Every year, Haulover Beach attracts more than 1.3 million visitors, making it one of the most popular nudist beaches in the United States. This long stretch of white sand has clothing-optional sections at both ends, where naturists can rent sun loungers and umbrellas, and swim under the supervision of trained lifeguards.

    If you’re not afraid to bare all in front of jostling crowds, head to Haulover Beach in July, when the National Nude Recreation Week festivities take place. Drink cocktails, dance to excellent DJs, celebrate freedom and possibly help set a Guinness World Record for skinny-dipping.

    Location: Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154

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    Red Beach, Greece

    Skinny-dip in clear waters next to the rust-coloured beach

    Red Beach appeals to nudist sunbathers who want to relish island life without the crowds. This secluded beach is named after its distinctive rust-coloured sand and otherworldly cliffs, and it’s only reachable via a 20-minute hike or short boat ride from the village of Matala.

    When you’re not relaxing under the sun, you can explore ancient ruins and caves. Alternatively, enjoy life like a local by filling up on java and suds. If you want to sip a cocktail or 2, head over to Yiannis, a small bar on this 300-metre stretch of sand that’s renowned for its delicious mojitos.

    Location: Matala, Crete 702 00, Greece

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    Paradise Beach, Greece

    An open-minded party island haven

    Mykonos has firmly established itself as Greece’s top party island in the Cyclades. Paradise Beach is said to be the original and most popular nudist beach of Mykonos, and thanks to its thumping nightclubs, it’s just as alive at night as it is during the day.

    Check the dates for the next Full Moon Party if you want to experience Paradise Beach in full swing. If you enjoy dancing and sipping cocktails surrounded by tight shirts and big muscles, head over to Super Paradise Beach, which is popular with the LGBT community. Remember to pack your wallet because beverages can eat into your budget during peak season.

    Location: Paradise Beach, Mykonos 846 00, Greece

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    Wannsee, Germany

    Germany’s inner-city nudist beach

    The Lake of Wannsee is home to the longest inland sand beach in Europe. Visitors can relax on imported soft sand from the Baltic Coast right in the middle of Germany’s capital city. More importantly, sunbathers can reveal all on the beach’s clothes-free sections, which are family-friendly.

    Along the beach, you’ll find traditional strandkorbs (wicker beach chairs), volleyball courts, playgrounds, and waterslides. You can also rent a paddle boat to view the beach from the river. Unless you can handle freezing temperatures in your birthday suit, we recommend reserving this nudist getaway for the summer.

    Location: Wannsee, 14109 Berlin, Germany

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    Praia do Pinho, Brazil

    Brazil’s first no-clothes beach destination

    Surround yourself with fellow naturists at Praia do Pinho, a beach in Brazil where nudity is mandatory. Praia do Pinho is widely considered to be the nation’s first nudist holiday destination. It became popular with the naturist community before social nudity was legalised in Brazil.

    Praia do Pinho is arguably the best nudist beach in South America, although you should be aware that access is denied to unaccompanied males (except those that are members of the International Naturist Federation). Unless you’re already in Brazil, you’ll need to hop on a connecting flight from Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo to Florianopolis to reach the beach.

    Location: Balneário Camboriú, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

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    Little Beach, Hawaii

    The Hawaiian beach fantasy without the bathing suits

    Little Beach in Maui offers a scenic getaway for travellers who love to drop their clothes. The beach is shaded by hillside trees and boasts pristine waters for swimming. Surrounded by a volcanic cinder cone and ancient lava flows, Little Beach is a stunning sight to visit whether you want to reveal all or not.

    When you need a break from the sun, you can visit the state park marine sanctuary, which is renowned for its whales, tropical fish, dolphins, and sea turtles. Make time to visit Little Beach in time for sunset on Sunday, when fire dancers and a drum circle take centre stage.

    Location: Kihei, HI 96753, Maui, Hawaii, USA

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    Wreck Beach, Canada

    The largest nude beach in North America

    Wreck Beach, spanning 7.8 km in length, is one of the world’s longest nudist beaches. It’s also one of the oldest clothing-optional beaches in North America. Here, you’ll find sandy stretches, rocky outcrops and pebble flats. Relish views of evergreen trees that line the shore and snow-covered peaks beyond the water.

    Tourists are invited to catch their all-over tan alongside students and teachers from the nearby University of British Columbia. If you want to avoid the crowds, you might want to visit during the holidays when many students head home.

    Location: Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

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    Hidden Beach Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico

    Mexico’s only 5-star all-nudist resort

    Mexico’s Hidden Beach Resort is perhaps the ultimate luxury getaway for naturists. This adult-only, all-nude destination is distinguished by its beautiful secluded beaches, 5-star accommodation, gourmet dining experiences, and – of course – naked beachgoers.

    Spend the day relaxing on the beach with nothing but your towel or floating down the nearby river. Alternatively, join a cooking class, feast on a buffet lunch, or treat yourself to a spa day. The Hidden Beach Resort caters to the upmarket naturist community, so take plenty of pesos to make the most of your trip.

    Location: Carretera Cancún - Tulum, Kantenah Km 95, 77710 Q.R., Mexico

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