Nude Beach First Time Visitors Guide

| May 9, 2016 | 1 Comment

Nude Beach Guide and Visiting Naked Beaches

(Post was updated on 5/9/2016)

Visiting a Nude Beach

Nude Beach – The naked human form is beautiful. Your body is beautiful. Unfortunately, in most places, it is illegal to be completely nude outside of one’s own home. Such is not the case on an officially sanctioned Nude Beach.

Nude beaches, also known as Naturist, Nudist, Clothing Optional, Clothing Free and Free Beaches. They are public places where one can freely be in the nude without fear of legal repercussions. Many unofficial nude beaches are also tolerated by local residents and legal officials.

When did Nude Beaches Become Popular?

Nude beaches came into popularity and common public knowledge in the 1950’s when they started popping up along the French coast and other places in Europe such as Germany and Denmark. Since then, nude beaches, while still fairly rare, have shown up all over the world.

Why are Nude Beaches generally located in isolated or hard to get to areas?

Usually isolated, signs are put up to “warn” others who may be uncomfortable with nudity — and the isolation also helps to protect nudists from unwanted voyeurs.

How is a nude beach different from a regular textile beach?

Nude beaches are similar in nature to a “regular” beach, except, of course, the patrons are completely au naturel – naked.

Do religious people visit the nude beach?

Many people, when considering going to a nude beach, question not only the legal aspects, but the moral aspects as well. It may surprise you to learn that many Christian—and denominations thereof—are perfectly fine with social nudity.

Is there a lot of sex or open sexuality at a nude beach?

In America, the Christian nudist convocation believes in the beauty of “chaste” nudity. Nudity and sexuality are often linked, but they don’t necessarily have to be. In fact, most Christian naturists believe that it’s clothes that make a body sexual. To put it simply: if you see someone in the nude all the time, you begin not to notice it anymore. It becomes normal and you no longer feel “urges” toward that person.

However, if that person is normally clothed, due to the curiosity of the unknown and the “forbidden,” when they remove their clothing, it is more likely to become a sexualized experience. Most anti-nudity ordinance and views are politically based but the root of these laws is actually derived from misguided religious interpretations.

Visiting a Nude Beach YNA

Visiting a Nude Beach

What are some of the reasons people visit a nude beach?

Those who choose to go to a nude beach not only enjoy the anonymity it provides (most nude beaches don’t require any sort of membership), but they also enjoy the acceptance they feel.

In a nudist environment, social barriers are shed and things such as race and social status no longer matter. Without clothes, everyone is forced to rid themselves of their pride, guilt, shame, insecurities, and ego. Culture and society are left behind and all that’s left is their true selves.

Can visiting a nude beach be good for body image?

Pornographers, and even many mainstream photographers and filmmakers, give unrealistic expectations for people and their body image. At a nude beach, one can experience naked bodies in all shapes, sizes, ages, races, and genders.

Some have even used going to a nude beach as a form of psychotherapy; saying that it’s changed their lives and the way they see themselves and others. If you’re looking for a place where you can be one with nature, and be accepted physically, emotionally, and intellectually; then a nude beach may just be the place for you!

Answers To Your Nudist Beach Questions By YNA

Your Nudist beach Guide By YNA

Nudist Beach – Before we actually go into the subject of the nude beach itself we would like to make it very clear what nudism is. Nudism is far different from porn or sex, as wine is from a cup of coffee and people must not confuse the rather seedy world of pornography or sex for titillation with the nudist philosophy.

Before we get to the Nudist Beach, let’s start with – What is nudism?

Well, the very use of the word is a bit of a but for bar room jokes. BUT many people who are part of this movement really prefer the word naturist because that sums up what they are about much more succinctly.

We all entered the world naked, and this was the way that men and women walked around during a large chunk of our history. Of course the weather played a part in why people ever wore clothing, as it still does today.

But as our natural selves, sans clothing, we are all on the same level. The doctor and the mechanic are indistinguishable without uniforms or anything to indicate their profession.

What is a nudist beach?

This should not be mistaken for a topless / topfree beach where the genitals are covered up. A nudist beach is a place where complete freedom of our bodies is the norm and where clothing is an option that is rarely taken advantage of.

These types of beaches, for the most part, started in Europe but now can be found all over the world. Some are private whilst others are parts or allocated sections of “normal” textile beaches.

There are lots of reasons for visiting a nudist beach, not the least of which is the feeling of complete freedom, being one with nature and the joy of walking around in our natural form as we were intended to be.

Nudist Beach Warning Sign

Nudist Beach Warning Sign

A lot of nudist beaches have been such for many years and are not managed by any type of formal agreement. With that said, others have fought and won for their right to exist. The nudie friendly areas are usually “segregated” or are in more isolated parts of the coastline. Sometimes there are signs posted to stop people who don’t feel at ease with naturism to let them know about any possible encounters with naked people.

So what is so wrong with going nude on a beach? For most people who have not experienced it, there are certain fears and misconceptions. Mean think that by exposing their genitals and being among lots of nude people people may find it difficult not to get aroused (they are afraid of getting an erection in public)

Felicity with YNA flag at Gaash Nudist Beach

Felicity with YNA flag at Gaash Nudist Beach

In reality this type of beach environment is no more sexually charged than a textile beach is, and the experience is far less intimidating than the thoughts that you might embarrass yourself.

For the most part, people on nudist beaches carry on with the same types of activities as a textile beach. Volleyball, water skiing and Frisbee; they just do it without the clothes.

The attractions of going to a nude beach are obvious, as skinny dipping or scuba diving in the nude makes for a totally different experience. If you can get over your initial reservations and give it a try, you may get hooked.

Thinking about visiting Nude Beaches

What to expect when visiting nude beaches:

Nude Beaches – Have you ever been to nude beaches that have a section allocated especially for nudists / naturists? If so, then you probably already know that the clothing optional sections of the beach seems to always have so much more people than the textile or clothed sections. So What is so appealing about nude beaches?

What types of people visit nude beaches?

Being at a nudist resort may be an uncomfortable experience for a first time nudie, especially if you’re insecure about your body. That said, the majority of visitors at nude beaches will mostly have “average bodies” that come in all shapes and sizes.

Having the perfect body is not the reason why many people frequent nude beaches – far from it. The reasons people enjoy are that it’s fun, it’s natural, it’s simple, and it makes people feel accepted. Believe it or not, social nudity is fun and comfortable for many. It brings out your inner child and helps you cut loose. Sometimes clothing may feel uncomfortable and unsanitary. Feeling the freedom of being naked is one of the reasons why many people enjoy being nude.

Why even visit nude beaches?

Nudity is all about relaxation, especially when you’re on vacation. When people go to a resort or take a week off, they don’t want to deal with stress. There’s nothing more relaxing than nude sunbathing at nude beaches. The best part is that at a nude beach most people are naked, and any insecurities fade away as you succumb to total relaxation.

Nude beaches can be a very natural experience. If you can just picture a gentle breeze, the warm sun, the spray from the ocean, and going into the warm water, then you’ll see how it can make you feel connected to nature. No matter how much clothing we wear, we are still human beings who were born without clothing.

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Textile / Clothing-Optional Sign at Playa Sonrisa beach

Nudity in a group setting is appealing because everyone feels accepted and care-free just like nature intended us to be.

Everything You Need To Know Before Visiting Nude Beaches and other Nude Beach blogs and posts were published by Young Naturists and Young Nudists America YNA

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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.