Looking For A Nude Vacation This Winter? Try One of These Excellent Naturist Resorts
Living in New York, I do enjoy autumn and the changing of the seasons as much as the next person. But once the cold, bleak days of winter set in, I’m just counting down the days til summer.
One winter survival method for nudies is to take a nude vacation. We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to visit some great nudist resorts in warmer locales. I haven’t visited every single place, but honestly I feel like there should really be more nude / clothing-optional vacation spots that are accessible and affordable. I haven’t seen one in Jamaica ever since the N Resort went textile a few years back. (Hedonism doesn’t cut it as it’s not naturist.)
Anywho, we do have some places to recommend, both in the U.S. and out further south. Here is a list of destinations if you find yourself in need of a naked vacation!
1. Paya Bay Resort in Roatan, Honduras
Of all the resorts we’ve been to thus far, Paya Bay has been my favorite.
It’s located on the Caribbean island of Roatan, which is part of Honduras. With the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef just off the coast and its gorgeous tropical beaches, Roatan is a popular destination for divers and vacationers.
On the eastern edge of the island is the family-owned and operated Pay Bay Resort. I’m someone who loves being in nature, and this place has wonderful nature trails, beaches and amazing views. If you’re looking for quiet time by the water or surrounded by trees and flowers (and awesome iguanas!), it’s easy to find. For things to do, you can arrange various excursions with the resort to explore land and sea.
- Though it’s mostly naturist, check out their calendar and make sure to book your trip during a “Naturist Week” to have the most naked experience. They may offer nude yoga, snorkeling and other naked activities in addition to the clothing-optional beach.
- Roatan has its own airport, but direct flights and times are limited so it’s best to make your travel arrangements well in advance.
Resort website: http://www.payabay.com
2. Playa Sonrisa Resort in Xcalak, Mexico
Situated in the tiny fishing village of Xcalak (pronounced shh-kah-lac), 230 miles south of Cancun and 175 miles from Tulum, is Playa Sonrisa Resort. It’s on the southeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula, separated from Belize by Chetumal Bay.
It’s totally remote and secluded, but for a relaxing vacation, that’s part of the appeal. The place is set on its own private beach where you can sunbathe nude, go snorkeling, kayaking or play bocci ball with the owners (a super cool, laidback American couple). There are dive shops nearby that can take you out to see the spectacular coral reef. You can also take day trips to visit Mayan temple ruins.
- You’ll need to rent a car to get you from Cancun to the resort, about a 5 hour drive. The roads are safe, but we should warn you that after Tulum, you may not find another gas station for many miles so don’t pass it with a low tank!
- It’s quite unexpected for this little village, but Xcalak has a 5-star restaurant called the Leaky Palapa, run by Canadian expats. They reopen later this month, so don’t miss it for a gourmet dinner out. (They’re not open every day, so inquire with Playa Sonrisa or the restaurant for times / reservations.)
- Playa Sonrisa is a YNA affiliate club: Our members get a 10% “N” discount on their stay. Also members age 35 & under get 50% off day use, free kayak rentals & snorkel gear AND unlimited 50% off margaritas!
Resort website: http://www.playasonrisa.com
Other naturist places in Mexico: If staying on a nice beach is less important to you, and you like a hotel that’s built up with fancy pools and Jacuzzis (and you have more money to spend), there are two other nude resorts in Mexico. One is Hidden Beach, which is across the water from Cozumel. (Please be warned they do not have a great beach.) Another option is Intima Resort in Tulum. (I have not been to either of these resorts myself.)
There’s also a nude beach called Zipolite Beach on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
3. Club Orient and Club Fantastico, St. Martin
If you’ve taken a glimpse at the ads in any major naturist publication, you’ve probably seen an ad for Club Orient. It’s one of the most well-known nudist vacation resorts in the Caribbean. (I’ve always known about it but haven’t been here.)
The resort has its own nude beach, “Orient Beach,” that attracts people from all over the island as well as cruise ship passengers. It’s a big resort with 137 bungalows, which are spaced apart and offer more privacy than a regular hotel. Each has a full kitchen so you can buy groceries and cook for yourself or dine out in their restaurant / bar.
It can get pricey to stay here if you’re just a single or couple, but if you can find vacation roommates, it becomes more affordable. Though I should also point out that some of the rooms are bigger to accommodate families! Club Orient is family-friendly, which I think is nice considering so many vacation resorts only cater to couples.
Another naturist option on the island is Club Fantastico. This is a fancier, more expensive couples resort. They offer a pool and hot tub, but the nude beach is also within walking distance.
4. Nude Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica
If you’re a naturist who loves yoga, then this could be the trip for you. Certified instructor A.J. Rogers founded “Yoga in the Buff,” and she has organized a nude yoga retreat to Peace Retreat in Guanacaste, Costa Rica from March 12-17th, 2017.
Reset your body and mind with daily group yoga classes and meditation. There will also be adventurous activities scheduled and time to go sightseeing. The entire retreat center is reserved for the naturist group, so you can enjoy the amenities and beach au naturel.
There’s a discount for early registration until November 15, so register soon if you want that deal! Visit the website at http://www.yogainthebuff.com.
U.S. Nude Vacation Destinations
If you don’t have the cash for a Caribbean getaway, there are a few places you can visit without leaving the country.
5. Living Waters Spa in Desert Hot Springs, California
This is a small but special clothing-optional spa and hotel in the desert, where it’s warm year-round. It’s quite a lovely place to relax and unwind. Their outdoor hot tub and pool are filled with natural mineral water drawn straight from a ground well. They also come with a fantastic view of the San Jacinto mountains. A Finnish sauna and massage therapy round out the spa experience.
You can visit for a day or stay overnight in one of their comfy rooms. No restaurant on-site, but they do serve breakfast for overnight guests and host a wine-and-cheese hour in the afternoon.
- Breast cancer survivors can get a 25% discount on the rates here. (This is a YNA affiliate club, so our members also get a 20-25% discount.)
- While you’re in the area, you can also visit nearby Joshua Tree National Park (naked camping / hiking is permitted here) or take a hike in the mountains.
Resort website: http://www.livingwatersspa.com
6. Sunsport Gardens in Loxahatchee, Florida
Down in southeast Florida, near West Palm Beach, is a beautiful family naturist resort known as Sunsport Gardens. With its palm trees, jungle vegetation and warm weather, Sunsport can give you that tropical buzz you’re looking for when winter starts to drag you down. They have a large outdoor heated pool, hot tub, restaurant, clubhouse, tennis courts, overnight cabins and more.
Sunsport hosts young naturist fests 3 times / year, and the next one is coming up December 9-11th! As a YNA affiliate club, our members get discounted ground fees, and for those age 30 and under, it’s just $6 / day.
Another great time to visit would be during the Midwinter Naturist Festival February 16-21st, 2017. Since it’s only an hour and a half drive away, you might also want to check out the famous Haulover nude beach while you’re there.
Resort website: http://www.sunsportgardens.com
7. Penn Sylvan in Mohnton, Pennsylvania
There are few year-round resorts in the northeast, and of those, some are only open to members in the off-season. Penn Sylvan Health Society (PSHS) is one club that’s open to non-members and has indoor facilities all in one building – a heated pool, whirlpool and sauna. If you get overheated, you can always step outside and even frolic naked in the snow if that’s your thing.
PSHS is about a 2.5 hour drive from NYC and 1-1.5 hour drive from Philly. If it’s your first visit, we recommend calling ahead of time.
Club website: http://pennsylvan.org
8. Abbott’s Glen in West Halifax, Vermont
This is an upscale but cozy clothing-optional inn / nudist resort located in the beautiful Vermont countryside. With its own cross-country ski trails and close proximity to Mount Snow and Berkshire East Mountain Resort, this is a great place to go if you like skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing. After a day of winter sports, you can replenish with a gourmet meal and warm up in the hot tub or sauna. They also host special events for holiday weekends so check their calendar.
Resort website: http://abbottsglen.com