A pool surrounded by lumpy, worn lumps that resemble the scrap room floor of a leather tannery or a sun-drenched orgy that makes your spring break recollections feel like a Young Life summer camp comes to mind when you hear the phrase “clothing-optional resort.” But in all honesty, neither representation is very accurate. Although there are many stunning beach resorts where wearing trousers is preferable to wearing sunscreen, they come in all shapes and sizes, just like their naked patrons.
Yes, you could travel to some of the top beaches for nudity in the world. These are some of the top beaches in Europe and the U.S. for nudism. But if you want to go all out, resorts are the place to do it. Here are 14 clothing-optional resorts that stand out, regardless of whether you’re searching for someplace mostly clothed, always naked, (weirdly) family-friendly, or sex-charged.
Don’t expect to check in at this 1950s Hollywood star hideaway wearing a sarong, flip-flops, and nothing but a bathing suit the moment you lay down your credit card. Speed up. Everywhere in this resort is genuinely completely dressed… Except for Tower Isle, a small private island just a short boat ride from the main lodge, where nudity is not only encouraged but also expected. Bring an additional bottle of SPF 45 since after you get off the boat, it’s too late to be covered up.
While going to a resort where you don’t need to wear clothes is not encouraged (and creepy, no? ), one all-inclusive “lifestyle” resort on the Mexican Riviera won’t let you because the suites are exclusively meant for couples. They also provide pole dance courses just in case, even if the ideal white sand beaches, tropical atmosphere, and themed events like “Lust Night” ought to aid you and your particular lady buddy start a spark.
The Natural, the Roy Hobbs of clothing-optional resorts, is the only establishment of its kind in the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) and blows the lights out by welcoming pretty much anyone who is old enough to drive (at least in the U.S.) Couples, singles, nudists, and clothists (we just made that up) are all welcome. You may enjoy stunning ocean views while lounging by the pool at the resort, perched in the hills above the beaches.