5. Plakias Beach, Plakias, Crete, Greece
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Plakias is one of the biggest beaches in Crete, and nudists tend to crowd around the eastern edge. The beach lies right under some breath-taking cliffs, adding to the visual delights. Located on the southern edge of Crete, it’s one of the most treasured places on the island due to its world-class scuba diving and windsurfing. The beach has all the concessions visitors need, including loads of showers.
4. Grande Saline, St. Bart’s
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Playground of the rich and famous, St. Bart’s has earned its reputation as a must-see destination. The pristine white sand doesn’t have a lot of shade, but it does have a rustic, isolated appeal and shallow, clear water. The serene atmosphere can get interrupted by the infamous winds, but even so, it just adds to the fun. Bring your own umbrella and necessities, and then strip down, snorkel in the azure waters, and try to blag your way onto a millionaire’s yacht.
3. Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia
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Croatia has taken the lead on catering to naturists, and the country now has more than 30 naturist areas. Just 15 minutes by boat taxi from Old Town Dubrovnik, this rocky nudist beach is less crowded than Banja Beach and, of course, more freeing. On the way to the nude beach, float in Lake Mrtvo, Croatia’s salty answer to the Dead Sea. There’s not to the island much except an old Benedictine monastery, an abandoned French fort, botanical garden and restaurant, so it’s the perfect place to escape the crowds and let it all hang out.
2. Playa El Agua, Margarita Island, Venezuela
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Disrobe and de-stress at Playa El Agua, the largest and most picturesque beach on Margarita Island. The beach is lined with palm trees for when the sun is too brutal on areas not usually exposed to the sun. Visitors will have nearly everything they need at their fingertips, as there’s a full stock of concessions and tons of restaurants and hotels to choose from. In the high season, locals and international visitors put on just the bare minimum of clothing after sunset to enjoy the epic all-night beach parties.
1. Le Centro Hélio Marin, Montalivet, France
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Was there any doubt that the number one spot belongs to France? CHM is considered the birthplace of the nudist movement. Established in 1950, the park has practically perfected the family friendly naturist experience over the last 60 years. While CHM is a full resort, the beaches are still top notch. Visitors can horse around on Beach 1 or simply lie back on Beach 2. Both beaches obviously provide the opportunity to perfect a seamless tan, and those holding out will probably be asked to take off their clothes while walking around the grounds.