Skinny-dipping or an afternoon on a topless beach is for amateurs. Nudist and naturist resorts are popping up all over the globe and are as diverse as ones that require clothes. From family friendly naturist campgrounds complete with vegetable patches to couples-only naughty resorts dedicated solely to revving up your sex drive, these top ten choices are ready to welcome those who want to make the jump from part-time toplessness to full-on frontal.
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10. Caliente Caribe, Dominican Republic
Caliente Caribe has a sister resort in Tampa, Florida and also offers erotic cruises. Several weeks a year are set aside solely for nudists, so those who prefer it bare don’t have to run into pesky prudes. Views from every room overlook the sparkling Caribbean, and the attentive staff keep things low-key. If there’s no theme or lifestyle week, it can be pretty quiet, so visitors can choose to enjoy a nearly empty resort or go when a lifestyle week matches their own.
9. Recanto Paraiso, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Its surrounding lush mountains and blue skies help Recanto Paraiso keep its promise of finding peace. The resort is one of the biggest in Brazil and offers both roomy chalets and camping areas. Moreover, the naturist resort acts as a haven from urban annoyances through a sense of unity and respect, a commitment to customer satisfaction as well as several pools and events.
8. Bali Au Naturel, Bali, Indonesia
This intimate slice of tropical paradise is exactly what the doctor ordered. Visitors can lie out on the black sand beach right in front of the resort, or snorkel and dive around the coral reef. The plentiful amenities at this gay-owned and operated resort include canoes, massages, a sauna and a gym. Traditional Indonesian architecture and 21st-century finishing touches enhance the avant-garde privacy and the laid-back vibe — no all-night ragers here, just a romantic, stylish getaway perfect for all.
7. Quinta de Horta, Ferragudo, Portugal
With farm-to-table food, an emphasis on easing one’s carbon footprint and a sense of community, the naturist farmstead of Quinta de Horta is most definitely for only a certain kind of nudist. But for those who don’t need a 5-star hotel, Quinta de Horta is spilling over with charm. Part of this comes from the limited number of guests they receive at any given time and custom-built cottages. After lounging in the pool and sauna, grab a book from the library and settle under a fig or almond tree for total serenity.
6. La Jenny, Gironde, France
Nudity is only required at the pool and beach of 740-acre La Jenny, which is open from spring to fall. Visitors can wear whatever they feel comfortable in while getting pampered at the spa, participating in the fitness programs or chilling out under some pine trees. Visitors can also take day trips through Bordeaux wine country or the Bay of Arcachon. From lovebirds to large families, each group can find their place here through the vast amount of things to do and the selection of chateaus, which range from studios to sprawling houses big enough for eight people.