Nude beaches have always stirred the curiosities of individuals who’ve never actually been to one in their lifetime. If you’re planning on visiting a no-clothes zone in the near future, it might be a great idea to equip yourself with the basic do’s and don’ts of visiting one.
Etiquette for Visiting a Nude Beach
First and foremost, and contrary to what most people believe, nude beaches are not for show. People who bare it all don’t actually want to be stared at – they’re there to rest and relax – just like at any regular beach. And just because people are leaving their clothes behind, doesn’t mean you should toss your manners aside.
Nude beaches require appropriate nudist behavior. Otherwise, you might find yourself being thrown out. Here are 10 tips to behaving in a nudist beach:
1. Always Bring a Towel at All Times
A towel is not only used to cover yourself, but to cover the bar stool, lounge chair, or any surface for that matter. Most nudist beaches of resorts do not allow your bare ass to come in contact with furniture that other guests use, too. So always make sure you carry a towel with you at all times.
2. No Gawking
Sure, most people who visit a nude beach for the first time do so out of curiosity, but staring is never allowed at these places. Never make anyone feel uncomfortable by being the creepy guy who stares. You can glance but never stare.
If you’re the type of person whose eyes usually wander, then a nudist beach is not for you.
3. No Cameras
Again, never make anyone feel uncomfortable. The presence of a camera or even phone can make other people uncomfortable. And just because they’re baring it all out, doesn’t mean they don’t care about their privacy either. Never take photographs, and if a resort allows cameras and you happen to take a selfie, always make sure no one else is included in your frame.
4. Respect Personal Space
People who visit nude beaches often want to keep to themselves. You should always ask permission when you plan on sitting close to someone.
5. Bring Something to Do
To prevent yourself from staring, bring something to do. It could a book, a set of cards, or maybe some music. Again, a nudist beach is not for showing off, but to rest, relax, and enjoy a certain freedom. Keep yourself busy by bringing with you something to do while you lounge under the sun.
6. Avoid Public Displays of Affection
If you’re visiting with a lover, spouse, or romantic partner, keep your public displays of affection in the privacy of your hotel room. Respecting other people is paramount in nude beaches, and making those around you as comfortable as you can is utmost proper behavior.
Touching and being affectionate while naked on a beach with other people can even get you arrested for inappropriate sexual behavior.
7. Tidy Up
Yes, while there are basically no rules to how you should look (since you won’t be wearing anything), looking clean, tidy, and well-groomed is considered proper manners. It’s just like trimming your beard or keeping your hair looking nice before going out in public. Tidy up by trimming down a little, and make sure you look good, too. If you’re going to go full monty, make sure you also look pleasant when other nudists see you on the beach.
You may wear piercings such as navel piercings or nipple piercings, but don’t attract attention to more private areas such as donning elaborate piercings on your genitals.
8. Use Headphones
Music always makes people relax while relaxing under the sun but that doesn’t mean you should play some with the volume on full blast. Remember that privacy is an important factor when it comes to nude beaches, so use a headphone instead. If you don’t have one, always play your music with the volume turned low.
9. Never Make Sexual Jokes or Unwanted Advances
People who visit nude beaches do not go there to meet a potential partner or hook-up. It is definitely not the place to pick up men or women, and it is definitely not the place for any vulgar jokes. You can introduce yourself and strike up conversations but never mention anything sexual or make jokes about other people’s bodies.
10. Enjoy the Freedom
You can’t go to a nude beach and not enjoy the freedom that it allows you. If you’re visiting with friends with no intention of baring it all out, then you shouldn’t go at all. It’s a no clothes zone, which obviously means you need to leave your clothes behind. It’s also inappropriate if you wear underwear or lingerie.
Don’t worry about being judged for your body – people who visit a nude beach are not there to gawk or judge you – they’re there to rest, relax, and enjoy their individual freedoms. Other people are not a priority – so better enjoy the freedom and of course, no tan lines.
Respect is the biggest factor for a nude beach – it’s not a party with naked men and women, and it’s not a place to hook up. Contrary, it is a place of rest, relaxation, and utmost privacy.