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10 Nude Beach Myths

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Why is it that the British and Americans feel very uncomfortable on nude beaches, unlike Europeans who think nudity at beaches is normal. The Brits and Americans often believe that nude beaches are let’s say –  risqué, inappropriate and dirty. Nothing could be further from the truth. While it’s definitely not for everyone, we’d like to debunk some of the most common myths that discourage folks from becoming a beach goer who goes naked.

The Beaches Are Full of Creepy Guys Who Like showing Off Their Dick

The #1 myth about nude beaches is that they attract men looking to sneak a peek at some naked bodies. Of course men go to nude beaches, but in most cases they aren’t creepy and—shocker—women go, too! Ok, some men might get sexually aroused which is perfectly normal, but most people take very little notice of them Beaches near Ibiza, for example, are populated with carefree men and women of all ages. No one is locking eyes with each other. Places like St. Martin you will normally find mostly women at the nude beaches. People there go to feel good in their own skin, not to ogle over naked bodies.

It’s Full of Old People

Coming in a close #2 is that everyone who goes is old. Generally speaking, the older we get the less body-conscious we become so it makes sense to assume old people care less about someone seeing them naked (i.e.: gym locker rooms…). Now-a-days young people are increasingly fearless and free-spirited about nude beaches. People from the very young to early fifties often frequent nude beaches in the U.S. A lot of people assume nude beaches are full of a bunch of creepy old men or sex-crazed voyeurs. In all honesty, the majority of people are younger people just trying to avoid tan lines.

Everyone Will Stare and Judge Me!

One of the biggest fears people have about going to a nude beach for the first time is that everyone will stare. We’re constantly being judged in today’s world of likes and comments, so it’s only natural to worry we’d be judged in our most natural state. No matter what you look like, it takes confidence and self-love to be naked in front of others. Most peoples experience with nude beaches has been the exact opposite of everyone staring and judging them. Everyone is almost afraid to get caught staring, so no one looks at you and most people are looking down or off into the ocean. Instead of judging you. It’s the exact opposite of what you think. Granted, it takes courage to go and do the full monty, but it’s also half the fun.

You HAVE To Get Naked

Most nude beaches have a combination of people that are clothed, semi-clothed or fully nude. A rule about most nude beaches is you don’t actually have to get naked. You can, but you can also just take your top off while you tan. So no tan lines! What’s not to love? Then again, you could wear a onesie and no one would care. That’s the beauty, the freedom to do as you like. However, some beaches insist that you remove ALL clothing. Check if you are shy.

It’s Strictly a European Thing

If you’ve been to a public beach in the US, odds are everyone probably was covering up their goods. But just because no one was topless or exposing their bum doesn’t mean nude beaches don’t exist right here in good ole US of A. There are recognised nude beaches in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, Texas and Hawaii—and many are insanely popular. This summer, pack your towel and sunscreen, but ditch the swimsuit and visit one of the best nude beaches in North America.

Scandalous Acts Happen Everywhere

Since 1931, the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) has been on a mission to advocate nudity and nude recreation by educating society of their value. As a part of that initiative, the organisation encourages proper nude beach etiquette that is centred around “respect for yourself, others and the environment.” This mantra of respect is vital and important among nudists and at nude beaches. From our experience, nude beach goers aren’t looking to hook up at a nude beach or get up close and personal. They’re going to enjoy feeling free in nature. Harassment is not tolerated and no always means no. If someone is looking for an experience with a little PDA, many clothing-optional resorts are considered sex-positive and have designated areas.

Everyone’s Way Too Sexually Charged

Michelle Facey, Chief Pleasure Officer at Hedonism II, a clothing optional resort outside of Negril, Jamaica has seen it all. With a job title like that, Michelle frequently gets asked all kinds of questions from family, friends and guests including ones on the issue of arousal. “While it is possible, it’s unlikely,” she says. “The more time you spend around nudity, you’ll find that it’s natural and freeing and doesn’t have to be sexual at all. If you do happen to get aroused, no need to be embarrassed.”

My Family and Friends Will Think I’m Weird

As humans, it’s part of our psyche to want to be loved and respected by others, especially those closest to us. If doing something like going to a nude beach might cause others to think negatively of us, we may not risk it (or tell them). Most people are curious about nudists lifestyle, but not judgemental. They are very positive about their decision.

Only Single People Go To Nude Beaches

The idea that only singles go to nude beaches is just not true. It’s a freeing and fun experience for couples to share. Most couples on nudist beaches love being naked and free with their bodies. It’s an opportunity to avoid feeling any judgement because everyone is naked! It’s really a beautiful thing and we would tell other couples to give it a try. How many times are you able to walk around publicly naked in broad daylight and not care or worry you might get arrested?

Nude Beach Goers Are Exhibitionists

Not at all true. At the end of the day there are a very minority but most people are going to nude beaches to enjoy being au naturale outdoors and simply to avoid tan lines. The AANR further claims nude recreation is fun, helps your body relax faster, brings you closer to nature, makes packing for travel easier and acts as an equaliser to erase material judgements. You should enjoy going to nude beaches because when people shed their clothes, they often let go of trying to impress others. It’s cool talking with other naked people because you have no armour, walls or clothes to hide behind. It’s actually liberating and you’re sharing a vulnerable moment. You just start at a deeper level and it cuts through all the BS had you been wearing clothes.

Public nudity laws vary across state and county lines. Some nude beaches are completely legal while others are technically illegal, but not enforced. In some cases, you might be subject to a fine. 

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