In with the nude, out with the old. 2020 is a year of change, whether it be a shift to a healthier lifestyle, a focus on body positivity or even new ways of vacationing. Nakations, also known as nude vacations, have risen in popularity as the latest and greatest travel trend that has really captured the niche and even taboo aspect of vacationing in the nude.
Growing numbers of people have been embracing this trend as a way of connecting more with nature, focusing on sustainability and supporting body acceptance. Nude beaches have long been a part of the scene, especially in Europe, but now more resorts, clubs and activities like naked yoga have sprung up around the world.
The History of Nude Vacations
Nude culture first had its roots in Europe. In 1900s Germany, Freikorperkultur, or free body culture, began as the first organization of social nudism. This was an ideology that encouraged one to embrace the body and shed the old Victorian England ways of thinking.
Heinrich Pudor, the pioneer of nudist culture, published his book, The Cult of the Nude. He highlighted the benefits of taking part in sports and activities free of clothes — that it would contribute to good mental and physical health. The book was a hit and Pudor’s ideology of body acceptance spread throughout Europe during the 1920s, then to the rest of the world.
Since then, society has become progressively more comfortable with the idea of social nudity. According to the American Association for Nude Recreation, this niche industry racks in over $440 million annually! Now it’s easier than ever to partake in this thrilling and new way of vacation. With a vast array of resorts and travel agencies providing nude vacation opportunities, there’s something out there for everyone.
Why You Need a Nakation
Does the idea of a nakation sound appealing but still not fully convinced?
There are many reasons why taking a nakation can be beneficial to your body, mind and spirit. For one, nothing sounds more comfortable than shedding those clothes that may be restricting. Also, being nude can help the areas of your body that are usually less exposed catch some sun and absorb that vitamin D! Conclusion? You should get naked more often.
Most importantly, studies show that baring all during a nakation can help open your mind, helping you feel liberated and overcome body issues you may have. Nakations offer a chance for you to really get in touch with your body and embrace vulnerability.
Ready to plan that nakation now? Whether you’re flying or planning a road trip this summer, be sure to read on to discover 37 of the best nakation hotspots to visit.
Australia has a reputation for laid-back nude beaches, perfect for your next nakation! These beaches are both secluded and picturesque, offering a relaxing getaway. Many of these are family-friendly and you can even bring your dogs.
An important takeaway is Queensland is the only mainland state in Australia that has no legal nude beaches — however, hotspots like Cow Bay may be worth taking the risk.
Enjoy baring it all with great weather on the West Coast. California is no stranger to nudity. With nude beaches and resorts a-plenty, the Golden State is a perfect option for a summertime nakation.
Many of California’s beaches are more secluded and in hard-to-reach locations, meaning there’s plenty of privacy here — great if you’re new to this lifestyle. Connect with nature and explore these nude hotspots from the Bay Area all the way down to San Diego!
What’s more freeing than being naked in paradise? Hang loose at these nakation hotspots on the islands of Hawaii. The islands are home to a wide variety of beaches to choose from. While going fully nude is not officially legal on Hawaii’s islands, going topless is. However, the seclusion of some of these beaches make them popular nude destinations anyways, so feel free to ditch your bikini and let out your inner rebel.
Jamaica is the most popular area in the Caribbean for nakations. These hotspots capture the fun, free, laid-back feeling that Jamaica has to offer. It is important to note that nudity is against the law on the public beaches, however, the resorts here offer a perfect getaway with their own private beaches that are freely enjoyed by nude vacationers.
Located on Seven Mile Beach, these resorts have a little something for everyone and for all comfort levels.
Take a trip to the Sunshine State for a nakation and experience all the naturist-activities it has to offer. Pasco County, Florida is considered the largest nudist community not only in North America, but the world. This area boasts up to two dozen nudist resorts and clubs all within driving distance of and Tampa.
However, if you are outside this county, clothing is required by law, unless at a designated resort. Miami and Jupiter are also popular destinations that are no strangers to nudity. With year-round sunshine and 800 miles of coastline, Florida is a great choice for your nude vacation.
If you’re thinking about exposing yourself to new things, look no further than Mexico! Mexico is one of the most popular destinations in the world for not only vacations, but nakations as well. Even though nude beaches aren’t very prominent here, there are still plenty of resorts that cater to nudists.
The best nude resorts are located along the Caribbean, like Tulum — perfect for getting rid of those awkward tan lines. These nakation hotspots range from wild and steamy nudist resorts to quiet and relaxing destinations, with everything like pools and their own private beaches.
Summertime in Oregon is hot — a lot of people flock to the nearby beaches to cool down and even take advantage of the nude-friendly areas. If you’re looking for a more family-friendly nakation, Oregon may be your best bet. Luckily, Oregonians are very lenient with nudity — this West Coast destination has many nudist areas available to enjoy and many that allow you to take your families.
Nakation Etiquette: The Dos and Don’ts
Following nakation etiquette is important, especially if you’ve never been to a nudist area before and are worried about what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned veteran, here are some good tips to follow when visiting a nakation hotspot to help you feel at ease.
1. Do your research
Make sure you are aware of the specific rules and regulations of each nude beach and resort. You can’t go in assuming anything — not every single area within these spots is clothing-optional. Be aware of any signs that may be posted regarding clothing-required boundaries so you don’t run into any issues!
2. Do bring extra clothes
It’s always a good idea to make sure you have an extra swimsuit or cover-up handy. That way, you can easily transition to visit the clothing-required areas (like restaurants), or if you’re not sure if you’re quite comfortable to fully go nude, you have the option to cover up.
3. Do be open-minded
This is your time to shine and to get out of your comfort zone. Be open to embracing new and unexpected occurrences, like attending events with fellow nudists such as pool activities, performances or fun nightclub parties. No judgments here!
4. Don’t take pictures
When on a nakation, a good rule to follow is to never take anyone’s photo without permission. Many people may be on a nakation for the first time, so it is a good practice to avoid to ensure that everyone feels comfortable. Many nude beaches and resorts ban photography and even electronics, so take this opportunity to leave that phone behind and really focus on unwinding and basking in your nakedness.
5. Don’t stare
Staring is rude wherever you go, especially at a nude destination. If you’re new to this lifestyle, you may experience an initial shock at these destinations, but nudism is not a show — people embrace this practice as a way to accept the human body in all its forms and to be one with nature and undisturbed.
6. Don’t forget the beach essentials!
Among the most important beach essential to pack is sunscreen. Since parts of your body may not have seen the light of day in some time, they will be extra sensitive when sunbathing! So remember that sunscreen so you can relax knowing that you won’t get an uncomfortable sunburn. Also, pack a beach towel. These are usually required at resorts and are also a way for making sure sand doesn’t travel to places you don’t want it to.
Nakations aren’t for everyone, but it can definitely be a life-changing experience that you won’t forget. So before you take the plunge, do your research, follow the dos and don’ts of being in the nude and make sure to have an open mind! If you’re traveling to one of these nakation hot spots, renting a car will make it easier to explore and bare it all.