When it comes to the beach, nothing feels better than soaking up the warm sun. And on nude and clothing-optional beaches, you can do it without ever getting a tan line! Of course, for many couples, nude beaches just aren't their style. Even if you aren't a particularly reserved or introverted duo, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're comfortable being naked in a public place, in front of total strangers.
But for couples to enjoy going au naturale, there are some great options where the sand is soft and the other beachgoers are laid-back, with no judgements -- exactly what you need when you're baring it all. Not all nude beaches have this ideal vibe, and without it, the experience just won't be as good. So, For nudist newlyweds who want to relax in their birthday suits, we've gathered together our ideas for some of the world's best nude beaches for couples.
Without further adieu, here they are:
Petit Cayes - Saint Martin, Caribbean
What we love about Petit Cayes in Saint Martin is the lack of crowds. While some couples might find that a more crowded beach makes them blend in more, and stand out less, a busier beachfront has the potential to be a scarier place to dip your toes into the world of nude beach-going. Of course, for experienced naturalists this won't be a problem. But if you're a couple who wants to try it for the first time, a quieter beach might be more your speed.
There is a bit of a hike to reach Petit Cayes, which might be part of the reason it tends to be so quiet. But if you pack sturdy shoes and don't mind a little bit of adventure, you'll be rewarded at the end of the hike with a beach that isn't like anywhere else you've been.
If you don't mind a bit more bustle, Orient Beach is one of the best-known Saint Martin beaches for going nude. Most of the beach is topless-only, but in the area by Club Orient, clothing is completely optional.
Red Beach - Crete, Greece
A narrow crescent of golden-red sand and bright blue water make Red Beach in Crete a beautiful place for sun and fun. And for the naturalist beachgoers there, it's even more beautiful enjoyed in the nude! Splash and skinny dip in the perfect water, laze all day on the sand in your natural state, or talk a nude walk hand-in hand. It's in an off-the-beaten-path area, so you won't find the bustle of nearby restaurants or even a snack bar. There's also a snack bar where you can grab refreshments in between tanning sessions, so you don't have to trek far to get a little coffee or something to hydrate you.
Little Beach - Maui, Hawaii
Okay, we admit it: technically, nudism is not legal on Hawaii's beaches. However, we have reliable sources, who in classic journalistic fashion we shall not reveal, claiming that local law enforcement is perfectly fine with beachgoers stripping down. Call it a tolerated illegality, if you will. Frankly, we're glad the police have other priorities, and with beaches as beautiful as Little Beach on the island of Maui, you're in the perfect place to pop those clothes off and enjoy the Hawaiian sun the way nudists say it was meant to be enjoyed -- on your whole body!
Baker Beach - San Francisco, California
The surf here is rough and the area is known to become blanketed in that famous San Francisco fog, but for a great spot to enjoy a grand old (nude) time, with amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge to boot, Baker Beach is the spot for you. It's a judgement-free zone where the waters may be too rough for swimming, but the vibe and environment are unforgettable, even without all the nudity. For a clothes-off honeymoon in San Francisco, this is a beach you've got to check out.
Es Trenc - Majorca, Spain
Though it can get crowded, and parking might cost a pretty penny, there's a reason Es Trenc in Majorca, Spain is so popular. On the coast of the Sea of Cortez with clear blue waters and soft white sand, Es Trenc is pure unabashed beauty. And for a bit of good news for nudists or those curious about giving nudism a try, the central nude section of the beach tends to be less crowded than other parts, as there are more visitors who prefer to keep their swimmies on and don't set up camp in the naked section.
The beach itself, which looks like it's straight out of the Caribbean, is just as gorgeous regardless of which you pick! You won't pay dive bar prices at the snack bars, but for a beach this beautiful, it's worth bringing the extra euros when you need a bite or a drink.
Cap d’Agde - Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Nestled in a clear blue bay, Cap d'Agde in France is an interesting part of this list because, in addition to being a nude beach, the surrounding area is an entire village where clothing is effectively banned from March to October. That's right -- a nude beach in a nude town!
Visitors have to fill out special forms to enter, and the village provides many options for eating, drinking, and activities. It attracts seasoned nudists, so it might not be the best place for bare-bottomed newbies, but for those who are comfortable, it's a great spot for couples. As for the locals, they must save a bundle on their clothes shopping bills!
Praia do Pinho - Balneario Camboriu, Brazil
Known as Brazil's first official nude beach, Praia de Pinho is an entire nudist retreat complete with cabins and camping. The beach itself has unique scenery, with the splashing waves surrounded by lush green hills. And with the popular vacation hotspot of Balneario Camboriu nearby, you can make a whole honeymoon out of your visit here.
Eden Beach - Hawksbill Bay, Antigua
Eden Beach in Antigua is another pretty quiet, remote option, with a beach long enough that visitors can spread out as much as they please. Don't expect any fancy snack bars here (so pack your own lunch), but do expect a beautiful stretch of coast with soft sand and that bright azure water Antigua is known for. Since it's quieter than many other nude beaches, it's a great one for couples that aren't used to walking about nude in public, in front of other people (even naked ones).
Wreck Beach - Vancouver, Canada
With about five miles of nude beach to explore, you can always find a spot to toss your clothes aside and throw down your beach chairs on Wreck Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Because there's a nearby university it can get a little crowded with students, but that's the only drawback. You also can wear clothes if you want, so this beach gives you options if you're first-timers and get a bit too nervous to go fully nude once you arrive. And you won't be alone -- lots of beachgoers here opt to keep at least some clothes on.
You'll love the crescent-shaped bay and surrounding forests; a feature stemming from the fact that Wreck Beach is located in a nature preserve known as Pacific Spirit Regional Park. And since the beach is so large, you can go nude without being noticed -- not that anyone is really paying any attention anyway, but the sense that you're not being stared at makes it much easier for newbie nudists.
Paradise Beach - Mykonos, Greece
On their honeymoon, many couples want peace, quiet, and tranquility. But for couples looking for more of a party atmosphere, Paradise Beach in Mykonos, Greece starts a daily rager in the late afternoon, around 4:30 p.m.. A DJ starts spinning party beats and the two beach bars become bustling drinking spots where, once naked or barely-clothed revelers start getting drunk, you can rest assured that your nudity is the last thing they'll notice. Don't worry, as the party tends to stay well under control, but the fun fiesta atmosphere is great if you're seeking more music, booze, and dance-filled "fun" to go with your fun in the sun.