[Editor's note: This list is based almost entirely on reader comments from the original post, Best Nude Beaches in the World.]
1. Leucate Plage, France
France is where it all started, and Leucate Plage is one of the classics. A kilometer’s worth of warm Mediterranean water and golden sand, with a view of the Pyrenees rising to the west.
Naturism is well established here, with two nudist resorts sharing the beach along with a campground.
2. Abricó Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
These days, the beach has its own naturist association to help ensure that the right to strip skivvies is preserved, and that visitors behave in a way befitting a place dedicated to the free and loose.
3. Uretiti Beach, Northland, New Zealand
Just north of Waipu, this section of beach along Bream Bay is officially designated clothing optional. People seem to like it as much for its name as anything else.
Sites are available just inland at the beach campground for $8/adult. You’ll have to throw some clothes on before walking back to your tent, though. Don’t want the family campers to freak.
4. Formentera Island, Spain
Ibiza would be an obvious pick for some naked sun time. But those after something a bit mellower should hop a boat and head six miles south to the smaller Formentera Island.
A new ferry line from the mainland has increased visitorship, but Formentera is still chiller than its party sister to the north. And nearly all of its white-sand beaches are set aside for the bare.
5. Sandy Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Sandy Bay qualifies as an unofficial but widely recognized nudist hangout. Gawkers are somewhat limited, as it’s a 20-minute walk from the parking lot on wooden boardwalks over the vegetated dunes. The mountains backing it provide added seclusion.
Given the right conditions, there’s a decent beach break here as well. You’ll probably want to throw on a wetsuit, though — these Southern Hemisphere waters are chilly.
6. Lighthouse Beach, New York, USA
Reader Joel Ax recommended this one in the comments of the original piece, saying:
There are several nude beaches on Fire Island. In addition to the recognized nude beaches, discreet nudity is frequently practiced on isolated stretches of sand in between towns.
By car: State Pkwy to Robert Moses Causeway (Exit 40) south. Go to end, follow Robert Moses State Park signs. Bear left at traffic circle, park in Field 5. Walk 1/2 mile along beach, or go to east end of lot and start on boardwalk nature trail.
7. Bellevue Beach, Klampenborg, Denmark
Just across the sound from Sweden, and just 6 miles north of Copenhagen, this sandy beach is popular with young people from Denmark and elsewhere in northern Europe.
Expect bare-assed crowds in summer.
8. Arambol Beach, Goa, India
North of Goa, there are actually two beaches here, the larger and more frequently visited being Harmal. The smaller can only be reached by foot — I’m guessing this is the choice spot.
9. Swanbourne Beach, Perth, Australia
Perth’s only nude beach is unofficial but still good to go. There are a few caveats, though, according to the folks at LifeonPerth.com:
The nude section of Swanbourne is a couple of hundred metres north of the family area. Mix these two up and you could be in big trouble!
There is one more small thing. There is a live rifle range behind the dunes, so you’ll need more than 30+ sunscreen to protect your privates on firing days.
10. Porto Ferro, Alghero, Italy
At the northwest tip of the Italian island of Sardinia, Porto Ferro is a popular stop on the Mediterranean nudist cruise circuit.
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Hal Amen is managing editor at Matador. His personal travel blog is WayWorded.
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