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Dare To Bare: End of Summer Nakation



Whether you’re a pure naturist or simply curious about nudist culture, more folks are turning toward clothing-optional destinations for “nakation” getaways. And travelers aren’t stripping down just for summer. Achieving the goal to even out tan-lines is definitely a perk to sunning in your birthday suit, but year-round options abound thanks to natural hot springs, indoor bathhouses, and au naturale retreats.

While public nudity laws vary state to state, and each destination has their own rules, we did our research to compile a list of popular clothing-optional and nudist destinations where you can, well, let it all hang out. So brush up on your in-the-buff etiquette, remember to pack light and always wear sunscreen.

  • Ten Thousand Waves

RESORTS, SPAS & RETREATS

Ten Thousand Waves – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Inspired by Japanese mountain hot springs resorts, this retreat offers all of the amenities needed to balance your qi: hot tubs, cold plunges, saunas and spa services. All of the communal baths are clothing optional minus the co-ed Grand Bath where bottoms are required. You can opt to rent a premium private tub and spa suite.

Esalen Institute – Big Sur, California
For a meditative experience, reserve a spot for the clothing-optional Public Night Baths. These cliffside hot tubs offer an unforgettable experience with the sound of crashing waves, and amazing views of the Pacific Ocean all under a starlit sky. As a holistic learning and retreat center, the institute offers everything from leadership workshops and healing massages to yoga and overnight accommodations. 

Mira Vista Resort – Tucson, Arizona
Out in the Sonoran Desert is this clothing-optional resort that sits on a 30-acre property rich with history dating back to the 1850s. Present day, this old west-style resort houses four pools, spa, fitness center, tennis courts and striking views of the Tucson and Santa Catalina Mountains.

Emerald Lake Naturist Resort – Houston, Texas
This family-friendly resort has attracted South East Texans since the early 1980s. An assortment of amenities include kayaks, paddle boards, driving range, beach area, swimming pool, jacuzzi, indoor spa, and clubhouse. Equipped with RV hookups, tent areas and lake house rental options, it’s ideal for an affordable “glamping” getaway. Nudity is required.

  • Blacks Beach – Amy M

PUBLIC BEACHES

Wreck Beach – Vancouver, British Columbia
Spanning 7.8 km (roughly 5 miles), it’s North America’s largest naturist beach. Swimming in the frigid waters isn’t ideal, but sunning with views of mountains, forest, sand and water is the main attraction. Clothing optional.

Little Beach – Maui, Hawaii
Hang ten and let it all hang out at this slice of paradise. It’s Maui’s only clothing-optional beach where naturists take advantage of naked surfing and naked snorkel in the crystal clear waters. It’s located around the bend from Big Beach in Makena State Park.

Black’s Beach – La Jolla, California
A popular destination since the 1970s, this local favorite has all the basics you need: sand, surf and sun. No restrooms, vendors or easy access. But it’s a scenic trek to and from the beach via steep stairs along the cliffs, also known as Ho Chi Minh Trail (as the locals call it).

Gunnison Beach – Sandy Hook, New Jersey
This beach is part of Sandy Hook Beach, with Gunnison reserved for clothing-optional visitors. Drive over or take a roundtrip ferry from Manhattan for roughly $30. It’s suggested you take your own drinks and snacks, as the food trucks and vendors are on the other side of the beach.

Baker Beach – San Francisco, California
September is the perfect time to de-robe and let it all hang out in San Francisco, since this is when summer really gets started in NorCal. Baker Beach is iconic for the “nudies” and clothed visitors alike, all aiming for a close-up view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fun fact about Baker Beach: It was the original site for Burning Man, before they moved to Black Rock City.

  • Buckstaff Bath House – Chantay H

LAKES, HOT SPRINGS & BATHHOUSES

Hippie Hollow Park – Austin, Texas
Located off the shores of Lake Travis, this rocky stretch of clothing-optional parkland has attracted sun bathers for decades. Take your floats, comfy seat cushions, snacks and water for this remote area of the lake. Parking fees apply.

Secret Cove – Incline Village, Nevada
With mesmerizing views and friendly visitors from all walks of life, it’s no surprise Secret Cove has a solid 5-star rating on Yelp. This beach cove is located on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, with access by hiking or boat.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs – Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Nothin’ like a naked dunk in 104-degree hot springs after a long day on the slopes! There are multiple mineral pools at various temps. But know that come sunset, it’s clothing optional and no children under 18 allowed. Buy a day pass or arrange for onsite cabin lodging and camping (no RVs allowed).

Buckstaff Bath House – Hot Springs, Arkansas
It’s one of the oldest continuously operating bathhouses, dating back to 1912. This “natural” hot springs spa offers numerous hydrotherapy program created by local physicians to treat various health conditions. No co-ed baths.

Still curious? Follow this Yelp Collection for more options. And share some of your au naturale experiences on Yelp!

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