Honduras’ Paya Bay Resort Perfect Clothing-Optional Vacation for New Nudist Couple

Another amazing view at Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

There are so many wonderful locations around the world to try nude. My wife and I are fortunate and have seen many of them over the past 25 years. We’ve seen many, but not all. We would love to see more of them firsthand, but right now that’s not possible. We’re both very active with our careers and family and as a result, we can’t just drop everything and visit every nudist or clothing optional location we’d like to see. We will one day.

Because we can’t go everywhere we want to go nude, we have to live through others and their travels, which is why when I saw Mr. K and Ms. C share pictures of their trip to Paya Bay Resort in Honduras on twitter, I reached out to them and asked if they would be interested in sharing a trip report. Paya Bay has been on our list of places for years, but we’re probably not going to get there anytime soon. Thankfully K and C were very gracious and shared their trip and their first-time experience on a nude vacation. I believe you’ll agree, Paya Bay sounds like a clothing-optional paradise. More importantly, K and C discovered the beauty of a nude experience with someone you love. Paya Bay a perfect place for a couple looking to try their first nude experience in a relaxed, safe, and beautiful environment. 

Our First Clothing Optional Vacation

We wanted to thank TC @tripsinbuff for giving us the opportunity to write about the wonderful Paya Bay on the beautiful Island of Roatan, Honduras.  This was our first experience getting nude among other people.

My boyfriend and I spent two weeks on the island of Roatan in Honduras this winter and stayed at a few resorts across the island.  We got a great taste of the island from the small local village vibe of West End to the large, all-inclusive style resorts in West Bay. In the middle of our trip, we booked a four-night stay at the East End of the Island at Paya Bay Resort.  Although we have had many experiences at home being nude around our pool, in the yard and on hikes up to beaches of Manitoba, this was our first time taking it all off in front of others.

Climbing to the top. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

For us, the Paya Bay experience started at the rental car agency. When picking up our car, the agent asked, “Oh so where will you guys be going?” As we laid out our vacation plans, which included a drive to the East side of the island to visit Paya Bay, the agent replied with “OH,” followed by warnings that a car was not a good vehicle to travel with as the roads to get to Paya Bay were extremely bad. I’m not sure if this was an upsell technique or true concern? However we had done our research and were pretty sure a car would be fine.  We are from Manitoba, Canada and have driven on a great many back country gravel roads over the years.

Getting There is an Adventure

We started out that Sunday morning on our way to Paya Bay. It was an amazing drive through gorgeous country with many stops for pictures. There are points of elevation where you can see the coasts and the reef system on both sides of the island at the same time.  We reached the turn off from the main (only) highway that runs east/west and proceeded onto the dreaded gravel road.  We really found the gravel road is no different than the gravel roads in rural Manitoba. There were times you may see a bigger rock in the road or a big pothole, but again that is all to be expected when there is a gravel road frequently used by big trucks. Was the drive treacherous?  Absolutely not! Were there times when you had to slow and proceed with caution? Of course! Did our little rental car make it?  Without a problem! Please don’t let a “Bad road” warning you may see on some reviews detour you from all that is Paya Bay.  We took our time and had no problems.

Checking In

Can you get any closer to nature or the sea? Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

As we mentioned, our visit to Paya Bay was our first visit to a naturist/clothing optional resort.  We almost took the plunge while on a trip to Jamaica a couple years ago but unfortunately, we didn’t.  As newbies, we tried to do some research on naturist etiquette and to gain some basic sense of what to expect.

The view out your room at Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

We arrived and were checked in promptly by the front reception with lots of smiles even though we arrived much earlier than our check-in time. Entering our Cliffside room, we were absolutely blown away by the view.  Our room was average hotel room size, nice queen size, comfy bed, which we really appreciated after a week in a very hard bed at the first resort. It was tastefully decorated with a coffee maker, bar fridge, T.V., which we never once turned on, small-sitting area, and a small balcony for two, which sits upon a cliff with the ocean waves crashing below your room. 

What a view. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

This may cause some sleep issues for some, but for us it was a lullaby. The bathroom was big, with lots of counter space. My only complaint about the room though comes from the bathroom. The showerhead sprayed forward and hit the shower curtain causing the shower curtain to be pushed outside of the lip of the base.  A couple times we had water all over the bathroom floor. It’s also only made for one person at a time.  Although the bathroom had a small ceiling window for natural light, the actual lights were very dim and almost a yellow, which made the bathroom very dark especially at night.

Our Own Private Island

Exploring the trails at Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

So now the nervousness started as we headed down the beautiful walking trails and to check out the entire 22 acres. It’s recommended to remain clothed in the lobby, restaurants and from your rooms to the designated areas.  This is NOT a nudist resort.  It is a clothing optional resort, which also has Nudist designated weeks. We were booked on a designated Nudist Week. 

How do you improve paradise? Cold drink or lunch helps. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

As we walked the path to the main beach, I already knew I was going to like it. The path from our room led us along the edge of the cliff and the views were magical. Along the trails there were various seating areas and hammocks for your own private space overlooking the ocean. Just before Bliss Beach, we walked through the Black Iguana Beach Bar. The bar has a large seating area and a smiling bartender to greet you every time he sees you. He will happily serve you on the beach as well.  

This is what it’s all about. Exploring and enjoying the natural beauty of Paya Bay nude. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

As we continued through the bar and down to the main beach my nervousness started to grow. I could see naked and clothed people. We knew we were just exploring the trails and not actually staying anywhere just yet, so we looked around and continued on. The paths and little hideaways were located all over the grounds. Up at the end of the cliff, down in a little valley, hidden up in the trees overlooking the main beach, hammocks in the water, hammocks just at the water’s edge and lounge chairs anywhere you decided to stop. The beauty and tranquil setting were stunning in every way. Fire Island has a fire pit area where the staff will set up a late-night bonfire for you. It really felt like we had discovered our own private island. There was also a misting station, a body painting station, if you really want to get creative, and Yoga available. Zone 1 on the other side of the resort was for the textile crowd.  Zones 2 and 3 were for the naturists.

Getting Comfortable Naked

Another amazing view at Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

At some point during our walk, I became comfortable enough to take off my top. It was scary at first, but so liberating. We did run into another couple on the trail who were fully clothed (in the naturist zone), which kind of made me feel awkward. Realizing I was only topless and after a quick hello, we continued on our way without any real inconvenience.  We decided to go back to the room to get beach ready and really “do this.” We packed up our stuff (Paya Bay does provide very large beach/sitting towels) and headed back down to Bliss Beach.

One of the many natural landmarks at Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

There were lots of chairs available right on the beach and a wonder plunge pool with a waterfall to soak in after a swim in the ocean.  It is a small resort and there were 20 to 30 people on the beach.  The first thing I noticed was on one end of the beach, there was a group of clothed people.  And then at the other end of the beach a group of nude people. And then it seemed the middle group was in various dress.  I decided, we were here for the full experience, so we are not sitting with the clothed people.  I also knew I may feel uncomfortable being nude around fully dressed people in beach attire.  So over we went to the group that was quite comfortably sitting around naked. Still being very nervous, I chose a couple lawn beds by ourselves and began to settle in.

Exploring at low tide at Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

I just started to organize my towel on the chair and K dropped his shorts and was naked in about two seconds flat! He is always the braver one, but he did admit that’s how he deals with his nervousness.  Just jump right in and get it over with.  I had a bit more hesitation still. I removed my bathing suit top and took my time.

Exploring Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

Now for me, the one thing I didn’t read about before we left was body hair and I was concerned with what other naturists are like.  Do they not shave? Do they just let things grow au natural?  I kept thinking about naturist vs naturalist and what really is the difference.  So this was an honest fear of mine, I am a shaved/waxed person. I was afraid others may frown upon me for being all “out there” and such.  So I took some time and without getting in people’s faces or gawking, I surveyed the other nudists. Sorry to all the nudists, but I had to do it.  I saw people of all shapes and sizes and people with all different pubic hair preferences. This made me feel much more comfortable. We decided to go for a swim.  My thoughts were, “I am at a naturist resort, and although some are still wearing their bathing suits, I’m not going in that water with it on.” Off the bottoms came and we hiked across the sand towards the ocean.

Take a dip. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

We waded into the ocean nude for the first time and honestly it felt amazing! When we finished our swim and playing in the waves, we walked back across the beach in front of all of these people to the outside showers. We washed off and then jumped into the plunge pool.  After we toweled off, like any other time we have been to a beach, we walked back down the beach and lounged on our chairs only this time, totally naked.  It was about then the nervousness started to fade away.  No one on the beach watched.  They couldn’t care less what we were doing.

Exploring Paya Bay

Your own private island at Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

During our time there, there were not a lot of others staying at the resort.  In speaking to the owner, he did mention it was a quiet week.  They do get a lot of expats and Canadians that now live on the island and come only for the day.  Also cruise shippers come on day passes.  It seemed like there were different people almost everyday, so you really did not get to socialize with others staying there.  The split would be about 50/50 of people nude and clothed, but either way no one seemed to care which category you were in.  So we had all evenings to ourselves. This was fine as we took advantage of moonlit night hikes to the various places on the trails for pictures and just enjoyed each other’s company. 

Soaking up Paya Bay naturally. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

We spent the days at Buccaneer Landing or at Shell Beach where it was just the two us. This side of the bay was always calm for skinny dipping or naked snorkeling.  We are avid snorkelers and we were surprised to see our first starfish while on the island.

Naturism is more than just laying in the sun. It’s nude recreation like snorkeling too. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

The staff were all so helpful, friendly and amazing. Again this is still Roatan, so everything is definitely on island time. K found it a bit awkward when the bartender would come to the beach fully clothed to bring him a beer.  As we were laying on the beach one day the owner came down with his two dogs.  He immediately took all of his clothes off and jumped into ocean for a swim.  That was great to see.  We had breakfast and dinner in the resort dining hall every day.  The food was excellent. I am a very picky eater! It was very much like home cooking. As with home cooking some days the bacon was crispier then desired or the eggs cooked a little longer than planned, but we were certainly never hungry!

Does it get any better than this? Soaking up Paya Bay naturally. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

The resort is far away from the crowds and there is really nothing close by.  You will need a rental to venture out to Camp Bay area.  We did climb Mount Picacho, which is within walking distance of Paya Bay.  You can hire a guide if you wish, but we are always up for another solo adventure so we made the trek.  It certainly took us a while to find access or a trail. It is not a typical tourist attraction. We ended up with a few bruises and lot of scratches that made us scream a bit when you jump back into the salty ocean upon your return.  But certainly, the island views from the top made it all worth it.

Getting Comfortable Naked

What it’s all about. Finding your place in the soon and spending time together naked with your partner. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

As our time went on, we definitely felt more and more comfortable with ourselves and with others seeing us nude.  We talked a lot about how we felt about our first experience.  In some ways you feel a bit voyeuristic. Part of your brain is still in the habit of discretely looking and comparing yourself to others.  Another part of the brain feels a bit exhibitionist. It was a wonderful feeling free and natural in those surroundings and in front of other people without a care. 

Find your place to relax at Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

As our time at Paya Bay passed, we really enjoyed the freedom, the scenery, the relaxation and the liberation of being nude.  Whether it was relaxing on the beach, reading a book, walking the trails, a nighttime, moonlit private photo shoot, or a naked swim or snorkel in the ocean. It was all breathtakingly beautiful and very much a bonding experience for us as a couple. We are not a lifestyle couple and were not looking for that type of resort as our first experience.  Paya Bay was definitely just what we needed!  In our eyes, Paya Bay should not be compared to a five-star resort. What Paya Bay has to offer is much more than anything a five-star resort can offer: peace in nature!

Natural beauty of Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

After leaving Paya Bay and moving down to the beautiful resort area of West Bay, we were sitting on the beach and looking at the ocean and we both agreed.  This would be much more fun here naked!

Finding your own space at Paya Bay. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

Since being home, I find myself naked a lot more and much more comfortable nude. K is naked probably 75% of the time.  As I am writing this blog, the temperatures outside are warming and soon I can spend a lot more nude time outside. Now that we’re home, I guess the reason we decided to try a clothing optional experience was to see what it would be like. We are naked at home and in the pool all the time.  But you always notice your own flaws and tend to be very self judgmental. It was nice to be raw, relaxed and free. To not be judged and be comfortable in your own skin. We have been together as a couple for more than five years now and we like to try new adventurous things. These things help us to learn who we truly are. We all have scars from life that tend to define us. We found this an opportunity to shed those scars and start something new.      

Soaking up Paya Bay in the moonlight. Photo used by permission from K&C @loving2Travel

Maybe some naked hiking and more beach trips are in our future! We have already planned for our vacation next year and booked our first week at a real nudist resort.    

Getting to Paya Bay Resort

Paya Bay Resort is about an hour from the airport in Roatan.  You can rent a car for about $50, get a private driver or make arrangements with Paya Bay and they will get a driver for you. I am not sure of the cost for a private driver, but from what I have read it is about $80 to $100 to hire a driver for the day. From the cruise ship terminal at Mahogany Bay, it is around 50 minutes.  Same applies to car rental or local transportation from the ferry terminal.  A day pass is only $5 per person and they only allow a maximum of 15 people in on day passes.

K&C @loving2Travel

Sun’s Out, Buns Out: Answers to the Six Most Asked Questions by First Timers Interested in Visiting a Nudist Club this Summer

It’s summer. It’s hot. And you and your spouse want to try something new. You’ve both thought about topless sunbathing or skinny dipping or spending the afternoon naked by a pool or lake. Interested in learning more?

Here’s what anyone who enjoys nude recreation will tell you, “Suns out? Buns out!” This is the summer to try nude recreation for you and your significant other and to learn what it’s really all about.

Sun’s out. Get those buns out!
On a hot summer’s day, there is no better time to get naked with your spouse at a local nudist club or campground.

My wife and I started this blog several years ago to give couples interested in nude recreation and social nudity a better idea of what to expect. There is a lot of bad information out there and from our experience, the reality is probably not what you’d expect. It wasn’t what we expected at first either, but what it is, we have found to be relaxing, wonderful and a great activity for the two of us. Simply put, we love our nude time together and the more couples we talk to who have experienced it usually say they wish they had tried it a lot sooner than they did.

Many nudist clubs have property to explore together.

The key point to remember is that being naked around others is only a concern until you try it and after that, it likely won’t be anymore. You will be anxious at first. We were. That’s completely normal. Think about, since you were young everything you’ve been told by your family, culture, religion, and others is that you should be embarrassed by your naked body when you’re around others.

A naked walk in the woods is one of my favorite things to do. Many nudist clubs have a lot of property to explore including trails in the woods. From Pinterest

Also the perception is that being naked means sexual intimacy or that you’re open to sexual advances from others. In reality, it isn’t sexual at all. That’s one of the biggest surprises. Even though there are boobs, penises, vaginas and bottoms of all colors, sizes and ages on display, it’s simply not a sexual environment.

The reason to go to nudist club or campground (colonies are for ants, not nudist) is that it is a very safe, open and welcoming environment. Let me share the questions most couples ask before trying social nudity at a nudist club or camp. Note that there are other questions for a nude beach, but that’s for another post.

Here are the questions we hear most from couples interested in learning more about nude recreation and social nudity.

What if my body isn’t perfect? I don’t think anyone wants to see me naked.

Our advice regarding getting naked is to do what’s comfortable but don’t delay. It’s really no big deal. Just get out of your bathing suit or bikini and start enjoying life naked.

Stop right there. The perfect nude body is your body and every body is perfect in its own way. You will see every body type you can image at a nudist club. Tall, short, skinny, fat, young, and old. You’ll see scars, birthmarks, stretch marks, burns and other marks we all have. Simply put, you will see it all. Know that everyone has something they would change about their body, even someone you would call handsome or beautiful. And that’s one of the best parts of a nudist club, it is a body shaming free zone. No one is judged. It’s all about being yourself and being comfortable. Not what other people think of your body. Besides, ask your spouse what they think of your body. I’m going to guess that they love it. It’s about you being comfortable and free in your own skin.

Furthermore many people are concerned about their private parts and how they stack up. Again, that’s unique to you and regardless of how large or small your penis or breasts are, it doesn’t matter. No one is going to notice or care. The only time you stand out at a nudist club is when you’re clothed. That’s the truth. Again, it’s about you being comfortable and free in your own skin.

The next question immediately after asking about perfect bodies is what if me or my spouse has a tattoo or piercing. Not going to lie, it’s amazing what we cover up. Our body art is unique to each of us and it starts with our own pubic hair. You’ll see shaved, landing strips and 100% natural and many variations in between. I will say that most nudist we’ve met though are shaved. Regardless you won’t stand out and you’ll look fine just the way you are.

In addition to our own personal grooming habits, you’ll see tattoos large and small and many in very intimate places and just about any body part can be pierced, but nipple piercing is very popular. Whatever you have or don’t have, please don’t be embarrassed. Be proud and be ready for questions. I’ve seen tattoos become wonderful conversation starters.

How do we know we won’t run into someone we know?

When there is a will, there is a way. You can’t enjoy time together naked unless you’re ready to get naked.

Great question and this is a major hangup for many couples. Often couples enjoy their first nude experience on vacation when they go to nude beach at a resort and now they’re back home and worried about running into the neighbors. It was a concern of ours. There is a nudist property 30 minutes from our home (that we truly love now) and we wouldn’t go there for years because we were concerned about running into someone we knew.

There is always a chance you will recognize someone or they will recognize you, but here’s what you need to remember. For most couples, social nudity is a secret. Only a few of our friends know that we enjoy getting naked. Our families don’t. Our children don’t. And most people really want this part of their lives kept secret. If you did see someone you knew, I’m sure it would be a little awkward, but you both now have a secret that neither one of you is going to share. In fact, if you didn’t know them well before, you might now.

At a nudist club, it’s customary to give only your first names and not to talk about where you work or live. It’s up to you if you decide to offer that information, but it’s not expected. Personal privacy is very important.

Is a nudist club safe? Will we be hit on by other couples or could someone take a picture of me?

There is nothing better than the feeling of freedom you get when you’re bathing suit comes off and the sun kisses your body for the first time. You’ll be surprised how quickly you learn to love not wearing a bathing suit. No matter how big or small your bathing suit or bikini, it’s hot and uncomfortable to wear. You’ll only find this out when you start going without one.

This is perhaps the most important question to ask and this is why we highly recommend making your first social nude experience at a recognized nudist club. Simply put, this is a safe place where you can be naked and not worry about anyone hurting you or your spouse. When you are naked, you are vulnerable and your safety and privacy are very important.

A reputable club that is a member of the American Association of Nude Recreation (AANR) or The Naturist Society (TNS) and is all about the personal wellbeing and safety of their members and guests. Most clubs are open to families and because there are children present, safety is very important. Here is what you need to know.

When you first visit a nudist club, they will ask for your state ID so they can run a background check on you. You will not be allowed to enter without it. Next they will review the rules of the club. There will be a section about sexual or intimate contact, which is strictly prohibited. If it’s seen, the people involved are kicked out. No exceptions. Furthermore cameras and cellphones are often not allowed to be seen or used at a nudist property. Taking pictures is not permitted.

Your comfort is key to enjoying being nude around others. Knowing that everyone around you will respect your privacy and give you space is key. This is why we recommend a nudist club over a nude beach, which may attract people who are there for the wrong reasons.

So we’re interested in going to a local club. What do we do next?

Pick up the phone and call them. Don’t be embarrassed. They receive calls from interested couples all of the time. Let them know you haven’t done this before and that you’re newbees. Let them know when you’ll be there and what you should do. Most clubs aren’t well marked with signage by design. There is often a gate and privacy fence and you’ll need specific directions to get there. Often you’ll need to be buzzed in.

From there you’ll park and go to the office to do the background check and to pay the day fee (many clubs offer free visits for first timers). They’ll go over the rules with you and then they’ll give you a tour of the property. This is your time to ask questions. Don’t hold back. There are no dumb questions. Other than no pictures or personal displays of affection, the next most important rule they’ll tell you is to bring a towel everywhere with you. When you sit down, you use a towel. Don’t just put your bottom down anywhere.

From here, they’ll let you go back to your car and get your things. We bring towels, suntan lotion, drinks and a picnic lunch. This is our time to enjoy and this is how we enjoy it. You’ll quickly have your own routine.

So when do we get naked and do we have to do it right away?

Before long, you’ll be leaving your bathing suit or bikini at home. It doesn’t matter how cute your bathing suit or bikini is. You’re always cuter without it.

Don’t laugh. We get this question all of the time. If it’s your first time, you’ll want to do what makes you comfortable. Some clubs allow clothing except in the pool or hot tub, when you must be naked. Ask and they’ll let you know. Often it’s based on the weather. If it’s cold, wear a shirt.

There really is no rule here but we’d encourage you to take off your clothing in your car and leave it there. Get it over with and then start enjoying the sun on your skin and what true freedom really feels like. You’re naked and no one cares or notices. It’s all about the two of you feeling good.

I generally take off my clothing as soon as we pay our day fee and return to the car to get our towels and picnic lunch. My wife will sometimes wear a sundress with a thong bikini on under it. She’ll wear that to the pool and take it off when we get situated.

We see new couples come to the club all of the time. Most are wearing their swimwear when they arrive and take it off when they find chairs to layout on. Others are wearing wraps or cover ups. The choice is yours but we really would recommend taking off your clothing as soon as you can.

We can’t recommend enough how much we enjoy nude recreation. There is so much to do and explore naked. You’ll never know until you try it and perhaps the best part is the time you and your spouse will enjoy together and the wonderful people you’ll meet. You’ll quickly discover what you’ve been missing.

When the sun is out, it’s time to get your buns out and start enjoying nude recreation with your spouse or significant other. Visit your local nudist club and see what it’s all about.

Discover Your Naked Self at Florida’s Cypress Cove

On our nude journey over the past 25 years, my wife and I have enjoyed many naked vacations (or nakations) to a variety of clothing optional and nudist locations large and small. We’ve dropped our bathing suits and our inhibitions at many exciting, tropical destinations in Bora Bora, Jamaica, St. Martin, Miami, San Diego, and Mexico to name a few. We’ve experienced the relaxation and joy that can only be experienced nude with someone you love in a safe and friendly place. It’s amazing how social nudity can be such a wonderful way to meet new friends and connect with your spouse in ways you never imagined in a clothed, covered-up world.

Cypress Cove’s main pool. Image from CypressCoveResort.com website.

We would gladly go back to any of these locations for another trip, but it was our first trip to Cypress Cove in Florida that reminded me of a simple truth of nude recreation: “Anything you can do clothed, you can do naked and it will always be more fun, more enjoyable and more memorable.” It was at Cypress Cove that we re-discovered our naked selves and why personal nudity is such a simple and lasting reward.

Reading by the pool and soaking up the sunshine is a perfect activity at Cypress Cove but the resort offers so much more to do.

Cypress Cove is a 300-acre property that includes a large lake, recreational facilities and a small residential community. Cypress Cove positions itself as a resort featuring 84-hotel villa rooms, full RV and primitive campgrounds, tennis courts, two restaurants, bar, gym and even an onsite beautician/salon. You can even go golfing, play tennis, canoeing and fishing. And just like most resorts yes, you can lay out and bake in the sun beside one of their two large pools or soak in their hot tubs. You can sip your frozen colada or beer while floating naked in the pool.

Cypress Cove has two pools. Image from CypressCoveResort.com website.

All are great features if you are considering a nude vacation but there is another reason I would recommend Cypress Cove for any interested couples looking for their first social nude experience in a safe and welcoming environment. At Cypress Cove you’ll see and experience what life is like truly living naked. Let me explain.

Enjoy walking on the residential streets at Cypress Cove wearing nothing more than your shoes and a smile.

Friends of our invited us to spend the weekend with them at Cypress Cove. They had been there several times before and loved it but not for the reasons why they loved Couples San Souci or an all inclusive nudist resort. We learned exactly what they meant late in the afternoon on our first day when we retreated from the pool and went back to our hotel room to exchange our towels and books for a stroll. We walked literally down main street by well-kept homes of all sizes and styles wearing only our shoes. We saw residents out jogging, riding bicycles, walking dogs, gardening, painting and other everyday activities wearing nothing more than a smile. And yes, everyone was very friendly and social. We walked naked for miles safely up and down the streets of Cypress Cove surrounded by others enjoying the nudist lifestyle.

It’s hard to explain but to me, this is why more couples need to experience social nudity. It’s not about getting over the fear of taking your clothing off. It’s about how you feel when your naked and exposed: relaxed and happy.

Cypress Cove golf course next to the RV campground. Image from CypressCoveResort.com website.

To the uninitiated, this may sound absolutely anxiety producing. Being naked on a beach or by the pool is one thing, but parading through the streets wearing nothing with no privacy can feel like a big leap but in all honesty, it’s here that we were reminded that anything you can do clothed, you can do naked and it will always be more fun, more enjoyable and more memorable. We took a long walk through Cypress Cove nude every morning and afternoon for the next four days and that is only one of many memories that stand out from our trip. We lived nude and loved it.

Cypress Cove lake from the campground.

Our blog is about encouraging couples to try social nudity. For my wife and me, we’ve found it to be a wonderful bonding point. A shared experience that is better because we are naked together. We have discovered how wonderful it is to spend time together outside naked. I’m not talking about sexual intimacy. We are not touching each other. That’s not appropriate outside of the privacy of your bedroom. We are just spending time and hanging out with other naked couples who like to do the same thing.

Which is why I would willingly encourage any couple interested in seeing what nude recreation is all about to go to Cypress Cove to find out for themselves. It’s a large property with a lot to offer. Here’s what to expect:

Paradise is Found at Cypress Cove. Image used from CypressCoveResort.com website.

When you pass by the front gate, you’ll leave the clothed world and immediately be transported into a place where you wear what’s comfortable based on the weather. And yes, you’ll see a lot of tan bottoms, boobs and bodies immediately. You’re not in Kansas anymore Dorothy and that’s okay because you’re in safe place. Nudist understand that when you’re naked, you’re vulnerable which is why there are strict rules such as no photography without consent, no suggestive attire and absolutely no public intimacy or sexual touching. There is a time and place and that’s in the privacy of your own bedroom.

Beach by the Cypress Cove lake. Image from CypressCoveResort.com website.

Cypress Cove is a family nudist property and protecting children is of the utmost importance. Once you arrive at the front office, you will be required to check in and to share your personal identification for a background check. A clothed, staff member will welcome you and go over the rules, map and activities, just like any resort, except everyone coming in and out of the office will be naked or wearing almost nothing. If it’s your first time, it will be shocking and does take some getting used to but one thing you’ll quickly discover about nudist, they’re not embarrassed so why should you be? Just remember to keep eye contact and not to stare just as you would in any clothed, social situation. It’s funny, the only time I’m uncomfortable at a nudist property is when I’m naked and the people around me are wearing clothing.

From here, you’ll take a tour of the property and see the lake and the boats. You’ll see the tennis courts and the golf course. You’ll see the pools and restaurants. And you’ll probably be taken to your room where your nude experience will officially begin. The rooms are comfortable, quiet and clean. Many were recently updated and include fridge, microwave and a full bathroom and sitting area.

Updated rooms at Cypress Cove. Image by Oyster.com and used on CypressCoveResort.com website.

It’s in the privacy of your own room that you’ll take off your clothing and first ask yourself if you’re ready for this. You are. My wife recommends for women to bring a wrap that you can wear till you’re comfortable walking around Cypress Cove naked. You will always have a towel with you for sitting and it doubles nicely as a wrap if needed. Definitely wear lots of suntan lotion (put it on in the room while you’re thinking about it especially if you’ve never done this before) and I recommend a comfortable hat. Then take your spouse’s hand, a good book and open the door and feel the sunshine and warm Florida breeze on your naked body. More importantly, note that no one screamed. The sky did not fall. The world didn’t stop moving.

Now comfortably walk to the pool and get naked. Don’t wait. You’ll see very quickly that any fear or anxiety goes away almost as quickly as you shed your wrap. It’s replaced by this wonderful feeling of freedom and relaxation. Enjoy it. Just like a first kiss, it will only happen once but you’ll find it to be intoxicating, which is why we believe you’ll want to do it again and again. Don’t take my word for it. A German TV station did a story about nude travel and Cypress Cove. Even if you don’t speak German, you’ll see what Cypress Cove is really all about.

Cypress Cove has two beautiful pools. Image from CypressCoveResort.com website.

From there go experience Cypress Cove. Enjoy the lake in a canoe or paddleboat. Enjoy the sunrise over the lake and walk in the sand. Head over to the tennis courts or learn how to play pickleball. What about volleyball or golf? It’s all here. Head to lunch or dinner where no shirt, no shoes is no problem because most people won’t be wearing anything except a towel to sit on.

Find a comfortable spot by the pool and start socializing or pick your own little quiet spot of heaven by the lake or away from everyone else. This is your time so spend it the way you want to do it. Just enjoy the time together. You’ll quickly realize how you look naked really doesn’t matter because everyone around you is perfectly average. We all have something we would change but when it’s all on display, nothing really stands out.

The Cypress Cove campground next to the lake. Image from CypressCoveResort.com website.

If you’re still anxious, liquid courage helps too. You can buy both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages at the main office or at one of the onproperty restaurants. It should be noted that while I was expecting prices to be high since the audience is captive, food and drinks were very reasonably priced at Cypress Cove.

Cypress Cove’s Cheeks bar/restaurant. Image from CypressCoveResort.com website.

One other important reason why Cypress Cove is an excellent place to experience social nudity for the first time. Other than the pools and hot tubs, the property is clothing optional. We saw a few couples who were here for the first time and it was obvious they were getting used to it. They found spots not in crowded areas by the pool but by the lake or in the green space between the two pools. One couple stands out in my mind. Throughout the day, the look of surprise on their faces slowly changed to smiles. They went from him laying naked on his stomach and her removing only her bikini top while covering up with a magazine to both of them walking from their chairs to the bar and then to the pool with nothing on and loving every minute of it.

On a cooler morning, a warmer top maybe necessary but that doesn’t mean you have to cover up entirely.

Cypress Cove has a wonderful bonus for first timers: a half price coupon for your first visit. From our experience, the property is very reasonably priced and only 40 minutes from Orlando and 30 minutes from Disney. It’s conveniently located.

Everything I’ve just shared will probably be the anxiety producing at first and yes there will be moments. You’ll have questions too like what do you wear to a clothing optional restaurant? (Most women wear sundresses while mean wear short sleeve button down shirts and nothing else).

Sound like the place for you to try nude recreation with your spouse? What I didn’t talk about though will be truly memorable for you both. It is the first time you walk with your spouse from your room to the lake or pool wearing nothing but a smile. Or go to the lake and go fishing or boating nude. Or talk with another nude couple while playing tennis or at the bar. You will feel free. You will feel comfortable and relaxed and it is wonderful.

Do what is comfortable for you and do it together so you’ll both share in the moment. Our one suggestion though is at some point during your visit walking the entire property, hand-in-hand because you simply can’t walk naked down the middle of a road through a community just anywhere. Cypress Cove isn’t just anywhere. It’s special.

Cypress Cove RV Campground. Image from CypressCoveResort.com website.

One other important suggestion for the first time, newbie nude couples visiting Cypress Cove. We took an Uber from the airport to Cypress Cove in Kissimmee. It takes about 45 minutes. At this point, going to a nudist property is no big deal for us but to someone (like our Uber driver) who had never done it before, it can be an ordeal. Our driver, who did not speak much English, asked us three times is we were absolutely sure we knew where we were going and was this the correct place. He might have been of Latin origins but he turned every shade of red when we he drove us by numerous naked men and women from the front gate to the office. He was friendly and professional throughout but we could tell he was beyond embarrassed. We told this story to several other couples who told us stories of their taxi and Uber/Lyft drivers dropping them off at the front gate, unwilling to drive any further.

Our suggestion, spare yourself any embarrassment for you or your driver and call Martin at Martin Transportation. Martin is a Brit who has called Florida home for more than 10 years. For $50, he’ll pick you up at Orlando International Airport and drop you off at Cypress Cove 45-60 minute later. He’ll also take you back to the airport for $45. An Uber is only a little less but the real reason to call Martin is because he lives at Cypress Cove and has enjoyed the nudist lifestyle for many years. For first timers he can tell you all about the wonderful trip you’re about to enjoy at Cypress Cove. Call Martin at 407-353-5346. There are other options including another driver who lives on the property. We met Martin and liked him a lot but do call Cypress Cove and ask for other options too if you’re interested.

Image of Cypress Cove taken from their website at: https://www.cypresscoveresort.com/

Let us know if you have any questions or if you’ve been to Cypress Cove what you’d recommend first time couples try for themselves. We really enjoyed it. Any first timers care to share their experience? We just discovered Cypress Cove but we’ll be back.

That Naked Feeling

We’re headed on vacation in a week. Just a quick getaway for my wife and me. We’re headed to Cypress Cove in Kissimmee for the first time. I’ve heard good things and considering that we live in the Midwest U.S. and haven’t felt 75+ degrees since October, understandably, we can’t wait to go.

Image of Cypress Cove taken from their website at: https://www.cypresscoveresort.com/

Yes, I’ll be writing a blog post about our experiences and why (or why not) Cypress Cove would be a great destination for the first time or new naturist/nudist couple. Today though I woke up extra excited for our trip. It’s still a few days away but for me, the trip has already begun in my head.

While most of our friends don’t know too much about the naked vacations my wife and I go on throughout the year, the few that do always hit on the same topics. “Isn’t it really sexual?” Nope, not at all. I know it sounds impossible, but it is actually not a sexually charged environment at all. It feels more freeing and open. No one is judging one another. It’s all about body acceptance and enjoying the day in your own skin. I’ll explain more later.

“Isn’t it embarrassing walking around naked with your privates hanging out?” It’s actually pretty comfortable and when you’re naked and everyone around you is naked too, you really don’t notice. I’ll admit, at first it was unnerving walking around without clothing but that lasted all of about 15 minutes. And surprisingly, when you’re around other naked people, you really don’t notice it after awhile. Your skin is your “clothing.” 

“What do you do all day when you’re naked?” Well, it’s really what won’t you do… which brings me to the purpose of this post. I can’t wait to get to Cypress Cove. I’m excited to see their property because they offer so much to do. Yes my wife loves laying by the pool and tanning in the sun or skinny dipping in the pool. I do too. But for me, it’s all that plus everything else that you can only experience when you are at a safe, clothing optional/nude property and surrounded by other like-minded individuals. Let me explain because here’s where a naked vacation is unlike any other trip you’ve ever had.

Beach at Cypress Cove. Image taken from their website by Dan Erwin. https://www.cypresscoveresort.com/

We’ll land in Orlando and Uber to Cypress Cove. As soon as we walk past the check in/ guard post, we’ll know we are somewhere different than the outside world. I’m expecting tan bottoms and boobs everywhere. We’ll get the tour from the front desk and we’ll see all of the main points of interest like the lake or the pools, or the restaurant in Cypress Cove that we will experience over the next few days. We’ll see naked men and women of all ages, colors and sizes doing what they do mid-morning when the sun is out and the temperatures are high enough to be comfortably nude outside. It won’t be shocking. It won’t be embarrassing. It will be our normal for the next few days.

Finally, we’ll get to our room. We’ll open up our luggage but instead of unpacking, we’ll be undressing. We’ll be taking off the jeans, shirts, jackets, underwear and other clothing that define us when we’re at home and in our community. We’ll trade them for tanning lotion and sunblock, sunglasses, hat and sandals (and a towel to sit on). Last time we were on a nude vacation, my wife was undressed before I had even opened my suitcase.

And then we’ll hit the moment that I’ve been dreaming about. The thought that hit me when I woke up this morning. The moment when we open the door and walk down the steps from our room. The moment when we step outside our lodging and feel the sun on our faces and a breeze across our nude bodies. The moment we walk naked and freely across the property holding our towels and each ours hands as we walk to the pool.

I can’t describe the feeling you experience when you’re naked and truly comfortable for the first time (or the first time in a while). It’s liberating. It’s freeing. It’s natural and it’s contagious. It’s the same feeling I’ll get when we walk the property and say “hello” to the other guests and residents. It’s the same feeling I’ll get when I go kayaking or try a paddleboard on the lake. It’s the same feeling when I go to the hot tubs and pools. It’s the same feeling when I walk on one of the nature trails and listen to the birds while looking for wildlife. It’s also the same feeling when my wife and I sit outside and enjoy lunch together next to the pool.

Beach at Cypress Cove. Image from their website: https://www.cypresscoveresort.com/

A nude vacation is just that, leisure time meant to be enjoyed in the nude. And the feeling I get when I’m there is hard to explain but really is wonderful. Until you’ve experienced a nude vacation or nakation, you really don’t know this feeling, but when you do, you’ll know it for the rest of your life. It is addictive.

Notice I didn’t say anything about intimacy or sexual touching. This goes to the question we hear first, that our naked vacation time must be very sexual. It isn’t sexual but it is bonding and close. Public sexual intimacy or touching is not acceptable at a reputable nudist property like Cypress Cove and will not be tolerated. We wouldn’t come back if it was happening in the open either. It’s not why we go on naked vacations. There is a time and a place and that’s in the privacy of your own room.

The Kiss by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). Great artwork but not appropriate at a nudist property. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kiss_(Rodin_sculpture)

So as the countdown to our nude vacation comes to a close, we invite you to discover your own nude vacation and experience the nude feeling firsthand. You’ll see what I mean. To find a nudist property for vacation or near your home, try the American Association of Nude Recreation (AANR) website.

Let us know what questions you have and look back for our trip report on Cypress Cove sometime in the next month.

A Naked Walk in the Woods


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A naked walk in the woods is one of my favorite things to do. From Pinterest

This past summer, I took a walk through a campground in the woods. The weather was hot and humid, but I was cool and comfortable. The campground was full of the sounds of summer. Classic rock music echoing from the pool deck. Kids laughing and playing as they jumped into the pool. Families enjoying barbeques and picnics around their campers. Games of corn hole going on with beers in hand. Couples walking in the bright sunshine and enjoying talking with friends and neighbors. Some walking their dogs. Others just taking a stroll around the campground. 

As I walked around soaking it all in, I was happy feeling the sun on my shoulders and everywhere else too. All I was wearing was sandals and a smile, just like everyone around me too. 

To me, this time walking through Green Valley, a nudist club and campground is why I enjoy social nudity so much. It’s not about everyone else and what they think or judging me. It’s not about my body and how I look. It’s not about offending someone with my nakedness. It’s all about me. It’s how I feel.

As my wife says, “It just feels good. There is no better feeling than being warm all over.” I would add that knowing you’re in a safe place where you can be naked with your spouse, friends and possibly family too. To me, piece of mind knowing that you’re not being judged for any reason other than who you are is just as important. 

While a nakation to a nude resort like Hidden Beach Resort is an amazing experience, some of my best nude experiences have been quiet ones. An afternoon at Red Rock beach north of San Francisco. A day sitting in the sun and playing in the waves at Haulover Beach in North Miami.  A few years ago, I had an opportunity to visit Lake Como just north of Tampa. This is a family nudist resort property with pools, lake, rv campground, tennis courts, nine-hole chipping golf course and other outdoor activities. 

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Photo taken from https://www.reddit.com/r/naturists/. If this image is copyrighted, please let me know and I will remove it.

For me other than a dip in the pool, my favorite part of the day was hiking through their 111-acre nature preserve. I hiked on all of their trails and watched and listened to the birds. They even have a website devoted to all of the birds they’ve seen on their property. And I did this only wearing a hat and my sandals. To me being nude and one with nature and my surroundings is an important part of nudism. I love this part. 

I’m not alone in my love for naked hiking or free hiking as it’s called. There even is a nude hiking day each year: the Summer Solstice, June 21.

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Love this photo. Image used in Sun newspaper article taken from Instagram: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3861599/national-nude-hiking-day-pictures-naked-defy-police/

The only way this could have been better was if my wife and been with me so we could walk and share in the sights and sounds of the naked hike together. She enjoys a nice walk too, but really wants to just soak up the sun nude by the pool or in the water. 

Our blog is about helping couples understand what social nudity is like and what to expect. As I mention with every post, social nudity is not about sex or intimacy. This is not a sexually charged environment. It’s just doing what you would do every day around and outside your home, except with little or no clothing on. Sexual touching and intimacy is never appropriate at any of the nudist properties and beaches I’ve mentioned in this post. 

Have a nude hiking spot or experience you’d like to share? There are lots of guides, resources and blogs if you’re interested in learning more. I’d also recommend checking out a local nudist property and calling to see if they have trails for you to explore and enjoy.  Check out the American Association of Nude Recreation website or The Naturist Society. Nudism is more than just nude beaches and skinny dipping. It’s about doing what you enjoy, just with little or no clothing. 

A Naked Honeymoon: One Couple’s Truly Memorable Nude Trip

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Enjoying the great outdoors with your spouse and no swimsuit has been some of the best experiences we’ve ever had.

If we could do it all over again, my wife and I would have gone on a clothing optional honeymoon. To be honest, when we went on our honeymoon to Tahiti we were just beginning our nude journey, and what a trip it has been. From nude beaches and skinnydipping to nude B&Bs and nudist clubs to hot springs deep in the wood and nudist resorts.
Our nude trips have been a great experience for us. We’ve been to many wonderful places and have made many good friends along the way. Including a couple who lives near to us that we’ve vacationed with to Saint Martin and gone nude boating on the Great Lakes.
Our nude journey started with a conversation before we got married. We talked about where we might want to go on our honeymoon and I asked my then fiance if we went to Tahiti would she sunbath topless. She said she would think about it but probably yes. This led to a follow up discussion about going to a nudist club in our area because I wanted to be naked with her. We tried it and liked it. That was more than 20 years ago.

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Some of our best time together has been spent together nude on a beach. And what a beautiful way to spend a honeymoon. Picture from orientbeach.com

Last year “Busy Bride” reached out to me and my wife to ask our opinion about a nude honeymoon. She was interested in trying out nudism. Her fiance wasn’t too sure at first but liked the thought as they explored more. Originally we discussed Busy Bride and her fiance going to St. Martin. They even booked a wonderful rental property but then saw a great travel special at Couples Sans Souci that they felt they couldn’t pass up. Thankfully the decided to go to Jamaica. Hurricane Irma destroyed St. Martin last Fall. 
Here is Busy Bride’s honeymoon trip report of Couples Sans Souci. I loved the thoughts she shared about her experience. All in all, her and her husband’s first nude experience couldn’t have gone any better and it was even better because it was their honeymoon. I’m envious of all the experiences they’ll enjoy together.

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The main beach and A and B Buildings at Couples Sans Souci

Couples Sans Souci was AMAZING! We absolutely LOVED it and could not have stayed at a better resort for our honeymoon! Where to start? The food was amazing. We’ve never been to an all-inclusive before, and as we’re both still “young. My husband will be 25 next year and I’ll be 30. I don’t feel so young anymore (haha!). So we haven’t had lots of opportunities to dine at gourmet 3-star Michelin restaurants yet. To our young tastes the food at every Sans Souci restaurant location was fantastic. We stayed in building B, had a top floor unit, that overlooked the beach and the Pallazzina. We loved our room. I think it was one of the more recently renovated rooms. It was gorgeous. And I can’t believe the room service there either. Absolutely amazing. I wanted to try some rum, and we had the order tally sheet you hang on the door. So we ordered one, thinking we would receive a nip. It was a full sized bottle. I couldn’t believe they just gave us a full-sized bottle. I guess it is all inclusive. Turns out I’m not such a big fan of rum either, haha. We had room service for breakfast almost every morning. We sat on our patio and ate and basked in the beautiful view and sounds of the ocean. Now, when I’m having trouble falling asleep at night, I’ll put on some waves and I’m out.
We tried out the nude beach second day we arrived. The first day was shot, we got there in the afternoon and we were exhausted. We had enough time to change before the manager’s buffet, which was lovely. We met another young couple there, then asked if they wanted to have dinner with us. They asked what our plans were for the next day and invited us to try the boat tour with them. When we told them we planned on visiting Sunset Beach they said they hadn’t heard about it, so we explained. They gave us some funny looks when we said they were welcome to come hang out there with us. We didn’t see them much after that dinner I think we scared them. Haha.

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After you enter Sans Souci’s Au Naturel Beach, it doesn’t matter if you undress immediately or wait to find your perfect spot in the sun.

So, we tried the beach. It was very funny, because after all this anticipation it was me who ended up getting nerves and needing to be coaxed into going. My husband told me I was the one who wanted to try out a nude beach so badly and I’d regret it if I got cold feet now. So we walked up to the gate and we stepped inside. Then I turned to my husband and said, “So, what do we do? Do we take off our clothes here so they know we understand the rules and then find beach chairs, or do we walk up first and then disrobe?” He didn’t really know, which ended in us awkwardly walking and disrobing at the same time. I’m sure we gave some people a good chuckle as we headed towards a pair of chairs in the very back off to the side.

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View from the Couples Sans Souci nude beach

We made sure to sunscreen very well prior to going down, so we had no issues with sunburns in any inconvenient areas. I took out my kindle and started to read and he just wanted to nap. We both ended up snoozing. I can’t believe I fell asleep there. I never sleep in public. I can’t even sleep on planes. I like to be aware of my surroundings. I was very surprised at how relaxing it was to lay back and enjoy the sun, listen to the waves, and sip my tropical frozen drink. My husband woke me up and asked if I wanted some food, because the grille was setting out a buffet. Again, I got a little nervous. It was one thing to be in a corner naked, it was another to walk up to the bar and grille fill my plate and walk back to our chairs naked. My husband had been getting my drinks for me, since I was being shy, but I said I’d join him in getting some food.

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Au Natural Beach at Couples Sans Souci

We walked up and I realized I was very hot after napping and not taking a dip so I jumped in the pool to cool off and then walked up to the grille to grab a plate. I was stopped by an older woman who was intrigued by my tattoos. She reached out and touched my hip as I passed and I was surprised at how much I didn’t care. We were all naked anyways. So I stopped and we had a lovely chat about tattoos and why I chose the ones I had and what they meant to me. Other people were sitting with her and they introduced themselves. After a short conversation my husband and I grabbed some food and headed back.
I was surprised at how friendly everyone was. And suddenly, I wasn’t shy or nervous anymore. It really didn’t matter that I didn’t have any clothes on. In fact, we saw them later that night at the buffet on the main lawn or rather they saw us first and called us over to their table. They were very lovely people. We saw them quite often after that. It’s funny how you remember and recognize the people you meet at Sunset Beach and how friendly they are when you see them outside of the nude area.

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Au Natural Pool and Swim Up Bar at Couples San Souci

The rest of our stay we actually spent on the main beach except for two more days on Sunset Beach (Sans Souci’s nude beach). This was mainly due to the fact we scheduled too many activities and my husband got sick to his stomach for two days. I also brought too many skimpy bikinis that I knew I couldn’t wear comfortably back home, so I wanted to wear each one I’d bought at least once. It was my first time wearing a thong bikini and I was enjoying showing off a bit.
If I were to do it again, we’d schedule less activities and just enjoy being extremely lazy, and I’d buy less bikinis because you really don’t need them at all. I was tempted to go topless on the main beach, but the vibes were not as welcoming there. I didn’t feel comfortable like I did on Sunset Beach. We spent some time at the main pool, met Brian and asked for the Eclipse drink you recommended. He made as close to the drink as he could. He was missing one ingredient, but it still tasted amazing and since we just loved Brian’s personality and finesse (all the spinning cups and liquor, serving drinks to us on his head or back) we made an effort to hang out where he was serving at the main pool and martini bar quite a bit.
We did enjoy Sunset Beach on our second to last day. It was such a nice way to bring our honeymoon to a close. I can say for sure that the most relaxed we felt while at Couples San Souci was on Sunset Beach. My husband was surprised at how much he enjoyed it. We both agree we want to go back when we can afford to and next time we will try to visit Couples Tower Isle at least once. We thought about doing the trading places thing for a day but never got around to it. We did hear good things about Tower Isle from a few couples who had tried both Sunset Beach and Tower Isle. They said it was worth trying at least once, but their favorite was Sunset Beach. I still want to try Hidden Beach Resort, but I think I want to revisit Couples Sans Souci before we head over there.
We are both very happy that I stumbled onto your blog. We dodged a bullet by cancelling our cruise and booking Couples. What a difference that would have made if we had cruised for our honeymoon instead of discovering the paradise that is Couples Sans Souci. I loved that it was adults only and couples only and I loved the small private nature of the resort. It never felt crowded, and there are so many cute nocks to discover and cuddle in. Thank you so much for your help and tips for our first nude experience together. It really did make our honeymoon memorable and extra special.
I’ll tell anyone who’ll listen about our experience. I think my friends are tired by now. I keep telling them they should try a nude beach and a couple of them are planning honeymoons so I am definitely pushing Couples Sans Souci. I even told my parents they should try it out. I’ll definitely be looking into beaches and areas to enjoy being nude in the future and especially in the U.S. I’m wondering if there are any resorts where we wouldn’t need to travel outside the U.S. to enjoy them. I really wanted to give an honest review of our experience at Couples.
Thank you so much Busy Bride for sharing your review and your thoughts. And congratulations on finding out about the power and love of a nude vacation early on in your marriage. Enjoy.
Does anyone else have a naked honeymoon trip they’d like to share? Please do.

Headed to Hidden Beach Resort for your Nakation? 10 Suggestions to Make Your Naked Stay Even Better

Together time is naked time at Hidden Beach Resort in Mexico

There are a lot of great nude and clothing optional resorts, B&Bs, and vacation hot spots available for couples looking to try a great nakation. My wife and I have been lucky enough to spend time at several of nude resorts and beaches throughout North America and the Caribbean. While there are many properties we like for a variety of reasons, Hidden Beach Resort in Mexico remains one of our favorites.

 

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Our room at Hidden Beach Resort

There is a lot to like about Hidden Beach Resort. What could be better than a nude resort (not clothing optional) where you can walk out of your room in the morning, have breakfast, lay in the sun, swim in the pool, enjoy lunch by the pool, have a cocktail or 10 more, sit in the hot tub, enjoy a candlelight dinner, enjoy a variety of evening activities and never put on a stitch of clothing all day?  My wife and I went 36 hours once without putting on anything until we finally decided to go to one of Hidden Beach’s sister resorts for dinner (sorry, shirt and pants required for guys, dress, skirt or shorts for women).

My wife and I started this blog more than five years ago to give advice and suggestions to couples looking to try social nudity. We wanted to share our experiences so that other couples can explore nude vacations and a relaxing time together. We try to help couples know fact from fiction or as we like to say, “the naked truth.” It has been a wonderful getaway for the two of us where we can enjoy each other’s company while relaxing in the buff. We’ve made great friends and have wonderful memories but like most first timers, we didn’t know what to expect the first time we went to a nude resort.

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So what is it like? Relaxing, freeing and fun are the first thoughts that come to mind. What isn’t it? Sexual. Believe it or not, it’s not a sexual experience and most reputable clothing optional/nude locations have a code of conduct that guests must sign. No sexual or intimate touching or contact is allowed. There is time and place for everything and it is in your room after a naked day in the sun.

We found Hidden Beach 12 years ago and have loved it every time we’ve gone back. We just completed our fifth visit and we will be back. It’s expensive. In fact, it’s probably at the highest price point of any of the resorts we’ve stayed. I am working on another post comparing Hidden Beach Resort and Couples Sans Souci (both wonderful properties offering great nude experiences and great for first timers) but on our most recent visit to Hidden Beach my wife and I started a list of the must do activities for you and your partner during your stay. Some of these are on their website but must are not. Our list goes beyond simply sitting on the beach or lounging by the pool naked and talking with new friends all day (which is great too!).

We love going to Hidden Beach Resort to spend time together naked and enjoy meeting other couples. Here are the activities we look forward to every visit. Most are done without swimsuits and clothing but a few require us to cover up (bummer).

Regardless if this is your first visit to Hidden Beach or your 20th, here are our list of activities we recommend doing during your stay:

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1. Sleep With the Fishes – Hidden Beach has ten or so wonderful palapas on the beach. Think of these as daybeds with thatched roofs. They are wonderfully comfortable and perfect for lounging naked during the day. Late at night, we put on our Hidden Beach robes, grab three towels each and find a comfy palapa to snuggle on while listening to the waves washing up on the beach and the breeze flowing through the palm trees. It is a truly wonderful experience. We usually fall asleep and wake up early in the morning (3am several times) before returning to our room. We were really lucky to have a full moon during our last visit to Hidden Beach.

 

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Photo from http://www.hiddenbeachresort.com/

2. A Naked Table for Two – Nude dining isn’t for everyone but there is something wonderfully casual about enjoying a wonderful meal at a restaurant where no shirt, no shoes, no suit (swimsuit or otherwise) means great service and good times. Seriously sitting down to a candlelight meal and only wearing a wrap (my wife) or nothing at all but sitting on a towel (me) and being treated to a fabulous meal with other naked diners is meal you can only enjoy here.

 

3. Fish Food – Hidden Beach is a wonderful property but unfortunately the beach really isn’t much to speak of.  Sand no. Coral yes. While we wish we could go for a skinny dip you really can’t go very deep into the water without shoes. Fortunately where there is coral there are fish and throw them some bread and you’ll have a school of fish swimming around you in no time. This is one of my favorite activities.

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Sunrise

4. Rise and Shine – Just as much fun as sleeping outside on the beach is greeting the sun as it rises above the horizon. There is nothing like sitting in the early morning light wearing only a towel or robe and then feeling the warming rays of the sun. Before long off comes the robe and your body is being kissed by the early morning sun. It’s a wonderful start to the day.

 

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Photo from the website: http://www.karismahotels.com/Hotels-Resorts-Villas/Adults-only/El-Dorado-Resorts/El-Dorado-Royale/Spa

5. Naked Time at the Spa – The El Dorado Seaside Suites opened the incredible Naay Spa offering all kinds of spa and massage services. For two hours on Sunday (5-7pm), the spa’s hydrotherapy room opens exclusively for guests of Hidden Beach.  What better way to enjoy water treatments than naked with your nude friends. We had a blast and plan on doing it again next time.

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Photo from http://www.hiddenbeachresort.com/

6. Beach Massage – How do you make a great massage even better? You’re already naked. So enjoy an expert massage on the beach with the sun and the surf around you. This is a must do for my wife every visit.

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Yes you have to put on clothing at the other resorts, but that doesn’t mean you might not see a moon.

7. Talk a Hike – Perhaps the best part of Hidden Beach is that it’s a small intimate boutique resort surrounded by two huge adults-only (and clothed) resorts: the El Dorado Seaside Suites and Sensimar. While it literally takes less than five minutes to hike from one side of Hidden Beach to the other, you can wander around the immaculate and landscaped properties next door. Sidenote: Hidden Beach guests can go to the other resorts but their guests can’t go to Hidden Beach. While we don’t like putting on clothing to hike in the morning, we love to explore the beach and resort properties. We do it every morning. And just because you have to cover up, doesn’t mean you have to cover all the way up. 🙂

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8. Naked Rock and Roll – Who doesn’t like great live music? Now dance the night away with a Mexican band performing your favorite covers. Don’t know what to wear? Nothing is always in style or wear the revealing club outfits you’d never wear otherwise.  Loud music and dancing with friends can’t be beat.

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Photo from http://www.hiddenbeachresort.com/

9. Take a Swing at the Cotorros Bar – There are some fantastic bars at the El Dorado and Sensimar resorts. Yes you have to get dressed and wear clothing but what could be better than great drinks, good people and swings. We spend hours swinging back and forth while enjoying great conversations and drinks.

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Perfect Full moon at Hidden Beach Resort.

10. Take a Late Night Skinny Dip – There is something refreshing about skinny dipping in the pool or relaxing in a hot tub under the warm Mexican night sky. To me swimming nude in the pool or soaking naked in a hot tub makes me feel relaxed and young. With my wife beside me and a drink in our hands, this is the ultimate end to a great day.

Every couple we’ve ever met at a nude resort or beach has their favorite activities to do together in the buff. Regardless if it’s Saint Martin, Palm Springs, Florida, Caribbean or Hidden Beach Resort, for us our time together naked is peaceful and relaxing. Honeymoons, anniversaries or just time away, a naked vacation really is something everyone should experience. We hope more couples discover it and create their own nude activities list to share with other couples who just might want to try a nakation of their own.

Please note that this blog is our opinion only. We were not paid by Hidden Beach Resort, El Dorado or Karisma Hotels for our post. Not that we wouldn’t like another trip back soon. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Nudist Reality vs. Cancelled Calgary Nude Swimming Event

It’s 2018 and the community that wears a swimsuit in the pool or ocean has a long way to go to understand the nudist lifestyle and values  Recently the city of Calgary cancelled a nude swimming event planned for an indoor swimming/recreation facility sponsored by the group Calgary Nude Recreation. This wasn’t the first time a nudist group had rented a city of Calgary owned facility for an event and it won’t be the last either. Unfortunately this time, public outcry and threats of violence pushed city officials to cancel the event. An online petition supported by more than 22,000 people framed the argument against the event stating the following concerns:

“I respect the concept and believe in an 18+ setting it could be a popular event. However, having naked children around a bunch of naked adults doesnt seem like a good idea for any reason. Realistically there is alot of mental illness out there that this event could trigger/effect.

– Children with previous sexual abuse traumas will be heavily effected if they attend the event.

– Sexual predators will be on the prowl – having an event like that is just like Christmas to them.

– Extremely high chance of photos and videos being taken without consent, considered child pornography”

Oddly the event was cancelled not because the city had issue with nudity at a city owned facility but because of threats of violence against participants and organizers. Let’s get violent to protect children?

To me, the outcry about this event and the stated objectives demonstrate the misinformation and misdirected concerns from individuals who have probably never attended a nude/clothing optional event or facility. It’s reading about this petition that makes me believe that nudists really are the enlightened ones. The nudist community understands firsthand the importance of protecting children from sexual predators as well as maintaining privacy.

For the record, both the clothed and nudist communities agree that protecting children from sexual predators is most important. Everyone’s priorities are inline and where they should be on this. Just as important to the nudist community is ensuring that no photography of any kind is taken of anyone nude – adults or childern. And finally, no displays of sexual intimacy or sexual touching in anyway.

Anyone who has read our blog knows it is focused on helping couples learn more about exploring the benefits of social nudity and nude recreation. As we’ve stated many times, nudity does not mean sex. For those who have never been to a nude beach, resort or B&B, walking around with other naked people might seem like an erotic and sexually charged environment. In reality, it’s anything but that.

There is a time and a place for sexual intimacy and that’s in the privacy of your own home and not in the open…. ever. This is a point that every nudist I’ve ever met believes and values. Every nudist resort and club I’ve attended has rules similar to those from the Calgary Nude Recreation organization.

From our experiences regardless if it’s a nude beach or nudist club, everyone there watches and protects the children there very closely. The nudist clubs my wife and I attend require everyone to submit to a background check to root out sexual offenders before they ever enter and yes, our local club confirmed to me that they bar entry to people every year. In addition, everyone who visits must leave their mobile phone/camera in the car. No exceptions. Privacy and protection are important and essential in a nude environment.

Yes there are sexual predators out there and I’m sure there are some in the nudist community too. Unlike in the general community though, safeguards are in place to ensure these deviants are identified. The reality is that nudists are very aware of their vulnerable state and that of unknowing or unprotected children and adults. We don’t need the concerned citizens of Calgary or anyone else to tell us how to protect our children and ourselves.

For me and my wife, our  nudist lifestyle is about freedom. Freedom from judgement and/or body shaming. Freedom from clothing and labeling who I am and what I believe just by the clothing and “brands” I wear. Freedom to be one with nature and our surroundings. Freedom from stress. Free to be happy with ourselves and our friends and family. It’s a feeling you can only feel in a nude social setting.

I feel this freedom everytime I set foot into a nudist property or clothing optional beach. It starts the moment I take off my clothing and feel the warm of the sun on my body. Believe me, this is a freedom worth protecting and that includes watching out for vulnerable people among us.

While my wife and I are parents, we have never brought our children to a nudist property or a clothing optional beach. For us, it’s about our time together and less about entertaining them. It’s our special time although we often see children at the nudist clubs we attend and the clothing optional beaches we have visited.

Honestly, I never thought about sharing our love for nudism with our children until a few years ago. We were at a nudist club near our home. It was late afternoon on a hot July day and my wife and I were sitting by the pool reading and enjoying the sun. A young girl was practicing swimming underwater from her mother to her father. All were naked in the pool. This young couple and their daughter were repeating a scene I have seen many times throughout my life. Only this time, without any swimsuits. It was perfectly natural and honestly it was beautiful to see.

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Anders Zorn [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
While I respect the concerns from those who signed the petition against the nude swimming event, I don’t believe it would be a hunting ground for sexal preditors but rather a setting where families are safe and able to share time together, just without a swimming suit.

We have a long way to go to educate the reality of nudism and its benefits for all.

Asheville Spa Perfect Spot for First Time Outdoor Nude Experience

Asheville has it all. An amazing food and restaurant scene with first class chefs and breweries. It has a great art culture with fun shops and a funky downtown area. It has the Blue Ridge Mountains all around it with hiking, swimming and vistas everywhere. It also has the amazing Biltmore Estate, which is a great day visit.

When I was researching a visit to Asheville for my wife and me a few months ago, I was surprised by what Asheville doesn’t have… there are no nude or clothing optional B&B’s, guest houses, pools, hikes, lakes or beaches. I have to admit that I was shocked. Asheville is the right kind of place with the right kind of people to truly enjoy and support a nudist location.  Note to any entrepreneurs out there, HUGE OPPORTUNITY HERE. I posted some questions on Twitter and a few nude travel forums and all that was suggested was a nudist club in South Carolina (Carolina Foothills; I haven’t been there but several people recommended it).

Online I found two locations that had some promise. Hot Springs Resort and Spa in Hot Springs, NC and Shoji Spa Retreat in Asheville. Note that if you do an online search for Asheville and skinny dipping, Skinny Dip Falls will come up. Despite the name, there is no skinny dipping options here. 🙂

My wife and I decided to make a reservation at Shoji Spa Retreat which features outdoor, private hot tubs. When I called, I asked if there were any nude or clothing optional locations in Asheville and they told me that their Spa really was it. Although they did say if we went on a hike to a waterfall early in the morning, there was a good chance we’d have it to ourselves and could enjoy a morning skinny dip.

We were really impressed with Shoji Spa. It is a Japanese-style Spa that offers massages too. If we had more time, we would have signed up for a couples massage but instead we enjoyed the hot tub. An hour is really all you need. We were required to shower prior to entering the hot tub. We put on white robes and sandals. It really was a nice experience.

While my wife and I enjoy social nude experiences where we can meet and talk with other couples, the hot tubs at Shoji were private with a wall/fence around each one. This setting is perfect for the couple who wants to try nude recreation without an audience.

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Each hot tub is private at Shoji Spa

Each hot tub is bathed in the sunshine with a view down the side of the mountain. You really are in the tree tops without a wandering eye or any attention. We went to the spa after hiking all day and while the water was soothing on our aching muscles, the hot tub was actually a little too hot for a warm, humid Asheville summer’s day. We enjoyed the tub but also sitting on the side of the tub and laying out on the wood deck surrounding it.

 

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Private, walled hot tubs are perfect for couples who want to enjoy an outdoor nude experience without other guests.

While not the nude experience we were hoping for originally, we really enjoyed relaxing in the late afternoon sunshine and talking about our hikes and visit to Asheville. I would love to be here on an autumn day when the leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler or even better, on a snowy winter day.

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The late afternoon sun streaks through the railing and tree tops.

 

My wife and I enjoy visiting nude and clothing optional beaches, resorts, B&Bs and clubs while on vacation. For us it’s an opportunity to relax and catch up while spending time together. There is something wonderfully peaceful about feeling the sun’s warming rays all over your body while your spouse is next to you. It isn’t sexual at all. It’s comforting and freeing for us.

Honestly, this is nudity LITE but a good first step. If you and your spouse enjoy this (not sure how you couldn’t), imagine spending time naked together except on a beach or by a pool and with other people around you doing the same. Not really a big leap is it?

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We would highly recommend a visit to Shoji Spa & Lodge. Until someone opens a nude/clothing optional guest house, B&B or pool in Asheville, it’s your only option, but it’s a good one. They do offer lodging options.

We also featured a blog post written by a reader a few years ago on Chozu Bath Garden in Ashland Oregon; another great place to visit.

If this is your first time reading our blog, my wife and I have been going on nude vacations for nearly 20 years. What started as a, “Do you want to try it” discussion when we were dating has turned into many great memories visiting beautiful beaches and resorts around the Caribbean, Pacific and U.S. The purpose of our blog is to provide information to other couples interested in trying nude recreation. It has been a wonderful connection point for my wife and me. It is intimate but not in a sexual way. Sexual touching and intimacy are not appropriate at the nude beaches and resorts we attend. That’s better for time spent together in the privacy of your own room.

Please let us know what you think. Any places we missed that you’d recommend?

Saint Martin’s Happy Bay Beach is the Quiet Nude Alternative to World Famous Orient Beach

Look online and you’ll see a lot about Saint Martin’s world-famous Orient Beach. It really is a wonderful beach to visit and explore. It’s also a must visit beach if you’re looking for a great place to bare it all for the first time with your spouse or partner. Many couples experience social nudity for the first time here. Orient Beach is actually one of five beaches in Orient Bay that together total nearly 1.3 miles of sand and surf paradise for vacationers.

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The yellow umbrellas, blue ocean and tan boobs and bottoms is a sure sign you’re on Orient Beach in Saint Martin.

In the middle of the day, Orient Beach actually feels crowded. Add cruisers (people from cruise ships) walking in the surf and checking out all of the nude sunbathers who number in the hundreds; naked couples and families enjoying the sun and surf and yes, it is very crowded. While I can tell you the only time you truly stand out on Orient Beach is when you’re wearing a bathing suit, some newbie nude couples might not want to strip with a hundred strangers. Although when you’re comfortable with being naked on Orient Beach, a challenge many nude vacationers try each year is walking the entire beach in the buff.

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Our last trip, I walked all three beaches on Orient Bay in my birthday suit. That’s more than 2.5 naked miles. While many people walk it naked, you have to do it early in the morning before the beach gets crowded.

Although I would still put Orient Beach on your must visit naked bucket list (there really is nothing like it), there are other beaches on Saint Martin that are quieter and more private to explore recreational nudity with your spouse or partner. Happy Bay Beach is a perfect place to drop your swimsuit or bikini bottoms in a quiet and relaxed setting.

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Happy Bay Beach is between Friar’s Bay and Grand Case and is the perfect beach to try skinny dipping or nude sunbathing with your spouse.

Happy Bay Beach is the site of a former resort that was destroyed in a hurricane and never rebuilt. Mother Nature has reclaimed the cabanas and hotel buildings. What’s left is a quiet beach used by families and couples of all ages.

You’ll see it all on this beach. There are couples, gay couples, young families, old couples, vacationing teens from France (this is the French side of Saint Martin), and jet ski tours and sailing boats that stop by the beach throughout the day. On the beach, you’ll see people in conservative and skimpy bathing suits.  You’ll also see women laying out topless and on the North side of the beach, you’ll see mostly nude couples enjoying the sun, peace and quiet.

While Orient Beach is loud and flashy, Happy Bay Beach is relaxed and more intimate. For the couple who are unsure about trying social nudity but want to try it, this is the perfect beach to get comfortable and get naked. Before I show you our pictures so you can enjoy the beach when you visit, here are suggestions for first timers to make the most of their first nude beach experience.

When you get to the beach go right. Head North towards the rocks and away from the BBQ snack and beverage shack. Once you pass the large tree in the middle of the beach, you can find the perfect place to soak up the sun without your bathing suit. There is no bad location. You can remain on the beach or set up your towels closer to the trees and brush at the back of the beach. The choice is yours.

Before you pull down your bathing suit or take off your bikini top, know that everyone who has ever gone naked on the beach remembers the mix of anxiety and excitement you’re feeling right now. It feels like you’re breaking all the rules and yet the thought of taking your suit off is so natural and freeing. It’s exhilarating. I still feel this same sensation every time I step onto a nude beach. The only difference is I know the sense of relaxation, freedom and love that comes from dropping my shorts and relaxing naked with my wife on a beautiful beach like Happy Bay.

Once you get through the anticipation and then the excitement when you take off your bathing suits, you’ll feel a little crazy. You’ll wonder why you felt so much anxiety for something that is so simple and feels so natural. Amazing how good it feels when all you’re wearing is a smile.  In an hour, it will feel like you’ve been doing this your entire life. By the end of the day, you’ll be walking the entire beach in the buff and holding hands playing in the ocean.

Happy Bay Beach is the perfect beach for couples and many return year after year. I believe it could be your favorite nude beach too. So here’s how you find this wonderful beach.

As you’re headed from Grand Case to Frairs Bay, you’ll see a basketball court on your right. Take the first right turn (Rue Happy Bay) after going by the court. You’ll see a gate at the end of the road. This is was the entrance to the resort. If you can, there is a parking lot on the right. If not, park on the street. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk to the beach. It’s on a road/path the entire way that is well marked and not at all strenuous. There is also a path from Frairs Bay but I’ve never taken it and don’t know the route.

Rather than tell you where to go next, I thought our pictures would be best:

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Here is the parking lot for Happy Bay Beach. While we haven’t heard of any problems, it’s probably best to take your valuables with you.

 

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After parking, there is a path to the right of the gate that will take you to an easy step over the wall and onto the road leading to the beach.

 

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The trail/road is well marked even as Mother Nature continues to reclaim what remains of the resort.

 

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You’ll see many of the original hotel rooms and buildings. They’ve seen better days. We stayed clear of them. The road goes by them.

 

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After going by the resort buildings the road becomes a dirt path and starts to go steadily down to the beach. You’re almost there!

 

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There is a slight turn in the road and you’ll see the ocean for the first time. Just a few minutes more.

 

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Finally the trail reaches the beach. From this sign you can go left to the clothed/topless section of the beach or to the right to the nude/clothing optional section. While everyone sets up their towels in different spots, we walked the length of the beach naked. No one cared at all. It really is a friendly, laid back beach.

 

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This is the north end of the beach, which tends to be nude/clothing optional. Get naked and get comfortable. To me, this beautiful beach captures the very best in a nude beach experience: beautiful, laid back, not crowded, paradise.

 

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Looking to the south of Happy Bay Beach, you’ll see the rest of the beach where the snack bar and path to Frairs Bay is found.

 

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Happy Bay has a sand bottom and very little wave action. Each day we were there sailboats anchored and often their guests came ashore for lunch or to play in the waves. Most came on shore naked. Don’t be surprised if you see a few jet ski tours that come by too. Don’t worry about covering up. The tourists usually keep to themselves or drop their suits and go skinny dipping in the ocean.

We brought our lunch, snacks and plenty of wine during our visit. You can also go to the snack bar which provides water, beer, soda and BBQ foods. We of course packed up our trash so that future visitors can see the beach as beautiful and unspoiled as we did.

Regarding nudity and Saint Martin, technically nudity is only permitted on Orient Beach and all beaches can be used top free. There are however many unofficially nude/clothing optional beaches like Petites Cayes,  Cupecoy beach and others. If someone asks you to cover up, you should out of respect for the locals and the law.

Please note that Happy Bay is used by the locals on the weekends and on Sunday’s the Police do patrol the beach to make sure everyone covers up (go to Orient Beach on Sunday’s).

Perhaps even more important is preserving Happy Bay Beach and keeping it natural and pristine. Respect the beach and nature and please don’t leave any garbage. Or better yet, pick up what others have left behind. And while Happy Bay is unofficially clothing optional, it is not a place to get it on with your spouse or partner. Nudity does not mean sex or intimacy. Enjoy your time together naked but keep intimacy for your bedroom. Trust me, after spending the day naked together, your alone time will be extra special later on.

This is the second of three blogs detailing our recent trip to Saint Martin. Look for blogs about another wonderful quiet clothing optional beach called Petite Cayes and a blog post about taking a naked vacation with friends. Have you been to St. Martin? We’d love to hear your thoughts on your experiences on the island and why it’s a perfect destination for couples to try nude recreation.