Nude beaches can be intimidating. Between strangers’ nudity and your nudity and the general lack of tan lines, it can be scary if you aren’t a regular naturalist. Luckily, some very smart nude beaches have had the forethought to include beach bars, where nervous beachgoers can find liquid courage. There’s nothing more freeing than kicking back with a drink in your hand, your toes in the sand and nothing between you and the natural world, except for maybe a towel. Here, the seven most picturesque nude beach bars in the world.
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Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece Come nightfall, this Greek island club becomes a bumping, scantily clad dance party with DJs and buckets of Champagne. But during the day it serves up cocktails, wine and beer to nude beachgoers lounging on the beach chairs. There’s a nearby campground so you can retreat from the scene once your sun-soaked body has had enough.
Benalmadena, Spain Clothing is not optional at this nude beach, so be prepared to bare it all, right away. Don’t worry, though, you’ll soon feel right at home looking out at the crystal clear waters surrounded by craggy rocks and tropical foliage. During the summer, the little chiringuito (a small bar with drinks and snacks) is always packed with naked folks ordering cocktails, beers and paella, and, occasionally, dancing to a DJ set.
Rovinj, Croatia This naturalist resort is much, much more than just a place to hang out naked in the Croatian sun. The vacation destination has campsites, apartments, bungalows and mobile homes, so you can be as close to or as far away from nature as you’d like. There’s a private beach with free umbrellas and lounges, an inflatable water park, saltwater pools, a waterslide, four different restaurants and four different bars. The best is the pool bar. There, you can relax in chairs set in a shallow, cooling pool and sip on beers made at the on-site brewery (don’t worry, the brewers wear some clothing).
Red Beach, Crete After working up a sweat over the course of a 20 minute hike, strip down to your birthday suit and set up camp on this red sand beach. Shielded by a towering rust-colored cliff, this long, thin beach is always popular, but it really kicks into gear during the summer. That’s when the Yannis Bar opens for business. Set on an outcropping of stone and sand, close to the water, the bar specializes in Mojitos packed with tons of fresh mint.
Village Naturiste du Cap d’Agde, France Known as the nude capital of the world, the nudist side of France’s Cap d’Agde is much more than just a nude-friendly beach. It’s a full-on naturalist resort town where you can bank, shop and eat completely naked. But you don’t have to commit to a full nudist lifestyle when you hit the three-mile stretch of beach. Strip down and belly up to the bar at Plage Le Galion (be sure to put a towel down on the stool) and order a massive, fruit-filled tropical cocktail or a bottle of chilled rosé. Stay at the bar surrounded by pops of pink furniture and carved parrots, move to the deck or grab a padded beach chair under an umbrella.
Orient Bay, Saint-Martin This St. Martin nudist resort is currently closed for renovations in the wake of Hurricane Irma, but once it re-opens, so too will its idyllic nude beach and the Perch Bar. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to visit, but you should be naked. The bar features beach standbys like Piña Coladas and Rum Runners made by everyone’s favorite bartender, Willie (short for Wilimina). Hang out on the bar’s porch or settle in on a beach chair under an umbrella.