Nudism/Naturism: Vacation spots to avoid

I am reminded today — just before I head out for an event with my naturism group — that there are many places in the world that have laws against people like me.

Which is why I would avoid vacationing in such spots.

Sure, I can understand beaches and resorts that are considered to be “clothing optional.” But when countries and towns threaten to fine or imprison me for public nudity, I simply cross them off as tourist destinations. And, hey, they would rather not have my money if it means allowing me to be nude on a beautiful beach in their jurisdiction, right?

Thing is, there are plenty of vacation destinations that accept naturists and welcome us, so it is no big deal if places like Sal Pedro del Pinatar in Spain bans beach nudism, as is being reported in a publication called Murcia Today. The town council is set to pass a bill that would see people being fined up to 750 euros for “total nudity” on the beach, though the Policia would only take action if they receive complaints, apparently.

The reason for this move?

Well, it seems some people have been complaining about other people “touching themselves” or “touching others” although, the article points out, the practice of naturism has become common over the last few decades with very few complaints.

So, it seems that the rationale of local officials is people are less likely to “touch themselves” or “touch others” if they are wearing some sort of swimsuits. In other words, if women were to strut around the beach in micro-kini and men in skimpy swimming trunks, there would be no touching, right?

Hmm.

Cross Sal Pedro del Pinatar off my list of potential vacation destinations.

Then there’s the Maldives, where you can be fined and/or imprisoned for public nudity.

It seems glamour girl/model Katie Price has run afoul of the law in the Islamic country because — horrors! — she was topless at the Kandima Maldives resort, Celebs Now reports.

Apparently, people have been going topless at some of the resorts in the Maldives and they have had no run-ins with the law. But someone complained about Price, and the local cops are saying they will investigate and take action. They are reminding everyone that nudism and topless sunbathing — the latter presumably by women, but not men — is forbidden.

So, why would a naturist or anyone else who believes in body freedom even consider the Maldives as a vacation destination?

The police in the Maldives ask that we respect their “local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all time,” and there is no better way to do that than by simply not going there.

Sadly, there are plenty of other places in the world where the locals have no respect for naturists and would do us harm if we dared to be topless (women only, presumably) or naked at a beach or a resort.

I’d like your input here, with the idea of eventually creating a list of vacation destinations naturists should consider avoiding.

What other popular beaches and resorts around the world could be tourist traps for naturists and result in fines and/or imprisonment if we bare our breasts (women only, presumably) or sunbathe in the nude?

Please list them in the comments section below with an explanation, and ask for input from friends in naturism groups, too.

— Jillian

Photo: You could be fined or thrown in prison for being naked at the beach in some otherwise popular tourist destinations. Photo credit: Naturist on the beach. (Source: Montse aka Supermons on Flickr/via Wikimedia Commons)

5 thoughts on “Nudism/Naturism: Vacation spots to avoid

  1. Barcelona, Cadiz, Vera (yes, even Vera, the naturist town in southern Spain!)… San Pedro del Pinatar is just another Spanish town trying to revert the laws that accept non-sexual nudity virtually everywhere. We are seing in this country how conservative and ultra-catholic groups are fighting to recover the privileges and influence they had in the dark age of Franco dictatorship. And I hate to admit that they seem to be winning.
    In the case of San Pedro del Pinatar, the starting point is the uncontrolled tourist development of the Mediterranean coast. The beach in the news is probably the last natural section of the coast in this area. Nobody cared if nudists used it. But when pollution levels started to rise in the nearby bay (El Mar Menor) almost closed to the open sea and surrounded by huge resorts, textiles discovered this clean area, and sadly coexistence wasn’t possible.
    There are more examples of traditional nude beaches suddenly invaded by textiles that then force nudists to move, but in general in Spain there are lots of mixed beaches where nobody cares what the others wear or not.
    Luckily, you don’t need to avoid Spain in your next holidays. There are hundreds of beautiful nude beaches. Even in the same region, Murcia, not far from San Pedro del Pinatar, you can enjoy in the nude the beaches of Calblanque Natural Park, or the remote coves around Bolnuevo, and of course the great El Portus Naturist Campsite.

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  2. It is certainly your prerogative to eliminate any destination that forbids nudity. I am also a nudist, and also prefer to vacation naked. But to claim discrimination using a hot-button term such as “people like me” strikes me as overly dramatic in a world where that claim is more legitimately used to describe discrimination against those belonging to racial, religious, or sexual minorities. On the whole, I find this blog entry helpful and enlightening, but “poor little me” act turns me off.

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  3. Not a complete list in the United States, but I did an investigation into the increasing infringement of our nudity rights (the US Constitution protects our right to be naked in a public place, via two clauses in the First Amendment) a couple of years ago. Here’s some of the big violators of the US Constitution.

    Beach and other tropical destinations:

    Myrtle Beach
    Daytona Beach
    Orlando, Fla.
    Oak Island, N.C.
    Brunswick, Ga.
    All beaches in San Francisco County
    All beaches in Los Angeles County except Venice Beach
    Key West, Fla.
    Panama City Beach, Fla.
    Charleston
    Georgetown, S.C.
    Virginia Beach
    Norfolk, Va.

    Inland or landlocked tourist destinations:

    Chicago
    Fredericksburg, Va.
    Darlington, S.C.
    Owensboro, Ky.
    Omaha, Neb.
    San Antonio
    Fort Collins, Colo.
    Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Memphis
    the entire state of Utah
    the entire state of Indiana (home of our so-called vice president Mike Pence)

    If I can think of more locations in the US that jails people for being naked, in clear violation of the US Constitution, I will post another comment.

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