Breakaway Backpacker – First Time at a Nude Beach

Author: , May 27th, 2015

Jaime DavilaIt had been my 2nd visit to Praia Galheta (Praia is Playa or Beach in Portuguese) the gay/nude beach in Florianopolis when it finally happened. The first time I was there I couldn’t get the nerves to go nude. I thought long and hard about it, but just couldn’t do it. I looked around and it wasn’t a lot of people, but everyone was really nude everywhere I looked. It’s something I’m just not used to and was also scared to do.

I think the USA is a prude country compared to the rest of the world and going nude is just not something we do. I spent the first day just laying out and reading a book like I normally do at any beach. Sadly I didn’t see any cute guys on the beach so didn’t mind. A few hours later I left and went back to the hostel. I told myself as I was leaving that I will be back and when I do I will go nude.

The following two days it rained and didn’t do much. Finally on my last day in Florianopolis the sun came out. I woke up bright and early and took off. My plan was to go beach hoping a bit and let Praia Galheta the gay/nude beach be the last one I visit. So off I went on the bus to Barra da Lagoa beach, which is supposed to be one of the best beaches on the island. I arrived and it was beautiful but full of tourist and lots of people. I walked along further to be on my own and happened to bump into two guys I had met on one of my bus rides in Brazil. They let me know that from this beach you could hike to the gay/nude beach. I was intrigued.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at Breakaway Backpacker | Brazil Gay Travel Resources

The World’s Top Ten Nude Beaches

Author: , October 30th, 2014

beachARE you a fan of getting an all-over tan? Then you need to put these best nude beaches from around the world on your bucket list. According to Fiona Hunt, managing director of Adventure World, getting buff in the buff is a hot travel trend, with many of the beaches below offering opportunities to work out via activities such as beach volleyball or fitness classes.

Don’t giggle. The Greek word “gymnos”, which coined the term gymnasium, means “naked.” In Ancient Greece athletes competed nude because it encouraged aesthetic appreciation of the human body. So there!

Here are the world’s top sandy spots to indulge in the latest exercise craze …

1. Playa las Suecas — Contadora Island, Panama: Located on Contadora Island, Playa de las Suecas is the only place in Panama you are officially allowed to be completely nude. Perfect for buff beach walks.

By Alana House – Full Story at the Daily Telegraph

Fire Island Bans Nudity at Beach, But There Are Other Nude Beaches Out There

Author: , February 28th, 2013

Oahu BeachFire Island is banning nude sunbathing on Lighthouse Beach, citing the beach’s increased popularity, Out Traveler reports:

Officials for the Fire Island National Seashore announced that they will start enforcing long-standing—and often ignored—laws banning nude sunbathing. The decision, they say, is based on increased popularity of Fire Island’s Lighthouse Beach, which attracts as many as 4,000 sunbathers on summer days. “We’ve been struggling to make it work because Fire Island has a history of [nude sunbathing] and people have been coming there for years,” said Fire Island chief ranger Lena Koschmann. “The more we talked about it and researched it, the more we realized that that use wasn’t compatible with an area like Lighthouse Beach.”

But don’t worry – Queerty has you (un)covered with their list of the 10 best nude beaches around the world:

It’s been reported that park rangers are cracking down on public nudity on Fire Island. but there are still plenty of gay-frinedly seashores that encourage locals and travelers to go au naturel. Check out our summer 2012 roundup of the best nude beaches on Earth, including Herring Cove in P-Town, San Diego’s Black Beach and Capetown’s Sandy Bay (above).

How We (Accidentally) Found San Francisco’s Gay Nude Beach

Author: , October 12th, 2011

Gay San Francisco TravelWe weren’t actually looking for a gay nude beach. We’d just finished an exhilarating walk along the northeastern end of San Francisco Bay in the Presidio area of the city. We’d stared awestruck at the sheer size and elegance of the Golden Gate Bridge from below and then climbed along the paths, lined with wildflowers and pillboxes created to defend the city in two world wars, until emerging at the sidewalk that crosses the bridge. Couples of all orientations asked strangers to photograph them with the sweeping orange-red arches behind.

Then back down and under the bridge we headed to emerge on the western side and walk along the cliff edge. The water churned as it approached the bridge and a couple of California sea lions scouted for a fish lunch near shore. A few minutes of walking and a quick look over the cliff and — what? Those guys on the beach are definitely gay.

And then we saw it, just off the path, a staircase whose second step noted “GAY NUDE BEACH.” We started down. Some of the signs got a bit ruder, presumably to scare away gawkers. We descended through forest and grass to emerge on a beach noticeably populated with heterosexuals, most but not all of them naked. Heading northeast toward the Bridge, we passed through a rock gateway and on to the sight of nude male flesh. Sunning, walking, splashing. A few were parked in singles and pairs under overhangs that made them invisible to cliff-top walkers.

Full Story from Xtra!

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