Best Nude Beaches:
Top Skinny Dipping Spots in the World
Amy Pritchett • September 2021
To celebrate the end of summer, we have ranked the best skinny dipping spots in (nearly) every country.
If you feel like kissing summer goodbye with a skinny dip – some nude beaches might be better than others for your next naked swimming adventure.
Our study compared 100 nude beach spots across the following categories: beach quality, safety, weather, and hotel cost (with seven data points). We then ranked the top 25 nude beaches in the world, with the best location per country.
We found the following about the best nude beaches:
A List of the Best Nude Beaches Around the Globe
Best Nude Beaches: Where to Strip Down and Jump In!
If you’re spending time in Dubrovnik, then Lokrum Island is a great place to go (only a 10-minute ferry ride away). This is a small island that is uninhabited, giving refuge as well as a great place for a skinny dip.
Here you can enjoy impeccable scenery, national parks, and clear waters. The island consists mainly of rocks, so be careful with the bits of stone. This island also has a natural salty lake, which can be enjoyed like a jacuzzi to relax.
In Torre del Lago, you can find a beach known as ‘La Lecciona’, which is the point of reference for Italian gay beaches. This is a sand beach where you can be naked, enjoy the sun, and swim in the waves of the Ligurian Sea.
It is probably the last free beach in the region – no deckchairs or umbrellas. It has been a popular gay beach since the 70s and is also a popular meeting place for nudist families who can sunbathe in total freedom.
Just 40 minutes south of Adelaide CBD, you can find Australia’s first official nude beach. This is 3km long and is signposted for those who prefer to swim with their clothes on. There are rugged cliffs with a breathtaking view. It has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.
Maslin Beach offers much more than a chance to skinny dip off of the Australian coast. It is also home to the annual Nude Olympics, complete with a “Best Bum” competition.
The Germans fully embrace swimming in the nude, and you’ll find one of the best spots to swim as the locals do is a public garden in the center of Munich. English Garden is a beautiful 18th-century park on the shores of the Isar river and a popular location for a lunchtime swim.
At English Garden, don’t miss a chance to strip down and plunge into the Eisbach, or Ice River, with the locals.
The German FKK (Free Body Culture movement) means that Germany has very lax laws regarding public nudity. Here people from all walks of life opt for the natural life, shedding suits, jeans, and dresses for the perfect all-over tan.
Barreta Island is located in the Ria Formosa National Park, just off the coast of Faro (about 30 minutes away). It is a sandbar island and is the least developed of the three islands that surround the Ria Formosa national park.
In Portuguese, it is called the Ilha Deserta (Deserted island), which lives up to its name. Here there are no inhabitants and the only structure you will find is a restaurant at the end of the island.
It is 7km (5 miles) long and only 600 metres wide at its widest point. One side on the RIa Formosa lagoon with a maze of channels and wildlife like flamingos. The other side is a wide blue ocean of Cabo de Santa Maria.
Greece is blessed with countless idyllic islands that beg visitors to soak up the Mediterranean sun. If you’re hoping to avoid tan lines on your Grecian getaway, head to the hidden sands of Red Beach.
Located in southern Crete and about 25 minutes away from Matala, Red Beach is hidden behind a rocky hill and a fence. Here you can find rocky hills and high cliffs that offer an isolated escape for skinny dipping in the Aegean Sea.
If you’re in Portland and want to escape the summer heat, the Washougal River is a great place to perch and picnic on the rocks while swimming amidst fast and flowing streams.
Here you can jump off the bridge, explore rocky outcrops and the river’s edge. It’s a great nature spot where you can surround yourself with epic mountain ranges.
There are lots of swimming options available along this river. During the summer months, you will find a lot of cars parked alongside the scenic Washougal River Road. You can find a map of the river here.
St Tropez has a reputation as the summer hangout of France’s glitterati. It is also known for having a more naturist side – which can be enjoyed from the Plage de Tahiti. This is an “unofficial nudist beach” like so many others along the Riviera.
In the opening scene of the 1956 film And God Created Woman, Brigitte Bardot lounges naked on this French Riviera beach, which pretty much sets the tone for what travelers can expect.
This is a postcard-Esque landscape, where you can find super soft sand and gentle turquoise waves. There are several bars and umbrellas for shade, making it popular among celebrities and the general public alike.
About 12 miles south of Florianopolis in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, this white sand beach attracts die-hard naturists and the nude-curious alike. It’s fine to turn up for a skinny dip even if you don’t want to spend all day getting your pale bits burned.
Praia de Galheta is a naturally preserved area, with no restaurants or other buildings nearby, so bring lunch. There’s also an archaeological site, and the surf is good. The Association of the Friends of Galheta lobbies and looks out for the interests of nature and naturism on the beach.
Pihlajasaari (Rönnskär in Swedish) is an island in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. There are actually two separate islands connected with a bridge. On one of the islands, you can find a unisex nudist beach. Here it is almost entirely bare cliffs with very little sand.
You’ll be wide awake after diving naked into one of Helsinki’s ice-cold lakes. In Finland, ice-hole swimming is considered a healthy practice, said to improve circulation, boost your immune system and give you a burst of energy. Head to Helsinki to try it for yourself at one of the local saunas.
Surrounded by lush forests and snow-capped mountains, Green Lake is best visited in spring or summer when the water level is at its highest.
Each year as the snow melts, the lake expands to cover much of the surrounding park. The submerged alpine grasses and meadow are what give the lake its distinctive color. Thanks to the crystal-clear waters, you can even spot park benches and footpaths beneath the surface. But be warned: even in summer, the temperatures can be pretty chilly.
The nude-friendly portion of the shoreline spans from Vecāķi to Kalngale. It is also popular among locals as a beach volleyball spot. That’s right: Naked Latvians playing beach volleyball. We’ll leave it at that.
The beach is about 10 minute walk from Vecaki railway station, which itself is about 20 minutes away from Riga’s central station.
During the summer months, Bellevue Beach is the antithesis of a nude beach full of uninhibited retirees. It’s a hotspot for younger, rowdier Danes who come from nearby towns looking to party. It’s where you can find the naked and free-spirited.
One half of the beach is strictly topless-optional, while the other welcomes fully nude revelers. It should be immediately clear which one’s the fun half – both!
The small but pretty Huk Beach sits near the end of the Bygdøy peninsula. This is just to the west of Norway’s capital, Oslo. It’s known as one of the most popular beaches within a short distance of the city (only 5km away).
It’s backed by parkland and is divided into two beaches with a small inlet separating them. The eastern beach is a little larger and the smaller beach to the west is the naturist beach. Both have grassy areas with plenty of trees.
The water is shallow, which keeps it warmer – so you don’t have to worry about freezing if you have a naked swim. On the western end of the beach, there is a diving platform and the beach also has a volleyball court.
Formentera boasts some of the Mediterranean’s finest beaches. There’s no need to pussyfoot around at Playa de Levante. Nudity is the norm and you’ll likely draw more looks if you cover up than if you let it all hang out.
Playa Levante is a sandy enclave backed by trees and also features sheltered dunes. It’s the longest beach in Formentera and is located on the east side of the peninsula of Es Trucadors. If you want to try some snorkeling, head to Playa Es Calo in its crystal-clear bay.
Mpenjati Beach is found in the Mpenjati Nature Reserve south of Durban on the Hibiscus Coast. This is South Africa’s only official nude beach. It is perhaps the only legal clothing-not-obligatory strand on the entire African continent.
Mpenjati Beach is found just outside the town of Margate and is a 250 meter stretch of beach that falls under the Mpenjati Nature Reserve at Trafalgar.
The beautiful reserve is found around the Mpenjati River Lagoon and extends seawards 500m, which protects unique fossils often found there. It consists of a system of interconnecting riverine and floodplain marsh habitats, coastal forests, grasslands, and river estuary.
In a land littered with volcanic wonders, Viti is a gem. Isolated in Iceland’s remote Central Highlands, you will find this geothermal crater lake found in the Askja Caldera. This is a hard place to reach. You’ll need serious off-road driving skills and nerves of steel. But it’s worth the effort.
Viti Lake has a water temperature of 25°C making it a popular location for travelers who want to enjoy a swim while surrounded by nature. It’s an ideal spot to soak in soothing geothermal waters. Bathing suits are strictly optional.
The Askja region was created at the end of the last Ice Age when a magma chamber collapsed beneath the Dyngjufjöll mountains. Falling in upon itself, the Askja region became a 50 square kilometer caldera within the Icelandic Highlands. The region features fantastic scenery, mini-craters, and lakes.
The resort features high tiled walls which allow you to undress with confidence in the pool villas. The heated pools are best enjoyed outside of May to August when seasonal fields of rhododendrons reach full bloom. You can enjoy the view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and a Himalayan panorama.
Little Palm Beach is found on Waiheke Island, off the coast of Auckland and only a short ferry ride away (45 minutes). It’s a small island but it isn’t lacking when it comes to skinny dipping.
Little Palm Beach is found on the northern side of the island and separated from the main Palm Beach by a little rocky outcrop. This acts as a nice natural screen.
Waiheke is an ideal place for a weekend getaway or a base for overseas travelers to enjoy the beaches and explore Auckland. The island is known for its vineyards and produces some excellent wines. Not to mention the exceptional cuisine that can be found here. You can find many small galleries, walking trails, and more.
Considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Goa, Arambol beach is 55km from Panaji. It’s popular with tourists and stretches 2.5 km. The beach is divided into two – Arambol and Harmal. Harmal is the more popular one due to its surrounding cliffs. Arambol is less commercialised.
The jungle valley near the beach is another popular attraction. This valley is home to several species of wildlife and the pool in the valley is said to have therapeutic properties. Popular activities include paragliding, water sports, and dolphin spotting.
Tucked away in the densely forested mountains of Alta Verapaz, the Natural Monument of Sumec Champey has a reputation as being one of the most beautiful places in Guatemala. Lanquin, found in the heart of Guatemala is 65 kilometers from Coban. This serves as a base to visit Semuc Champey and its caves.
The isolated Semuc Champey is something of a Holy Grail amongst backpackers in South America. This is an idyllic limestone paradise that despite grueling hours of off-road forging it takes to get there is one of the world’s hidden gems.
Located in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle, this stunning chain of turquoise stepped pools, enticing caves, and natural limestone bridge offer endless swimming opportunities. There is also an extensive cave network complete with underground waterfalls and breathtaking views.
Lady Falls is a 7-meter high waterfall in the river Afon Pyrddin in Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. It’s popular with visitors as it is easily accessible from the village trailhead in Pontneddfechan. From here, it’s a 30-minute walk along the riverside to the waterfall. You will eventually come to a wooden bridge that you can cross and it leads you to the falls
Be warned that swimming here can be dangerous. Definitely do not jump off the top of the falls as people have been seriously injured here. Also, wear good shoes as the hike to the falls can be muddy but it is very accessible.
Wreck Beach is the largest naturist beach in North America at 7.8 kilometers long. Found at the edge of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, it’s where you will find many Vancouverites sunbathing naked. The beach is actually a series of sandy strands, pebble flats, and rocky outcrops wrapped around the end of Point Grey.
The beach is located right at the edge of UBC. There is a short (but very steep) walk down from the Museum of Anthropology. This is a seriously steep walk down.
Surrounding Wreck Beach you can find green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails.
Orient Bay is located on the east coast of St Martin, on the French side. Here you can find a broad sweep of yellow sand. Often referred to as the ‘St Tropez of the Caribbean’ it is one of the biggest and most popular beaches on the island. The nudist area is located at the westernmost end of Orient Bay Beach.
If you’re hungry, you’ll find savory Caribbean dishes and fruity cocktails at any of the beach restaurants. There is also a wide mix of water sports to choose from jet skiing, parasailing, sailing, kitesurfing, and windsurfing. There are also beach volleyball and tennis courts.
And if you’re seeking some solitude, you can take a trip to the nearby island of Green Cay. This is a tiny secluded island known for its snorkeling.
If you thought that the Middle East wasn’t a place to find nudist beaches, then you didn’t factor in Israel. Although Neve Midbar Beach may be the only place in the Middle East where any kind of public nudity is lawful.
Set at the northern end of the Dead Sea, Neve Midbar is a small, private resort with a section of the shoreline set aside for bare beachgoers. Here you can get your nudey on, float in the salty water, and lather yourself in the black cleansing mud that the region’s famous for.
In order to determine the best nude beaches for skinny dipping, MyDatingAdviser.com compared 100 of the most popular skinny dipping locations across four key dimensions: 1) Beach Quality, 2) Weather, 3) Safety and 4) Hotel Cost.
We evaluated each of those dimensions using 7 relevant metrics of skinny-dipping friendliness. These are listed below with their corresponding weights. The metrics were combined to create a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for skinny dipping.
The ranking of the top 25 locations features the best nude beach for each country by analyzing the list of 100 locations. Please note, only the best swimming spot for each country was included to create a representative ranking on a global scale.
We determined each location’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample. In determining our sample, we considered the most famous skinny dipping locations and the best nude beaches in the world. In all locations, public nudity is legal.