Best Nude Beaches:

Top Skinny Dipping Spots in the World

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We have ranked the best skinny dipping spots in (nearly) every country. If you feel like enjoying 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 globally, with the best location per country.

We found the following about the best nude beaches:

  • Lokrum Island in Croatia (a small uninhabited island) is the best skinny dipping location globally, beating out other great nude beaches across the globe.
  • The second spot goes to Spiaggia Della Lecciona in Italy, a famous gay nude beach.
  • Maslin Beach, Australia’s first official nude beach with rugged cliffs and views, takes the third spot.
  • The Washougal River in Washington State is the top location in the USA, with picnic rocks and flowing streams.
  • The Praia de Galhet is the best location in Brazil, with white sand beaches and a naturally preserved area.

Full Data Set: 100 Skinny Dipping Spots

A List of the Best Nude Beaches Around the Globe

Overall Rank (1 = Best) Country Swimming Spot Address Total Score 'Beach Quality' Rank 'Weather' Rank 'Safety' Rank 'Hotel Cost' Rank
1 Croatia Lokrum Island Dubrovnik, Croatia 84.5 2 38 1 21
2 Italy Spiaggia della Lecciona 55049 Viareggio, Province of Lucca, Italy 79 28 8 10 38
3 Australia Maslin Beach Maslin Beach SA 5170, Australia 72.75 6 16 23 64
4 Australia Wanggoobla Creek Fraser Island QLD 4581, Australia 71.75 13 17 27 56
5 Italy Marina di Camerota Marina di Camerota, 84059 SA, Italy 70.75 29 5 63 20
6 Germany English Garden Munich, Germany 68.75 11 82 4 28
7 Portugal Barreta Island Faro, Portugal 67.5 56 23 21 30
8 Portugal Praia de Bela Vista Costa da Caparica, Portugal 67.25 79 15 20 17
9 Greece Red Beach Red Beach, Crete, Greece 66.75 94 3 2 34
10 Greece Plakias Beach Plakias Beach, Crete, Greece 65.75 95 4 3 35
11 Australia Cronan Creek Falls Mount Barney QLD 4287, Australia 65 33 1 28 78
12 USA Washougal River Washougal, WA 98671, United States 65 43 43 12 42
13 Croatia Punta Križ Punta Križa, 51554, Croatia 65 18 22 47 53
14 France Plage de Tahiti 83350, France 64.25 21 29 6 87
15 Brazil Praia de Galheta Praia de Galheta, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil 64 48 36 52 8
16 Croatia Valalta Cesta za Valaltu-Lim, 52210, Rovinj, Croatia 63.25 55 60 18 14
17 Finland Pihlajasaari Beach Helsinki, Finland 62 3 97 16 36
18 Austria Green Lake 5121, Austria 61.25 24 71 5 55
19 Latvia Vecaki Beach Selgas iela 20, Ziemeļu rajons, Rīga, LV-1030, Latvia 61 35 78 39 4
20 Australia Lady Bay Beach New South Wales, Australia 60.75 15 12 59 71
21 Croatia Sovinje Beach 23212, Tkon, Croatia 60.5 1 55 48 54
22 USA Mazo Beach 101 S Webster St, Madison, WI 53703, United States 60.5 7 63 26 62
23 Spain Playa Levante 07871 Formentera, Balearic Islands 59.5 65 6 17 74
24 Brazil Praia do Pinho State of Santa Catarina, Brazil 59.5 50 58 53 1
25 Denmark Bellevue Beach Bellevue Beach, Klampenborg, Denmark 59.5 36 75 19 32
26 Norway Huk Beach Oslo Municipality, Norway 59.5 10 91 30 31
27 Australia Tablelands Queensland, Australia 59.25 14 2 86 61
28 South Africa Mpenjati Nature Reserve 889, Palm Beach, Port Edward, 4275, South Africa 59 40 11 98 15
29 Spain Playa de Bolonia Playa de Bolonia, 11391, Cádiz 59 57 30 37 40
30 France Plage des Grottes 83400 Hyères, France 58.5 22 26 89 29
31 USA Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Carp Lake Township, MI 49953, USA 58.25 45 72 7 43
32 South Africa Otter Trail Otter Trail, Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa 57.75 71 46 43 9
33 USA Black's Beach 9601 La Jolla Farms Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037, United States 57.75 20 21 34 94
34 Spain Playa de los Muertos Playa de los Muertos, Almeria, Spain 57.5 59 9 84 18
35 South Africa Jonkershoek Tweede Waterval Jonkershoek Rd, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa 56 25 31 95 25
36 Germany Ahlbeck Beach 17419 Heringsdorf, Germany 55.75 51 77 22 27
37 Spain Cala Macarelleta 07750, Balearic Islands 55 66 18 24 72
38 Iceland Viti Lake Viti Lake, Askja Caldera, Iceland 54.75 4 100 9 68
39 South Africa Sardinia Bay Sardinia Bay, Gqeberha, South Africa 54.25 44 34 99 6
40 Australia Karijini National Park Banjima Dr, Karijini WA 6751, Australia 54.25 9 66 51 57
41 China Banyan Tree Lijiang Yuerong Road, Shuhe Rd, Gucheng District, Lijiang, Yunnan, China, 674100 54 69 40 15 60
42 New Zealand Little Palm Beach Miro Road, Auckland 1081, New Zealand 53.25 17 37 66 67
43 South Africa Sandy Bay Sandy Bay, Cape Town, South Africa 53 41 39 96 12
44 India Arambol Beach Arambol, Goa 403519, India 52.75 70 52 65 2
45 Portugal Praia das Adegas Praia das Adegas - Naturismo, Portugal 52.75 77 33 55 24
46 Spain Playas de Vera 04621, Almería 52.5 58 27 83 22
47 Guatemala Semuc Champey San Agustín Lanquín, Guatemala 51.5 85 13 93 3
48 UK Lady Falls Pontneddfechan, Glynneath, Neath SA11 5NR, United Kingdom 51.5 23 96 31 44
49 Greece Agios Ioannis Gavdos 730 01, Greece 51.25 93 7 44 51
50 USA Little Beach Kihei, HI 96753, United States 51 27 14 71 84
51 Spain Platja Del Torn 43890 50.75 96 10 42 49
52 Finland Pallasparken 15900 Lahti, Finland 50.25 5 94 74 26
53 Germany Teufelsee Teufelssee, Germany 48.5 52 74 57 23
54 USA Hippie Hollow 7000 Comanche Trail, Austin, TX 78732, United States 48.5 26 81 33 66
55 Canada Wreck Beach SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada 48.5 12 95 36 63
56 Caribbean Orient Bay Orient Bay, St. Martin, Caribbean 47.75 39 28 50 92
57 Israel Neve Midbar Beach Neve Midbar Beach, Israel 47.25 81 25 32 73
58 France Leucate Plage 11370 Leucate, France 47.25 87 32 82 10
59 Panama Playa las Suecas Saboga, Panama 45.75 80 57 69 11
60 UK Fishing Cove Near Godrevy Point, N. Cornwall 45.75 16 87 38 76
61 USA Strawberry Hot Springs 44200 Co Rd 36, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, United States 44.75 8 68 56 89
62 Thailand Mai Khao Beach Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110 44.75 72 69 61 19
63 Italy Spiaggia di Guvano Vernazza, SP, Italy 44.5 75 44 58 45
64 UK Linhope Spout Waterfall Ingram, Alnwick NE66 4LZ, United Kingdom 44 38 98 41 47
65 Greece Stavros Zakynthos 291 00, Greece 43.75 99 24 54 48
66 Australia Cedar Creek Falls Cedar Creek QLD 4800, Australia 43 31 19 85 93
67 France Mont Rose Beach 13008 Marseille, France 42.5 86 41 90 13
68 Caribbean Plage de Saline Plage de Saline, St. Barts, Caribbean 42.5 37 45 49 99
69 Thailand Leela Beach Tambon Ban Tai, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84280, Thailand 42.5 84 79 62 5
70 Turkey Patara Beach Gelemiş, 07976 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey 42.25 92 48 14 77
71 UK Blackmoss Pot Keswick CA12 5XQ, United Kingdom 42.25 19 80 91 41
72 USA Haulover Beach 10800 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33154, United States 42 47 42 73 70
73 Ukraine Plyazh "Chkalovsʹkyy" Пляж, Odesa, Odessa Oblast, Ukraine, 65000 42 76 56 67 33
74 USA The Bagby Hot Springs Oregon, United States 41 42 85 72 37
75 Brazil Olho de Boi State of Rio de Janeiro, 28950-000, Brazil 40.75 83 47 100 7
76 Mexico Ik Kil Cenote Yucatan, Mexico 40.5 63 64 13 98
77 Germany Buhne 16 Sylt, Germany 40.25 49 92 46 52
78 Japan Hakone Hot Springs 1283-97 Sengokuhara, Hakone, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa 250-0631, Japan 39 90 61 11 82
79 Bali Ayung River East Denpasar, Denpasar City, Bali, Indonesia 38.5 88 49 70 39
80 Hong Kong Kau Ling Chung Beach Lantau South Country Park, Kau Ling Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong 38.5 82 59 8 97
81 France Cap d'Agde beach 12 Bd des Matelots, 34300 Agde, France 38.25 97 53 81 16
82 Greece Paradise Beach Paradise Beach (Καλαμοπόδι, Mikonos 846 00, Greece 37.25 98 20 45 88
83 UK Brighton Beach 4 Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1ET, United Kingdom 37.25 61 90 35 65
84 UK Fairy Pools Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye IV47 8TA, United Kingdom 37 54 99 40 59
85 Fiji Turtle Island Turtle Island, Nanuya Levu, Fiji 36.25 53 51 60 91
86 Mexico Playa Zipolite Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Mexico 35.75 78 50 29 100
87 Canada Rock Point 215 Niece Rd, Dunnville, ON N1A 2X5, Canada 33 34 86 79 69
88 USA Frenchman's Hole Sunday River Rd, Newry, ME 04261, United States 32.25 67 93 25 86
89 Canada Suable Beach Sauble Beachl, Ontario, Canada 31.75 32 83 78 80
90 Canada The Bruce Peninsula Grotto Bruce Trail, Tobermory, ON N0H 2R0, Canada 31.5 30 88 77 79
91 Brazil Praia Massarandupió Subaúma, Entre Rios - State of Bahia, Brazil 31.25 60 35 97 83
92 India Radha Nagar Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India 31 100 62 64 50
93 USA Gunnison Beach Atlantic Dr, Highlands, NJ 07732, United States 30 73 54 68 85
94 Canada Hanlan's Point Beach Lakeshore Ave, Toronto, ON M5J 2W2, Canada 26.75 91 76 80 46
95 USA Baker Beach San Francisco, CA, United States 25.75 68 67 87 75
96 Mexico Riviera Maya Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico 25 64 65 75 96
97 Canada Lake Simcoe Lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada 24.25 62 84 76 81
98 USA Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA 23.5 46 73 92 95
99 Sweden Pålsjöbaden Drottninggatan 151, 254 33 Helsingborg, Sweden 22.75 74 89 88 58
100 Maldives Lankanfushi Island Lankanfushi, Maldives 14.25 89 70 94 90
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Top 25 Skinny Dipping Spots in The World

Best Nude Beaches: Where to Strip Down and Jump In!

1. Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia

If you’re spending time in Dubrovnik, then Lokrum Island is a great place to go (only a 10-minute ferry ride away). This small island is uninhabited, giving refuge and an excellent 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.

Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia


  • Skinny Dipping Index Score: 84.5
  • Air Temperature: 29°C. 84.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 25°C. 77°F.
  • Pollution Index: 10.92
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index84.69
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $98 

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2. Spiaggia della Lecciona, Tuscany, Italy

Spaggia Della Lecciona, Italy, Nude Beach

In Torre del Lago, you can find a beach known as ‘La Lecciona,’ 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 famous gay beach since the 70s and is also a popular meeting place for nudist families who can sunbathe in total freedom.

Spaggia Della Lecciona, Italy, Gay Beach
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score72.75
  • Air Temperature: 29°C. 84.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 25°C. 77°F.
  • Pollution Index: 18.29
  • Blue Flag StatusNo
  • Safety Index71.29
  • Hotel Cost Per Night$185

3. Maslin Beach, Adelaide, Australia

Maslin Beach, South Australia

Just 40 minutes south of Adelaide CBD, you can find Australia’s first official nude beach is 3km long and 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 the Australian coast. It is also home to the annual Nude Olympics, complete with a “Best Bum” competition.

Maslin, Beach, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score72.75
  • Air Temperature: 29°C. 84.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 25°C. 77°F.
  • Pollution Index: 18.29
  • Blue Flag StatusNo
  • Safety Index71.29
  • Hotel Cost Per Night$185

4. English Garden, Munich, Germany

English Garden, Munich, Germany

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 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.

English Garden, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score68.75
  • Air Temperature: 24°C. 75.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 19°C. 66.2°F.
  • Pollution Index: 24.96
  • Blue Flag StatusNo
  • Safety Index: 82.61
  • Hotel Cost Per Night$110

5. Barreta Island, Faro, Portugal

Ilha Deserta, Faro, Algarve, Portugal

Barreta Island in the Ria Formosa National Park, just off the coast of Faro (about 30 minutes away). It is a sandbar island and the least developed of the three islands surrounding 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 meters wide at its widest point. One side of the Ria Formosa lagoon with a maze of channels and wildlife like flamingos. The other side is a vast blue ocean of Cabo de Santa Maria.

Ilha Deserta, Faro, Portugal
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score67.5
  • Air Temperature: 29°C. 84.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 21°C. 69.8°F.
  • Pollution Index: 24.5
  • Blue Flag StatusYes
  • Safety Index: 71.52
  • Hotel Cost Per Night$112

6. Red Beach, Crete, Greece

Red Beach, Santorini, Greece

Greece has 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. You can find rocky hills and high cliffs that offer an isolated escape for skinny dipping in the Aegean Sea.

Red Beach, Santorini, Greece, Nude Beach
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score66.75
  • Air Temperature: 30°C. 86°F.
  • Water Temperature: 26.3°C. 79.34°F.
  • Pollution Index: 40.47
  • Blue Flag StatusYes
  • Safety Index: 82.74
  • Hotel Cost Per Night$118

7. Washougal River, Washington State, USA

Washougal River Road, Skinny Dipping, Skamania County

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.

You can jump off the bridge to 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 many cars parked alongside the scenic Washougal River Road. You can find a map of the river here.

Washougal River, Washington, State, USA
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score65
  • Air Temperature: 28°C. 82.4°F.
  • Water Temperature: 24°C. 75.2°F.
  • Pollution Index: 40.47
  • Safety Index: 75.8
  • Hotel Cost Per Night$147

8. Plage de Tahiti, St Tropez, France

Plage de Tahiti, France, Skinny Dipping

St Tropez has a reputation as the summer hangout of France’s glitterati. However, it is also known for having a more naturist side – which you can enjoy from the Plage de Tahiti. An “unofficial nudist beach” like many others along the Riviera.

In the opening scene of the 1956 film And God Created Woman, Brigitte Bardot lounge 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.

Tahiti Plage, St Tropez, France
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score64.25
  • Air Temperature: 29°C. 84.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 23.8°C. 74.84°F.
  • Pollution Index: 35.34
  • Blue Flag StatusNo
  • Safety Index: 78.92
  • Hotel Cost Per Night$355

9. Praia de Galheta, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Praia da Galheta, Florianopolis, Brazil, Nude Beach

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 OK 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.

Praia Galheta, Nude Beach, Brazil
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score64
  • Air Temperature: 29°C. 84.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 23.8°C. 73.4°F.
  • Pollution Index: 20.44
  • Blue Flag StatusYes
  • Safety Index: 60.85
  • Hotel Cost Per Night$62

10. Pihlajasaari Beach, Helsinki, Finland

Pihlajasaari Beach, FInland

Pihlajasaari (Rönnskär in Swedish) is an island in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. There are 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.

After diving naked into one of Helsinki’s ice-cold lakes, you’ll be wide awake. 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. So head to Helsinki to try it for yourself at one of the local saunas.

Pihlajasaari Beach, Helskini, Finland
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score62
  • Air Temperature: 21°C. 69.8°F.
  • Water Temperature: 16.1°C. 60.98°F.
  • Pollution Index: 13.23
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index: 73.97
  • Hotel Cost Per Night$118

11. Green Lake, Styria, Austria

Grüner See Tragöß Austria Tragoess

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 give the lake its distinctive color. You can even spot park benches and footpaths beneath the surface, thanks to the crystal-clear waters. But be warned: the temperatures can be pretty chilly even in summer.

Green Lake, Austria
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score61.25
  • Air Temperature: 25°C. 77°F.
  • Water Temperature: 18°C. 64.4°F.
  • Pollution Index: 21.84
  • Safety Index: 79.8

12. Vecaki Beach, Riga, Latvia

Vecaki Beach, Latvia

You may not know that Latvia has a coast with over 300 miles of pure, uninterrupted Baltic beach. Just north of Latvia’s capital of Riga is the country’s most extensive naturist beach, Vecaki Beach.

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 a 10-minute walk from Vecaki railway station, about 20 minutes away from Riga’s central station.

Vecaki Beach, Riga, Latvia
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score61
  • Air Temperature: 24°C. 75.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 20.5°C. 68.9°F.
  • Pollution Index: 37.77
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index: 61.62
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $53

13. Bellevue Beach, Klampenborg, Denmark

Bellevue Beach, Copenhagen, Denmark

Bellevue Beach is the antithesis of a nude beach full of uninhibited retirees during the summer months. Instead, it’s a hotspot for younger, rowdier Danes 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. So it should be immediately clear which one’s the fun half – both!

Bellevue Strand, Denmark
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score59.5
  • Air Temperature: 23°C. 73.4°F.
  • Water Temperature: 20.5°C. 68.9°F.
  • Pollution Index: 10.84
  • Blue Flag Status: Yes
  • Safety Index: 73.05
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $116

14. Huk Beach, Oslo, Norway

Huk Beach, Oslo, Norway

The small but pretty Huk Beach sits near the end of the Bygdøy peninsula 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 divided into two beaches with a small inlet separating them. The eastern beach is a little more extensive, 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. There is a diving platform on the western end of the beach, and the beach also has a volleyball court.

Huk Beach, Norway, Oslo
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score59.5
  • Air Temperature: 23°C. 73.4°F.
  • Water Temperature: 18.5°C. 65.3°F.
  • Pollution Index: 23.96
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index: 65.14
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $116

15. Playa Levante, Formentera, Spain

Playa de Levante, Formentera, Spain

Formentera boasts some of the Mediterranean’s finest beaches. However, 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 features sheltered dunes. It’s the longest beach in Formentera and is on the east side of the peninsula of Es Trucadors. If you want to try snorkeling, head to Playa Es Calo in its crystal-clear bay.

Playa de Llevant, Formentera, Spain
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score59.5
  • Air Temperature: 30°C. 86°F.
  • Water Temperature: 26.5°C. 79.7°F.
  • Pollution Index: 45.15
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index: 73.92
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $212

16. Mpenjati Nature Reserve, Port Edward, South Africa

Mpenjati Beach, Nature Reserve, South Africa

Mpenjati Beach is part of the Mpenjati Nature Reserve south of Durban on the Hibiscus Coast. The location is South Africa’s only official nude beach. Furthermore, 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 500m seawards, protecting unique fossils. It consists of interconnecting riverine and floodplain marsh habitats, coastal forests, grasslands, and river estuary.

Mpenjati Beach, South Africa
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score59
  • Air Temperature: 27°C. 80.6°F.
  • Water Temperature: 21.8°C. 71.24°F.
  • Pollution Index: 38.12
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index: 23.88
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $91

17. Viti Lake, Askja Caldera, Iceland

Iceland, Viti in Askja, Swimming

In a land littered with volcanic wonders, Viti is a gem. Isolated in Iceland’s remote Central Highlands, this geothermal crater lake is in the Askja Caldera,  a hard place to reach. So you’ll need excellent 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 area features fantastic scenery, mini-craters, and lakes.

Iceland, Askja, Viti Crater
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score54.75
  • Air Temperature: 10°C. 50°F.
  • Water Temperature: 10°C. 50°F.
  • Pollution Index: 15.18
  • Safety Index: 77.72
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $199

18. Banyan Tree Lijiang, Yunnan, China

Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort, China

The Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort is a spa resort located in the ancient city of Lijiang. It is located at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and is 2,400 meters above sea level.

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. In addition, you can enjoy the view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and a Himalayan panorama.

Banyan Tree LIjang Hotel, China

  • Skinny Dipping Index Score: 54
  • Air Temperature: 27°C. 80.6°F.
  • Water Temperature: 26°C. 78.8°F.
  • Pollution Index: 48.6
  • Safety Index: 74.04
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $160

19. Little Palm Beach, Auckland, New Zealand

Little Palm, Waiheke, New Zealand

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 island’s northern side and separated from central Palm Beach by a tiny rocky outcrop that acts as an excellent 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 you can find here. In addition, you can find many small galleries, walking trails, and more.

Little Palm Beach, New Zealand
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score53.25
  • Air Temperature: 24°C. 75.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 15.8°C. 60.44°F.
  • Pollution Index: 29.33
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index: 54.28
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $197

20. Arambol Beach, Goa, India

Arambol Beach, North Goa, India

Considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Goa, Arambol beach is 55km from Panaji, popular with tourists, and stretches 2.5 km. The beach divides 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 wildlife species, and the pool in the valley is said to have therapeutic properties. Popular activities include paragliding, water sports, and dolphin spotting.

Arambol Beach, Goa, India

  • Skinny Dipping Index Score: 52.75
  • Air Temperature: 29°C. 84.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 28°C. 82.4°F.
  • Pollution Index: 49.31
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index: 55.17
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $25.48

21. Semuc Champey, Lanquín, Guatemala

Semuc Champey, Lanquín, Guatemala

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 serves as a base to visit Semuc Champey and its caves.

The isolated Semuc Champey is a Holy Grail amongst backpackers in South America, an idyllic limestone paradise that is one of the world’s hidden gems despite grueling hours of off-road forging it takes to get there.

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. An extensive cave network is also complete with underground waterfalls and breathtaking views.

Semuc Champey, Lanquín, Guatemala
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score51.5
  • Air Temperature: 24°C. 75.2°F.
  • Water Temperature: 30.1°C. 86.18°F.
  • Pollution Index: 72.38
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index: 37.23
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $45

22. Lady Falls, Neath, United Kingdom

Sgwd Gwladys, Lady Falls, Wales, UK

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 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, leading you to the falls.

Be warned that swimming here can be dangerous. 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.

Lady Falls, Wales
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score51.5
  • Air Temperature: 20°C. 68°F.
  • Water Temperature: 12.3°C. 54.14°F.
  • Pollution Index: 21.21
  • Blue Flag Status: N/A
  • Safety Index: 64.52
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $148.78

23. Wreck Beach, Vancouver, Canada

Wreck Beach, Vancouver, Canada, BC

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 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. Unfortunately, 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.

Wreck Beach, Canada
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score: 48.5
  • Air Temperature: 20°C. 68°F.
  • Water Temperature: 12.4°C. 54.32°F.
  • Pollution Index: 25.17
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index: 63.01
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $177

24. Orient Bay, St. Martin, Caribbean

Orient Bay, St Martin

Orient Bay is 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. The nudist area is at the westernmost end of Orient Bay Beach.

You’ll find savory Caribbean dishes and fruity cocktails at any beach restaurant if you’re hungry. There is also a broad mix of water sports like 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, a tiny secluded island known for its snorkeling.

Orient Bay St Martin Nude Beach
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score: 47.75
  • Air Temperature: 28°C. 82.4°F.
  • Water Temperature: 29°C. 84.2°F.
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $392

25. Neve Midbar Beach, Dead Sea, Israel

Neve Midbar Beach, Dead Sea, Israel

If you thought that the Middle East wasn’t a place to find nudist beaches, you didn’t factor in Israel. However, Neve Midbar Beach may be the only place in the Middle East where 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.

Neve Midbar Beach, Israel
  • Skinny Dipping Index Score: 47.25
  • Air Temperature: 30°C. 86°F.
  • Water Temperature: 29.3°C. 84.74°F.
  • Pollution Index: 64.8
  • Blue Flag Status: No
  • Safety Index: 63.68
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: $211


In order to determine the best nude beaches for skinny dipping, 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.

Beach Quality – Total Points: 25

  • Pollution Level: Full Weight (~15 Points) Note: The pollution index is an estimation of the overall pollution in the city based on surveys from Numbeo. The biggest weight is given to air pollution, than to water pollution/accessibility, two main pollution factors. Small weight is given to other pollution types.
  • Blue Flag Status: Full Weight (~10 Points) Note: This indicates if the swimming spot is a Blog Flag Beach. The award is a guarantee to visitors that the beach is free from litter, has excellent facilities, and has a high standard of water quality.

Weather – Total Points: 25

  • Climate Likeability: Full Weight (~8.3 Points) Note: This metric measures the climate likeability of a given city using Weather Underground data. An ideal climate is defined as having moderate temperatures, low humidity, and no major weather conditions.
  • Air Temperature: Full Weight (~8.3 Points) Note: This metric measures the average temperature for the months of June, July, and August. The ideal temperature being close to 28°C, which is ideal for swimming.
  • Water Temperature: Full Weight (~8.3 Points) Note: This metric measures the average water temperature for the months of June, July, and August. The ideal water temperature being close to 27°C, which is warm enough to jump in without any clothes.

Safety – Total Points: 25

  • Safety Level: Full Weight (~25 Points) Note: If the city has a high safety index, it is considered very safe.

Hotel Cost – Total Points: 25

  • Hotel Cost: Full Weight (~25 Points) Note: This is the average booked nightly rate plus cleaning fees for Airbnb properties booked over the last year.

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