Skinny dipping brings to mind the adventurous and spontaneous times of your formative years. Often awkward, mostly exhilarating and yet all too rewarding, there’s nothing like the thrill of going “au naturel” with your friends or lover in beautiful bodies of water under the glow of the moonlight, and we rounded up the 5 best places to go skinny dipping.

Skinny dipping is a ritual that’s been occurring for centuries (skinny dipping means swimming with only “skin”) where some parts of the world still embrace and encourage it.

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In fact, many destinations are known for nude swimming and sunbathing, where the naturalist scene has long been a cultural tradition and their playground of natural water (whether lakes or ocean) serve as stunning backdrops for titillating moments of giddy rush.

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A recent survey showed more than 71 percent of respondents had recently gone skinny dipping, proving it’s still one of the most exciting, non-organized recreations among travelers. From Mexico to Spain, we rounded up beautiful destinations where you should drop trou for spontaneous—and nude!—moments in paradise, especially in places where skinny dipping/ bathing nude is a tradition with locals.

Note: We don’t recommend you do this for attention on social media. Do it to connect your body to nature!

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5 Best Places To Go Skinny Dipping Around The World

  1. Riviera Maya, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen Beach Palmaia Resort
Riviera Maya Beach Palmaia Resort

One of the most romantic destinations in Mexico, Riviera Maya is known to seduce couples with its white-sand beaches, lush mangroves, picturesque cenotes and starry night sky. Completely unspoiled, the beauty of the coastline is magnetic, where locals continue to

honor the pristine natural environments (it wasn’t unusual for Mayans to go au natural for full respect). There’s something magical here that makes couples want to strip down and become one with nature!

Topless sunbathing along the beaches is not uncommon, and the bohemian-minded Tulum is a hot spot for skinny dippers thanks to its low-key ambience and “hippie” sensibilities. The real thrill is at the number of cenotes (underwater sinkholes) within the rain forest.

Cenote at Palmaia House Of Aia Spa
Cenote at Palmaia House of Aia Spa

These pristine spots are straight out of a storybook with azure waters, hanging vines and underwater caves. While they’re some of the most sacred places in Mexico, a nude dip (when no one is around) isn’t uncommon for refreshing moments.

2. St. Barthes, Caribbean

St. Barthes is the St. Tropez of the Caribbean. Here, famous faces anchor their yachts, sunbathe along the sprawling white beaches and dine on fresh lobster and fish. It’s a millionaire’s hideaway where champagne and rose is drunk like water (not to mention “champagne baths” are de rigeuer), and affluent travelers blow kisses in the wind.

With St. Barthes highbrow French history, the ritual of nude sunbathing is still practiced on the several beaches and harbor (or atop a private yacht, of course). When the sun sets, plenty of visitors take to the calm sea for a refreshing skinny dip, especially Grand Saline and Anse du Gouverneur, two secluded beaches that attract nudists from all over the world.

3. Colorado

Sure, Colorado may be landlocked, but there’s hundreds of lakes, rivers and swimming holes within the mountain landscape, all of which are perfect for a dip (among other water activities), and it’s one of our favorite places to go skinny dipping.

Thanks to the remote locations and, of course, Colorado’s leftist sensibility (Mary Jane, anyone?), wearing your birthday suit is a common thrill for locals who fully engage in outdoor adventures. After a long hike, cool off at Mohawk Lake in Breckenridge, and be part of the sunset at Devil’s Punch Bowl (a swimming hole) in Crested Butte.

If you find yourself near Fort Collins, Horsetooth Reservoir is the jackpot of water activities (from fishing and boating to water skiing and swimming) where skinny dipping in the gloaming is a pastime.

4. Greece

As history proves, there’s no better place in the world to be nude than Greece. Ancient Greeks were obsessed with the naked body, and even Greek Gods were depicted nude. The Greeks have long had a point of celebrating nakedness (which was historically combined with athleticism as, interestingly, “gymnasium” is derived from the Greek, gymnos, meaning “naked”—fun trivia!). To this day, locals and travelers alike carry on tradition by taking nude dips in the ancient waters.

A popular spot is in Aedipsos, an ancient hot springs known for healing that everyone from Aristotle to Greta Garbo to Winston Churchill have dipped (bathing suit free!). The 80 mineral baths along the coast give plenty of options (and privacy). Over in hip party-minded Stavros, the beaches are so stunning (with perfect temperature Mediterranean waters) that you’ll want to race in buck wild—and buck naked.

5. Spain

Spaniards are famous for letting it all hang (from Penelope Cruz to former councilor Carmen Lopez), and Spain embraces all things in the buff, especially when it comes to skinny dipping.

In fact, there’s no regulation that makes nudity illegal, so technically you can be bareboned anywhere! Due to the lack of law, there are no “nude” beaches—just beaches—with some that are simply stunning for frolicking full commando.

The majority of beachgoers will stay suited, though plenty of Spaniards take to the beaches at night for some exciting skinny-dipping action, especially in more secluded areas like Alcoy near Valencia. Exhilarating moments can also be had at Sitges in Barcelona, where going topless isn’t unusual and late-night skinny dipping with friends is the perfect way to end a vacation.

Have a favorite place to go skinny dipping? Let us know in the comments below!

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