Guide to nude and topless sunbathing around the world

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Go bold or go home? These places allow you to throw away your clothes while relaxing at the beach

For some a big no-no, for others a natural way to enjoy a moment in the sun — showing different parts of the body has been a hotly debated topic all around the world. Aside from a personal preference, there are national laws that regulate naked sunbathing in each country. So, whether you go bold or not, thanks to this list you’ll know what to expect on your next beach holiday.

39 countries permit nude and topless sunbathing

Pour Moi’s map shows 39 green-colored countries that allow nude sunbathingPour Moi’s map shows 39 green-colored countries that allow nude sunbathing — Shutterstock

We’ve based our list on research by swimwear company Pour Moi whose team has taken a deep dive into the nudity laws around the world. Out of almost 200 countries, they have discovered 39 that allow naked sunbathing and 38 that strictly do not while the remainder of countries feels ambiguous about it. 

The map shows 39 green-colored places with relaxed rules and laws when it comes to nudity and topless sunbathing. On the other hand, showing too much skin in the 38 red-colored ones could get a naturist in trouble with the law. 

The rules can differ within one country, too, and while going bare is generally unacceptable or even illegal, one may still find private hotels, resorts, or public beaches. The 29 amber-colored places indicate there are ambiguous or contradictory rules on public nudity and so sunbathing will often require more research before taking your clothes off.

Australia is the biggest lover of nude sunbathing

People made over 10.7 million Google searches for “nude beaches”, “nude resorts”, and “sunbathe nude” in the past 12 monthsPeople made over 10.7 million Google searches for “nude beaches”, “nude resorts”, and “sunbathe nude” in the past 12 months — Shutterstock

Even though travel has been hindered by various travel restrictions in the last year, people still made over 10.7 million Google searches of “nude beaches”, “nude resorts”, and “sunbathe nude” in the previous 12 months. 

Most of these were made in the US, Japan, and Brazil, however, considering the population sizes for each country, Australia tops the list.

Top countries eager to take clothes off

Australia

While nude sunbathing is legal and there are many spots where to do it, states and local councils make their own rules.

For example, Queensland, the second-largest state, doesn’t have a single nudist beach while South Australia is home to the first and oldest official nudist beach in the country and even holds nude games.

New Zealand

While going nude isn’t entirely illegal, one must find a designated spot for it — luckily, there are many beaches where clothing is optional.

If lying naked on the beach becomes boring, there are other activities one can do legally naked: participate in the World naked bike ride, take up golf, or play rugby at the Dunedin Nude Rugby Tournament.  

Ireland

Showing private parts in Ireland is illegal and one won’t find any official nudist beaches in the country, yet when it comes to Google searches, it has secured third place on the list for itself.

United States

 

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While 32 states of the US won’t make a big deal out of someone taking their clothes off, the states of Utah, Indiana, or Tennessee have made nude sunbathing illegal.

Canada

There are plenty of beaches and other places in Canada to go all-natural — and a lot of them are isolated or hidden away so offending someone won’t be an issue.

The list continues with a number of “code-green” countries where people show the most interest in nude sunbathing: the Netherlands, UK, Japan, Spain, and Hungary.

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