beach Olho de Boi, Buzios, Brazil

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Olho de Boi beach is located in Buzios, Rio de Janeiro state. It requires a bit of an effort, as you’ll have to walk for a bit on a trail (along two other beaches),

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before you can descend to this tiny beach. You’ll be rewarded with calm waters, where you can sometimes even spot some turtles!

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It’s a great naturist spot, and I wouldn’t go to any other beach around, especially if I had to wear a swimsuit there. Another beach of this kind in the state is Abrico. Swimming in the sea the natural way is one of the most pleasant ways to experience the contact with nature!

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André

beaching in Fuerteventura

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To finish off out tour of the Canary Islands [for now] we turn to the island of Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands and is another popular destination for tourists wanting to get some year-round sun. The island can be quite windy (in fact Fuerteventura comes from the spanish words ‘strong wind’ ) and average temperatures range from 17˚C in January to 25˚C in August. It is particularly popular for surfers and windsurfers and there are many surfing schools dotted around the island. Towns and resorts tend to be on the coast as there are many mountains in land. With 152 beaches along its coastline, visitors are spoilt for choice on where to go.

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One of the most popular areas for naturists to stay is the north-eastern town of Corralejo which has many hotels (including naturist friendly), restaurants and bars. The water here is good for swimming although can be rough at times if windy. It has 7 miles of golden sand which is almost entirely naturist friendly and has a large dune area which backs onto a nature reserve.

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In the south, the most popular destinations are Costa Calma and Morro Jable. Just south of Costa Calma is the Jandia stretch of beaches which has a wide area of beach to explore and is also very popular with naturists.

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The water here can be calmer than the north. Morro Jable is a large tourist town and resort and can be a good place to stay if you like lots of local amenities.

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Whether it’s Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or Tenerife, the Canary Islands are an ideal place to visit for some sun and relaxation.

[text and photos by Dan]

beach Tejita, Tenerife, Canary Islands

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With his recent post about Mas Palomas dunes/beach of Gran Canaria, Juan reminded me of my trip to Canary Islands a few years ago – turns out I have been keeping some material from that trip that hasn’t been published, until now that is! It’s kind of inappropriate that I only had a story about hiking from Tenerife, so here is a post about one of the beaches of the island.

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Besides the giant volcano Teide, on the approach to the island we could see a much smaller Mount Roja (“red mount”), and that is also where a naturist beach called Tejita is.

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It lies very close to the airport, and we headed there immediately after arrival.

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It was very windy, so we found a spot protected by the rocks. The water was clear and perfectly refreshing after the flight!

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And here is a photo with the view from the Mount Roja that my friend Sean took just a couple of months ago.

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Too bad I missed it, but I’d like to go back to Tenerife again, so I’ll probably have another chance!

Canary Islands – MasPalomas

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Canary Islands is the paradise destination for European tourists during autumm-winter seasons. It is  20º-30ºC the whole year, so the warm and sunny weather is almost always guaranteed. One of the most popular islands is Gran Canaria. The island is divided into northern (with the main city) and southern (with the tourist areas) parts. The capital city, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is almost permanently clouded, as the vapor from the ocean condenses at the mountains nearby. But in the south of the island, it’s sunny the whole year.

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The most popular nudist area on the island is Maspalomas. These are natural dunes, with some protected areas (natural park) to keep the fauna and flora.

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That’s why it’s not allowed to build anything there. So the dunes are vast: a few kilometers of soft  sand.

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Almost the entire coastline of MasPalomas is naturist or at least naturist-friendly. There are some clothed areas near the villages of Costa Meloneras and Playa del Ingles, but with a short (and nice) ten-minute walk, you can reach the nudist area.

The water is a little colder than in the Mediterranean, but it has a nice and soft sand floor.

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I would like to come back every year!

recap of some naked surf fun and watching sea life at Black’s Beach

I’ve already written up about Black’s Beach twice – in general, and on our first nude surfing experience there specifically – but as I’m finishing the latest Californian series of blogposts, I can’t help adding some new footage from surfing there again, as well as photos of marine life.

Well, I guess I have to promise to post another video in the future when I improve both my surfing skills and using GoPro camera. It was my very first attempt to shoot a video with GoPro on a surfboard, so I’m pretty confident the next one will be better. In any case, it was still a lot of fun to play with the waves naked. And it was very liberating too, especially after that pretty long (especially when you carry a surfboard) hike down the dirt trail from the parking lot to the beach.

I was very happy to find quite a few other naked surfers (including one woman) on those days. And a couple of days ago, as I was preparing my footage for this post, I got across this recent video of a guy surfing naked at Black’s Beach.

Who knows, maybe some time soon those nude surfing contests will be back at Black’s Beach?!

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Black’s Beach would be also perfect for a barefoot (or should I say bare all around?) running race, with its perfect flat wet sand (not necessarily submerged in water, as on the photo above, but running in water could be a sport of its own).

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Speaking of sand at Black’s Beach, it fascinated me quite a lot how those sand grains of different colors formed various patterns

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depending on the waves and tides.

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These patterns change from place to place as you walk along the beach,

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and throughout the day too.

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The symmetry of this pattern is amazing

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but inexplicable to me due to lack of enough knowledge in physics and geology 😎

Even more exciting view followed from the ocean, however!

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Well, it could also be a worrisome sight, if I thought those might be sharks… But dolphins are a lot commoner in these water, and the fountain from the blowhole revealed their identity with certainty.

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I’ve never seen wild dolphins in the ocean so close!

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(I have to specify “in the ocean”, because I did swim with wild river dolphins in the Amazon, and canoed next to sea dolphins in the mangroves in Florida.)

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Another time, dolphins appeared at sunset.

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They were even more active, probably feasting on a shoal of fish,

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and I hoped to get a picture of a dolphin jumping above the setting sun 😀 Was that too much to ask? Well, I got pretty close to it!

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As a bonus afterwards, a seal came by as well, but it was getting too dark to take a decent picture of it.

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Once again, Black’s Beach proved to be an amazing site for beach activities and marine life observation. I can’t wait to go back!

Uchkuyevka beach, Sevastopol (Crimea)

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Uchkuyevka (aka Lubimovka) is the only beach within Sevastopol city area with well established nudist area. This beach is very long, with nice soft sand and picturesque sandstone cliffs. You can get there from the main part of the city by boat directly (once an hour from Artilereyskaya bay) or by more frequent ferry to Severnaya side first (from Grafskaya pier) and then minibus.

Naturists gather at both southern and northern edges of the beach, but the latter is more popular. As soon as you pass these sandstone cliffs,

you will see most of the people enjoying the sun and the sea without swimsuits. So you can disrobe immediately and pick your spot, there is still a couple of miles of beach ahead!

So you can find a quiet spot for yourself, come with your family (like I did, but I will talk about it some time later), or a big group of friends.

Marathon

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In times when the Olympic torch has just been brought from Greece to London Olympics, it only makes more sense to post about one of my favorite places for camping, which bears the name of Marathon. That is where Persians attempted to invade Greece… and from where, allegedly, the courier ran all the way to Athens to tell the news of victory of the Greek army. This story, in turn, inspired the Marathon race! But I think not many people know that the beach where Persians once disembarked their warships is nowadays a perfect place for running. Given that even modern Greeks are quite easy with nudity and the beach is never crowded, you can run the way Ancient Greek athletes did – naked!

This is how this place looks from the plane:

Marathon is a little over 2-hour ride from buzzing Athens, but to get to the wilder part of the beach, you’ll have to walk from the bus station along the beach for more than an hour. (That is if you don’t have a car.) However, it is totally worth it. It’s a great weekend escape, and we often went there to camp overnight.

It’s easy to find a nice cozy spot for you tent.

So, there is not only a nice beach but also an old pine forest

with a pond

and numerous trails to wander around.

Scarcely growing old pines were perfect for hanging a hammock.

It was a lightweight variety, but still cozy enough to chill out, feeling the sea breeze all over body. I was learning Greek with a book, but not for too long as you can see…

Other “facilities” at the beach include a couple of metal platforms that are not in use anymore but are still stable and provide nice views over the beach.

But why stay on the beach all the time, if there is a forest next to it?

We were exploring whereabout of the ancient battleground in full tranquility and…

full nudity too 🙂

Haven’t I mentioned tranquility?

And of course we didn’t just walk and sit there. We also played beach bats during day,

and at night we tried a fast version of badminton, ‘Speedminton’, completed with glow sticks in the shuttlecocks. To see each other, we also decorated ourselves with glow sticks.

Then we also attached glow sticks to frisbee, which made it look like UFO in the night sky. Too bad our cameras couldn’t catch it, but it was quite a sight!

Another time, we ventured for a long run forth and back along the beach; wet sand was compact enough to run comfortably. Just a few patches have some colorful pebbles instead of sand.

If all that is not enough for your entertainment, there is also a bunch of friendly stray dogs that are happy to keep you company.

Free hiking on Tenerife

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Tenerife has a lot more to offer to naturists than beaches. You can go hiking clothes-free even in a mountain forest, with the subtropical sun and warm temperatures year-round. Here we suggest a route (shown approximately on the map) that we took from Los Organos to Güímar: two days of pure mountain air, pure nature, pure naturism! Three days would work better for a more leisurely hike 🙂 This is not an official nudist area, but given general acceptance of nudism on Canary Islands, nudity is generally not an issue, and this area is anyway large enough to avoid encounters with other hikers. Most probably you will not see other walkers at all, if you do not walk on major trails.

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But what you will see is breath-taking views down the valley

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and up to the snow-capped mount Teide!

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To get to Los Organos take bus 345 or 348 from Puerto de la Cruz or La Orotava. The bus stops right where the route starts as shown on the map. First, you will walk on a pretty broad road, but already there you may take off the clothes,

and certainly so as soon as you decide to climb by one of the smaller trails up the mountains (see the map, but unfortunately we cannot provide exact details of our hiking route, so please take care which trail to take or just follow the main ones, but then you will need more time (or a bike) to complete the trip).

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This part of the forest, on the northern foothills, is quite humid, with pines and cedars covered by “beards” of lichens.

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But succulents, more common on the drier southern side of the island, thrived there too,

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blooming –

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but not only succulents. I am not sure about seasonality of blooming on Tenerife, but when we were there in the end of March, it seemed like spring was in full swing.

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There were many flowers,

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some looked familiar from European gardens. And we were certainly not the only ones to enjoy their colours and aroma.

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The way up the trail in that part is not dangerous but still challenging. Once you are high enough, you will be rewarded with magnificent views and tranquility. Get some rest and follow a narrow horizontal trail

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(hope you’ll find it! But if you keep going up, you cannot really miss it, as it lies across the foothill). In some places, the mountainside is really steep,

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but then there are hand-rails along the path;

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or you can hold on to the rocks.

But when you see clouds right below you, you just feel like a god able to float in the sky 🙂 naturist 0009 Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Bit by bit the forest was getting drier, and there were some eucalypti among the local flora,

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but pines were predominant,

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along with bushes that we couldn’t identify.

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We didn’t see much of fauna, but a robin kept us company on a short lunch break,

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we saw several Tenerife lizards.

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We were stupid enough to get off that horizontal trail  to try a shortcut, and continued climbing up on quite a steep and not very stable surface.

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Well, at least we were rewards with absolutely magnificent views as the sun was setting… still above the clouds!

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As we were above the forest line, it took some efforts to find a flat spot to camp for the night; it was by a massive pine tree, which stood solely over the rocks and bushes. At night the wind was very strong and chilly, so our advice is to sleep in the forest and better continue climbing up the mountain range in the morning.

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Shortly after we woke up, we reached an asphalted road TF-24 and headed north-west, passing through the border of the national park of mount Teide.

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When we got to an information point with a map, we could confirm we were on the right track. There also was a nice view south, with a small black (sleeping) volcano – this is where we were heading.

After we got off TF-24, we followed a trail again, this time already downhill. We often picked narrow shortcut trails, but along the main wide trail we saw two caves, which could be nice place for an overnight stop if we had more time.

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In about an hour after the information point, we finally got to the black volcano. The landscape looked quite surreal – an island of black desert in the green sea of pine forest…

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And some more flowers:

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the white ones, like these on an unidentified bush

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camomiles stood out against the black background of the volcano;

but their purple relatives

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and an orange poppy looked beautiful too!

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And as expected on the drier southern side of the mountains, there were plenty of succulents,

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including a young specimen of the famous Canary dragon tree.

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Behind the volcano, we finally saw the settlements, the right one being Güímar. But we were still a couple of hours away from there… So, we took some rest and bathed in a tub… filled with chestnuts 😀

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Maybe you will also be lucky to do the hike in the season of figs or prickly pears (fruits of opuntia cactus), which are a good source of precious liquid (but take care of spines, and if you get some in your fingertips, just stroke your hair, as advices by my Mexican friends). Oh well, at some point you will have to wear your clothes, as gradually you will get back to civilization – starting with some remote villas and then the town of Güímar. When in Güímar, visit black pyramids, but the experience of free-hiking above the clouds is surely much more memorable!!!

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Dear passengers, we are landing at… the naturist beach! Playa Guasimeta, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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It seems naturists are really welcome on Canary Islands. Right next to the airport of Arrecife there is a quite long nudist beach

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with very soft dark sand, Playa Guasimeta. Airplanes take off just along the beach, but this gives it charm of its own.

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So, if you can’t wait to stretch out and get naked after the flight, just go there and relax on the sand. It’s also a short bike ride from the city.

beach near Rio de Janeiro

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Abrico beach (Praia de Abricó) is one of surprisingly few official naturist beaches in South America. Located in a protected area of Rio de Janeiro, it is one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches of the city. The crowd is very diverse, especially on weekends, when local families come too. Proximity to Rio de Janeiro makes it quite packed on weekends, with some nude sport activities organized by Associação naturista da Praia de Abricó.

Is is really nice you can keep yourself active outside water, because often the waves are too strong 26552321306_7d7cdd567b_z_d

and the water is unexpectedly cold for long swimming. On weekdays, there are fewer people, but more freedom to roam around in the buff!

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Among few other nudists you are likely to be accompanied just by these giant birds 8D

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Well, they are just white egrets 🙂

But in any case, you are guaranteed with a magnificent view of the bright blue ocean and two tropical islands!

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The plants vary from cacti of all forms and sizes, bromelias and agaves, growing on the rocks,

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to palm trees, hibiscuses and many other tropical trees.

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If you stay till dark, the air might be filled with sparkling bugs, a fabulous view.
The cheapest way to go to Abrico Beach from Copacabana (or in any location near sea on South Zone) is to take bus 175 (Barra da Tijuca or Recreio) or S-20 (Recreio) on Atlantica Avenue (except sundays), in Copacabana, (on sundays you can get the buses on Barata Ribeiro street) (from Ipanema you must take the bus on Vieira Souto Avenue or in Leblon, in Delfim Moreira Avenue) and get off in front of Barra Shopping (center), in Barra da Tijuca. Then take the bus 702 or 703 (Recreio) and take off in front of Condomonio MARAMAR. Go to the way up side the sea, through Prainha. When go down in Grumari, look to the ocean and go to the left. Abrico beach is behind big stones. Instead of getting off the bus in front of MARAMAR residences you can do it in front of RECREIO SHOPPING CENTER (bus 175 also goes there, but keep your eye on which color line it belongs to (yellow or red) when you go back, better ask the driver if it goes to Ipanema!), and then take a taxi to Abrico Beach for approximately 10 reais, but also keep in mind that the taxi is not so numerous in that area, especially for the return, but locals may give you a lift.

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