Being nude is just oh-so freeing. There are beautiful beaches across the world where nudity is completely welcome, and in some countries, there are entire communities dedicated to naturalism. Paris even boasts a public park where you can let it all hang out. While the US isn’t quite as liberal with nudity as places like Europe, there are still some beachfront areas where going au naturel is legal. Scroll through for seven of the best beach spots to be free.
1 Haulover Beach, Florida
You can find Haulover Beach in Miami, just like some 7,000 people a day do. This particular beach is clothing-optional, so if you’re feeling a little shy, you don’t have to strip down.
2 Hippie Hollow, Texas
Tucked into a corner of Lake Travis in Austin is Hippie Hollow. It’s a laid-back clothing-optional paradise with beautiful weather and beautiful people.
3 Kehena Beach, Hawaii
Kehena may only be unofficially clothing-optional, but you can feel free to go full nude here on this black sand beach. Bonus: you can spot dolphins all over the waters at this beach.
4 Black’s Beach, California
Black’s Beach, in the San Diego area, has a very well-defined boundary where the clothing-optional area starts, so make sure you’re inside those lines before you leave your clothes behind.
5 Gunnison Beach, New Jersey
This beach, owned by the National Park Service, is the only legal nude beach in the entire state of New Jersey. Signs clearly mark where clothing is optional and when you’ve reached the point where you have to be dressed.
6 Kauapea Beach, Hawaii
This Kauai beach is tucked away in total seclusion. While it’s not completely legal to be nude in public in Hawaii, this beach is rarely patrolled, so those wishing to sunbathe nude choose to do so here.
7 Lighthouse Beach, New York
Fire Island’s Lighthouse Beach is not technically a fully nude beach, however, topless sunbathing is legal in New York, so this beach is a great place to find community in doing so.