Holidays are different for everyone. Some seek quiet places to rest, other look for trendy places to party, others want to visit more unusual, far-away destinations. And some like their vacation on a nudist beach, for the sense of freedom, the absence of complexities, or simply the possibility to more closely admire the male body in its most natural form.
A lot of the gay beaches in the world are nudist beaches, but it's not always obvious unless you already know where you can strip off and where you cannot. So, here are 15 of the world's best naturist gay beaches, across all continents. And if you prefer to keep your kit on, you can always check out our guide to the best clothing-friendly gay beaches around the world.
Gay nude beach Praia do Abrico: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Little "praia do Abrico" beach is nested in a protected national park. The beach is amazingly beautiful and in a remote and wild environment: it’s one of the very few beaches in Rio’s area where naturism is allowed. A large forest separates the beach from the big city. You can stay on the beach all day long and enjoy food and drinks at the small beach café.
Gay nude beach Black’s Beach: San Diego, USA
Black's Beach is the most famous nude beach in the USA. It stretches over several hundred meters along the Californian coast. Cliffs overlook the beach and block the wind (which is a godsend when you come naked of the water!). A golf club is located at the top of the cliff, as well as some luxury properties... A great way to enjoy the Pacific.
Gay nude beach Hippie Hollow: Austin, USA
There's no ocean here, but the Colorado River is a pretty great substitute. And Austin’s gay crowds can be found in the park, enjoying an afternoon in the sun, naked, with music, good vibes and a rainbow flag.
Gay nude beach Little Beach: Maui, Hawaii
The naked "little beach" is separated from the Big Beach by a mound that plunges into the ocean. The gay crowd can be found on the northern part of this always-packed beach. On Sunday nights at sunset, you can enjoy fire dances, music and traditional dances.
Gay nude beach Herring Cove Beach: Provincetown, USA
Herrington Cove Beach is located on the Cape Cod peninsula, off Boston. It’s the most popular gay beach in Provincetown, with three distinct parts: the mixed crowd in the southern part of the beach, the gay crowd a little further north, and the lesbian crowd in the far north. The dunes separating the sea from the road are a quiet and peaceful environment for sunbathing and other activities!
Gay nude beach Obelisk Beach: Mosman, Australia
Many young gay Australians enjoy Obelisk Beach, a few miles from Sydney’s downtown. The beach is reached by a path, a few hundred meters through the forest. The sea has a fascinating blue-green color. One tip: be careful not to get lost in the dense forest!
Gay nude beach Gunnison Beach: Sandy Hook, USA
Gunnison Beach runs along the coast of the Sandy Hook peninsula in New Jersey. At 55 miles from Manhattan, the beach offers a distant view of Brooklyn. This is the only nudist beach in the state, a favorite destination for gay New Yorkers since the 70s. Dunes and groves separate the beach from the residential area of the island.
Gay nude beach Orient Beach: St. Martin, French West Indies
Located opposite the Club Orient naturist resort on the island of St. Martin, Orient Beach welcomes locals and visitors from around the world, gay or straight. You can enjoy the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean and enjoy food and drinks as well as sun loungers and parasols.
Gay nude beach Praia da Caparica 19: Lisbon, Portugal
The famous beach 19 in Lisbon is the favorite gay beach of the locals. They drive here by bus or car (30 minutes from downtown). Naturism is allowed, but some prefer to keep their Speedos on. You can find food and drinks nearby on beach 17. For those who feel too hot, the dunes and the forest behind the beach offer up some steamy surprises!
Gay nude beach Wreck Beach: Vancouver, Canada
Wreck Beach is located on the west side of Vancouver, overlooking the North Pacific. This sandy beach is littered with dead tree trunks coming from the forest behind. Swimming is not recommended because of the temperature of the water (freezing!), but many simply find other warming activities in the nearby forest.
Gay nude beach Sandy Bay - Cape Town, South Africa
Sandy Bay is a beautiful white sand beach on the west coast of South Africa, 10 miles south of Cape Town. The water's a little cold – it's not the hot Indian Ocean after all – but it's one of the few gay and nudist beaches in Cape Town, even Africa! The beach is wild and the nearby forest allows some hot, post-sunbathing encounters!
Gay nude beach Baker Beach: San Francisco, USA
You can go to Baker Beach for naked sunbathing, of course, but also for the stunning view on the Golden Gate bridge. The beach is isolated yet still very close to downtown San Francisco. The weather in the Bay is changeable, though; often chilly, but the gay-friendly and warm atmosphere on the beach will make you forget about this!
Gay nude beach Hanlan’s Point: Toronto, Canada
Just like in Austin, there's no sea or ocean in Toronto. But Lake Ontario is still a delight for gay Canadians and Americans who share this space of water. Hanlan's Point is a long, sandy beach with direct views of Toronto’s skyscrapers. Clothing and swimsuits are not common in this part of the city.
Gay nude beach Haulover Beach: Miami, USA
Ten miles north of South Beach, Miami, Haulover Beach is one of the few nudist beaches in Florida. It offers ocean out of sight for straight and gay Miami beach goers. The gay locals will mostly come on weekends, in the north of the beach.
Gay nude beach Praia Galheta: Florianópolis, Brazil
Just north of Praia Mole, the main gay beach on the island of Santa Catarina, south of Sao Paulo, there’s an even more beautiful and wild space of sand where you can step out of all your clothes. Praia Galheta is located between a cliff and the sea and it's a paradise for surfers and naturists alike. ●
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