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 gay nude 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 gay nudist 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" is a gay nude beach nestled 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 gay 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 out of the water naked!). A golf club is located at the top of the cliff, as well as some luxury properties... A frontrunner in terms of gay nudist beaches on 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 of course a rainbow flag. Certainly a gay nudist beach with a twist!
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, just outside of Boston. It’s the most popular gay nude 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 Studland Beach: Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Looking for a popular gay nude beach in the UK? Studland Beach awaits you. Studland is located by the towns of Bournemouth and Poole, and it is in the northern part of the beach that you will find the nudists. If you are after some cruising while visiting this gay nude beach, head to the nearby sand dunes and shrubbery - chances are you won't be disappointed.
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 Maspalomas Beach no.7: Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
It's old news that Gran Canaria is a top gay destination in Europe, so it comes as no surprise that the island is also home to a dreamy gay nude beach. Maspalomas Beach has a series of huts lining the shore, which offer food and beverage options and music. Hut no.7 is where the gay community gathers, with beach goers often sunbathing in the nude. To get to Maspalomas Beach, you will have to pass through a series of dunes, which are often a popular place for cruising.
Gay nude beach Gunnison Beach: Sandy Hook, USA
Gunnison Beach runs along the coast of the Sandy Hook Peninsula in New Jersey. 55 miles from Manhattan, the beach offers a distant view of Brooklyn. This is the only nudist beach in the state, Gunnison has been 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 nude beach for locals. They travel here by bus or by 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 gay 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 found on this gay nude beach will make you forget all 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 Playa del Muerto: Sitges, Spain
Sitges is one of Spain's true gems in terms of gay destinations, with gay travelers flocking to this seaside town any time throughout the year. Idylically positioned on the coast, just south of Barcelona, it could only be expected that Sitges is home to plenty of gay beaches. Perhaps the most well-known gay nude beach is Playa del Muerto. There is a little bar by the beach (chiringuito) serving drinks, as well as a forest behind should you wish to try your luck cruising.
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, and drop town to 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) and 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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