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I didn�t mean to reveal it. It was a blistering hot day in Grenoble, and my
traveling companion, Nate, wandered toward a swimming pool behind the resort
while I stocked up on water and provisions. Moments later he returned,
�Chris,� he said breathlessly, pointing toward the pool. �There are breasts in
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Yes, there were. The French, like many Europeans, generally think nothing of
baring breasts, butt � and more � at the beach, much to the surprise of visiting
Yanks. I already knew this, because I had grown up in Europe. But my friend
Nate, who was born and raised in the Bible Belt, didn�t.
Nudity! There, I said it. If the thought of going au naturel on holiday makes
you uncomfortable, please don�t read on. You�ll probably be offended.
Still with me? OK, here are the five leading myths about nude vacations.
1. Vacationing nudists are just a bunch of perverts. Hardly. In fact,
nudists are everyday people, and there are more of them out there than you
think. The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), the largest
organization of its kind in North America, represents nearly 186,424 members and
their families. There are also 270 clubs and resorts for people who want to
vacation in the buff � and that�s just in prim-and-proper North America.
Clothing-optional resorts are seedy. Nope.
We�re talking about mainstream, professionally run properties offering a wide
range of wholesome activities. Among them: Cypress Cove Nudist Resort & Spa in
Kissimmee, Fla., which has villas and campgrounds, and even sponsors its own
nude bike rally every year. (Its motto: �Just as nature intended.�) And DeAnza
Springs Resort in Jacumba, Calif., a 500-acre club with hiking trails,
volleyball courts and swimming pools. (�You�ll love the way you feel,� it
promises, �We guarantee it.�)
3. You have to take your clothes off at a nudist resort. Not necessarily.
There�s a difference between a clothing-optional club and a clothes-free resort.
Clothing-optional means that you can keep your clothes on if you want to - the
idea being that it sometimes takes a little time to adjust to nudity (in fact,
even devoted nudists sometimes keep their pants on). However, a clothes-free
club means a mandatory strip-down. Knowing the difference is important when it�s
your first time at a nudist resort. The AANR suggests contacting a club in
advance to clarify its policies.
4. Nudists are mostly senior citizens who are off their rockers.
Actually, most clothing-optional and nudist resorts are extremely
family-friendly. For example, at the White Thorn Lodge, in western Pennsylvania,
there are a number of activities for the whole family, including volleyball,
bocci, pumpkin painting, a Christmas social with Santa, and a potluck dinner
(�Meat provided, bring a side dish to share�).
OK, so there are some nudist resorts where you�re likely to find a
disproportionately high number of, well, older folks. But as nudism goes more
mainstream, a lot of families are embracing the movement. In fact, my former
neighbors were nudists. Both parents would hang out in their backyard sans
clothes with their two teenage daughters.
5. Nudists are exhibitionists who want to seduce you. Trust me, for most
people, the odds of getting a date are greatly improved if they keep their
clothes on. And seriously, how long do you think anyone with criminal intentions
would last at a nudist resort? So why do people vacation in the buff? Well,
often it�s because they don�t want a tan line. They�re not exposing their bodies
to you as much as they are to the sun.
The idea of taking a vacation in your birthday suit may take some getting used
to. But nudists aren�t deviant septuagenarians and their resorts aren�t sleazy
hideaways. The truth is, nudists are often the people next door, and if nothing
else, a nude vacation can lead to many new discoveries.
Nate�s encounter with the topless French women apparently left a deep impression
on him. Several short years later, he got married and he is now the father of
And me? I�m looking forward to my next trip to Europe.
Me and my husband would like
to go to a nude beach or a nudist resort, but we aren't sure if we should bring
our children. Have you seen any families where you go?
Naturism is a wonderful
family activity and is extremely healthy for children. Me and my husband often
visit nudist beaches... nudist clubs... and nudist resorts where we always see
and meet great children ranging from infants to teenagers. They play together
nude and enjoy the beach or resort facilities just as children do anywhere
else... having a fantastic time together. If you want to learn to be a nudist
just watch the children... and just like with operating a computer... they will
show you the way..! If you are unsure... contact or research your destination
before you arrive. The Diablo Sun Devils for example... is a family oriented
singles and couples club... and children are welcome at many of our nudist
The naturist photo and video documentaries that we offer are legal in every city, every state and every county inside the United States. They are protected by the First Amendment and are not subject to local obscenity laws or ordinances. The depiction of adults and children nude in the visual media has enjoyed constitutional protection in the United States since 1958, when the Supreme Court vacated a Court of Appeals finding that Sunshine& Health magazine could be obscene (Sunshine Book Co. v. Summerfield, Postmaster General, 355 U.S. 372). The right to depict adults and children in innocent nude poses has been upheld without a pause for 41 years. In case after case, the Supreme Court and lower courts have always upheld the constitutionality of "nudity without more," specifically referring to the nudist depiction as a fully constitutional form of expression. Our website is widely visited in all of Asia, Europe, South America, Canada, Australia and Africa. The only exception may be countries where nudity of any kind is banned. Related Naturist Tags: Nudism, Nudist, Nude, Pictures, Images, Gallery, Tour, Nudist, Nudism, Vacations, Family, Clothing-Optional, Lifestyle, Society, Boating, Bath, Forest, Outdoor, Indoor, Forum, Discussion, Events, Games, Play.