Naked, wet, free: 15 sexy skinny dips
Bathing naked isn't just for babies.
While the brave might whip off their underwear for an impromptu dip whenever the chance arises, some of us need more reassurance.
Following up on our popular 7 sexy skinny dips feature published back in 2010, here are 15 more places where you can confidently take a dip the way nature intended.
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1. Jerolim beach, Croatia
Croatia is famed for its FKK (free body culture or "freikörperkultur") beaches and Jerolim island, the closest of the Pakleni islands to the town of Hvar, is renowned for its unspoilt, rocky shoreline and crystal waters.
It's popular with naturists (as well as non-naturists), who can be found sunning themselves on the white rocky outcrops.
For more privacy, get away from the main tourist area, hike through the forest and find a secluded cove. You can also explore the island's coast by boat.
Ferries travel regularly from Hvar town on Hvar island. Croatia National Tourist Board: croatia.hr/en-GB/Homepage
2. Praia de Galheta, Santa Caterina, Brazil
About 20 kilometers south of Florianopolis in the Brazilian state of Santa Caterina, this white sand beach attracts die-hard naturists and the nude-curious alike.
It's fine to turn up for a skinny-dip even if you don't want to then spend all day getting your white bits burnt. Praia de Galheta is a naturally preserved area, with no restaurants or other buildings nearby -- so take a packed lunch.
There is also an archaeological site and the surf is good. The Association of the Friends of Galheta lobbies and looks out for the interests of nature and naturism on the beach.
20 kilometers south of Florianopolis, north of Praia Mole; a.alles.sites.uol.com.br
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3. The New Naturist Beach at Marinadi Camerota, Campania, Italy
Despite Italy's showgirl culture, when it comes to nudity the Italians are not quite as free as their French neighbors. Naturist beaches are thin on the ground compared to the Côte d'Azur, but that's not to say there isn't a thriving naturist culture.
While Rome's Capocotta (just south of Ostia) has been a haven for naked bathers (and posers) for several decades, a 300-meter strip (excuse the pun) of shingle beach near Marina di Camerota, in the Campania region, has recently been designated naturist-friendly.
On the southern side of the Cilento national park, the clear waters of this quiet coast will feel like a breath of fresh air, just where it's needed.
Marina di Camerota is 90 kilometers south of Salerno and the naturist-designated beach (known as 'del Troncone') is south of Cala Finocchiaro; www.camerotamarina.it; Italian Naturist Federation: www.fenait.org
4. Anantara Phuket Villas, Thailand
These luxurious villas -- 83 of them in total -- all come equipped with a private courtyard featuring a sunken pool and complete seclusion, which means you can take a naked dip to your heart's content without fear of offending other guests or staff.
While this kind of skinny dipping lacks the excitement and back-to-nature feel of taking a dip in the wild, there are benefits -- including a hot tub for two, an outdoor shower and a fully-stocked mini-bar within arm's reach.
A pool villa starts from 13,500 baht (US$429) per night but check their website for discounts and deals.
Anantara Phuket Villas, 888 Moo 3 ,Tumbon Mai Khao, Amphur Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand; +66 (0) 7633 6100; phuket.anantara.com
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5. Naked cruising, Côte d'Azur
For something completely different, take a naked swim in the Mediterranean at any time of the day or night on a naturist cruise along the Côte d'Azur.
Cruises set off from Marseille and can be planned to suit your interests -- if you've always wanted to sail around the Calanques au naturel, this is the holiday for you. All you need to do is persuade a group of family or friends to share the experience.
Cruises cost €110 (US$152) per person per day and usually last one week.
Croisiere-med; +33 6 81 98 91 13; www.croisiere-med.com/en
6. Black's Beach, La Jolla, California, United States
Black's Beach is reckoned to be the best by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). It's a spectacular location below Torrey Pines golf course where a long stretch of sand is protected by steep cliffs.
The beach attracts naturists and surfers and is a well-established haven where San Diego's anti-nudity law is not enforced. The beach has a regular group of fans, known as Black's Beach Bares -- check their website for useful tips on how to enjoy your day on the beach.
7. Racquet and Tennis Club, New York, United States
This private members club in the heart of New York City is a strange mixture combining the epitome of pro-establishment-conservatism with near-Nordic enlightenment.
While its members (it's men-only, women are allowed entry for special events if accompanied by a male member) include the city's great and ambitious (think bankers, lawyers and senior execs), its after-work men-only naked swimming sessions have become legendary.
Much has been conjectured over what really happens during the bare swims. They certainly provide New York's businessmen with an opportunity to think outside the box.
370 Park Avenue, between East 52nd and 53rd Streets, New York
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8. Lady Falls, Brecon Beacons, Powys, Wales
You have to be brave to go skinny-dipping in Wales, no matter what time of year it is. Nonetheless, author of "Wild Swim" and skinny-dipping connoisseur Kate Rew recommends a remote waterfall in the Brecon Beacons as one of the must-dip places in all of Britain.
Lady Falls, known locally as Sgwd Gwladys, has a slightly mystical feel and is a popular walk for hikers -- which means that if you want to feel that cool mountain water on your bare backside, you'd better be quick and circumspect about it.
Set off from the Angel Pub in Pontneddfechan, on the road between Neath and Merthyr Tydfil. It's a 6.4-kilometer round-walk from the pub to the waterfalls; http://www.npt.gov.uk
9. Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Skinny-dipping in nature can be laden with unexpected mishaps: someone could steal your clothes or you could get leaves -- or even leeches -- stuck in untoward places.
Worse still, your friends might photograph your ass and put it on Facebook. Most of these problems can be avoided by hiring your own private plunge pool. The Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, on the tip of the Baja California peninsular, has 66 rooms with an ocean view and a pool just for you.
The luxury factor is incredible, so you'll need to shower in the cold water rainforest shower to remind yourself it's real.
An ocean-view room starts from US$375.
Capella, Camino Del Mar 1, Cabo San Lucas BCS, C.P. 23455 Mexico; www.capellahotels.com
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10. Maslin Beach, Adelaide, South Australia
Maslin Beach, south of Adelaide, was declared Australia's first legal nudist beach in February 1975. But that's not its only claim to fame.
The beach was also the subject and location of an eponymous film in 1997, telling the story of a group of friends on the beach. In common with other nudist beaches in Australia, Maslin Beach also holds its annual Nude Olympics -- events include "best bum" and a three-legged race. Let's hope there's no pole vaulting.
The beach also attracts visitors for its surf and sunsets.
Maslin Beach is 35 kilometers south-west of Adelaide;www.maslinbeach.ne
11. Golden Beach, Northern Cyprus
If you want to feel the sand between your toes and the clear-blue salty Med lapping around your cheeks, then Golden Beach on the north-easterly peninsular of Cyprus could be some of the best skinny dipping you're likely to encounter.
Clothed beach-goers gravitate to the area around the beach café, leaving a good stretch of sand free for anyone who wants to strip off and soak up the sunshine (it's not an official nudist beach, so best to check who's around first).
Loggerhead turtles are said to lay their eggs here in the Karpass National Park.
Take the Karpaz-Anayolu road going north-east to the tip of the peninsular. Golden Beach is on the right; www.northcyprus.co.uk
12. Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii, United States
While nude sunbathing is not permitted in Hawaii, there are some clothing-optional, nude and topless beaches where it's accepted and tolerated -- if not officially.
Maui has more scope for quiet, secluded bays than Oahu, and Little Beach on Maui is a popular out-of-the-way cove in Makena State Park where you can swim, snorkel and lounge like a lizard in nothing but your sun-protection cream.
It's recommended by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and there is a music and fire-dancing festival on Sundays.
Little Beach is west of Makena point in Makena State Park. Travel on the Makena Alanui road, then park inside the State Park and walk to Little Beach; littlebeachmaui.com
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13. Orient Bay, St. Martin, Caribbean
On the east coast of the island on the French side, a broad sweep of yellow sand attracts a variety of visitors. If you walk along the beach from north to southeast, you'll gradually notice people wearing fewer and fewer clothes.
By the time you arrive at the Club Orient resort, even the Speedos and thongs will have disappeared. A naked swim in the Atlantic Ocean will be the best cure for anyone feeling awkward at disrobing.
Orient Bay is about six kilometers directly east of Marigot
14. Carpe Diem, Santorini, Greece
This exclusive boutique hotel, perched on the slopes of Pyrgos village overlooking Thira, the capital of Santorini, prides itself on the privacy of its 10 suites.
With a private terrace and pool in each apartment, guests can feel free to let their hair down and abandon their bathers for an uninhibited swim in the solitude of their own pool. Ideal for honeymooners, the hotel also boasts a Turkish bath, which can be booked for private use.
A junior suite with private pool costs from €240 (US$333) per night.
Carpe Diem, Pyrgos 84701 Santorini, Greece; +30 22860 34090; www.carpediemsantorini.com
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15. Traditional onsen, Japan
Tokyo, despite being a massive city, has plenty of natural thermal springs. Try the Toshimaen Garden Spa, with its tranquil setting inside a garden designed by Kenzo Kosugi.
If you want to get even more back to nature try the Seta Onsen Sanga-no-Yu, where you can contemplate views of Mount Fuji while soaking yours aches away.
Toshimaen Garden Spa, 3-25-1 Koyama, Nerima,Tokyo; +81 03 3990 4126; tokyo-tokyo.com/Toshimaen.htm
Seta Onsen Sanga-no-Yu, 4-15-30 Seta, Setagaya,Tokyo; +81 03 3707 8228; www.setaonsen.co.jp