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#ToplessSummer: Do’s & Don’ts of Going To A Nude Beach

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By Jordy Altman

A nude beach is a beautiful destination where people just like you are encouraged to celebrate every curve, color, and crack on their bodies. After all, it’s one of the few places left where you can ask “How’s it hanging?” and get a visual answer. Why not spend some of those hot, Southern California days soaking up the sun, au naturel?

If you’re curious about visiting a nude beach for the first time, don’t be bashful. Follow our handy Do’s and Don’ts of going to a Nude Beach and you will be ready to show off your beautiful beach bod without any reservations.

DO:
Apply sun block regularly! The last thing you want to do at a nude beach is burn your bits. Use your favorite brand of suntan lotion (SPF 30 or higher) to keep that hot California sun in check.

DON’T:
Wear your Google Glass! Your privates may be public, but please respect others’ rights to privacy. Nudists don’t want their beach photos shared on Facebook.

DO:
Bring a beach bag with water, food, and towels! Traveling to the nude beach requires the same beach essentials for any other beach day. Bring plenty of cold water to stay hydrated, pack some snacks for when you get hungry, and bring a nice, big towel to lay out on. Don’t forget your portable speakers so you can relax to your favorite tunes in the nude.

DON’T:
Engage in explicit sexual behavior! Public displays of sexual activity aren’t welcome at any nude beach. It’s illegal — yes, there are still some lines that shouldn’t be crossed where nude sunbathing is allowed. Explicit sexual behavior can lead to your favorite nude beach getting closed down, so don’t be the horn dog that gets everybody kicked out.

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DO:
Put up a “I’M NAKED” sign! If you’re sunbathing nude in a secluded area, it’s customary to leave a bathing suit on a nearby rock. It’s a signal, like a red light flashing outside a recording studio, or sock on your roommate’s doorknob. Leaving a warning to alert others that they are nearing your butt-naked territory shows your respect for the clothing optional community. If you’re uncomfortable having your suit too far out of reach, bring a spare.

DON’T:
Tilt your sunglasses down your nose and say, “Swiggity swooty I’m coming for that booty!” Respect your fellow birthday suit beach bums. Many people simply enjoy being nude in nature and do not want to be disturbed. Be kind, give a polite hello, and find a private spot for yourself.

DO:
Remember your city’s nudity laws! It is illegal to have any nudity exposed to public view in Los Angeles County, which is why you won’t find any Nude Beaches within city limits. San Diego is much more lax with their Nudity Laws, as they added a Nude Beach and Theatre Performance clause that makes sunbathing in the Nude a-ok. Check out Blacks Beach or San Onofre Beach to plan your next nude beach trip, and let your whole body enjoy soaking up that fantastic Vitamin D.

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