Best Beaches. Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — Although still taboo in many places, casting aside your clothes at the shore has become a customary practice around the world in recent times. From rocky coastlines to talcum powder fine sands, and big city bays to secluded shores, there are now hundreds of beaches where it's perfectly legal or at least de facto legal to sunbathe, swim and otherwise frolic beside the sea in nothing more than your birthday suit. While clothing-optional beach destinations may seem like a modern invention, it's actually quite an old idea, a product of the otherwise prudish Victorian era.
Stripping down at a beach gives you that fresh, out-of-the-shower feeling. There is also a strong community of naturists to join, whose openness and friendliness come from the fact they have nothing to hide — not even tan lines. Many naturists say the reason for nude beach-going is simple — they just feel more like themselves without clothes getting in the way.
By Damian Corrigan. Although nudism is technically legal throughout Spain , strolling down a crowded city street in the buff would likely be frowned upon. Instead, naturists tend to stick to specifically designated areas where nudism is clearly encouraged, including the wealth of nude beaches that dot Spain's stunning coastline. In general, these nudist resorts and beaches tend to be somewhat out of the way, meaning you'll have to rent a car to get to some of them.