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This article lists obligatory nude recreation sites both public and privately owned. It includes resorts, beaches, clubs, baths, saunas and the like. As most nudist/naturist venues are at least partially—if not completely—clothing optional, compulsory nudity tends to be the exception. While the words "not clothing optional" commonly mean that clothing must be worn, in a naturist context this can also have the exact opposite meaning: clothing must not be worn.
See the article Issues in social nudity for a summary of the debate between clothing optional and obligatory nudity.
Requirements and exceptions
Requirements for inclusion
- Must be for the purpose of non-sexual nudism/naturism, or non-sexual activities commonly associatied with naturism, such as swimming, bathing, sauna, etc.
- Open to the general public, although membership could be required. (In practice, this is usually waived for a first-time visit.)
- Clubs must have long-term control of a piece of land for their activities. (i.e. "non-landed" clubs excluded)
- Not sex segregated, although there could be a requirement of an approximate balance between adult males and females, or that each adult male must be accompanied by an adult female, and possibly vice versa.
- Cannot be limited to on-site locations such as the swimming pool, hot tub, etc. with "clothing optional" elsewhere in the vicinity under same management. As noted above, if no other facilities exist, it can be listed (e.g. a mixed gender sauna open to the public). Although a resort may advertise itself as "nudist and not clothing optional ," it must be consistent throughout, and not just "encourage" nudity among its members and visitors.
- Total nudity required of everyone, with enforced eviction for non-compliance (exceptions below).
- Changing rooms, locker rooms, lavatories or other areas to allow undressing upon arrival and getting dressed before departure. These can be sex segregated also.
- A minimal recreation or waiting area set aside for new visitors and non-participants, or first-time visitors given a very short amount of time to adjust to being nude.
- Peripheral areas for parking, maintenance, office space, or visitor check in and check out. Also, wherever nudists could unlawfully be seen by the public.
- Private and residential areas (including their exteriors), in contrast to recreational, communal, and social areas.
- Certain off-peak days and hours, or a public beach that is sparsely populated on weekdays, with nudity enforced only on weekends.
- An indoor restaurant within a nudist area; people charged with preparing food; maintenance/security issues or sports activities where protection must be worn.
- An obligatory nude public beach need not include the entire length of the beach from where its name begins and ends.
- Below minimum temperature or other extreme weather not including excessive heat.
- Where needed: Children who are not toilet trained, female menstruation, and persons suffering from sunburn.
List of sites by continent and country
Only countries known to have organized nudism/naturism are listed, though some have no entries at this time. After the venue is listed, the city or township is given. It should be noted that for venues not limited to only one building (bath, sauna, etc.), the actual location is most often outside the city or town proper.
For the Canary Islands see "Spain"
Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, Ontario, Canada
Prince Edward Island
Note: "Playa" means "beach" in Spanish
Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, and Saint Martin
Georgia (U.S. state)
Note: "Praia" means "beach" in Portuguese
Rio de Janeiro State
Rio Grande do Sul
Santa Catarina State
São Paulo State
Australia and Oceania
For Hawaii and other U.S. territories see "United States"
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Note: "Uimaranta" means "beach" in Finnish
Beach sign at Port Leucate, France
Note: "Plage" means "beach" in French
Note: "Strand" means "beach" in German
See also Macedonia (Republic) for the independent country north of Greece
See Greece for the northern Greek region of Macedonia
Part of former Yugoslavia and formerly part of greater Serbia until 2006
See also Montenegro above
Part of former Czechoslovakia
Part of former Yugoslavia
Why Nudity is Required by Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, Canada