How to Practice Nude Beach Etiquette

Unless you're an old-time nudist, you probably have questions about the proper way to behave on a nude beach. Well, we've got the answers.

You will need

  • Self-control
  • Towel

Step 1 Don't call them nudists Don’t call them nudists. The politically correct term is ‘naturist.’

Step 2 Don't stare at people's private parts Don’t stare at people’s private parts. Here’s a good rule of thumb: If it would be unseemly to gape at that body part when it’s fully clothed, it’s downright rude to gawk at it undressed.

Step 3 Ask permission before taking photographs Always ask permission before snapping a photo or video — they’re naturists, not zoo animals. And no one wants to worry that their jelly rolls are going to be on YouTube.

Step 4 Be wary of using binoculars The same goes for binoculars, which are only appropriate if you’re discovering new lands, looking at birds, or enjoying an opera.

Step 5 Restrict nudity to the beach Restrict nudity to the beach. When you’re in the parking lot, for example, have some clothes on.

Step 6 Cover chairs with a towel Carry a towel wherever you go so you can put it down on beach loungers, bar stools, restaurant chairs, and so on.

Step 7 Make everyone feel comfortable Make everyone feel comfortable, even those who are only willing to go so far as being ‘top-free,” as the naturists like to call it. Naturists, after all, are all about acceptance.

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