Here's Where To Skinny Dip On National Nude Day

Swimming is one of the most pleasurable things you can do on a vacation, and the experience is even more special if you're doing it in the buff. Skinny dipping may sound like a frivolous pastime for spring breakers, but there are a few reasons why you might want to give it a go when you happen to have some privacy: It makes for a great travel memory, no one is around to judge, and frankly, it's way more comfortable to move around without a wet bathing suit on.

Finding the perfect place to bask in your birthday suit can be a challenge: You need somewhere with privacy, (or at least, a place frequented by naturalists who won't bat an eyelid), decent water temperatures, and the assurance that you won't be arrested and charged for public indecency. Luckily, we've done the work on where the best spots to bare all are. Ahead, six otherworldly destinations where you can throw caution — and your top — to the wind.


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Baker Beach in San Francisco, California, U.S.

Catch stunning views at San Francisco's Baker Beach — the northern stretch is clothing-optional. While the water is rough and not safe for swimming, it's a great place for sunbathing, fishing, or lounging.
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Frenchman's Hole in Bethel, Maine, U.S.

Maine is brimming with seemingly endless options for secluded lakes, rivers, basins, or beaches to skinny dip on and in. Frenchman's Hole, tucked off of the Sunday River in Bethel, provides a swimmable water basin with sublime mountain surroundings for taking an adventurous nude plunge. Seasoned dippers recommend using discretionary skinny-dip caution in the upper swimming hole, with a "suits optional" policy for the lower.
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Lake Atitlán in Guatemala

Embraced by volcanoes and Mayan villages, this gorgeous lake is on the bucket list of many travelers, and makes for an excellent place to skinny dip. Caution: the lake is a rather busy hangout, as the body of water also serves as a transport link for lanchas, water taxis shuttling between one lakeside towns. Your best bet might be renting a lakefront villa and taking a dive on the private grounds.
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Linhope Spout Waterfall in Northumberland, U.K.

The only thing more exciting about diving headfirst into a waterfall is doing it in your birthday suit. The cascading water flows at 60 feet tall, feeding into a small circular pool ideal for soaking. The surrounding grass patches also makes for a great picnic spot after your swim.
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Little Beach in Hawaii, U.S.

This striking beach paradise was a hippie favorite back in the day, and the carefree attitude about clothing still remains today. Public nudity is technically illegal in Hawaii, but authorities turn a blind eye to unclad swimmers here — as long as you don't make your way over to Big Beach.
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Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan, U.S.

Many hiking enthusiasts hit up the trails along this mountain ridge for the breathtaking views of Lake Superior, but there's another pit stop you should make before heading home: According to The Telegraph, there's a secluded spot ideal for skinny dipping about seven miles west from the starting point of the hike. It's the perfect reward after a long day of hiking.
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Playa Los Muertos in Almería, Spain

The beach got its morbid name due to its history as a spot where many pirates and sailors perished. Nowadays, it's a popular places for beach goers to bare all, due to its isolated location and magnificently turquoise waters. Naturalists like to head to a hidden cove tucked in the far right of the beach, where they'll also spot a variety of sea shells and small fish.
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