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According to Trip Advisor's annual "nude beach survey results", nearly half of all Americans (49%) would happily bare it all at a nude beach - up from 48% in 2010 and, interestingly, a whopping jump of 31% as compared with 2009. “When it is practiced in appropriate areas, such as clothing-optional beaches and AANR member nudist clubs, parks and resorts, nude recreation is a natural way to enjoy a relaxing experience for individuals, couples and families," says Susan Weaver, president of the American Association for Nude Recreation...probably because you don't have to worry about what to wear. Except for sunscreen of course! And for when you're to'ing & fro'ing, we got you covered (literally) with this cute caftan, some chic accessories & fun footwear.
From July 4-10, it's Nude Recreation Week when member-clubs welcome non-members! So whether you decide to head for a clothing-optional beach, lake or pool, keep your experience fun and fabulous by observing proper etiquette with these helpful tips from the AANR:
#1: PLAY NICE When you first arrive at a local beach, look for posted signs indicating beach rules and regulations – including hours, rules for swimming, designated areas for biking and roller-blading, parking, etc.
#2: RESPECT THE RULES By following the appropriate rules of conduct, you're demonstrating your respect for others.
#3: BE POLITE Duh.
#4: SILENCE IS GOLDEN As your fellow beachgoers are there for R&R, keep your radio volume low, or, better yet, use a headset.
#5: ASK BEFORE YOU SHOOT Before taking any scenic photographs, always get permission first.
#6: TAKE YOUR TOWEL When you leave your spot on the beach, be sure you have your towel with. Whether to sit on or wrap around yourself when you walk to public areas such as picnic benches, food stands, restrooms, etc., you will be more comfortable, as will those around you.
#8: BE ECO AWARE The beaches are often located in areas that help safeguard endangered species of fowl, fish and fauna, so respect any environmentally-fragile areas and the wildlife. Don't endanger the habitat with fire, leaving litter, or even packing potentially-dangerous foodstuffs in your cooler.
#9: KEEP THE BEACHES CLEAN After you clean up after yourself, but be sure to go the extra mile and take out more trash than you brought in.
#10: KNOW WHEN TO PUT YOUR CLOTHES BACK ON Before you depart the clothing-optional portion of the beach is the time to put your clothes back on.
- Lesley Scott
(photos courtesy of aanr.com)