Mexico's Nude Beaches and Resorts

Going topless, nude or clothing optional in Mexico

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Are you hoping to enjoy your Mexican vacation in the buff? Leaving your clothes behind will not only allow you to travel lighter and make things easier when deciding what to pack, it can also reduce stress while you're there - no more worrying about what to wear! Don't forget the sunscreen, however, and be extra careful that those areas that have never seen the light of day before are sufficiently protected.

 Here is the low-down on topless, nude and clothing optional beaches and resorts in Mexico.

Topless Beaches and Resorts

All beaches in Mexico are federal property and nudity is not officially sanctioned, however, in practice you will find that there are many beaches where topless and nude sunbathing and swimming take place. There are some nude and clothing optional resorts where you will find like-minded individuals, or if you prefer, you can find remote and secluded spots where you can sunbathe and swim in your birthday suit with no one else the wiser.

Topless sunbathing along the beaches of the Riviera Maya is not uncommon. There are a few resorts where topless sunbathing is accepted.

Temptation Resort Cancun
The Temptation resort in Cancun is an adult-only all-inclusive with seven outdoor jacuzzis and three swimming pools. One of the swimming pools is where most of the fun takes place, with sexy games and activities.

All pools at this resort are topless-optional. Read more about the Temptation Resort Cancun or read reviews and get rates.

Here are a few other resorts where, although not officially endorsed, topless sunbathing is generally well tolerated:

Nude Beaches and Resorts

A town situated on the Pacific coast in Oaxaca state, not far from the resort area of Huatulco, Zipolite is popular with a hippie and backpacker crowd and is also known for drug use. The beach at Zipolite is known as a nude beach, although most who go bare usually stick to the far ends of the beach. The waves are very strong on this beach and swimming can be dangerous.

Hidden Beach Resort Au Naturel Club
Located in Kantenah on the Riviera Maya, approximately one hour south of Cancun, Hidden Beach is an upscale, luxurious, all-inclusive nude resort. Here you will find a completely uninhibited environment where guests participate in a wide range of activities with no clothes, from sunbathing to dining and dancing. There is nude sunbathing on the beach as well as a variety of beach activities and games. Read more about Hidden Beach Resort or read reviews and get rates.

Playa Sonrisa
The motto of Playa Sonrisa is "All you need is your smile." Located on the Costa Maya, south of the Mayan Riviera, in Xcalak, Playa Sonrisa is a casual clothing-optional paradise, a good choice for couples who want to get away from it all.

Find more information about Playa Sonrisa or read reviews and get rates.

Cabanas Copal
This is a rustic, clothing optional eco-hotel with no electric lights, located in the tropical jungle of the Riviera Maya. One of the few clothing-optional facilities that is not adult-only, Copal is a good option for naturist families. Read reviews and get rates for Cabañas Copal.

An adults-only eco-resort, Azulik is located in Tulum. Accommodation is in beachside villas with no television, telephones, or air conditioning. Read reviews and get rates for Azulik.

Villa Dolce Vita
A clothing-optional B&B on Soliman Bay, located between Akumal and Tulum on the Riviera Maya, Villa Dolce Vita is a luxury villa that offers accommodation in two guest rooms in a casita located directly on the beach. The private nature of the villa and its beach allows for topless or nude sunbathing and swimming, and the hosts are naturist-friendly.

Read reviews and get rates for Villa Dolce Vita.

Punta Serena Villas and Spa
This is one of the few clothing-optional resorts on Mexico's Pacific coast. Located in Tenacatita, Jalisco, about 45 minutes from the Manzanillo airport, Punta Serena is an all-inclusive resort with a clothing-optional private beach, topless-optional swimming pool, sun lounge and two outdoor clothing-optional hot tubs overlooking the bay. Read reviews and get rates for Punta Serena.

Desire Resorts
The Desire Resorts are all-inclusive luxury resorts that go a step beyond nude or clothing-optional: these are couples-only "lifestyle" resorts offering an erotic, sensual atmosphere, and open displays of sexuality. There are two Desire Resorts in Mexico: