Mexico's Nude Beaches and Resorts

Going topless, nude or clothing optional in Mexico

Young couple relax on beach, listen to music
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Are you hoping to enjoy your Mexican vacation in the buff? Leaving your clothes behind will not only 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 sure all the areas that have never seen the sun before are sufficiently protected. Here is the low-down on topless, nude and clothing optional beaches and resorts in Mexico.

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, 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.

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    Temptation Resort in Cancun is an adults-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 are topless-optional.

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    Although not officially endorsed, topless sunbathing is generally well tolerated at this adults-only, all-inclusive Cancun resort. With live events, themed parties, dining in the dark, and a late-night kinky burlesque cabaret, this resort is "naughtier" than its sister resort, Oasis Cancun.

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    Just as at the previous list item, topless sunbathing is generally accepted at The Golden Parnassus. At this adults-only, all-inclusive resort in Cancun, you'll find private balconies, adult-themed entertainment, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and a spa area with treatments.

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    El Dorado Royale in the Riviera Maya also tolerates topless sunbathing. This adults-only luxury resort boasts private in-suite Jacuzzis, beachfront suites, and six swimming pools.

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    Zipolite, Pacific Coast, Oaxaca state, Mexico
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    A town situated on the Pacific coast in Oaxaca state, not far from Huatulco, Zipolite is popular with a hippie and backpacker crowd and is also known for its 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.

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    Located in Kantenah on the Riviera Maya, approximately one hour south of Cancun, Hidden Beach Resort 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    An adults-only eco-resort, Azulik is located in Tulum. Accommodation is in beachside villas with no television, telephones, or air conditioning.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. The Desire Pearl on the beaches of Puerto Morelos in Riviera Maya offers 88 villa-style rooms and erotic signature game nights.

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    Another all-inclusive, couples-only, luxury resort from Desire Resorts, Desire Riviera Maya invites couples to enjoy the game of seduction. The resort provides provocative entertainment and signature theme nights.