Nude Beaches in Central America

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You're not the first traveler to wonder about nude beaches in Central America. Some are merely curious. Others want to take full advantage of the Central America sunshine. Others are dedicated subscribers to the naturist lifestyle. No matter your motive, you're in luck. There are a number of Central America nude beaches spread throughout the region.

Costa Rica

There are no designated nude beaches in Costa Rica, though nudity, or at least topless sunbathing, seems to be tolerated on certain unofficial sets of sand.

The north end of Playa Grande, thirty minutes north of Montezuma, is a favorite clothing-optional destination. In Manuel Antonio, a beach called Playa Playita attracts nudists in general, and gay nudists in particular. Some say Costa Rica nude beaches are any place you find an isolated cove. But if there are clothed (and only clothed) people around, keep that bikini on.


Those seeking nude beaches in Panama should head to Isla Contadora in the Pearl Islands. Isla Contadora is home to Playa de las Suecas (Beach of the Swedish Women), the only official Panama nude beach. However, many of the island's other beaches are of the relaxed sort, and partial or full nudity isn't uncommon. Just ask around—or better, look around—before you strip off your speedo.


Like every other Central America country, Honduras is quite conservative, and nude beaches are hard to come by. It comes as no surprise Paya Bay Resort on Roatan Island is getting a lot of attention for their naturist-friendly policy.

Though the resort's Naturist Weeks favor "textile-averse," certain areas of the property, like beaches and snorkel coves, are always clothing-optional.


There aren't any nude beaches in Belize, though the Journey's End Resort on Ambergris Caye hosted Nude Week festivities a few years back.

El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua

At the time of writing, no nude beaches are known in these countries.

Always remember: use extra sunscreen in those places the sun has never shined!