Looking for that perfect all-over tan? Many Caribbean islands set aside particular beaches for nude sunbathing, and on certain islands you can go topless at any beach. Check the signs and ask the locals to be safe, but with this helpful guide, you should have no problem finding the best places to bare it all. Just don't forget to apply sunscreen liberally in those - ahem - sensitive areas!
Note: If you're looking for a nude beach in the Caribbean, you'll find more in the French and Dutch islands and fewer in the islands formerly ruled by Great Britain, which tend to be more culturally conservative. For example, all-nude sunbathing raises nary an eyebrow in St. Barths, whereas Bahamaians may frown on tourists wearing a bikini anywhere other than the beach. Before you go over the top - or, well, out of it - make sure you do your research. Nude beaches can be a blast and and a great way to relax, but as with any trip to a new environment or community, its always best to be culturally sensitive.
Finally, don't forget that the best way to enjoy a clothing-optional Caribbean vacation is to book a room at one of the islands' nudist or clothing-optional resorts, where you won't need to cover up even when it's time to come back from the beach!
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The Dutch Caribbean countries have a very relaxed attitude toward topless sunbathing, so you can feel comfortable giving the "girls" some sun whether you are on the French or Dutch side of St. Martin/St. Maarten. For bottomless sunbathing, however, stick to Orient Beach on the French side, where it's not uncommon for entire families to be enjoying the sun and surf in the buff.
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You'll find nude and topless sunbathing and swimming common throughout the French West Indies, including St. Barths, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Martin. The attitude here is very laid-back: nude or not, it's your choice. St. Barths is a great destination for baring it all on the beach because some of its best strands, Grand Saline and Anse du Gouverneur, are clothing-optional. Not to mention that St. Barths is known for attracting the "beautiful people" to its upscale resorts and beaches ... But hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we at GoCaribbean behold all of you as beautiful (and you should, too!).
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You'll find topless sunbathing at most if not all of the beach resorts in Guadeloupe, but Pointe Tarare is the place to go if you want to swim and sunbathe sans any clothing at all. The trick is that the beach is 45 minutes from the main tourist hotels of Gosier, and there's little in the way of shade or services once you get there. On the other hand, you'll likely have a big stretch of this beautiful, secluded beach to yourself. Pack umbrellas for shade, sunscreen for protection, and water for hydration, and you should be good to go.
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Named for a uniquely shaped offshore rock formation, Hawsksbill Bay is a romantic, crescent-shaped public beach that's divided into a number of sections, one of which is the island's only nude beach. Hawksbill is close to the better-known Galley Bay and is one of Antigua's legendary 365 beaches -- one for each day of the year.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Negril has always had a free-spirited reputation, so its no surprise that the famous Seven Mile Beach is a magnet for topless -- and sometimes nude -- sunbathing. You can catch a glimpse of extra flesh almost anywhere along this Jamaican strand, but especially around the Hedonism II and Breezes Grand Negril resorts, each of which has its own nude beaches.