For those who are looking for an all-over tan, many Caribbean islands set aside particular beaches for nude sunbathing. On certain islands, you can even go topless at each and every beach. It makes sense that you'll find more nude beaches in the French and Dutch islands and fewer in the islands formerly ruled by the United Kingdom, which tends to be more culturally conservative as a country. For example, all-nude sunbathing raises nary an eyebrow in St. Barths, whereas Bahamians may frown on tourists wearing a bikini anywhere other than the beach.
Nude beaches can be a great way to relax, but as with any trip to a new environment or community, its always best to be culturally sensitive. While you should do some research before your trip, you should also check the signs before stripping down on the beach. It wouldn't hurt to ask your hotel's front desk or locals for more information, too, just to be safe.
If you're worried about picking the right nude beach, you can also consider booking a room at one of the Caribbean islands' nudist or clothing-optional resorts for an easy clothing-free vacation.
Orient Beach, St. Martin
Both French and Dutch Caribbean countries have a very relaxed attitude toward topless sunbathing, so you can feel comfortable going sans top 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.
Grand Saline and Gouverneur Beach, St. Barths
You'll find nude and topless sunbathing and swimming common throughout the French West Indies, but St. Barths is a particularly great destination for baring it all. Two of its best beaches, Grand Saline and Anse du Gouverneur, are entirely clothing-optional. The attitude in these destinations is very laid-back—nude or not, it's your choice. On the other beaches in St. Barths, it's permitted to be topless, but not necessarily bottomless.
Point Tarare, Guadeloupe
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 catch is that the beach is 45 minutes from the main tourist hub of Gosier, and there's little in the way of shade or amenities 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.
Hawksbill Bay, Antigua
Named for an unusually shaped offshore rock formation, Hawksbill Bay is a romantic, crescent-shaped public beach that's divided into a number of sections, one of which, Eden Beach, is the island's only nude beach.
Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
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'll find that many sunbathers go clothing almost anywhere along this Jamaican strand, but going nude is most common around the Hedonism II and Breezes Grand Negril resorts, each of which has its own nude beach. It's important to note that nude sunbathing on public beaches is actually illegal in Jamaica, but most authorities turn a blind eye.