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Friday, June 24, 2005

World's Top Topless Beaches

Copacabana Beach :: Rio de Janeiro :: Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is home to Carnival, Copacabana and some of the tiniest bikinis on the planet. On a warm day, it seems that half the population of Rio is enjoying a dip in the ocean or a game of volleyball. Although Ipanema beach is infamous thanks to the song, spread your towel on Copacabana Beach.

Black's Beach :: San Diego :: California

Black's Beach is one of the best areas for parasailing in San Diego--thanks to the high cliffs as well as its status as a semi-nude beach. Black's Beach is also one of the most popular surfing beaches in San Diego, and it's perfect for taking long walks and sunbathing on the rocks. If you're planning on leaving part of your bathing suit on the rocks--be careful. Since Black's is a state beach, in some areas nudity is prohibited.

Kuta Beach :: Bali :: Indonesia

Bali's Kuta beach is one of the most popular places on the island to gather and watch the sunset. It's also the heart of Bali's nightlife. But during the day, it's ideal for people watching. Beyond the huge swath of white sand, there's a huge selection of restaurants and nightclubs.

South Beach :: Miami :: Florida

South Beach is arguably the best topless beach in the U.S., thanks to the party atmosphere that attracts the young, beautiful and buff. Just about anywhere you go on South Beach is ideal for beach spotting, but one of the best areas is upper Collins Avenue, near the Delano and Raleigh hotels.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

The Vanishing Nudist:

Living the naked life in California's desert

The desert winds were blowing hard in early May at De Anza Springs in Jacumba, Calif., just three miles shy of the Mexican border. The 600-acre property borders a 100,000-acre state park, and is surrounded by volcanic mountains and miles and miles of view. I'd packed light, since this is a clothing optional resort.

Growing up in the Northeast, I'm used to being cold most of the year. I thought the California desert would be balmy in early May. The wind and chill here took me by surprise. I put what I'd brought with me -- some socks, toiletries, a fleece jacket, three pair of shoes and three big bottles of sunscreen -- in the hotel room bureau. Then I grabbed my coat and a pair of Tevas, and I walked out -- my first half-assed attempt at being a nudist.

There was just a little sun, but it was tempered by the persistent chilly winds. I walked the desolate compound, which was not quite ready yet for the Memorial Day holiday, and checked out a number of parked RVs. The areas around many of the RVs were neatly decorated; a few had signs, such as "Bobby and Linda's Bare Buns Getaway" and "Clara's Place."

No one, clothed or otherwise, was around. Later that night, I went to a poker game. The players wore bathrobes.

The next day dawned clear and sunny, and the wind finally let up. The warm weather gave me a chance to sample the naked life. I didn't put on anything for the next two days.

It is incredibly liberating -- an experience like no other. Not having pockets to carry around a cell phone or my keys was a pleasant change. It made life seem simpler, less tied down to my material world.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Closer To Home

Peggy, 54, is a nudist who lives in Greenfield, Mass. She spends most weekends in her RV at Berkshire Vista nudist resort in Hancock. She says that nudism has totally changed the way she feels about herself and her body: "There is no jewelry, no fancy clothes, people just see you for who you are." She also says the club emphasizes "the family aspect of nudism."

Peggy said that older nudists she has met at the resort have reported lower blood pressure and a generally more healthy life after they've become regulars at the club. "There is this amazing relaxation I feel when I drive up that beautiful road to the resort; my stress just melts away," she said. "It's hard to come back to the textile world after being at Berkshire for the weekend."

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Friday, June 17, 2005

Americans lose their holiday inhibitions with nudism

It is called a vacation "au naturel," using a French expression as a fig leaf to cover up its more common name of naturism.

The United States is a deeply conservative country and some inhibitions take time to cast off, but Americans are starting to flock to beaches and country parks reserved for nudists, especially at the luxury end of the market. "People are looking for a more relaxed way to spend their vacation," according to Carolyn Hawkins, public relations coordinator for the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). "They find visiting a nudist resort, they can travel more and pack less." The AANR estimates that naturist clubs and beaches for those who soak up the sun "au naturel" earn about 500 million dollars a year now, against 200 million dollars in 1992.

"The interest has been increasing over the last 10 years," said Carrie Schultz, marketing director for the Caliente Resort, an upmarket nudist colony near Tampa in southern Florida, which has about 300 apartments, bungalows and houses that cost between 200,000 and 500,000 dollars.

"People who bought here used to go to the Caribbean to find nude facilities. Upscale nude resorts didn't exist in the US," said Shultz.

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Topside attractions: Dive in to the world's top topless beaches

The French are credited with many great inventions, such as the bicycle, pasteurization, the barometer and, more recently, the 36-hour work week, but one cultural contribution that rarely makes it into the history books is sunbathing au naturel.

Of course, the French were not the first people to frolic on the beach in a state of semi-undress--the Polynesians after all have been doing it for millennia. But what the French did was popularize it, to make it, as they make so many things, chic.

This laissez-faire attitude towards topless tanning is largely due to French actress Brigitte Bardot, who came to embody (pun intended) the sexy, laid-back spirit of Saint-Tropez on France's Cote d'Azur. In 1952, a two-piece bathing suit that would be considered modest by today's standards was then seen as being controversial, but Bardot and other young starlets such as Ursula Andress would pose for photographers at Cannes wearing the tiniest bikinis imaginable.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Reporters dare to bare in pursuit of a scoop

Most journalists would admit to doing almost anything for a story, but two reporters at The Argus have perhaps gone one step further than most - daring to bare in pursuit of a scoop!

Two Brighton beaches are featured in 'Bare Britain', a new guide to nudist beaches, and to see what all the fuss is about reporters Rob Hustwayte and Miriam Wells decided to check them out for themselves.

Miriam, (24), joined nude bathers on Shoreham Beach, while Rob, (27), 'went back to nature' at Black Rock in Brighton - before revealing all on page three.

Rob said: "My news editor knows I am game for a laugh and suggested I give it a try, while Miriam volunteered.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Nude / Naked Yoga

Some fitness fads require sporty gear and equipment, but the practice of yoga requires only the bare essentials: loose clothes, a mat and time to do the exercises. The latest trend in yoga requires even less. We're not talking about aqua yoga, done in a pool, or disco yoga, set to dance tunes, or "boga," boxing yoga, done with gloves.

No, a San Francisco community center is offering naked yoga, where bare essentials means just that: Men and women are completely nude during the 90- minute class.

This is not the invention of "naked yoga guy" George Monty Davis, who made headlines last year for (legally) striking naked yoga poses at Fisherman's Wharf, nor a "hot nude yoga" class for gay men, popular in Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles, or in any way connected to Internet-sold videos of voluptuous women doing naked yoga on wave-washed beaches with horses galloping by.

No, the new naked yoga class on Sunday mornings at the One Taste Urban Retreat Center on Folsom Street is meant to be transforming, not titillating. That's a concept that American culture, with its taboos on nudity, might find difficult to grasp. The center, which opened 10 months ago, was founded by Nicole Daedone, also a co-founder of 111 Minna Gallery. It offers dance classes and massage, has a small cafe and an art gallery, and hosts various events.

The class is about the challenge of yoga, and about the challenge of accepting -- and even revering -- one's own body.

"It's not a sexual experience,'' said Rob Kandell, the center's business manager. "It's a heart-opening experience."

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Naked cyclists protest car use

Hundreds of naked cyclists rode past Big Ben and the U.S. Embassy in London on Saturday to protest the West's dependence on gas-guzzling cars -- and to push for more use of bicycles.

The organizers of World Naked Bike Ride 2005 said protests were expected in a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, the United States, Ireland, Italy, Latvia and Israel.

In London, crowds watched about 100 cyclists leave Hyde Park Corner on a journey that took them past some of the capital's most famous landmarks.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

World Naked Bike Ride

On June 11th, 2005 over 50 cities across the world will experience the naked joy of the worlds largest naked protest against oil dependency and car culture in the history of humanity. It is time to stop indecent exposure to automobile emissions and to celebrate the power and individuality of our bodies! Naked Bicycle People Power!

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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Bare Beaches

Ever wanted to lie in the sun wearing nothing but your birthday suit? To swim naked in a warm sea? To drop all your stress and forget about your worries? To get a brown bottom?

If so you're in good company. A growing number of us have had the glorious experience of stepping out of a swimming costume for the first time and realising that it feels wonderful - and that best of all it's no big deal.

Not just a small number of us but a vast number. Millions. In fact roughly 10 million Britons alone have gone skinny dipping, and more than 5 million of us have sunbathed in the nude.

So you want to know where you can do it? Bare Beaches is the book your pale bits have been waiting for.

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Europe's first naked disco

A nightclub in eastern Spain says it will stage Europe's first naked disco next weekend. The club in the town of Corneall is said to have received the enthusiastic backing of local nudist groups.
According to The Guardian, the Catalan Naturist Society website has plugged the event, saying: "It will be a place to have a drink, dance, listen to music, chat to friends or meet new people."
Club owner Enrique Navarro told Barcelona's El Periodico newspaper that he hoped to make the nude dancing sessions weekly but that, to begin with, they would be held monthly.

The naked disco nights come as Spain's nudists, who have already claimed stretches of beach around the country for sunbathing, branch out into new activities. Spain boasted Europe's first-ever nudist cruise over the summer, as 450 people took a week-long, clothes-free tour of the Mediterranean. Last weekend 150 nudists took part in a 5,000 metre beach run near the northern town of Sopelana.

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Dare to go bare this summer

Summer is traditionally a time to shed a couple layers of clothing and play in the sun. For the more adventurous, the warm temperatures offer an opportunity to shed every layer of clothing while romping au naturel in various types of nature settings, from topless beaches in Europe to clothing-optional resorts in the Caribbean to nude resorts worldwide. But you don't have to travel far to find a safe place for a back-to-nature vacation where you can work on an all-over tan.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Nude or dressed - what is the best?

Some people believe nude swimming is good as it helps get rid of microbes hiding in wet swimming suits and also helps fight complexes. But those who like swimming suits say that they protect the skin from epithelial cancer. In a word, this dispute about the advantages and disadvantages of nude swimming remains heated for many years already, and each of the sides is right in its own way.

Everybody admits that a human comes nude to this world; but there is still much dispute as concerning if people must remain nude all the life long or still put some clothes on. Nudists say that nudity gives people psychological comfort; it helps establish harmonic contact with the nature, feel the body and enjoy it.

Researches meant to study the effect of swimming suits upon people"s health began 100 years ago and some are still continued. Experts say that wet swimming suits are a perfect shelter for bacteria and microbes. Indeed, it is no good for health to wear wet swimming suits for a long time. So, to avoid genital infections one should practice good hygiene. It should be mentioned however that swimming suits protect the tender skin of genitals and mammary glands from sunrays. And contrary to protests of nudists, there is little chance of having epithelial cancer when sunbathing in a swimming suit.

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