First Timers Guide to Enjoying a Nude Beach3/7/2011
The remote fishing village of Plakias, Crete features some of the most secluded, pristine beaches in all of Europe. I was mesmerized by everything the quiet little village has to offer. Mountains, fresh water rivers, private white-sand beaches, and carefree people combine to make Plakias a fantastic vacation hot spot.
I took my first trip to a nude beach during my short stay in this Greek paradise. I will forever remember my experience. In this post, I will show you how to have an enjoyable time at a nude beach.
How I ended up at a nude beach.
Plakias Youth Hostel is one of the best hostels around. The small resort consistently receives strong reviews from Hostel World and Hostel Bookers. I rated Youth Hostel Plakias in my top 5 of best hostels in Europe.
This hostel represents the main reason why I visited a nude beach. The people at the hostel welcome travelers as part of their family. However, I would never go to a nude beach with any of my own family members!
The people at the resort range from young college kids to adults in their mid to late 50′s. Many of the vacationers stay for weeks or months at a time at Plakias Hostel. A typical summer day in Plakias includes, waking up late, trekking through the infamous river walk or soaking in rays at one of the beautiful Crete beaches, and enjoying drinks and music at Joe’s bar until well past 2 am.
On my 2nd day in Plakias, one of the guests offered me a ride in his rental car to One Rock Beach. I happily agreed as I was headed to the beach anyway. The car ride was a god send.
We arrive and slowly climb down the cliff to reach the beach. The rocks were sharp and hot. I found descending down the cliff very difficult in sandals.
My jaw dropped when I reached sea level. Travelers who earlier looked completely normal sporting their summer gear, now fashioned their birthday suits (nakedness), proudly. I felt a bit awkward when the guy who gave me a ride started undressing himself like he was getting ready for a shower.
I spent the first 30 minutes with a towel over my face blocking the scorching hot sun rays and nudity sights out of my memory. The towel raised from my face only to sneak quick peaks at the beautiful young college-aged girl laying next to me. I, however, remained in my swim trunks, fearful from what others might see.
After a while, I slowly peeled that towel from my face. As I propped up and opened my eyes, everything seemed normal. I mean ya people were walking around naked, but they didn’t care, and neither did I. I decided to become free…of all clothes!
5 Tips to Enjoy your First Experience at a Nude Beach.
1. Bring the highest SPF suntan lotion you can find!
You will need to protect yourself from the places where “the sun don’t shine”. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment of your first experience. Remember to protect the privates with lotion containing a high SPF. I would not recommend asking a buddy to put the lotion on for you.
2. Leave the camera at home
As tempting as it is to document your experience, I highly recommend leaving the camera at home. People enjoy the seclusion and freedoms of nude beaches. Filming or taking photos of nude people violates trust!
3. Relax your mind and Body
A first time at a nude beach can overwhelm the senses. Prepare your mind for what your about to see. Realize that not everyone at the beach belongs in a Victoria’s Secret catalog. In fact most people who frequent nude beaches tend to be older and out of shape.
4. Bring snacks and refreshments
Many nude beaches do not allow the purchase of food and beverages on sight. The hot sun can sap the energy and fluids out of your naked body. Bring plenty of food and beverages to ensure you stay hydrated and well fed.
5. Embrace yourself!
Most importantly, enjoy yourself! You may never step foot on a nude beach again, but while you are there have fun frolicking in the open air. Be comfortable in your own skin.