A nudist beach may be daunting for some, but many people in the region enjoy time on them each year.
Naturists from all over the world make it their mission to travel around nudist beaches in different countries, soak up the sun, sea and surf, while completely nude.
If you’ve never been to a nudist or naturist beach before, but have always wanted to try it, we’ve put together a list of rules you should be sure to follow.
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There’s a few nudist beaches just a short drive from Somerset, including Sillery Sands, Wild Pear Beach, Weston Mouth, Budleigh Salterton, and more.
1. Make sure you’re actually on a nudist beach
Nudist beaches will be clearly signposted, so make sure you’re actually on one before you start getting your kit off.
If you’re not sure, look around at others on the beach, but don’t let that be behind your final decision – some people may be just as clueless as you and you may all end up getting in trouble.
2. Don’t keep your clothes on
Go all in. Unless of course you’re in a “clothing optional” beach, in which case you can do as you please.
But really, if you’ve come to a nudist beach, you should embrace the nudity and release your inhibitions.
3. Don’t take photos
Even taking a selfie is a bit of a risk on a nudist beach as you never know who may have stumbled into shot.
People going to a nudist beach like their privacy, even though they’re naked in front of the rest of their beach company, so be sure to keep your cameras away.
A South West nudist beach has been named among the best in the world
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Come to a nudist beach prepared as, most of the time, they are found off the beaten track.
This means their amenities may be scarce, or it may be confusing to know if you can enter a place with all your bits and pieces on show.
Bring plenty of water, snacks, a towel, blanket, umbrella (if it’s raining), windbreaker (if the beach allows it) and parasol, so you can stay comfortable no matter what the weather.
It’s also worth ensuring you have a first aid kit at the ready, just in case.
5. No staring
Aside from the fact it’s just plain rude, staring on a nudist beach is a big no no.
You’re all equals and nude is the norm, so there shouldn’t be anything to stare at.
If you’re new to the nudist movement, just pretend that everyone’s wearing clothes and you’ll be fine.
6. Sunscreen is a must
Nobody wants burnt bits and at a nudist beach, more of you is exposed.
So bring sunscreen and spare your fellow beachgoers the sight, smell and sound of burning flesh.
There are several nudist beaches just a short drive from Somerset
7. Avoid BBQs
Not only have BBQs been a huge factor in the number of wildfires we have seen throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but many beaches don’t allow BBQs at all.
What’s more, as we mentioned before, nobody wants burnt skin while trying to enjoy their day at the beach.
8. Watch what you say
If you’re a confident soul, just remember that what you say to others, especially at a nudist beach, could be taken the wrong way.
So no going up to people and commenting on how good their naked body looks – it could come across as, let’s face it, a little weird.
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9. Respect people’s space
As you would on a normal beach, don’t bother people and make sure you give them enough space.
Be aware of where you walk and who is around you – nobody wants to wake from their sunbathing to an unfortunate view of you climbing over them to get by.
10. No sex on the beach
This should be a given, but don’t assume that just because you can get naked on a nudist beach that you can take your relationship to that next level.
Remember that you could get into serious trouble for doing anything sexual in a public place.
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11. Get dressed before you leave
Your safe in the nude while you’re in the confines of your little nudist beach, but be sure to put your clothes back on before you leave, as nobody away from that little secluded spot will appreciate seeing you in your birthday suit.
Spare families that horror!
12. Don’t be an exhibitionist
You’re all naked and that’s great, but don’t be an exhibitionist.
Naturists are here to relax and enjoy time by the sea. They are certainly not here for you!
13. Safeguard your valuables
Crime can happen – even on a nudist beach.
So be sure to keep your valuables safe at all times – be it asking someone to watch over them, or taking them with you when you leave your spot.
You could always buy yourself a waterproof bag so you can take your stuff into the sea with you if you fancy a swim.
Have you ever visited a naturist beach? Would you ever try it? Share your experiences in the comments thread for this article.