Places, Beaches & Resorts

Hopefully in these postings you can find some help to plan your next nudist holiday and when you decide on where to go you don’t spend your day trying to find it.

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Happy Birthday – The Mayoress of Cobblers

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Today we celebrate a very special birthday for a very special member of the NLN family and one of the Cobblers Beach Buddies – The Mayoress.

So from all your beach buddies where ever they may be and from all of us at NLN – Happy Birthday, bums up to you, and we’ll see you one sunny day on a beach somewhere.

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Happy Birthday – DC

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Today is the birthday of one of the NLN family. To DC hope you have a very special day.

From all your NLN friends.

I am a Naturist

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Benalnatura Playa – Benalmedana Costa del Sol Spain

A little coved beach with steep cliffs on three sides and dense vegetation this beach is a hidden oasis nestled between apartment blocks and on a main road. The beach is easily accessible by bus with ample parking and access to the beach is via a gentle set of stairs. The surrounds are quickly forgotten as the backdrop to the beach are dense trees, rocky cliffs either-side and a Chiringuito (i.e. beach bar).

The beach itself is 100% nudist/naturist and enforced as you have to be “au natural” to be served at the bar and the beach has an over 18 year old policy. If you don’t observe the ‘club uniform’ you are likely to given a polite note in 5 or 6 languages that the beach is naturalist and you may wish to practice your textile persuasions elsewhere. There is also a strict no camera policy.

Beachgoers are mostly Spanish with a mix of tourists from Britain, France and Germany etc. They are also a very eclectic mix of people with all demographics represented.

The beach is not overly large being about 100m long and can get quite busy especially on weekends so be aware that your towel/chair may be only a metre away from your fellow beachgoer. It is a mix of grainy sand and pebbles which can get very hot so a pair of flip flops or sea shoes are a must to get to the water and/or the bar.

This beach is really the whole package as it is well maintained, it has an outdoor shower, real toilets, very reasonably priced food and drinks at the bar and a relaxed vibe overall. If you’re a nudist/naturist who wants to the total experience in a like-minded environment, this is the place for you and well worth a visit. The beach has a great atmosphere and should not be missed.

Accommodation tip: – the immediate surrounds (i.e. Benalmedana Costa, Torremolinos) are very commercialised and not overly authentically Spanish. A worthy option is Benalmedana Pueblo (approx. 4.8kms from the beach) which is a whitewashed village town up on the nearby hill. There are some nice accommodation and restaurant/bar options. There is a bus that takes you down not far from the beach.

 

Birdie Beach, NSW Australia.

This fabulous beach is one of those classic, timeless beaches. Very typical of those photos you may see of a far off Australian beach. Its only about an hour and a half from Sydney located in the Munmorah State Conservation Area on the Central Coast of NSW on Australia’s east coast. However, you really will need to drive to this beach as the area is not serviced very well by public transport. There are two entrances to the area, one on the Pacific Highway and one at the southern end on Elizabeth Bay Drive.

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From Sydney, head north on the M1/Pacific Highway, take the A43 (Doyalson, Swansea, Charlestown) turn off about 80Kms north of Sydney. Continue through Lake Munmorah and turn right onto Elizabeth Bay Drive, drive about 1500m to the first round-a-bout and turn right onto Birdie Beach Drive. About 500m, you will come to the park entrance (it will cost you $7 per vehicle per day), continue on Birdie Beach Drive and you will end up at the beach car park.

From Newcastle, head south via Swansea on the M1/Pacific Highway to Blue Wren Drive where you enter the Conservation Area and come to the park entrance. This is well sign posted and you shouldn’t miss it – but if you do continue on to Elizabeth Bay Drive and turn right and follow the about directions. Otherwise continue on Blue Wren Drive until the intersection with Birdie Beach Drive, turn left and make your way to the car park. Both entrances are about a kilometre or two from the beach and a bit of a hike if you need to walk in.

It will cost you $7 to enter the park, if the booth at the entrance is not manned, use the machines in the car park, as the rangers take their job seriously and will issue an infringement notice if you fail to pay.

From the car park make your way onto the beach and head north or turn left and walk towards the rocks, you will soon see nudists especially on a hot day or a weekend. There are a couple of signs that indicate the nudist section is about 300m away.

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The Conservation area does close the entrances at night, and are open between 5.30am to 9pm during daylight saving (summer) and through to 1 May. At other times of the year, 6am to 6pm.

The Conservation area has camping facilities within the park and you are best to check the park’s website for the latest fees and conditions. But remember your vehicle will be locked in during the night, so you’re best to stock up during the day.

If you do need to travel by public transport, you are best to catch a train to Morisset Railway Station, (on the Newcastle – Sydney line) or Wyee or Warnervale stations if the train stops there (limited services do) and consider a taxi, it will cost about $50 each way. Taxi services are limited in this area and a return trip may require a bit of wait.

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Nude Beach Etiquette – Part 3 – Behaviour.

Generally you will have a great day and won’t have any problems but just a few points should be remembered. But please don’t be ‘That bloke’. Don’t make other beach goers feel uncomfortable due to your behaviour.

NO SEXUAL ACTIVITY:

Just because you’re nude doesn’t mean you can lewd. This undermines the nudist ethos and is offensive to most people. It’s also a criminal offence to engage in sexual activity in public anyway, whether by yourself or with your partner. The regular beach goers are likely to call the police and you may need to explain your actions to them and try and convince them of your point of view. They won’t agree with you and are likely to give you an unwelcomed tour of their facilities.

Despite what images and videos you may have seen on the internet suggesting a nude beach is non-stop action, this is really not the case.

Don’t be remembered as that creepy bloke who can’t ‘leave himself alone’, no-one wants to see it and ladies don’t find this attractive, the locals are likely to give you an unflattering nickname as well.

This type of behaviour can threaten the status of some beaches, and local opposition to our beaches often raise these instances to further their cause. If you wouldn’t do it on a textile beach don’t do it on a nude beach – go get a room.

Just because a lady is enjoying herself at a nude beach especially alone doesn’t mean she wants sex, especially with you, so leave her alone.

GAWKING OR STARING –

It’s rude to stare at others at the best of times especially on a nude beach. If you have made the effort to come to one of our beaches, join in, if you came to ‘have a look’ – stay at home and read a magazine. The beach isn’t a parade for your gratification and you will cause others to feel uncomfortable.

This includes care where setting your towel up or sitting on the beach. We’ve all seen ‘the bloke’ who manages to set up ‘strategically’ so he can have a good look, or ‘the bloke’ who keeps moving around the beach to get the best viewing point.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND CAMERAS –

No-one wants to be the latest internet sensation with naked photos of themselves causing them embarrassment and explaining to their mum how they spent the weekend. Don’t even consider taking photos of children if you value your health.

So leave your camera and video recorder at home and don’t use your mobile phone for this purpose too. You should also be mindful of where you point your mobile phone’s camera lens. If you do wish to undertake any photography on a nude beach especially unwelcomed be prepared for an ugly confrontation and your device being tossed into the water.

There’s enough photos on the internet for your entertainment – we don’t need anymore, especially yours.

Nude Beach Etiquette – Part 2 – Dress Standards.

Dress Standards –

Nudist beaches do have dress standards and these basically include a hat, sunglasses, sun cream and a smile.

This may seem a bit silly but if you’re planning to visit one it’s for a reason and that is to experience nudism. Please be respectful of the people who have chosen this way of life and join in. If you see a sign ‘Nudism Obligatory’ you wont have much of a choice as the locals will enforce the dress standards and ask you to leave if you don’t comply.

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If you wish to remain clothed or wear a swimsuit there are many other beaches that cater for you.

However, if weather, hygiene, medical or safety reasons require clothing – keep it simple.

A nude beach is not the best place to model the latest lingerie fashion pieces nor is it the place to be ‘that bloke’ parading about in your baggy old underwear of yester year.

Intimate body piercings and jewellery are fine as long as they are simple and tasteful. No-one needs to be bedazzled by your bling or hear you playing jingle bells coming down the beach.

Likewise attachments like ‘cock-rings’, slings, harnesses and other apparatus which you think enhances your manhood should be avoided. They look silly and very creepy on a nude beach, just ask any lady. (maybe if you are wearing one of these you might not know too many ladies anyway and you are unlikely to meet any wearing one.) These might be best left for your private personal recreational pursuits. Outlandish items will be frowned upon as they would be on textile beaches.

Intimate grooming. These days most people generally take some care with this and what you’re comfortable with will be fine and accepted. If the natural styles that were fashionable in 1970’s are more your thing so be it, but most people tend to prefer the less is more approach and tidy up ‘down there’. The complete removal style is also very common. After a visit or two you’ll get the idea anyway.

You may also consider a towel to be necessary for using any public seats and chairs for hygiene reasons.

Basically you’re going to a nude beach, its to be naked – so you really won’t need too much.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments on this or other topics so drop us a line.

Nude Beach Etiquette – Part 1 – Respect the Environment

This the first on a series of nude beach etiquette.

Respect the environment, most nudist beaches are in a National Park or Nature reserve. The area is likely to have sensitive areas where revegetation is underway, delicate dunes and prohibited or ‘no go’ areas. They may have threatened species of flora and fauna in the area so use only the designated walkways.

Ensure you only go nude in the designated areas. Some beaches you visit may have some local issues simmering away that you are not going to be aware of, with various groups actively attempting to remove the nude status of the beach.

If only part of the beach is designated a nude area – get dressed before leaving and this means more than a T-shirt. The rules at home might be different to your holiday spot. Also ensure the beach you have visited is definitely a nudist beach, you will soon be made aware if you have made this mistake.

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Don’t litter – take everything you brought with you home and leave only your footprints. You may even see some people cleaning up the beach, if you feel like it the locals will appreciate your efforts, take more trash out than you brought in.

Travel & Beach Essentials – No. 2

A GPS for your car.

 

IMG_0495Most nudist beaches always seem to be located in that National Park, hidden cove or the far end of a very long beach and public transport doesn’t really put you close by. Which means you usually end up needing to drive to save your legs and time.

If you rent or hire a car they usually charge you 10-15 of the local currency per day. So you may consider purchasing your own for about the 100 mark and taking one with you.

If you’re considering international travel a quick search on ebay for the maps you will need will be available on a card that fits into the back of your machine for a reasonable cost.