How To: Practice nude beach etiquette

Practice nude beach etiquette

Is the proper term nudists or naturalists? Doesn't seem to be too much of a difference, because when it all boils down, they're both still butt-naked on the beach. Nude beaches are fascinating places for the adventurous spirit, but unless you're an old-time nudist, you probably have questions about the proper way to behave on a nude beach. Well, we've got the answers.

You Will Need
* Self-control
* Towel

Step 1: Don't call them nudists
Don't call them nudists. The politically correct term is "naturist."

Step 2: Don't stare at people's private parts
Don't stare at people's private parts. Here's a good rule of thumb: If it would be unseemly to gape at that body part when it's fully clothed, it's downright rude to gawk at it undressed.

Assume nothing about the morals of your fellow nude beachgoers.

Step 3: Ask permission before taking photographs
Always ask permission before snapping a photo or video — they're naturists, not zoo animals. And no one wants to worry that their jelly rolls are going to be on YouTube.

Step 4: Be wary of using binoculars
The same goes for binoculars, which are only appropriate if you're discovering new lands, looking at birds, or enjoying an opera.

If you get aroused, you needn't hide it, but you shouldn't flaunt it either. In other words, cut the beach stroller conversation short, and sit down until the moment passes.

Step 5: Restrict nudity to the beach
Restrict nudity to the beach. When you're in the parking lot, for example, have some clothes on.

Step 6: Cover chairs with a towel
Carry a towel wherever you go so you can put it down on beach loungers, bar stools, restaurant chairs, and so on.

Step 7: Make everyone feel comfortable
Make everyone feel comfortable, even those who are only willing to go so far as being "top-free," as the naturists like to call it. Naturists, after all, are all about acceptance.

FACT: Some naturist clubs only accept married couples.

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