One of several signs at Gunnison Beach. I'm at the state's only legal nude beach wearing nothing but a smile. I've been to Gunnison one other time in my life I swear , and the best line about the nude beach came from a woman I talked to first time out. Sure, there are some bodies beautiful, but mostly it's the average American body on full display, with lots of flab and sag. A fair amount of Jerseyans apparently want to get naked, because on this weekday afternoon Gunnison is packed.
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A Croatian friend advised me of a tiny nearby island called Lokrum. It was popular with nudists, he said, and had perfect swimming coves. I told Joseph about the island when we met up in the Dubrovnik airport, and the next morning, anxious for the sea and sun, our skin the color of too much office work, we rode the ferry toward Lokrum. Only then did I mention that it was a nudist beach. Now I was going to see too much of him—every inner-thigh freckle, scrotal wrinkle, and circumcision mark. In fact, we were part of a small, tightly knit group of mostly young, mostly gay men who formed something of a surrogate brotherhood. In , Joseph moved to Paris for a job designing a magazine. I was proud and encouraging, despite the irrational twinge of abandonment that occurs when a friend skips town for a better opportunity.
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Best Beaches. Facebook Twitter Email. CNN — Although still taboo in many places, casting aside your clothes at the shore has become a customary practice around the world in recent times. From rocky coastlines to talcum powder fine sands, and big city bays to secluded shores, there are now hundreds of beaches where it's perfectly legal or at least de facto legal to sunbathe, swim and otherwise frolic beside the sea in nothing more than your birthday suit. While clothing-optional beach destinations may seem like a modern invention, it's actually quite an old idea, a product of the otherwise prudish Victorian era. During the s, American poet Walt Whitman extolled the virtues of the "Adamic air bath" -- his nude walkabouts and swims along Timber Creek in New Jersey, writing of "The free exhilarating ecstasy of nakedness in Nature. Channeling that same vibe, the naturist movement took off in Europe and North America during the first half of the 20th century, with city parks, camp grounds and eventually beaches established for those who wanted to experience nature nude in their most natural state. One of the spin-offs of the socially and sexually liberal s was a "free beach" movement that saw a proliferation of nude beaches around the world. And their popularity continues today, with more and more popping up each year. Here are 15 of the best nude beaches around the world:.
About Arcadia Hostel Spyros, the founder of Arcadia, was born and raised in Greece but always had a thing for travelling. He arrived in the City of Eternal Spring in , expecting to stay there a mere couple of weeks, a common misjudgement of travellers. After getting the perfect spot, sorting through the paperwork, chasing builders, carpenters, electricians and bureaucrats, he sat down and had a long think about a name for the place. True to his roots, he thought of the perfect name for his and the travellers' passing by, his own slice of heaven on earth, Arcadia. Each room is also named after a Greek myth to reflect the ambiance of the room, you can find the explanations for each on the room pages. Callisto was a nymph of the goddess Artemis. Zeus, being a flirtatious god, wanted Callisto for a lover. As she would not be with anyone but Artemis, Zeus cunningly disguised himself as Artemis and seduced Callisto. The child resulting from their union was Arcas. Hera Zeus' wife , became jealous, and in anger, transformed Callisto into a bear.