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.
Saudi King Salman is spending his summer vacation at a villa on the French Riviera—and the locals are not happy about it. While denizens of the small seaside town of Vallauris are glad for the boost to their economy, the residents are protesting the closure of the municipal beach—and its nude-bathing zone—to accommodate the privacy and security needs of the Saudi king and his 1,person traveling party. Related: The Best Beaches in France.
Pampelonne beach is actually five kilometers south of St Tropez, but is probably the image that people have in their head when they think of St Tropez. It half belongs to St Tropez and the other half belongs to its neighbor, Ramatuelle. Ever since the s, it has been the beach to see and be seen.
I would be surprised if there were NOT some rule against it. West Bay is not the most private beach, but being at times packed with Europeans, one would see some toplessness if it were permitted. And I've never seen it. And I'm looking!
Nude swimmers joined demonstrators on the French Riviera on Monday to protest against a public beach being closed to locals during a visit by a billionaire Saudi Royal. Authorities sealed off Mirandole beach in Vallauris on Saturday to prevent protesters from occupying it as King Salman and his 1,strong entourage arrived for a three-week vacation. Somepeople have signed a petition against the closure and the King's plans to build a staircase and wooden walkways from his holiday home down to the beach in Vallauris.
Photographs have emerged of armed French police confronting a woman on a beach and making her remove some of her clothing as part of a controversial ban on the burkini. Authorities in several French towns have implemented bans on the burkini, which covers the body and head, citing concerns about religious clothing in the wake of recent terrorist killings in the country. After they arrive, she appears to remove a blue long-sleeved tunic, although one of the officers appears to take notes or issue an on-the-spot fine.
I'm planning a trip to Nice with kids. I was wondering whether going topless is common in beaches in Nice? Please advise, thanks. Nudity must be very rare - those beaches mentioned must have to be sought out with some difficulty.
I'm planning a trip to Nice with kids. I was wondering whether going topless is common in beaches in Nice? Please advise, thanks.
Part of this Caribbean island is technically part of France, and its residents seem to have adopted the French laissez-faire attitude to nudity. This beach is all about the view—of the Golden Gate Bridge, that is. Conversation starter: Baker Beach has a cultural claim to fame—it's where the Burning Man festival started in