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Caribbean Nudist and Clothing Optional Resorts

By Robert Curley, about.com Caribbean
For some travelers, taking off for the Caribbean means an opportunity to “take it all off.” There’s just something about the infectious warmth of the Caribbean — not to mention the hot sun — that lends itself to “au naturel” sunbathing. For many, that’s as far as it goes, but the Caribbean also has a number of resorts that allow guests to go in the buff all day long, from the breakfast buffet to afternoon pool volleyball to evening encounters in the hot tub.

Hedonism II, Jamaica

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The Hedonism II resort in Jamaica is the most famous clothing-optional resort in the Caribbean. The Negril resort is part of the SuperClubs chain and, unlike many other nudist resorts, once cultivated an “anything goes” image. That has been toned down somewhat, but as the name indicates this is still a place where guests are encouraged to get wet, naked and wild. Toga parties, nude weddings, and hanging out at the swim-up nude bar are part of the scene here. The Hedonism resort also sells day and night passes to non-guests.

Club Orient, St. Martin

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This 137-room Club Orient hotel sits on the most famous nude beach in the Caribbean — St. Martin's Orient Beach — and is clothing-optional throughout the property, which includes a pair of restaurants, fitness and water-sports center, boutique, and a variety of rooms, suites and villas. Fully nude sunbathing is not strictly de rigeur on Orient Beach, but it's certainly common to see entire families in the buff on this popular strand, sometimes to the obvious amazement of visiting cruise-ship passengers.

Desire Resort and Spa, Cancun, Mexico

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Many nude resorts in the Caribbean stress that they are family friendly or cater to the maintstream nudist community and not swingers. That’s not the case with Cancun’s Desire Resort, which bills itself as an “erotic” adult destination where couples interested in exploring “alternative lifestyles” can frolic in a 30-person jacuzzi or a Play Room located just behind the resort’s nightclub bar. The 11-room beachfront resort is all-inclusive and “appeals to liberated upscale vacationers with a wild side and couples looking to explore their sexuality.” Adults (21 and older) only.

Temptation Resort and Spa, Cancun

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This “topless optional” hotel in Cancun is for over-21 couples only. In addition to semi-nude bathing the slightly naughty atmosphere here includes a nightclub with strippers and male exotic dancers and themed events like lingerie casino nights.

Hidden Beach Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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This 42-room resort at Kantenah Bay on the Riviera Maya claims to be the only all-inclusive, clothing-optional resort in Mexico. Explicit sexual behavior is banned, but you can be fully nude at all meals, sports and activities. The resort is oceanfront and also has a pretty pool area with palapas and a lazy river section.

Caliente Caribe Resort and Spa, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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This all-inclusive, clothing-optional resort is located near the Dominican Republic resort area of Puerto Plata. Amenities include al-fresco dining at the clifftop resort restaurant, premium drinks, and activities ranging from Spanish lessons to nude water volleyball. Nightlife centers on the Club Caribe, which opens nightly at 10 p.m.

Sorobon Beach Resort, Bonaire

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This naturist resort has the only nude beach on Bonaire, although topless sunbathing is acceptable on other beaches on this Dutch Caribbean island. The resort has 30 chalets on a very private beach and caters to naturists from around the world. Nude cruises, massage, yoga and snorkeling are among the activities offered.

Breezes Grand Negril Resort & Spa, Negril, Jamaica

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The upscale Breezes Grand Negril in Jamaica has a clothing-optional beach, pool and hot tub, but otherwise does not allow public nudity. The “super-inclusive” package at this 210-room resort includes top-shelf drinks and gourmet dining, all tips, entertainment, land and water sports.

Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica

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Formerly Couples San Souci, this all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios,Jamaica was recently renamed for the private island that made it famous. A ferry takes Couples guests out to Tower Island, which is a fully au naturel hideaway that provides some welcome space between nudists and the tourist who otherwise might come to gawk. Note that Tower Island is not “clothing-optional” — if you come out here, you must have all clothing off!

Couples San Souci

Couples Sans Souci is set on the cliffs of Jamaica’s coast in Ocho Rios, the design reflecting an understated colonial elegance, with intricate lattice work, white-woven furnishings and feathered palms. It is set on 35 acres, each of the 150 suites offering ocean views. There are four restaurants and six bars, four swimming pools and a natural mineral spring. There is a small, secluded area for nude sunbathing and all manner of activities such as water sports, tennis and golf.

Breezes Runaway Bay, Jamaica

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SuperClubs’ all-inclusive Breezes Runaway Bay resort in Jamaica has a small clothing-optional beach and Jacuzzi. The resort was extensively remodeled in 2007, caters to adults, and offers the vast array of inclusive amenities typical of the SuperClubs chain, including multiple dining options and land and water activities.

Rocalta Resort and Spa, Jamaica

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This NegrilJamaica resort is clothing-optional and offers both all-inclusive and B&B packages. Families are welcome along with couples. There’s no real beach, but you can swim off the rocks at the base of the resort, and a free shuttle runs to nearby Negril Beach. The 30-room hotel has a spa and rooms with oceanfront verandas, and suites.

Hawksbill Beach Resort, Antigua

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The Rex Resorts’ Hawksbill Beach Resort in Antigua has a secluded clothing-optional beach — the only one on the island. The resort has 26 rooms on 37 acres of lush property, including detached cottages. All-inclusive rates include room, drinks and dining, water sports, tennis, entertainment, and tips.

LaSource, Grenada

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LaSource is not a nudist resort but does have a nude (mostly topless) beach. The Grenada resort has 100 rooms on Pink Gin Beach, four restaurants, and a dedication to holistic relaxation and exercise through yoga, tai chi, and other activities. LaSource has multiple restaurants and bars as well as a full array of land and water sports, and welcomes solo travelers as well as couples.

Breezes Bahamas

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The Breezes resort in the Bahamas is an all-inclusive with a small nude beach. This Nassau resort has 400 rooms on Cable Beach, is located close to the Crystal Palace Casino, and boasts amenities as diverse as rock-climbing and circus trapeze lessons.

Nude Sailing and Cruises

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A handful of charter yachts in the Caribbean, such as the Billy Jean and the Endless Summer II out of the British Virgin Islands, specialize in nude cruises. Such charters are especially popular for small groups looking for a degree of privacy on their vacation. Nudist and naturist groups also occasionally charter large cruise ships for nude Caribbean cruises.

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