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United States of America

The naturist movement was kicked off in America in the late 1920s by German immigrants who believed naturism was a healthy way to commune directly with nature. Kurt Barthel founded the American League for Physical Culture in 1929 and organized the first naturist event. 

The Rev Illsley Boone took over the American naturist movement in 1931. Renaming it the ASA - American Sunbathing Society - this was later to become the AANR- the American Association for Nude Recreation. Nicknamed the "dictator" he championed a new term "nudist" and imposed a strict set of rules including complete nudity no matter what the weather, abstinence, vegetarianism and enforced exercise. Nudist venues remained teetotal until 1970.

Ironically it is these rules imposed by Boone, the man who designed "nudism" in the USA that many Americans now place on "naturism" and see as the difference between "naturism" and "nudism." Conversely, there is a movement towards reclaiming the word "naturist" among others who wish to disassociate themselves with some of the negative connotations evoked by the word "nudist." The naked world would seem a simpler and more united place if just one term was used. Naturist or Nudist, it makes no difference to the simple, universal pleasure of being naked in the sun! 

Nude beaches aren't as common in the US as they are in Europe, but there are still over 100 beaches suitable for naturists which dot the east and west coasts from north and south. In California, the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz have the highest concentration of clothes-free options.

There are no federal laws for or against nudity, except to the extent that it may be protected under the First Amendment right to freedom of expression. Local laws will take precedence when the question of nudity relates to federal lands, such as federal parks, beaches, and other facilities, In some states, there are public lands where nudity is allowed or simply tolerated. There are also private facilities where nudity is allowed in almost every state, with the usual requirement being that the nudity must simply not be observable from outside, public areas. It is best to check each state first before your visit.

Colorado has a geothermal motherlode of hot springs that are perfect for practicing naturism.

If however, you are seeking naturist accommodation there are back to nature campgrounds to discover, and over 100 resorts, hotels and bed and breakfasts catering for naturists.

For naked yoga, spa and wellness there are over 50 venues for pampering and indulgence. As well as nude yacht charters for a great sea escape.

There are also over 150 naturist groups and clubs for naturists to meet other naturist friends.
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  • Herring Cove Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 327 views, 0 likes
    Herring Cove Beach, Province Lands Road, Provincetown, Massachusetts, United States of America - Get Directions
    At the very tip of the Cape, just miles from downtown Provincetown, Herring Cove Beach is part of the National Seashore, and...  more
  • Moshup Beach \/ Gay Head Aquinnah Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 251 views, 0 likes
    Moshup Beach (public), Moshup Trail, Aquinnah, MA, USA - Get Directions
    Moshup Beach also known as Gay Head Aquinnah Beach is located in Aquinnah between Philbin Beach and the tipping point of the...  more
  • Lucy Vincent Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 199 views, 0 likes
    Lucy Vincent Beach, Lucy Vincent Beach Road, Chilmark, MA, USA - Get Directions
    Lucy Vincent Beach is a Chilmark beach which is normally an entrance by town permit only, but off season, it open to anyone....  more
  • Esch Beach \/ Otter Creek Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 200 views, 1 like
    Esch Beach, Esch Road, Honor, MI, USA - Get Directions
    Esch Beach also known as Otter Creek Beach near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is likely to be the best known...  more
  • Green River
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 159 views, 1 like
    Green River, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States of America - Get Directions
    Green River is a popular swimming hole. It can get busy on hot weekend afternoons. One side is a farm field with no visible...  more
  • Westfield River - Knightville Dam
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 128 views, 0 likes
    Westfield River, Huntington, Massachusetts, United States of America - Get Directions
    The best known inland nude beach in Massachusetts is the Westfield River at Cummington.It is a secluded riverbank around 35...  more
  • Miacomet Nude Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 1,284 views, 0 likes
    Miacomet Beach, Miacomet Road, Nantucket, MA, USA - Get Directions
    Miacomet Beach is Nantucket's recognized nude beach. It is on the south side of the island 3 miles from Nantucket town.This...  more
  • Bowery Hot Springs
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 209 views, 1 like
    Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho 75, Stanley, ID, USA - Get Directions
    Bowery Hot Springs is just beyond the Bowery Guard Station along the East Fork of the Salmon River. This free hot tub, is...  more
  • West Pass Hot Springs
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 271 views, 0 likes
    Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho 75, Stanley, ID, USA - Get Directions
    Located deep within the scenic Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the tubs at West Pass sit on a hillside bluff overlooking...  more
  • Longnook Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 196 views, 2 likes
    Longnook Beach, Truro, MA, USA - Get Directions
    Longnook Beach is a quiet almost isolated beach located at the end of Long Nook Road. Backed by massive sand dunes, this is...  more
  • Westfield River - Cummington Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 189 views, 0 likes
    Westfield River, Cummington, Massachusetts, United States of America - Get Directions
    The Cummington beach has had a long history of use by nudists. A very popular clothing optional swimming hole along the...  more
  • Larsen's Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 143 views, 0 likes
    Larsen's Beach, Kilauea, Hawaii, United States of America - Get Directions
    Larsen's Beach is also known as Ka'aka'aniu Beach and is a remote and undeveloped north shore beach. Located between Moolaa...  more
  • Slaughterhouse Beach - Mokule'ia Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 150 views, 0 likes
    Slaughterhouse Beach, Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, United States of America - Get Directions
    Slaughterhouse Beach also known as Mokule'ia Beach is a secluded small white sand beach, framed with dramatic cliffs.This is...  more
  • Jerry Johnson Hot Springs
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 216 views, 0 likes
    Elk City, Idaho, United States of America - Get Directions
    Located within the Clearwater National Forest in Central Idaho, Jerry Johnson is one of Idaho's most popular natural hot...  more
  • Goldbug Hot Springs
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 594 views, 0 likes
    Goldbug Hot Springs, Salmon, Idaho, United States of America - Get Directions
    Goldbug Hot Springs requires a 2 mile hike up the side of a mountain, traversing over areas where rock slides have littered...  more
  • Honokohau Harbor Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 164 views, 0 likes
    Kanalani Street, Kailua, HI, USA - Get Directions
    Located in the Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.Honokohau Harbor Beach has a section of beach at the northern end...  more
  • Red Sand Beach - Kaihalulu Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 154 views, 0 likes
    Kaihalulu Beach, Hana, HI, USA - Get Directions
    Red Sand Beach is a dramatic and beautiful small hidden cove characterised by the color of the reddish sand. The turquoise...  more
  • Papohaku Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 164 views, 0 likes
    Pāpōhaku Beach, Hawaii, USA - Get Directions
    Papohaku Beach is one of Hawaii’s largest white sand beaches, measuring three miles long and 100 yards wide, with low...  more
  • Boca Chica Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 652 views, 0 likes
    Boca Chica Key, Florida, USA - Get Directions
    Boca Chica Key is an island in the lower Florida Keys, The name is Spanish for small mouth.The beach is very naturalist...  more
  • Hobe Sound Nude Beach
    July 1, 2019, 0 reviews , 554 views, 0 likes
    Hobe Sound Beach, Jupiter Island, FL, USA - Get Directions
    Hobe Sound Beach is situated on Jupiter Island, on Florida's Treasure Coast. Midway between West Palm Beach and Port St....  more