Naturism and nature have been going hand in hand since the beginning of our wonderful lifestyle (sorry about the word choice, Dan). Today, the naturist travel industry has expanded to nude bed and breakfasts in the city and all-inclusive clothing-optional resorts in the Caribbean. But still, the very large majority of naturist places around the world can be found in a natural environment. Away from noise and emissions and close to the relaxing effect of trees and animals.
Nature is the central element at many of the naturist resorts we visited, but some venues really stood out when it comes to spectacular nature. Waterfalls, canyons, pristine beaches, and high mountain ranges, they do exist at nude-friendly places as well. And we will tell you exactly where.
Deanza Springs Resort in California, USA
It’s easy to think about endless forests and huge lakes when we’re talking about splendid nature, but natural beauty comes in many different forms. Deserts for example. Tucked away in the southern California desert, we found Deanza Springs Resort. As soon as we settled down, it felt as if we had arrived in a western movie. Sand and dust around us, cactuses, and rocky hills. We wouldn’t have been surprised if a sudden tumbleweed or lost cowboy would have passed by our mobile home.
The real spectacular nature, however, happens when you walk out of the resort. Because the region is so desolated, there’s no need for clothes to have a good hike in the surrounding desert. What you’ll find are splendid desert landscapes, picture-perfect scenery, and old railroad tracks that will make you think even more that you’ve ended up in a James Dean movie.
Here’s another tip: You can find similar landscapes at Olive Dell Ranch near Colton (also in southern California).
Sunward Naturist Resort in Ontario, Canada
If there is one country that is synonymous with amazing nature, it must be Canada. We’ve all seen the documentaries about Canadian pine forests, the size of the average European country. Images of huge lakes with snow-capped mountains come to mind. What we didn’t know is that most of those typical Canadian landscape pictures are taken near the coastlines. We have to admit, we were quite surprised when we traveled to Ontario and arrived in a flat, somewhat dull landscape.
That changed when we went to Sunward Naturist Resort near Ottawa. At first, we weren’t such big fans though. The facilities at Sunward have seen better days, and drizzling rain made the outdoor shower look all but attractive. Let alone that we enjoyed setting up our tent.
All of that changed completely when we woke up the next day with the sound of birds, stuck our heads out of our tent door, and saw the amazing sunrise over the large lake, which is part of Sunward’s property. The shabby state of the camping suddenly gave the whole place an even more natural feel. After a skinny dip in the lake, we were sure that we were going to love this place.
Playa Sonrisa in Mexico
We are always a bit suspicious when we see images of pristine white beaches with just one couple sipping cocktails under a palm tree. They are perfect to make you start dreaming about your next vacation, but those places are rarely how they seem on film. Only when you arrive, you notice that the beach is full of tourists, you hear the loud music from way too expensive beach bars and look disappointed at concrete monsters in the backdrop.
There is one beach place though where the pictures could never beat the real image. Not even close. At the most southern tip of the Mexican Rivièra Maya, you can find a tropical paradise where you’ll feel like a nude Robinson Crusoe: Playa Sonrisa.
The setting could hardly be more romantic. A private white beach, the emerald-colored Caribbean Sea, pelicans flying by, palm trees connected to each other with hammocks and lush rainforest for as far as the eye can see. The kind of beach destination from your dreams, but better. And you can be naked.
Quinta do Maral in Portugal
For us personally, nothing beats an amazing view. We think that nothing is more relaxing than to stare into an endless distance without a house, factory or city to be seen. The rocky landscape of central Alentejo isn’t Portugal’s most popular tourist destination, which is the main reason why the nature in the region has been preserved so very well.
Right in the middle of natural park Serra de São Mamede, lays naturist camping Quinta do Maral. With not much more than 30 camping spots, it’s not hard to imagine that the 10-hectare large domain has a lot more to offer than a place to put down your tent or camper. On one side of the camping you can look over the flat landscape down the hills and on the other side you’ll look up onto the nearby mountains. If you do feel like some human connection, the over-towering ancient castle of Marvão in the south can always be seen from the camping.
Domaine de la Quiquier in France
Most naturists, including ourselves, often think that the best nature is found at campings. But that isn’t always true. This is something we experienced when we visited Domaine de la Quiquier in the south of France. Technically, one could call the place a guesthouse or B&B. It’s a large historical building with a handful of very luxurious guest rooms, a swimming pool, and a jacuzzi.
We understand your confusion about why we’ve added La Quiquier to this list. But listen to this: Domaine de la Quiquier is much more than just a guesthouse. The place comes with 425 hectares (this is not a typo!) of unspoiled nature, perfect for nude recreation. Really, La Quiquier even has its own canyon, how cool is that?
Needless to say that the place is great for those who enjoy nude hiking. Several half-day hikes can be done on your own, directly from the guesthouse. For the more advanced hikes, the owners are more than happy to join you as guides. We highly recommend a morning hike, which ends at a viewing point where the staff is waiting with an aperitif once you arrive.
Verdon Provence in France
The Gorges du Verdon in France’s Provence region is often called the Grand Canyon of Europe. It’s the continent’s largest canyon and one of the top tourist hot spots in the region. Most websites and guidebooks will tell you that the best way to enjoy this wonderful canyon is by driving along the D71 road, which was built specifically to get the best views of the canyon and the blue river down below. Although a ride along that road is definitely recommended, we can tell you that there’s an even better way to explore the Gorges du Verdon.
Naturist camping Verdon Provence lays right in the center of this amazing canyon. Being built on a hillside, you get spectacular views from your camping spot or the common areas on the top of the hill. Just a short hike down, you’ll end up at the lake where you can have a refreshing skinny dip. For some more nude hiking, there are several kilometers of trails that you can hike without having to worry about sweaty clothing. If that isn’t the best way to explore the Gorges du Verdon, we don’t know what is.
Sasso Corbo in Italy
Another European tourist hot spot is Italy’s Tuscany region. Winding roads with viewpoints at nearly every corner make sure that a road trip through Italy is full of “oooooh” and “aaaaah”. Because naturist resorts in Italy are not as common as in other European countries, we were happily surprised to find a nude oasis called Sasso Corbo in the very south of Tuscany.
Sasso Corbo is the kind of campground where you wish you could wake up every morning for the rest of your life. Magnificent views are everywhere and instantly put a smile on your face as soon as you have a look outside. The typical Tuscan scenery and the mountains in the backdrop seem to be stolen from a painting. Make sure that you have some “aaaah” and “ooooh” left after the scenic ride to Sasso Corbo, because you’ll definitely need them at the camping.
Yatan Rumi in Argentina
Last on our list is definitely not the least. In fact, it’s the world’s largest naturist domain with about 1200 hectares of unspoiled natural beauty, where clothes are not a necessity. Yatan Rumi is the kind of place that you truly have to experience. The camping on itself is rather small and basic and consists of not much more than shower and toilet facilities, the “clubhouse” and a lawn to park your car and tent. That is if you want to camp on the camping.
Since Yatan Rumi is such a large domain, there are plenty of other options to put down your tent. How about next to a rippling river? Or on top of a mountain? Or right in the middle of absolutely nothing but splendid nature?
The best part of your visit to Yatan Rumi is of course the endless hiking options. You can literally keep walking for days in a row without encountering one single person or leaving the domain. When it comes to nature, Yatan Rumi just has it all. Rivers, waterfalls, plains, mountains, you name it. If you think that you’ve already had the best nude hike ever, you shouldn’t say this out loud before you visited Yatan Rumi.