Best Beaches and Pools to Get Wet and Wild
Looking for something a little wilder than your normal beach vacation? Maybe it's time to add a splash of sexy to your usual lukewarm adventures. Like, say, at the hottest beach party scene in the Greek Isles. Or a topless pool in Las Vegas. We've picked our favorite beaches and pools perfect for shedding your inhibitions – and more. Just be sure to pack extra sunscreen.
1. Eagle Beach, Aruba
The nudity laws are pretty lax on this Dutch Caribbean island, but you'll find it's easier to go topless on Eagle Beach than Palm Beach, which is fronted by mainstream U.S. hotels. Eagle Beach is home to independent low-rise properties like the Bucuti Beach Resort, a boutique beauty whose guests include many Europeans who don't blink an eye when it comes to showing a bit of skin. Conservative Americans might be taken aback at first, but many play copycat after awhile.
2. The Mirage, Las Vegas
Adults-only pools are making a big splash in Las Vegas, and some resorts aren't as concerned about how you cover up. But don't ask if there's a "topless" pool. Instead, inquire if "European sunbathing" is allowed, and you may be told "yes." But no matter what it's officially called, it can be a sensuous experience. Daybeds and poolside cabanas outfitted with flat-screen TVs are a specialty at Bare Pool Lounge at the Mirage, where pitchers of sangria and mojitos are at the ready. Beauties strut around the pool unconcerned about tan lines, and thanks to the privacy-enhancing palm trees, you needn't worry either.
3. Z Ocean Hotel, Miami
South Beach is arguably the most fun topless beach in the U.S., thanks to the party atmosphere that attracts the young, beautiful and buff bodies of South Florida. And while straight-out nudity is banned, bare chests abound on the strands, and many bathing suits leave little to the imagination. If you want more freedom, check into South Beach's Z Ocean Hotel, where a rooftop terrace suite comes with a hot tub so you can bare it all without fear of prying eyes.
4. Super Paradise Beach Bar, Mykonos, Greece
This hip island hotspot (pictured above) is an adult playground and an exhibitionists dream. The initially timid have been known to shed their inhibitions (and their clothes) after a few sips of ouzo and the realization that nakedness here is no big deal. The beach, dotted with plenty of umbrella and lounge chairs, fronts the Aegean Sea, where Europeans can be found frolicking in the water. The party gets started late in the afternoon when sun worshippers start dancing on platforms. The scene goes on until the wee morning hours, so bring your stamina.
5. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
Negril has a longtime rep for attracting free-spirited vacationers, and there are resorts along the famed Seven Mile stretch of sand that have embraced this crowd and their fun-loving vibe. Some offer simple topless bathing, like the low-key but sexy Couples resorts. Others, such as wild child Hedonism II, have their own nude beaches, where all body shapes and sizes are on display. The attitude here is comfortably cool, and cameras are verboten, which makes newbie nudists sigh with relief.
6. Black's Beach, San Diego
Naturists and those who fully subscribe to the au naturel lifestyle love Black's Beach at the north end of Torrey Pines State Beach. The two-mile-long strand is slightly hidden under bluffs of the picturesque Torrey Pines area, which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. And although nudists are aplenty, the area is said to be relatively gawker free, making it a good contender for those new to the scene.
7. Desire Hotel & Resort, Riviera Maya
An easy, breezy atmosphere and warm turquoise sea are what Mexican Caribbean dreams are made of. So, it's no coincidence that the clothing-optional Desire resort, a half hour away from Cancun, delivers this in spades. Along with a sexy bonus: Those who subscribe to the "born free" M.O. head to this all-inclusive hotel for plenty of adults-only fun. Things get spicy around the pool with giggle-worthy racy games and activities, and theme nights are centered around costumes, some of leather and schoolgirl variety. Naturally, the naughtiest outfits win the prize.
8. Anse du Gouverneur, St. Bart's
Topless bathing is de rigueur on many of St. Bart's beaches (pictured above), thanks to the country's French roots. So if you're thinking about giving it a whirl, this strand on the southern side of the tiny island is more secluded than other, more popular areas. The view of neighboring islands St. Kitts and Saba is breathtaking, as are all the European beauties (and occasional celebrities) enjoying the sun and sand. There are no bars here, so you'll have to pack your own bottle of rosé if you need liquid courage to join them in their uninhibited frolicking.
9. Little Beach, Makena State Park, Maui
Although nude sunbathing is officially illegal in Hawaii, this beach has quite the fan club. Luckily locals, while not exactly thrilled with the au naturel atmosphere, tend to turn their heads, as the atmosphere is more chill than thrill. The strand can be hard to find if you're not in the know, which helps with the relaxed vibe. Plus, high-growing shrubs and lava rocks keep it undercover, so you can grin and bare it.
10. Gansevoort Park Avenue, New York City
Only a handful of Manhattan hotels have rooftop pools, and the scene is the hottest at the Gansevoort Park Avenue. Plunge, the rooftop lounge, has a year-round heated pool with music piped underwater and commanding views of the Empire State Building (and the beautiful people lounging by the pool) when you come up for air. The cocktails flow freely, and the sunset views are spectacular. The bar scene heats up at after nightfall as well, but alas, the pool closes for swimming.
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