Nude Beach Etiquette  

Nude beach etiquette is a set of standards, often left unspoken.  It leaves offenders without the excuse of ignorance.  Etiquette informs newcomers what to expect and that they are not alone.  Nobody should feel that they are facing rude people alone.  If you want to think of it in terms of rules, there are only three.

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Respect the boundaries.

The beach you save may be your own.

Respect the people.

Respect the beach.

Donít go out of established nude areas.  To wander nude into clothing compulsive territory may offend many, and undermine our objectives. Do not photograph people without their permission.  It is common courtesy to ask first.  Not everyone wants to end up in a stranger's photo album.  Never photograph any children but your own. Pack it in, pack it out.  There is no trash collection at Blackís Beach.  If you carried it down, you must carry it back up.
No overt sexual activity.  Nude is not lewd, but combined with sex, it undermines our image and could cost us our freedom and enjoyment of the beach. Respect the privacy of others.  If there is a lot of room, then give people a respectable distance.  Recognize when you are unwelcome.   It is recommended that you pack out a little more than you packed in.  Not everyone packs theirs out and much trash washes up from other beaches.

 Speak up for our standards.  If a person seems unaware of beach etiquette, explain it kindly and plainly.  Give them a copy of "Nude Beach Etiquette".  Don't let uncouth individuals ruin our fragile and beautiful place under the sun.  The beach you save could be your own.

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This page last updated February 13, 2007 by Lloyd Johnson