While Jamaica has many nude beaches, this little islet is a relaxing and secluded option for naturists who don’t like being near crowds or busy resorts. Booby Cay gets its name from the booby birds that use this island as their nesting grounds and is often called “Gilligan’s Island” by the locals. This little tropical paradise is just a few minutes by water taxi or ferry from Negril, Jamaica. Be aware that there will be little amenities on the islet, but luckily some of Negril’s world-famous restaurants are just a few minutes away by water taxi. Afterward, consider staying at one of the adults-only resorts at Negril’s West End, like the laid-back, classic Catcha Falling Star Resort. Or, if you feel like staying in a livelier area, check out the adults-only luxury resorts in Bloody Bay.
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Other Naturist Places
Naturists who would like their whole trip to be in the nude will appreciate the few charter yachts in the Caribbean that specialize in nude cruises. The Billy Jean of Endless Summer II sails out of various ports from the British Virgin Islands and Castaways Travel offers multiple clothing-optional cruises, from catamaran to tall sailing.
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Tips For a Safe Experience
- Even if a sign says the beach is clothing-optional, always make sure you feel safe. Keep your clothes on until you’ve been on the beach. Look up online reviews if you’re not sure.
- Research naturist resorts, as they can cater to you more specifically than a nude beach and will also have clearer policies. Also, naturist resorts usually contain their own private nude beaches.
- Don’t stare, point, gawk or giggle—it’s something to get used to, but you’ll attract more attention and discomfort doing this than going nude on a nude beach.
- No photography—never take photos without anyone’s permission. This is especially true if the people in your photos are naked. Many naturist beaches actually prohibit photography.
- Research which public areas to go naked in—even at nudist resorts, some areas may require clothing, like parking lots, cafes, shops and so on. Always ask at the front desk if you’re not 100% sure.
- It’s a misconception that nude beaches are just for naturists. You can go clothed, semi-clothed or fully nude.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen—and lots of it!