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Getting Started Nude


Dr. Leisure is frequently asked "How can I get started? I'd like to go to a nude resort or a nude beach but don't know how or where to begin?"

Answer: The first step is to locate a nude beach, hot spring or resort near you or on your vacation route. An excellent source of information and contacts is Lee Baxandall's World Guide to Nude Beaches and Resorts available from Amazon.com. Click on the title to order from Amazon.com. 

Having identified a nude resort/club, Dr. Leisure would suggest a call in advance to determine cost and club protocols.

Clubs and nudist resorts vary in many regards. Some will offer and require a tour of the grounds. Some will require nudity on this tour while others will not. Some have world class resort accommodations, others are more rustic with most somewhere in between.

Clubs usually charge a day use fee and an additional fee to stay overnight. The fee will depend on the nature of accommodations, number in party, number of days, etc.

Some clubs have a policy regarding admittance of single individuals either male or female. Most clubs are family oriented but again some may not be.

Ask about the things that concern you and your situation.

Going to a beach or hot spring is even easier. If it is a high use area (and many clothing optional beaches have that level of usage) just drop in and do what feels right. Dr. Leisure would suggest finding a location on the beach that suites one's personal preferences for sun/shade. The World Guide suggests some protocols for nude beach users and you might want to review them. In general nude or clothing optional beaches are like any other except most people are not wearing clothes. And in Dr. Leisure's experience the inhabitants are more open and friendly than on textile beaches. But that is a relative statement and in point of fact Dr. Leisure has found people to be very friendly to him where ever he may be in the world.


New Guide Available

Available soon, if not already is the latest edition of theNorth American Guide to Nude Recreation; The Most Comprehensive Listing of Nude Recreation Resorts and Clubs.  Order today from Amazon.com (click the title) and receive your copy as soon as it becomes available. This guide is published by the American Association of Nude Recreation, the preminent nudist association in the United States.
 

California's Nude Beaches

If you are interested in nude beaches in California the best source is the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Every June they publish the most complete listing that Dr. Leisure is aware. They also publish this on the internet at www.sfbayguardian.com/Nude/. Check them out. In 1999 their 25th annual guide identified 185 nude beaches in California. The guide to Nude Beaches '99 was prepared by Gary Hanauer.

Dr. Leisure would like to encourage other regions to develop similar guides. Florida would do well to have such a guide given the popularity of nude bathing in that state. States would do well to model their guides after that of the Bay Guardian.
 

Another popular regional guide to nude beaches recommended by Dr. Leisure is Dave Patricks' California's Nude Beaches. A hundred and fifty pages of good information and some very fine black and white photography of nude beach inhabitants. Dave even has a section called Naturist Photography in the '90s. It is obvious from his photographs that Dave knows what he is talking about. You can order this book from Amazon.com by hitting this link. (currently out of print, but check this link from time to time and it may be back!)
 

Having identified a nude resort/club, Dr. Leisure would suggest a call in advance to determine cost and club protocols.

Clubs and nudist resorts vary in many regards. Some will offer and require a tour of the grounds. Some will require nudity on this tour while others will not. Some have world class resort accommodations, others are more rustic with most somewhere in between.

Clubs usually charge a day use fee and an additional fee to stay overnight. The fee will depend on the nature of accommodations, number in party, number of days, etc.

Some clubs have a policy regarding admittance of single individuals either male or female. Most clubs are family oriented but again some may not be.

Ask about the things that concern you and your situation.

A great source of information on what is happening in the area of nude recreation is the publication NATURALLY. Naturally is published quarterly by Benn Loibel. Click the ad for more information. 

Going to a beach or hot spring is even easier. If it is a high use area (and many clothing optional beaches have that level of usage) just drop in and do what feels right. Dr. Leisure would suggest finding a location on the beach that suites one's personal preferences for sun/shade. The World Guide suggests some protocols for nude beach users and you might want to review them. In general nude or clothing optional beaches are like any other except most people are not wearing clothes. And in Dr. Leisure's experience the inhabitants are more open and friendly than on textile beaches. But that is a relative statement and in point of fact Dr. Leisure has found people to be very friendly to him where ever he may be in the world.


GAY MAN LOOKING FOR NUDE RECREATION?   Dr. Leisure has just become aware of the book Naked Places,  Guide for Gay Men to Nude Recreation and Travel by Michael Boyd. Avialable from Amazon.com for $18.95 it appears to be just the ticket for the gay man. There are 375 listings for nude beaches, hot springs, and other natural areas across the globe popular with gay men. Some 250 resorts are profiled. Check it out by clicking on the title.
 

SOME HOT SPRINGS GUIDES:  These are some of the guides Dr. Leisure recommends.

  A personal favorite with Dr. Leisure. Used exclusively when Dr. L is motoring around the mainland.
Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Northwest by Marjorie Gersh-Young   $18.95 or less from Amazon.com

The companion to the Northwest.  Dr. L suggest having the set!
Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Southwest by Marjorie Gersh-Young    $18.95  from Amazon. com


Great Hot Springs of the West: Arizona California Colorado Montana Idaho Nevada New Mexico Oregon Utah Washington Wyoming by Bill Kaysing and Ruth Kaysing  $16.95 or less from Amazon.com.
 


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