Swimwear brand Pour Moi created a global guide to showcase acceptable spots to sunbathe topless or naked. Picture: Pexels.
Swimwear brand Pour Moi created a global guide to showcase acceptable spots to sunbathe topless or naked. Picture: Pexels.

MAP: Where in the world you can sunbathe topless and nude

By Travel Reporter Time of article published Apr 11, 2021

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WANT to suntan topless or nude on your next holiday, but are not sure where it’s legal? Well, swimwear brand Pour Moi created a global guide to showcase acceptable spots to sunbathe topless or naked.

The team at Pour Moi spent weeks researching the individual laws of each country and cross-referencing them with travel forums, blogs and social media posts. It helped them determine which countries you can sunbathe naked in without getting into any trouble.

Founder of Pour Moi Michael Thomson said with international travel opening up, the company wanted to help people find out where people can go topless when they sunbathe.

“Brits are stereotyped as being quite prude. It’s not true, a lot of us love to embrace more naturist ways in the sunshine. It’s been fun comparing which countries are most interested in sunbathing naked, versus what the actual nudity laws are in that country,” said Thomson.

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The worldwide map categorises countries into four colours. The 38 countries in red are ones where public nudity of any kind, even non-offensive public topless sunbathing, is completely unacceptable or illegal. Countries coloured green (39) are those which are pretty relaxed about public topless or nude sunbathing, allowing it in multiple official and unofficial locations.

The 29 countries marked in amber indicate laws that are ambiguous or contradictory, or where there are very limited places to naked sunbathe. For example, in Tunisia (amber) topless sunbathing is deemed OK in some private hotels and resorts but is generally unacceptable on public beaches. In Costa Rica (amber), while public nudity is technically illegal, there are unofficial naturist resorts and beaches. Grey countries indicate where not enough information was available to make a categorisation.

Looking at Google search data and cross-referencing it with each country’s population size, the nations who are the biggest fans of sunbathing naked were Australia; New Zealand; Ireland; US; Canada; Netherlands; UK, Japan; Spain and Hungary.

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