Not sure what to expect at a naturist
beach? Already been there but you got nothing
but some strange looks and now you're not sure
where did you go wrong? Read few tips on how to
behave at a naturist beach.
Where to take off
Croatia has many unofficial naturist beaches
and nudity is well accepted. Most of the beaches
outside of town's centers have naturist and textile
parts but don't risk causing offence by stripping
off in the 'textile' areas. If you are unsure
which is which, as a rough guide the further you
walk from the point of access, the more acceptable
nudity is likely to be. Somewhere naturists and
textiles are mixed together. Use your common sense.
If you don't see anybody else in the nude, don't
be the first one.
Be careful about taking photographs. Photographs
and videos should only be taken with the permission
of those in the shot. While there will be no problem
with snapping your family or friends, you should
seek prior consent of anyone else who might also
be in the shot, even only in the shot remotely.
Not everyone wants to end up in a stranger's photo
album. Taking photos of other, unknown, nude people
is not acceptable and can raise objections from
those being photographed on the beach. Often they
can be banned from the beach. Binoculars too,
are likely to raise doubts regarding your motives.
Attempting to take photos or video of other people's
children is likely to provoke the deepest suspicion
and cause to prosecute offenders to the fullest
extent of the law - especially any clandestine
photography or video.
- No Overt Sexual Activity.
Nudity is not an invitation for something else.
No overt sexual activity is permitted. Bedroom
activities are best kept there, or certainly well
out of sight of others present.
Bring out everything that you bring in, especially
trash. It is important to leave sites as clean
or cleaner than you found it for the next person.
Some skinny dipping sites are removed along a
beachfront, so if you don't take out your trash,
the area will be spoiled, since no municipality
is likely to do it. Also, strip cigarette butts
from the ground. No one likes skinny dipping in
an ashtray. Respect and protect wildlife.
Respect the privacy and space of others. While
naturists are a very friendly bunch, many are
at a resort or a beach for quiet time. Body language
should tell you they don't want to be disturbed.
It's not wrong to look for new friends - but it
is rude to intrude when you're unwelcome. Don't
gawk or stare, it's rude. In particular - attention
men!- women may not welcome being 'chatted up'
by a stranger - don't be a pest. The best way
to meet a lady for the first time is when she
is with some other people. That way, you can introduce
yourself in a situation that has the minimum potential
"threat". There are always going to be some weirdos
on the beach. Don't be one of them!
Many nude beaches are remote and do not offer
the amenities found at many textile beaches, so
come prepared. Bring beach supplies: beverage,
food, sunscreen, towel. Mooching is not a cool
way to make friends.
Follow local fire regulations. Open fires or
even using camping stoves outside of campgrounds
is strictly prohibited. Also be careful when lightning
out the cigarette. Croatian coast is high fire
risk area especially in the summer. Even a few
seconds of inattention can cause forest fires.
For hygienic reasons, use your own towel when
sitting on benches, chairs, pool furniture and
other furniture, specially picnic table tops (if
you really have to sit on table tops in the first
place). Also, don't sit on anyone else's towel
Naturist beaches are havens of tranquillity,
please be considerate about playing amplified
music or radios. Use earphones for if possible,
and if requested to 'turn it down', do so willingly.
Theft on a naturist beach is fortunately rare,
but keep an eye on your property and that of neighboring
sunbathers when they move away from it. Chances
are, they'll being doing the same for you. Respect
the property of others.