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Caribbean Nudist and Clothing Optional Resorts

Where to take off -- and take it all off -- in the Caribbean

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For some travelers, taking off for the Caribbean means an opportunity to "take it all off." There's just something about the infectious warmth of the Caribbean -- not to mention the hot sun -- that lends itself to "au naturel" sunbathing. For many, that's as far as it goes, but the Caribbean also has a number of resorts that allow guests to go in the buff all day long, from the breakfast buffet to afternoon pool volleyball to evening encounters in the hot tub.

Hedonism II, Jamaica

Hedonism II
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The Hedonism II resort in Jamaica is the most famous clothing-optional resort in the Caribbean. The Negril resort once cultivated an "anything goes" image. That has been toned down somewhat, but as the name indicates this is still a place where guests are encouraged to get wet, naked and wild. Toga parties, nude weddings, and hanging out at the swim-up nude bar are part of the scene here. The Hedonism resort also sells day and night passes to adventurous non-guests.

Club Orient, St. Martin

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This 137-room Club Orient hotel sits on the most famous nude beach in the Caribbean -- St. Martin's Orient Beach -- and is clothing-optional throughout the property, which includes a pair of restaurants, fitness and water-sports center, boutique, and a variety of rooms, suites and villas. Fully nude sunbathing is not strictly de rigeur on Orient Beach, but it's certainly common to see entire families in the buff on this popular strand, sometimes to the obvious amazement of visiting cruise-ship passengers.

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Desire Resorts, Cancun, Mexico

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Many nude resorts in the Caribbean stress that they are family friendly or cater to the maintstream nudist community and not swingers. That's not the case with Cancun's Desire Resorts -- the Desire Pearl and the Desire Maya Riviera -- which bills themselves as "erotic" adult destinations where couples interested in exploring "alternative lifestyles" can frolic in a 30-person jacuzzi or a Play Room located just behind the resort's nightclub bar. Both beachfront resorts are all-inclusive and "appeal to liberated upscale vacationers with a wild side and couples looking to explore their sexuality." Adults (21 and older) only.

Temptation Resort and Spa, Cancun

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This "topless optional" hotel in Cancun is for over-21 couples only. In addition to semi-nude bathing the slightly naughty atmosphere here includes a nightclub with strippers and male exotic dancers and themed events like lingerie casino nights.

Hidden Beach Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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This 42-room resort at Kantenah Bay on the Riviera Maya bans explicit sexual behavior, but you can be fully nude at all meals, sports and activities. The resort is oceanfront and also has a pretty pool area with palapas and a lazy river section.

Caliente Caribe Resort and Spa, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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This all-inclusive, clothing-optional resort is located near the Dominican Republic resort area of Puerto Plata. Amenities include al-fresco dining at the clifftop resort restaurant, premium drinks, and activities ranging from Spanish lessons to nude water volleyball. Nightlife centers on the Club Caribe, which opens nightly at 10 p.m.

Sorobon Beach Resort, Bonaire

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This naturist resort has the only nude beach on Bonaire, although topless sunbathing is acceptable on other beaches on this Dutch Caribbean island. The resort has 30 chalets on a very private beach and caters to naturists from around the world. Nude cruises, massage, yoga and snorkeling are among the activities offered.

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Memories Negril Resort & Spa, Negril, Jamaica

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The upscale Memories Negril Resort and Spa in Jamaica has a clothing-optional beach, pool and hot tub, but otherwise does not allow public nudity. The "super-inclusive" package at this 210-room resort includes top-shelf drinks and gourmet dining, all tips, entertainment, land and water sports.

Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica

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Formerly Couples San Souci, this all-inclusive resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica was recently renamed for the private island that made it famous. A ferry takes Couples guests out to Tower Island, which is a fully au naturel hideaway that provides some welcome space between nudists and the tourist who otherwise might come to gawk. Note that Tower Island is not "clothing-optional" -- if you come out here, you must have all clothing off!

Couples Negril

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Couples Negril in Jamaica is one of four Couples resorts on the island, this one set amid coconut trees on a secluded stretch of white-sand beach, part of which is available to those daring to sun bathe in the nude.

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