Clothing optional: Although still taboo in many places, casting aside your clothes at the shore has become a customary practice around the world in recent times. Here are some beaches where it's possible to bare it all.
Lady Bay Beach, Sydney, Australia: Perched inside the South Head of Sydney Harbour, this small and narrow beach, which was first granted legal status in 1976, is incredibly secluded considering its city location.
Little Beach, Maui, Hawaii: Part of Makena State Park on the island's southeast coast, this clothing-optional beach overlooks a national marine sanctuary famed for its sea turtles, dolphins, whales and tropical fish.
Cap d'Agde beach, Agde, France: Known as the "Naked City," Cap d'Agde Naturist Resort is the world's largest clothing-optional beach resort, and the area attracts around 40,000 visitors each day during the summer.
Mpenjati Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: South Africa's only official nude beach, positioned in the Mpenjati Nature Reserve south of Durban, was awarded official nudist beach status in 2014.
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Ladies' Beach, Montenegro: This women-only beach has the added attraction of medicinal mud and sulfuric waters. A fence also provides extra privacy.
Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Mexico: Featured in the 2001 Mexican movie "Y Tu Mamá También," Playa Zipolite stretches across two kilometers and is accepted as a clothing-optional beach (though it isn't legal here.)
Neve Midbar,North Dead Sea, Israel: Set at the northern end of the Dead Sea, this is the only place you can get your photo taken while floating naked in the ultra-buoyant lake and spreading the Dead Sea's black mud over your self.
Praia Massarandupió, Bahia, Brazil: Situated a two-hour drive north of Salvador, this beautiful Brazilian naturist beach flanked by coconut palms, rolling dunes and perfect waves.
Spiaggia de Guvano, Vernazza, Italy: Located on the Cinque Terre, this primo Italian nude beach can only be reached via an abandoned railway tunnel on a path from Corniglia village and has no facilities at all.