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Video:Etiquette for Nudist Beaches in Europe

with Marc Stephan

Visiting nude beaches in Europe requires a certain amount of etiquette. Here's a video with a few tips on maintaining the proper etiquette when visiting a European nude beach.See Transcript

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Transcript:Etiquette for Nudist Beaches in Europe

Attending a nude beach can be a liberating experience. However, that doesn't mean that there are no rules. I'm Marc Stephan for About.com and today we are going to talk about the etiquette on a nude beach.

What to Bring to a European Nude Beach

Items to bring: Bring to the nude beach the same items you would take to any other beach, such as water, a book or your iPod, a towel, and, of course, sun block. Don't forget that you will expose body parts to the sun that are normally covered, so be extra careful to avoid sun burn in delicate parts of your body. Double Check: Before you take off your clothes, make sure you are allowed to do so. Not all beaches in Europe are designated nude beaches.

Etiquette for Interacting With People on a Nude Beach

Respect Privacy: People who take off their clothes don't abandon their privacy. As intriguing as it might seem, don't stare at other naked people. And only take pictures after you ask everybody near you for permission. Be discreet. Just because everybody is naked, it doesn't mean that people go to a nude beach to hook up. So if you approach someone, do it in a polite fashion and avoid any improper proposals.

Where in Europe to Find Nude Beaches

When to Travel: Unfortunately, you can't find Europe in the Caribbean Sea, which means you can enjoy European nude beaches only during the summer time. Visit Germany, Poland, and Denmark from June to mid-August if you'd like to tan naked. South European countries like Spain, Greece, and Italy have a longer summer which starts already in May and can last until the beginning of September. Dress up: Once you are ready to leave the nude beach, don't forget to put your clothes on. It is not okay to walk around naked in areas that do not belong to the designated nude beach.

Thank you very much for watching. Visit About.com if you would like to learn more about going to nude beaches.

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