Dare to Bare: The Best Beaches to Go Topless

Dare to Bare: The Best Beaches to Go Topless

cream tea and Sunday roasts, unsightly strap marks are a
very British affair. The (simple) solution? Dare to bare. Our chic
Euro cousins have been doing it forever, and it’s about time we
boarded the titty train. If you’re not quite brave enough for
full-frontal nudity, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re going
itsy-bitsy in
, freeing the nipple in New York or heading
to St Tropez where it all started, take a
from your bra and watch temperatures rise as bikinis

Plage de Tahiti

St Tropez, France

This beach put topless sunbathing on the map when Brigitte
Bardot whipped off her top back in the 1960s, and it would be rude
not to follow suit. Instantly recognisable by its pontoon, the
beach has been a mecca for nudist bathers for over 50 years and is
frequented by by celebrities, so don’t be alarmed if cameras are
also flashing.

Fort Tilden

New York, US

The US is typically anti topless sunbathing with states such as
banning it altogether. But forward-thinking New Yorkers
have found a solution at this former military base, where large
rock formations dot the sandy beach and shield sunbathers from
prying eyes. In fact, the only thing they seem take umbrage with
here is alternative types, with an arbitrary sign at the entrance
reading “no hipsters”.

Cala Jondal

Ibiza, Spain

Avoid unhelpful “You look like you need another holiday”
comments post-Ibiza
by sleeping off your hangovers on Cala Jondal beach. Complete with
laid-back bars and pine-clad hills, clothing is always optional in
this secluded pocket of the island, so join the throngs of
hedonists and free your inhibitions – because if you can’t do it on
White Isle
, where can you?

Costa Smeralda

Sardinia, Italy

The favoured hideaway among a chic Euro set who typically visit
in September, Costa Smeralda also counts A-listers such as Bradley
Cooper among its fans. The beaches stretch 20km with helipads, polo
grounds and golf clubs peppering the coastline – this is the place
to accessorise your bikini bottoms with film-star shades, a large
straw hat and an Aperol.

Wreck Beach

Vancouver, Canada

Next to a college campus where cookouts, parties and Friday
night skinny-dipping soirées are frequent dates in the social
calendar, Wreck Beach is the most famous clothing-optional beach in

. The rockier end is more private, but for those looking
to go all out wild and free, head to the top of Grouse Mountain
where nudist club Van Tan offers a sauna, swimming pool and
volleyball courts.

Playa del Orzán

A Coruña, Spain

Picasso cultivated his devotion to art in this sleepy Spanish
beach town where – having been accepted into the school of Fine and
Applied Arts aged 13 – he began to create oil paintings of the
topless ladies enjoying the summer sun, with much of his earlier
work inspired by these free-spirited señoritas. In a reverence to
the artistic great, strip down and pose for the modern-day
equivalent – an


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A place of pert bottoms and barely there bikinis, you’ll notice
a distinct lack of tan lines on the bronzed god/desses frolicking
in the waves on Copacabana. Beach volleyball is boob central, and
many vendors only sell bikini bottoms – this is not a place for
modesty. Order a caipirinha and get involved.

Little Beach

Maui, Hawaii

While most of the beaches in
have a strict no-nudity policy, Little Beach is an
exception. Head down on Sundays for a clandestine sunbathe before
joining in the drum circle and traditional fire dancing – when it’s
probably best to stick your bikini back on to avoid burnt nips.

Bondi Beach

Sydney, Australia

>While you’re taking in the sites on the Coogee to
coastal walk, you’ll notice plenty of liberated Aussies
soaking up the
sunshine. This popular beach hosted the largest swimsuit
shoot in the world and welcomes a bohemian set of locals, surfers
and backpackers thanks to 24/7 good-time vibes, which also make it
an ideal place to strip down. Be warned: popular reality TV show
Bondi Rescue is filmed here, so keep one eye open so you don’t end
up starring in your own peep show.

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