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Do You Dare to go Bare

Discover the Truths About Nude Vacationing

Vacationing at nudist resorts is the one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. It is a booming niche market with over $400 million in annual revenues. A recent Roper poll showed 25 percent of American adults have gone skinny dipping. If nude recreations interests you, but you’re a little unsure of it read these seven myths that may just lead you to making your next vacation as bare as you dare.

Those high walls and locked gates seem just so imposing. Everyone knows there are nudist colonies in America. Yet, everyone also wants to know, "what really happens inside the walls of a modern nudist resort?"

Swimming Nude
Swimming Nude at Terra Cotta Inn
To dispel some of the myths about nude recreation, Tom and Mary Clare Mulhall, the owners of The Terra Cotta Inn Clothing Optional Resort and Spa located in sunny Palm Springs, California share some of the secrets about nude resorts. The Terra Cotta Inn Clothing Optional Resort, was reported by to be one of the top 10 "world's best clothing optional resorts." More importantly, The Terra Cotta Inn is considered one of the most mainstream nudist resorts in America and perfect for couples trying nude sunbathing for the first time.

Once you learn about the top seven myths about vacationing at nudist resorts, you will want to pack the sunscreen, some good books or magazines, your iPod, sunglasses, and if you have kids at home, pack them off with the grandparents. Because it will be time to experience your most fun, romantic, relaxing vacation ever.

Myth #1 All nudist resorts are the same
As experienced naturists know, all clothing optional resorts are unique and different. They have their own personality and character. Most cater to families and their kids. Many are charmingly rustic campgrounds and parks. Others like Terra Cotta, which appeal to first timers, are not for kids. That way you can have a nice relaxing, pampering, romantic vacation. It is very important for your first nude sunbathing experience to find the nudist resort that is right for you. If you go to the wrong place, you will probably never try nude recreation again.

Myth #2 You will have to play volleyball all day long
Yes, volleyball is the national pastime of many nudist clubs, parks, beaches and campgrounds. However, most of the more modern nudist resorts don't even own a volleyball net. And if you go to a nudist campground or beach for your first experience, don't worry; no one will force you to play.

Myth #3 You must be a member to visit a nudist resort
Yes, it is true that many of the older nudist parks and clubs in America still want their customers to buy an annual membership just like you buy an annual gym membership. But, many parks allow you to visit before joining. Many nudist resorts have never required any of their guests to buy membership.

Myth #4 Everyone laughs at you if you have tan lines
This couldn't be further from the truth. You will see many experienced nudists have tan lines because many times they take a week vacation with their kids and swimsuits and then go to a nudist resort for a relaxing vacation without the kids and swimsuits. Also some first timers like to try European, or topless, sunbathing first. Many resorts will allow this, but you must enquire first before booking your vacation. Finally, not all nudists like lying in the sun all day long so there is normally lots of shade too.

Myth #5: All nudists are aging hippies
While some nudist parks are having a hard time convincing younger couples to buy annual memberships, that is not true of all nudist venues. For instance, a recent survey published in the 2007 National Leisure Travel Monitor showed 16 percent of adults born in 1979 or later consider vacationing where there is access to nude or topless sunbathing desirable or very desirable.

Myth #6 Nudists have orgies
Not true. Most guests at nudist resorts are married or in long term committed relationships. There is much less sexual tension at a clothing optional resort, than there is at a regular hotel where everyone is wearing a bathing suit. Nudist resorts make you feel comfortable with your naked body and build self esteem.

Myth #7 You must lose weight before visiting a nudist resort
This is the biggest myth of all. Many people think nudists are all models and body builders. Where, in reality, they are normal people. They are tall and short. They are thin and not thin. They are all ages from 20s to 70s. They are all professions. And they are democrats, republicans, and nonvoters. Everyone is welcome to vacation at nudist resorts.

If you are looking to take an adventurous vacation this the year, find out for yourself what goes on behind those mysterious, high walls of nudist and clothing optional resorts.

Terra Cotta Inn - Source
2388 E. Racquet Club Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: 1-800-SUNNY-FUN (1-800-786-6938)