Sometimes you just need to feel the breeze. For those naturalist out there looking for the hot spots to lose your top we have compiled a sweet little list of the best topless beaches in the world. To sweeten the deal, we have discovered that celebrities enjoy the freedom of “letting lose” as well so be sure to check out some candid shots of celebrities perusing the worlds most exotic (topless) destinations.
- 1. Sydney, Australia
Bondi Beach in Sydney is one of the most popular if not the most popular topless beach in the world. The beach stretches for over a mile adjacent to hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants. On the south end of the beach known as “Glamorama” there is an outdoor gym and a popular spot among people familiar with the beach. A good place to stay near the beach is the Observatory Hotel in Sydney, get your rates now.
- 2. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
The French Polynesian islands are located in the south pacific and are still French territories. Tahiti and Moorea are the more common islands traveled by many, but if you want a good private beach go to Bora Bora, where you can see the reef water meet the deep see. There is an amazing hotel called Le Meridien Bora Bora. The bungalows are hung over water enabling guests to view the sea life from their quarters. There is also a front deck for each room letting you dive into the water anytime you choose.
- 3. Cannes, France
The French Rivera is considered by many to be the birthplace of topless tanning. The beaches are not as sandy and white as most exotic islands, but the culture and rich history makes up for it. Although it’s far, away tickets aren’t cheap, so plan a trip to Cannes now for the May 14th film festival. This is the most prestigious film festival in the world where you will find celebrities and fellow movie goers laying topless next o you. For a good star gazing hotel, the Carlton Inter Continental is cheap and popular. Book early and you can stay next to your favorite movie stars for less than you think.
- 4. Cape Town, South Africa
The beaches of Cape Town are studded with diamonds, literally. There are riflemen who stand posted, ready for anyone trying to snag the natural growing Zales on the beach. Don’t worry though, because the topless beach you’ll be searching for is safe, beautiful and fun. Clifton beach runs along Victoria Road which harbors stylish neighborhoods, shops, bars and fine dining. The scenery behind this beach is the most impressive; rolling hills and the warm sun hitting you from the other side of the world can’t be beat.
- 5. Capri, Italy
Capri is a popular getaway island in the Adriatic Sea. Like most islands in the area it holds more rocky beaches and cliffs than white sandy beaches. But the towns are so charismatic that walking on hot cobblestones in the summer isn’t all that bad. Find a big boulder on the beach and lay out on it. The local crowd is always partying and the food is to die for. If you want to stay where Jackie Kennedy stayed try out the Grand Hotel Quisisana; built in 1845 as a sanatorium, it will be a memorable vacation.
- 6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In Brazil, the smaller the bikini, the more acceptable it is. Ipanema is the most famous of the Brazilian beaches, but go to Copacabana instead. You get complimentary cabana service on the beach and if you stay at the Copacabana Palace Hotel you can practically roll out of bed onto the beach.
- 7. Estepona, Spain
The Sun Coast or Costa del Sol is the most popular beaches in Spain. Because they are swarmed with English tourists and all the new money in Europe, we’ve bumped it down on the list. But this doesn’t change the fact that Estepona beach is beautiful and a serene sight away from the main strip. For true naturists, two miles up the coast is Costa Natura, the only official nudist colony along this part of the Mediterranean.
- 8. South Beach, Miami, Florida
Known for having the hottest nightlife in the United States, Miami is home to the best topless beaches in America. South beach has white sand, clear water, celebrities, models and perfectly tanned bodies. Go clubbing, eat good food, and embrace the cabana culture. Don’t spend too much but look into the new Shore Club Hotel. Here it is totally acceptable to wear heels in your bikini while you stroll through the lobby.
- 9. Santorini, Greece
As we’ve gone down the list, the sites have taken on a little more of a part atmosphere. Some like to just lie on the beach all day but if you want the nightlife and club vibes of the Mediterranean, go to Greece. The free spirit of the people and towns will rub off on you. Most clubs stay open all night until sunrise. From there many of the people tend to go strait to the beach to sleep off the previous nights excess.
- 10. St. Martin/St.Maarten, West Indies
Since these were once French and Dutch colonies, the nudity factor is very liberal. Most beaches are topless except for the few tourist oriented beaches. Be careful the sun will burn you here, but if you don’t like the crowds, don’t hesitate, this is the hidden gem of all the beaches.