If you know us here at GoBlog, you'll know there's nothing we like better than surfing naked, climbing naked and backpacking naked. Actually, we just love to get naked. Period. Unfortunately, it's hard to find climbing partners willing to belay you or backpacking friends who don't get embarrassed hiking alongside us as we cavort about au naturale. So, to our dismay, the only place we ever get naked is here in the office. It's a regular nudist colony here, let us tell you. We're thinking of starting a new site, NakedBloggers it's become so popular. The only problem is our heat bill, it's going through the roof. So, given our predilection for working w/o our skivies, imagine our suprise when we flipped open our Forbes magazine this month. Because you know, after BusinessWeek, Forbes is the only other magazine we really read here. It's good to see how the other half lives. Or is it the other 2%. Numbers are not our strong point. But we digress, imagine our surprise when we flipped open the capitalist rag magazine to find a list of the World's Top Topless Beaches. It was a madhouse of hands and nakedness as everyone tried to crowd around and catch a glimpse of the list. No, Baker Beach in San Francisco didn't make it. But many others did. Not that we'd ever visit any of these. You're more likely to find us on beach like Zipolite if we're going to get naked, but it's good to know some backups in a naked emergency.
Black's Beach, San Diego, California
Clifton Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Illetes, Formentera, Spain
La Voile Rouge, St. Tropez, France
Las Salinas, Ibiza, Spain
Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia
Nikki Beach, St. Tropez, France
Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece
Plage de Pampelonne, St. Tropez, France
Santa Maria, Forte Dei Marmi, Italy
South Beach, Miami, Florida
Read the complete article here or view the list here. We've also pasted the list with descriptions after the jump below.
Quite a few people have pointed out that Copacabana IS NOT topless nor do you want to necessarily swim in it....Nice fact checking Forbes.
From Forbes magazine:
Anse du Gouverneur St. Barts, French West Indies
All the beaches on the French-owned island of St. Barts allow topless sunbathing. But Anse du Gouverneur has nice scenery even before the beach, which is arrived at via a winding mountain road. Nearby Anse de Grande Saline is pretty as well, but residual tar from a long-ago oil spill has a tendency to stick to one's feet. The luxurious Hôtel St. Barth Isle de France is about 15 minutes from the beach. Room rates start at $820 per night during the winter.
For more information, call (011) 59-05-90-27-61-81 or visit www.isle-de-france.com.
Black's Beach San Diego, California
Known for its high cliffs, Black's Beach is one of the most popular in San Diego for surfing and parasailing. A lower-risk activity on the beach is topless sunning and swimming, with people lounging on the rocks. Black's is owned by the state of California, so any clothes-free activity is illegal in certain areas--check before disrobing. The Hotel del Coronado, a beautiful and sprawling building designated as a National Historic Landmark, is nearby. Room rates start at $295 for a Victorian room without an ocean view.
Clifton Beach Cape Town, South Africa
Clifton Beach, Camps Bay and Llandudno Beach are among the most popular in Cape Town, but if you're planning on going topless, we recommend Clifton. That's because the beach consists of four sheltered coves, which protect sunbathers from chilly summer winds. The fourth cove is the busiest, especially during their summer months (December and January) because of its excellent public changing and bathroom facilities. The Bay Hotel, located right on Camps Bay, is a few minute's walk from Clifton Beach. Room rates start at $200 per person per night from October through April.
Copacabana Beach Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Copacabana Beach is a three-mile-long stretch of sand, framed by Sugarloaf Mountain on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Brazil's famous Christ the Redeemer monument surveys the scene from on high, and what a scene it is. Frantic games of soccer and beach volleyball (played on full-size courts carved in the sand) compete for space with determined sunbathers wearing as little as possible. The place to stay is the beachfront Copacabana Palace Hotel, which opened in 1923 as the first luxury hotel in South America. Room rates start at $320 per night.
Illetes Formentera, Spain
Formentera, a tiny Balearic island just below Ibiza, shares the temperate climate and sensuous beaches of its neighbors Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca. But it's smaller and best navigated by bicycle, which works to deter hordes of summertime party-goers and render the beaches safe for families and intimate groups of friends. That's not to say that they are staid, however: Illetes, a stretch of white sand and green water, is home to water sports like sailing and rafting and provides more than enough inspiration for even the most intrepid topless tanner. Formentera is accessible by boat, and we recommend a day trip from Ibiza, where there are more and better places to stay. Pikes Hotel is an island mainstay and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this July. Room rates start at $244 per night.
La Voile Rouge St. Tropez, France
Technically speaking, St. Tropez is a little port town on the French Riviera. But it rose to international prominence in the 1950s with the arrival of artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso and Jacques Prevért, who were drawn to the laid-back charm and seductive weather of St. Tropez in the summer. When Brigitte Bardot arrived in the '60s, St. Tropez's reputation was secured as the place to sunbathe, swim, mingle and while away the summer. La Voile Rouge is one of St. Tropez's hottest spots during the summer season. Located eight or ten minutes away by bicycle is Villa Marie, with acres of private grounds and a pool. The hotel opens for the season on April 20, and room rates start at $495 per night during high season.
Las Salinas Ibiza, Spain
Las Salinas in Ibiza is framed with pine trees and located at Ibiza's southern-most point. The beach is the center of the action for the party-seeking crowd that takes over the island every summer, but that doesn't mean it's for everyone. Exclusive beach bars will deliver drinks right to your towel or lounge chair, but they aren't cheap--you'd do well to remember your wallet even if you leave your bathing suit behind. For a break from the beach, the wildlife conservation area surrounding the beach is perfect. At night, the Cas Gasi, a cozy inn, is located nearby. But like everything else in Ibiza during the summer, it's expensive. Room rates start at $335 per night.
Manly Beach Sydney, Australia
There are nearly 200 beaches in the greater Sydney area, and with summer weather making an appearance in early November, there's plenty of time to explore during the North American winter. Manly Beach, accessible via ferry from Sydney, has all the trimmings that make a day at the beach comfortable: water-sports facilities (especially surfing), homey restaurants and places to buy postcards, sun screen and ice cream. The Radisson Kestrel Hotel, right on the beach, just finished a $4 million room renovation: Every room has a private balcony, many of which look out over the ocean or Sydney Harbour. Room rates start $185 per night.
Nikki Beach St. Tropez, France
Along with La Voile Rouge, Nikki Beach is one of St. Tropez's most stylish and outrageous beaches. The sand is as packed with body guards as it is with tan bodies, and music blasts from nearby cafés, where prices are geared toward the rich, the famous and their hangers-on. Hotel Les Palmiers is a relatively cheap option for accommodation. Located in Place des Lices and hidden in a grove of orange trees and palms, the hotel is open year-round. Room rates start at $125 per night.
For more information, call (011) 33-4-94-97-01-61 or visit www.hotel-les-palmiers.com.
Paradise Beach Mykonos, Greece
Paradise Beach in Mykonos is the place to be at the height of the summer in Greece, but don't bother if all-night beach parties aren't your thing. The beach's many bars and tavernas keep everyone occupied by night, when dance parties take over the beach, and sunrise just means it's time to pick a spot for your towel for the next day. By day, water sports and sun tanning are activities of choice. The Hotel Belvedere, built in the style of a Cycladic village, is our recommendation for accommodation on the island. Room rates start at $137 per night.
Plage de Pampelonne St. Tropez, France
Plage de Pampelonne, with its clear water and uninhibited bathers, is the center of the St. Tropez beach scene, and Hotel Byblos is the place to stay while there. Built in the style of a Mediterranean mansion, the hotel opens on April 12 this year. Nightly room rates during high season (July and August) are $630 per night.
For more information, call (011) 33-4-94-56-68-00 or visit www.byblos.com.
Santa Maria Forte Dei Marmi, Italy
Forty miles outside of Florence, Forte dei Marmi is a prime resort on the Italian Riviera. A favorite among the wealthy Tuscans who own pine-screened villas here, as well as of visiting Europeans and Americans, Forte dei Marmi is famous for its weekly market, where shoppers can score fabulously discounted designer shoes, beachwear, crockery and almost anything else you can think of. For the most part, the sandy beaches are meticulously combed and clean, and it's not unusual for one family to reserve a block of tents and beach chairs for the entire summer. Santa Maria beach has some of the best people-watching, and we recommend the California Park Hotel, just two minutes away. Room rates start at $280 per night during August.
For more information, call (011) 39-0584-787121 or visit www.californiaparkhotel.com.
South Beach Miami, Florida
If you hate tan lines but love the U.S., you're probably heading for South Beach, Miami on your next beach holiday. The young, tan crowd is as good-looking as the beach, and trendy hotels are as easy to find as 80-degree temperatures. One of the newest, The Setai on Collins Avenue, opened in 2005 and immediately rendered everything else passé. Room rates start at $900 per night.
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Best Beaches In The World
The Travel Channel has a good interactive article covering the "best" beaches around the world. You can sort it by season, or for romance, or best for families. Though they don't have an option to search for topless beaches, head on over to GoBl
BTW, speaking of naked hiking, read Rene Desmaison, Professional du Vide (Professional of the Void) about almost getting kicked out of French guide school for his love of hiking into the mountains naked but for boots and backpack.
I am from Rio de Janeiro and I can affirm you Copacabana is not a topless beach. The only topless woman seen there was a French turist, who probably read an article like this. Not even a prostitute will be in topless, as she will be in trouble and probably will go to jail.
By the way, although it's pretty, the levels of fecal coliform bacteria is usually dangerous at Copacabana beach. Only a turist badly informed (by articles such as this one) would be willing to have contact with that sand... it's not very helpful to tell people that it's safe to sunbath in that beach, even worse to tell them they are allowed to go stopless there!