My First Nude Beach Experience

In the late 1990s, my husband (Jim Lane) and I would travel to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, each weekend and would camp at a campground near Truro Beach. We would spend the day at the federal side of the beach sunbathing and fishing. One weekend, Jim walked past the federal side of the beach to fish. Several hours later, I looked up to see him walking back toward the three-sided tent. I had to take a second look because it looked like he did not have his swimsuit on. 

I asked, “Why are you holding your swimsuit in your hand, walking nude? Did a wave pull your suit off?” 

His response was, “I’m just doing what everyone else is doing on the other side of the beach.” He explained to me that people were sunbathing in the nude.

The next time we went camping in Truro, we walked farther down the beach to set up the tent where others were sunbathing nude. Going to a nude beach is something I never thought I would do. For the rest of the summer, when we would visit Truro beach on the clothing-optional side, we would talk with other nudists. This was the beginning of me becoming a nudist and the owner of Juniper Woods, Inc. in Catskill, New York. Through the years, we supported Truro beach by participating in the beach cleanups, and we visited other nude beaches (such as Gunnison Beach in New Jersey).  Now as a resident of Florida, we enjoy Apollo Beach in New Smyrna. 

From a young age, people have been told that nudism is not acceptable; it is an uncommon occurrence. We need society to remove the stigma that nude recreation has sexual undertones and is an unacceptable environment. We need to educate people that nude recreation is not a sexual activity and to accept nude recreation as an accepted activity. One way we can do this is by providing more chances to enjoy nude beaches. 

Two-thirds of Americans say they are fine with people sunbathing naked in designated areas. The more nude-friendly places we have, the easier it will be to establish more nude beaches throughout the United States. The more people that learn about nudism, and enjoy the beach without clothes, the better! We came into this world naked, and there is nothing wrong with enjoying the beauty of being nude at a beach or nudist resort. 

When Jim and I travel to other countries, nude beaches are more customary. We need more acceptance of the enjoyment of nude beaches.  As a nudist, we need to educate the legislators at the National Convention of State Legislatures (NCSL) each year and support the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR), Naturist Action Committee (NAC), and B.E.A.C.H.E.S Foundation.


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