No, it will not be considered strange if you go alone to a nude beach. There are many singles. As for meeting people, it all depends on your attitude. Generally, naturists are friendly but also somehow private people who like to keep their privacy and quietness.
It's not strange, of course. Actually, very common. Not to some resorts where single men are even banned.
But to be honest, single men and nudist beaches... don't match. Sorry to sound like a prejudice, but it's my opinion. We are a young couple and everytime we go to nudist places, 99% of single men around are just watching, even staring.
Not doing anything bad, and it really doesn't disturb me at all (my gf a bit), but come on....... is it that interesting to get naked and watch people naked, just like that?
fair doos innocent untill prooved otherwise . antony , simple rules will help you get along, 1/ give people space , that is one reason people become naturists, 2/most naturists are very friendly , just dont " push yourself on people" 3/ find your own self first and once you are comfy with you others will be too. 4/ yes many people are suspicious of single men , as long as you want to be bare for the right reasons ( not to pick up) you will be accepted. 5/good luck and enjoy.
It is certainly not strange to see single men on naturist beaches, they are a bit like mosquitoes d**n pests.
As a family with 2 kids boy and girl we have left beaches due to the interest of the single men who have surrounded us, and on occasions sat within a few feet, staring and a couple of times fiddling with themselves.
We no longer go on UK naturist beaches due to this type of single men.
When we have been abroad we have found a different attitude in the Naturist resorts where singles are tolerated and to be honest have stayed at a distance and not tried to impose themselves on families and couples.
I think this is due to the fact that ,it is a resort and not a public beach where any Tom thingy or Harry can go.
To be honest if I were single again I would only go to naturist Clubs and to Naturist Resorts on the Continent. If I wanted the company of single men I would go on a singles holiday not a family holiday.
Our tips would be do not sit near couples or families. Do not stare at anyone best thing to do is to join the other singles 98% of these will be men, there seems to be a lack of naturist single ladies.
I know I sound harsh but when you have paid a lot of money to take your family on holiday you don't want it ruining by the unwelcomed attention of single men.
The single men that we do have anything to do with have been folks we have first encountered in the textile environment, and after we have got to know them well we have welcomed them into our naturist circle of friends. Other cases are where the wife has died etc.
It is an unfortunate thing that a large majority of single men think that the friendly naturist family want them to join them. I can assure you that non of the couples or families we have know over the last 25 years want single men joining them.
Why not join a naturist club make some friends there and then go with your friends to the beach, instead of alone like Norman Bates.
I think there are some really good advices in this thread. I went alone to nude beaches beach for quite many times. I never had any problems nor did I notice I was getting some strange looks from my neighbors. Maybe because I was not paying attention to them and was looking my own business? It all depends what is your primary reason for going to a nude beach? Is it because you enjoy naturism and being free at the beach or is it because some other, not so "pristine" reasons.
It's just about facts... My last experience was in Italy, in Lido di Dante. There's a big camping with a big FKK area, next to a nudist beach that extends for more than 5 km I believe. It was PATHETIC to see many single guys walking around, looking at the sea to locate girls, and then standing still at the spot waiting for the 'chosen' one to go out of the water. Some guys did it as a full routine, and they were there every single day. I'm talking about guys all ages.
The worst was when a man sat 5 meters behind us and started to jerk off. We simply left, but really, I would have just loved to kick him just there.
A day or two at a naturist beach is almost always on my itinerary; and I travel alone; a single male. While this might seem strange I find a day or two at a naturist beach is a great relief of stress.
While my business is cultural and travel photography, after five days of shooting, I gladly leave my 17 Kg of cameras and other gear in the hotel safe and find a naturist beach to relax.
Why a naturist beach? I am still thinking this through and have yet to come up with a single answer. Perhaps there is a feeling of freedom and acceptance that comes with with being at a naturist beach. As a child and teenager I often went naked in our backyard. And I never swam in our pool with a swimsuit.
I admit that I do look at the other people, but I never see anyone as potential 'targets' nor do I think any sexual thoughts. I enjoy seeing people of all shapes and sizes enjoyed the same freedom that I experience.
Acceptance is perhaps what I seek; no judgment, or criticism, and I find this at a naturist beach. I enjoy seeing families with children experience the same freedom, and the acceptance.
I am saddened and even angered that there are men who prowl these beaches looking for sexual diversions or worse. They have the potential to ruin the experience for everyone; for the single lady looking for an all over tan or a swim and families who want their children to experience naturist beaches and the acceptance that comes with such an experience.
And yes, these social deviants have the potential to ruin the experience for men like myself who just want a few hours of beach and water time without having to deal with a wet smelly swimsuit for the next several days.
Ignore them! Walk away! Call the authorities if necessary (realize though that this will detract from your experience and cost you time). And don't instill fear in your kids by a detailed explanation of why they are going further down the beach.
We traveled to the Istria region in 2008 and went to beaches designated as naturist. The beach was a long stretch of rocks, with limited water access. We found a cove and stripped off for a swim. I had no inclination to stare. I found, however, that I was watched. I didn't care, and I suppose even liked it. I happened to be be standing when a tourist boat went by and I noticed cameras pointed in my direction.
I understand the poster who commented about the lewd behavior. This should never be tolerated, especially with children present. I didn't see any lewd behavior in Croatia.
European culture is different than western and seems more tolerant. Also, boys and girls in Europe tend to grow up seeing adults and other children naked and thus nudity is not seen as something erotic. However, I fear that this trend is no longer occurring and I suspect the freedom of European beaches will diminish.
Maybe we should take a stand against the men who roam and stare. I suspect confronting them with a mild reminder that they can be reported to the authorities might begin a means to reclaim our beach rights.
We hope to visit Croatia again in a few years and I've asked my sister to join me and bring her children. We plan to bring our teenage sons. Of course we want a safe and non-threatening naturist beach experience for all of us.
Our concern is where to find a naturist beach suitable for families. It seems that when I read beach reports they are old and outdated. Where are the naturist beaches? Sure, we found camps and even visited one on my trip, but where is a nice quite naturist beach near Dubrovnik?