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Topless sunbathing is almost the norm on Gran Canaria's beaches among both tourists and the locals. Nudism is perfectly acceptable but you might get a few stares if you take your bathers off in the wrong place. Take your cue from those around you and you will be fine!

If you fancy letting it all hang out on Gran Canaria the easy option is to head to the main beach in front of the Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés tourist resorts. To find the nudist section, simply walk from either end towards the middle and stop when you find all the naked people in front of the sand dunes. The nude area even has a specific gay nude zone centred on the snack hut flying the big rainbow flag.

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It has to be said that nude sunbathing on the Maspalomas beach is a bit surreal. A constant stream of fully clothed tourists walks along the water front and pretends not to stare at the naked people trying to get past them for a swim.

For a more discreet nude beach experience, head around the coast by bus from Maspalomas towards Arguineguín and get off at the Montaña de Arena stop. A short walk along an old track brings you to the islands local nude beach, set in front of a huge sand dune. Don't go snap happy on Montaña de Arena beach as many of the locals don't want their dangly bits turning up on Flickr. Take supplies as there are no facilities other than an occasional ice cream and drink seller.

Most of the smaller beaches between Maspalomas and Playa or Puerto de Mogán are clothing optional. You might need a car to get to them and you will have to hike down from the road. The simple rule to follow is to see what other people are doing and to tuck yourself away behind a rock if you are shy.

To really get away from it hike down from Tasartico to Güi-Güi Beach on the remote west coast of the island. The walk will take about three hours but you will probably have the beach all to yourself (apart from the resident hermit). Recently, a new Water Taxi service to Güi-Güi has started running from Puerto de Las Nieves in the north west of the island. The trip takes 20 minutes and you can stay for as long as your water supply lasts. While camping without a permit is not allowed on Canarian beaches nobody ever checks Güi-Güi because it is so remote. The Water Taxi will also drop you at nudist Guayedra, or you can walk there in an hour along the cliff path from Puerto de las Nieves

Las Palmas

After years of campaiging, Las Palmas finally got its nudist beach in October 2010, at El Confital. You'll find it at the very North end of the city, following the Las Canteras boulevard up, and then down again. From El Confital you'll have a great view on Las Canteras and Las Palmas. 

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Naturist beaches

Will you visit a naturist beach while on holiday?

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Yes, I love swimming and sunning naked, just as we were born. Feels 100% natural to me.

Proposed by Lex Thoonen on 01.July 2011, 12:16 Clock.

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Yes of course, if I could be naked in my normal life and global warming does its thing, then no more clothes for me!

Proposed by Lex Thoonen on 01.July 2011, 12:15 Clock.

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No, I was just reading this article to see if it had any pictures of naked people ;)

Proposed by Lex Thoonen on 01.July 2011, 12:14 Clock.

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No, I'd be too afraid to get a boner in public.

Proposed by Lex Thoonen on 01.July 2011, 12:17 Clock.

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No, each to their own, but it's not my thing.

Proposed by Lex Thoonen on 01.July 2011, 12:19 Clock.

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Well, I might go for a skinny dip after visiting the pub/club, but you won't see me on any of these beaches during daytime.

Proposed by Lex Thoonen on 01.July 2011, 12:16 Clock.

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No, and I think it's disgusting that other people go running around naked on public places.

Proposed by Lex Thoonen on 01.July 2011, 12:18 Clock.

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No, I'd need to lose at least X pounds before I could even start thinking of showing my bits to the poor hidden sea creatures.

Proposed by Lex Thoonen on 01.July 2011, 12:25 Clock.

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