If anyone has known me for any period of time, they will know that I am hands down a true naturists. In this situation, naturists is being used as a synonym for what used to be called nudists. Now that that is clear, let’s get into the amazing experience we had this week as naturists.
We started the adventure off by enjoying Apollo Beach. For those of you who don’t know, Apollo Beach is legally a nude beach from lot 5 on down. We had to get there around 10 in order to get a park, but once we did, it was well worth it. My husband was so worry about being arrested, but I was on a mission. As we went further south on the beach, it was clear that everyone was enjoying nature in the nude. Not only was it the most natural experience ever, we also saw dolphins the entire time. If you do this beach, please bring bug spray. The yellow jackets were vicious. Clearly, not enough to make me want to put on clothes. The folks were like any other beach goes – all white and more in the sun than in the water. No one really talks to each other. It was mostly couples. We were out in the water, walked up and down the beach a couple of times, it was amazing!
The next day, we finally took the plunge on something I’ve wanted to do for the last five years. We went to the nudist resort, Cypress Cove. Unfortunately, we decided to go during the busiest event of the year. It was jam packed. During the tour, I felt more out of place with clothes on than I would being naked. Naturally, we hurried up, got naked and got into the pool with the least amount of people. It gave us time to meet some of the residents and get the lay of the land. Plus, there was about 50 people in the other pool, drinking alcohol and not leaving the pool at all. You do the math on the urine to water ratio… Honestly, we can’t wait to go back. I made a believer out of my husband, and as he has said numerous time, I’ve created a monster. Here’s what I learned from my first step into being a social nudists:
Don’t worry about your body. You will see every body shop and size possible. You may not see a lot of people of color, but your body will not be judged, neither will your skin tone. Despite being the only one or one out of a small few, we were welcomed into the fold as if it was a family reunion. I am scarred on my entire front part of my body from cancer scavenger hunt and a hysterectomy, and I’m covered in stretch marks, yet this warrior tiger felt completely at home. There wasn’t an inch of insecurity around other nudists.
It’s not weird being around other people naked. There is this fear that you will feel like a sexual object or become turned on when you around a ton of naked people. Perhaps it was my philosophy that the body is art, but I was never sexually attracted to anyone else. In fact, at the resort, one of the residents said that was why Cypress Cove was so inviting. It wasn’t like some of the other nudist resorts that revolve around swinging and out of control parties. It was more like a giant super bowl party between tailgaters and a retired community. Very tame environment, but loads of fun. The Dj was playing the latest hits, there are two restaurants on site, there are people camping, playing sports, cards, mahjong…the list goes on. No one is even focusing on the fact that people are naked unless you’re wearing clothes. Then they’ll scream, “You’re wearing too many clothes,” “Get naked!”
There’s nothing but old people there. Majority of the group is old. That is true. There is a growing interest in people in their early 20s and closer to my age as well. Cypress Cove gives you a discount for being under 35. I can go for $5 a day. Old people (36 and up) pay $24. At both the beach and the resort, it was refreshing to see younger people. Even the residents said they were excited the younger generation was coming out to enjoy the lifestyle, and they wish they’d started coming at a younger age. During the 20s and 30s, we tend to be more insecure creatures. We worry about our bodies and what those around us will think if they know we are naturists. It’s not until you are older that you decide to live for yourself. Consider me an old soul.
I understand that this is not something everyone is dying to try. I get it. But, if there is that burning desire in the back of your mind, go for it. If you don’t want to talk to anyone while naked, start off at the beach. If you want to find out what the community is about and meet friends in the lifestyle, Cypress Cove will not disappoint. Of course, I’ll be checking out every naturist event in the state, now.