Naturists, do they really walk around naked all day and anywhere they want?

Naturisme is a feeling that is impossble to describe. Everyboy should try it at least once.
No, now we're jumping to conclusions. If the weather permits, for naturists there is just no need to wear a piece of clothing the size of a handkerchief to hide a bodypart that everyone was born with.

Of course we only go nude at spots where other people will not be disturbed by nudity, so for example here at our own naturist area Moulin de Chez Joyeux.

Naturism and eroticism, what about that?

Nudism and eroticism, there is nothing as asexual as visiting a sauna, nudist beach or naturist resort
There are basically just as many connections to make between nudism and eroticism, as between swimwear and eroticism. You will experience that there is nothing as asexual as visiting a sauna, naturist beach or naturist resort. Anyone who has been to these places will agree on this.

The problem is that the media, in movies and (especially) in commercials nudity is generally placed in a seductive and sexual context. This preserves the common thought that there could be a direct connection between nudity and sex. And that's a problem which naturists encounter for decades now, so the vast majority of naturists usually doesn't speak to their families, friends and colleagues about the fact that they're naturists. We think that is a shame.

What kind of people does one encounter at a naturist site?

Naturists, people from young to old, from slim to fat, sportsmen, people in wheelchairs... a cross section of society
We asked ourselves the same thing in the beginning. Over the years we have met teachers, carpenters, artists, ex-military, plastic surgeons, doctors etc. etc. People from young to old, from slim to fat, sportsmen and people in wheelchairs, and so on and on. In other words a cross section of society.

Did you know that over 2 million inhabitants of The Netherlands go naked regularly? And this number is still rising, despite the ever changing ethnic composition of the Dutch population.

Isn't nude recreation a bit unsanitary?

On this photo you'll see Tessa taking a nice hot shower.
No, quite on the contrary we would say: naturists will take a shower more frequently because it's so easy to do and they don't carry germs with them in their bathing suits, yuck! In addition, nude beaches are by far the cleanest beaches you will ever encounter. It is quite rare that you'll see waste lying around like you see at so many textile beaches.

Of course we always (!) seat ourselves on a bath towel, which is an unwritten 'law' among naturists!

You need to be careful not to get sunburned right?

Especially when you're a nudist, you need to rub yourself with sun lotion, or even better: find someone who'd like to do that for you :-)
Yes, but that goes for everyone! It is definitely not the case that naturists will go and lie on the beach all day, that would be very bad for your skin! But of course, the skin of a naturist is usually a lot more often exposed to sunlight, which sounds logical in itself ;-)

But if you take a sunbath, it is very important that you use a good suntan cream. Especially if you are a 'novice', because those bodyparts which have been kept hidden from the sun for so many years are prone to get burned! So please be careful with that!

So what do you do when it gets cold?

Naturists, do they never wear any clothes?
Umm, you could decide to put some clothes on! ;-) At least, that is what most of us do ..... But there are always those diehards like that crazy guy on the left of this page. :-)

Where do you leave your stuff if you're not wearing any clothes?

Naturists are by far the most reliable and honest people we have ever met
Well, that's a good one! A (plastic) bag will do the trick. But don't worry if you lose something, you'll probably get it back soon, because naturists are by far the most reliable and honest people we have ever met!

I'm interested, but I'm not sure if I dare to go naked in public. What can I do?

For many people, a sauna is a first introduction to nude recreation
For example, you could decide to visit one of the leading saunas in your neighbourhood. In the Netherlands, Thermae 2000 in Valkenburg would be an excellent choice. You could try and find out yourself if nude recreation might be an option for you. For many people, a sauna is a first introduction to nude recreation.

Is there by any chance a umbrella organization for those who prefer to spend their holidays in the nude?

Are there organizations for nude recreation?
Yes, in the Netherlands we have the Netherlands Naturist Federation, or in short, the NFN ( This organization has more than 60,000 members, but it is estimated that there are nearly 2 million people in the Netherlands who prefer to relax in the nude. If you become a member of the NFN, you'll benefit from many attractive offers and discounts such as sauna visits and you'll also receive the informative naturist magazine UIT! for free.

How did you get in touch with naturism yourselves?

There is no need to wear any swimwear at our place, indeed, it is not allowed in our swimming pool!
For us, it's a 'classic' story, Bouwe discovered the sauna during his student days, and pretty soon he visited a naturist camp site with his ex-girlfriend. When we got in a relationship in 1992, we regularly went to the sauna together and the next summer .... yes, we went to a naturist camp site together!

Since then, we have referred our swimwear definitively to the wastebasket. Only when we have no other options, we will stay for just 1 night at a 'textile' camping. But then, we will immediately remember why we have become naturists. :-)

What are the things that you had to get used to yourselves?

There are some places where people won't wear any clothes for weeks, or even months! Things to get used to: communal showers, nude shopping and naturist area Cap d'Agde.
Well, for a 'novice', even a visit to a mixed sauna can be an exciting venture, but we will give a few examples:

- Nude shopping in a supermarket, this is even for us still a bit 'strange'.
- On camp sites, there often are communal showers. Well, we prefer to take our shower privately.
- Near Cap d'Agde, there is a very large naturist area, more like a medium-sized city. Here are people driving around naked in their cars or riding their bikes in the nude, because the distances are quite big in fact. This can be an overwhelming experience...

What are the most beautiful naturist places you have been?

What are the best nudist spots you can visit worldwide?
That's as far as we are concerned Sunset Waters on Curaçao. But unfortunately, this resort had to close its doors permanently due to bankruptcy in 2009.

Maybe not the prettiest, but the most unusual terrain for us would be Helio Marin Oltra at Cap d'Agde near the Mediterranean Sea. This is a medium sized 'city' with naturist hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, a post office, a police station and even clothes shops (umm, yes!).

Since April 2015 the most beautiful naturist spot in the world is Moulin de Chez Joyeux of course, but that speaks for itself! :-)

How do you feel about tattoos and piercings?

In our perception, we don't think it is 'decent' to emphasize your penis or vagina with tattoos or piercings.
To be frank: we don't like them, but we don't ask our guests to remove their tattoos ;-) Piercings is a different story: we do not allow piercings in the genital areas on our terrain. Actually, we think there is no need to emphasize the genital areas. To be honest, we think it is a step in the wrong direction getting naturism and nudism more accepted.

What actually are the advantages of nude recreation?

She has no tanlines because she sunbathes completely naked. It's such a wonderful feeling!
- You'll get an all over tan!
- There is no need to bring lots of clothes with you on your holiday. Just bring clothes for the journey, or for when it's too cold.
- You will not be assessed on the value of your shoes or suits, but everyone is equal.
- The feeling of freedom is indescribable, you'll have to experience this for yourself.
- Naturist Beaches and campings are cleaner than 'textile' campsites, this is a proven fact.
- Naturists are usually more helpful than non-naturist (or 'textiles' as we call them ;-) ).
- You don't have to wear those wet and sticky clothes.
- It is more hygienic: you can easily take a quick shower and you won't be carrying those germs in your bathing suit.
- The fiddling in toilets and showers with clothes that can get wet or dirty are a thing of the past.
- You will spend less money on clothes! ;-)

.... And we can go on and on ....

Are there any downsides to the desire to recreate undressed?

Nude recreation is harmless and should be allowed anywhere
Yes! It is a shame that ....

- .... you always need to bring a bag for your personal stuff ....
- .... nude recreation is not allowed at most places ....
- .... naturist sites are often difficult to get to because of their remote situation....
- .... you always have to defend your lifestyle ....
- .... you need to remember to take along a towel to sit on ....

But that was pretty much it :-)

I guess people will look at me all the time when I'm naked, won't they?

Of course people will check out your body briefly, but they will do so when you walk on the streets fully clothed too!
Haha, not at all! If you desire to be checked out, you'd better go to a 'textile' beach, mostly because people wonder how you'd look without swimsuit or bikini. Well, on a naturist site this is not an issue, because everyone can see that right away! :-)

Of course there are sometimes people (usually non-naturist) who end up completely 'by mistake' at a nude beach. You'll probably know that kind of guy: pair of pants, dark sunglasses, jacket loosely over the right shoulder, seemingly 'disinterested' but looking from left to right. At 'strategic' spots, they stop for a second to see how beautiful the dunes are .... At a naturist resort, you usually don't have that problem.

Do I always have to be completely naked?

Tessa is wearing a pareo around her waist, but no top. It's not common to wear tops on a nudist resort or camp site

Of course you don't have to be completely naked all the time, and certainly not here at Moulin Joyeux. But generally speaking, at most naturist sites, people will kind of expect from you that you'll prefer to go naked just like everyone else. Of course only when temperatures rise above -let's say- 20 degrees. We're naturists, we're not stupid :-)

But there are women who don't feel comfortable to be naked all day, so they prefer to wear a shawl or tie a pareo around their waist when they go for a walk. This can also be useful because you don't need to bring a towel to sit on.

I guess I'm not the prettiest human being in the world, how will people react?

Naturist areas: great acceptance of the appearance of the human body
Please don't worry about that! There is nowhere a greater acceptance of the appearance of the human body than at naturist areas. But we will not (and we cannot) deny that 'nice looking' people will get some more eye attention than 'ordinary' looking people, but that is no different than at the office or on the street.

I'm terrified that I'll encounter my family, friends, colleagues or other acquaintances

I'm terrified that I'll encounter my family, friends, colleagues or acquaintances
That is easy to understand, and many people will initially feel a bit uncomfortable if suddenly someone they know passes by. But believe us when we tell you that you'll get used to this very quickly! And after a while, it's a fantastic moment to run into people you know, people from which you had never expected that they are naturists too. And believe us, you probably will! :-)

Are there things that you should better *not* do in the nude?

Are there things that you should better not do in the nude?
Yes, and we will name a few: frying a steak in rousing butter, barbecue, running, fly fishing, jump over a fence of barbed wire, climbing a tree, skiing, ice skating, rock climbing, extinguishing a fire, carrying heavy branches around ..... Send us your suggestions! :-)

Aren't you aware of the fact that you're naked all the time?

Look, I'm naked! That's not what it's about for naturists.
In the beginning, this could actually be the case, but at some point, you just forget that you're not wearing any clothing. But naturists sometimes have to wear clothes when they go shopping outside the campsite or resort, and sometimes it's just too cold to walk around naked. But if you ask an 'experienced' naturist whether he remembers if he was naked or clothed when he or she was on the terrace talking to someone, they mostly cannot remember that.

Aren't you more susceptible to insect bites when you're completely naked?

Sometimes it's wise to wear clothes, even for nudists
If a mosquito decides it wants your blood, it will look for a small piece of your bare body. As it comes to naturists, a mosquito has a big surface to choose from you'd thin. Yet naturists tend to be bitten in the arms, legs and neck too when they forget to use the insect spray. But the latter says it all: use a good product with some 'deet' in it, especially before going to sleep!

But please take extra precautions when you'll decide to take a stroll through high grass. After a tick bite, Lyme's disease is a real threat, so be careful!

Isn't it more exciting to hide some of the body parts that you have, so people have to guess how they look like?

Isn't it more exciting to hide some bodyparts that you have, so people have to guess how they look like?
That's is a fantastic question (If we may say so ourselves). The answer is simple: that's not what naturism is about! And besides that, we can easily guess how someone looks without bikini or swimsuit, it's not that difficult, is it? ;-)

Is it safe for children to see naked people?

For children, there is nothing strange about the nude body
For children, there is nothing strange about the nude body, simple as that. Nowadays, you see so many little children running around naked and playing on the beach, and they don't think that is strange. It is their parents who teach them later on during their upbringing that nudity is something 'strange', something to be hidden from other people. In any case until after they are married.

Generally speaking, the more one is repressed, the more one is supposed to cover themselves. This prooves that naturism is all about freedom.

What does the church say about naturism?

What does the church say about naturism?
Well, actually, it was Eve's fault that ..... No, but seriously, it is quite possible that someone interprets the Bible that way, and we truly respect that. But we have noticed that there are many Christian naturists. We even have met pastors of churches at naturist campsites.

And we always say: "If God wanted us to wear clothes, we would probably have been born that way ......"

Some people say "nudist" while others use the term "naturist". What exactly is the difference?

Most European countries use naturist rather than nudist, because nudist has a slightly negative connotation in Europe
Most European countries use the term 'naturist' rather than 'nudist', because 'nudist' has a slightly negative connotation in Europe. Most naturist cannot express why, but they simply think so. ;-) In the USA, most people will use the term 'nudist' for anyone who loves to be naked socially.


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