This Nudist Q & A blog post was created  for YOU to dispell any myths, fears and misconceptions that YOU and society itself might have about walking inside the gates of a nude or clothing optional resort.  I currently live at Caliente Clothing Optional Resort in Florida, and we are a beautiful clothing optional resort jut 30 minutes north of Tampa.

What is Nudism?
Discovering the nudist lifestyle is the most exhilarating and most profound thing I have ever done for myself. When I am nude at a nudist resort or nude beach, I am the way I was meant to be- relaxed, calm, peaceful and stress fee. For me, being a nudist means that I no longer have to “hide” the true me. When my clothes come off, I no longer see the inner critic within my myself. I don’t care anymore that I am not “perfect”. Truthfully, I used to hide my”imperfections” behind my clothes. I no longer feel like I am being judged for being “imperfect”. The moment I discovered my first nudist resort, I was hooked. Being a nudist, in a nutshell, changed my life. The huge “perfect” burden that I had been carrying around since childhood ceased to exist, and I was finally able to be comfortable in my own skin.

What Is Social Nudism?

I also consider myself to be a social nudist, which means that I love socializing with groups of people in designated nudist settings. My most favorite times are weekends and most especially holiday weekends when it is the most crowded and the most fun. Everyone is socializing in and around the pool. On the most part, you will find nudists to be very friendly and down to earth people. People from all walks of life and all different classes are mingling and socializing together and have become friends. Without clothes, the facades are gone and everyone is the same. I am a people person, and I thrive on the energy of fun friendly people. It is easy to make friends at nudist clubs. Just say hello. Being a social nudist fulfills me. It gives me a feeling of acceptance that I have not received anywhere else. It gives my life meaning and purpose, and it has helped me to grow beyond my inner boundaries that I placed on myself since childhood. As a child, I was constantly made fun of and bullied, and so I shied away from large group situations until I discovered social nudism. Being a social nudist has helped me to feel connected,

Can the nudist lifestyle change your life?

Discovering the nudist lifestyle can be the most profound and the most life changing experience that you will ever have in your lifetime. When one is nude at a nude or clothing optional resort or nude beach, you are the way you were meant to be- relaxed, calm, peaceful and stress fee. There is no longer a need to carry a facade. For me, I no longer see the inner critic within my myself. I don’t care anymore that I am not “perfect”. This doesn’t mean that my inner critic never comes out, but it doesn’t dominate my life like it used to.

What is it like inside the gates of a nudist resort or clothing optional resort.

Here is a typical day at a family nudist resort. When you drive through the gates of a nudist resort, the outside “textile” world ceases to exist. You see families and children nude and just enjoying themselves. You might see them socializing around the pool or in the jacuzzi or maybe playing water volleyball or tennis. There are lots of fun activites for the children as well. There is a lot of socializing and very friendly people. Strangers become friends almost immediately. Someone is having a party or a potluck and everyone is invited. There is a dance and maybe a band that we are all looking forward to in the evening. Oh and look, there is the weekly Texas Holdum Card Game going on by the pool. We all have something in common. We are nude, and we have nothing to hide. Lawyers and blue color workers become friends.

What is the difference between a nudist resort and a clothing optional resort?

Nudist resorts require you to be nude in the pool areas. Clothing optional resorts allow you to wear bathing suits or go topless in the pool areas.

What is the different between nudism and naturism?

A nudist is someone who prefers to enjoy social nudity at a private nudist club or organization. I am a nudist, but you can also call me a social nudist. I enjoy socializing with other nudists at my nudist club or any other nudist or clothing optional resort. I enjoy going to parties and events, and I live in a clothing optional resort full time, because I enjoy being clothes free.
 
A naturist prefers prefers to connect with nature and the outdoors. They seem to prefer rustic nudists clubs with little or no amenities, and they stay away from anything organized and clubs that are deemed “clothing optional”. A naturist prefers nude beaches.

Is it easy to make friends at a nudist resort?

Absolutely, Just say hello and watch what happens. It is like a domino effect. You meet someone who introduces you to someone else, and so on and so on……

Should you tell your family and friends?

While it is up to each individual, I am not the type that “hides”. I am open and communicative. What you see is what you get. I am also the type of person who expresses how she feels. It would have been impossible (for me at least) to hide it from my family, especially my mother. My mother had a dream the very same weekend I went to the nudist resort for the first time (without my telling her). She said she saw me naked in the driveway. I had to laugh. I certainly couldnt hide anything from her. My mother also made me promise not to tell my brothers, but i did anyway. One was horrified, but he got over it. I think my mother thought if I told my brothers it would wear off on them.

In the late 90’s, I found out through a family friend (that I confided in) that my aunt and uncle (my dad’s sister), were nudists. My aunt and uncle had already passed away by then. I was surprised. Apparently, it was a big secret in their family too. I was swarn to secrecy by my mother not to tell our relatives that I was a nudist, so I didn’t. Later I found out that my parents KNEW my aunt and uncle were nudists.

How can I get my wife or girlfriend to come with me to a nudist club?

The primary reason women don’t want to attend a nudist environment is because they are embarrassed by their bodies; although men have their issues too. I want women to know how safe and comfortable this lifestyle can be-especially if you belong to a club like I do. NOONE HAS A PERFECT BODY. Here at Caliente Clothing Optional Resort where I am a member, I recommend if you are a first time visitor whose significant others has doubts, bring her to the club in the evening for dinner and dancing. She will see men and women in various stages of dress or “undress”, and she will not feel out of place wearing clothes.

Help! I’m a guy. Will I get an erection?

This is a fear that many men have before going to a nudist resort. They are afraid of losing control and having sexual desires. Everyone is the same in a nudist resort. True nudism, contrary to what many people think, has nothing to do with sex and swinging. There is no sexual touching permitted, and you almost NEVER see a man with an erection. It is rare, but if by some off chance that it happens, he wraps himself in a towel or jumps in the pool. There are people of all different sizes, women with mastectomies and people in wheelchairs.

What do i need to bring with me for my first time at a nudist or clothing optional club?

You will need your driver’s license and a picture ID. For sanitary reasons, ALWAYS bring a towel to sit on. DO NOT rudely stare at women’s breasts and private areas and men’s genitals. It is considered rude and may warrant a complaint that results in you being thrown out of the club..

What are the entrance requirements to a nudist or clothing optional resort?

Each nudist club is different. Some have stricter entrance and member policies then others. For instance, at Glen Eden Sun Club where I used to belong, they required (or they used to require) that single men to provide proof of divorce and they were very careful who they let into the resort. New men (especially single men) are watched to see how they act and if they get too familiar with children. As in other nudist resorts, they are very protective of the women and children. I haven’t been a member there since July of 2003, so some of the rules could have changed; however I highly doubt it. Many clubs (including Caliente) do not allow single men in.

Some clubs require references, a current member in good standing to sponsor you, committee approval and most definitely criminal background checks. I feel incredible safe at any nudist or clothing optional resort, because I know that they watch out for their female members and children.

Each club is different, so I recommend that you phone ahead of time, to find out their specific rules.

What is nudist social etiquette?

For sanitary reasons, always bring a towel to sit on. Do not sit on anyone else’s towel unless they specifically invite you to do so.

No open displays of a sexual nature.

Do not gawk or stare at men’s genitals and women’s genitals and breasts. It is considered taboo.

If speaking to someone, look in their eyes or their face.

No unwanted advances.

If a man does get an erection, he either turns over on his stomach, jumps in the pool or covers himself with a towel.

No Cameras or camera phones allowed. That is against policy in any nudist or clothing optional resort. If you are caught taking pictures, you will either have your camera (or camera phone) confiscated or you yourself will be thrown out of the club (after your pictures have been deleted).

Can I take pictures while I am in the resort?

ABSOLUTELY NOT! Read the above.
Are there many single men and women in nudist clubs?

Many nudist clubs frown on single men visiting and joining their clubs, because their goal is to protect the women and children who visit their clubs. If they do allow a single man in, they watch them very carefully to make sure they aren’t being innapropriate.

Single Naturists of Tampa Bay run by Kerri-Anne meets at Paradise Lakes about 4 times a year.  Caliente Singles meets the first Sunday of the month and it is run by Mikey. Please join my PASCO COUNTY SINGLE NATURISTS Yahoo Group to be informed when there is a single nudist event going on.

Are there a lot of swingers at nudist resorts?

Many people in society think that the nudist lifestyle is all about sex and swinging, because the internet is inandated with adult, sex and porn sites calling themselves nudist sites; and what a shame that is. As a result, people perusing the internet and the media truly believe that the nudist way of life is about sex and swinging. True nudism is not about sex and swinging. It is a wholesome and beautiful lifestyle that I am proud to be a part of.

Yes, swingers visit nudist clubs as they do in all aspects of society; however, you would never know it, because swingers keep their preferences private, so as not to offend those who are not swingers; and everything happens behind closed doors. If you don’t look for them, they won’t find you.

Is there a nudist club near me?

Although not all nudist and clothing optional clubs belong to www.aanr.com, The American Association for Nude Recreation, you can visit their website for the nudist or clothing optional club close to you. The American Association for Nude Recreation is the largest, most long-established organization in North America. promoting the wholesome and healthy aspects of the nudist lifestyle. AANR is commited to establishing and promoting wholesome, nurturing environments that promote body acceptance. You can choose to be a member of aanr through a nudist club (if they are a member of AANR) or on your own. There are many benefits to being an AANR member. Just go to The American Association For Nudist Recreation Website for more information. Caliente Resort where I belong is not a member of AANR.

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