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TTC Special.- Nude tourism. Inappropriate?

TTC Service.- Nudism in tourist beaches and other public places is still criticized by many, but despite of contrary opinions, the practice quickly spread around the world in the last century.

In the current February the Carnival Freedom sealed from Florida, U.S. for an eight-day cruise to Panama. The boat offer the same amenities as any other Carnival cruise: three pools, a jogging track, a 1970s dance club and a cigar bar. But there is one difference. The 2,974 passengers enjoy those facilities naked.

According to the British press agency Reuters, the American Association for Nude Recreation says recently that nudism brings in around $440 million a year, up about 10 per cent in the last decade.

Nowadays naturism or nudism is a cultural and political movement practicing, advocating and defending social nudity in private and in public. It may also refer to a lifestyle based on personal, family and/or social nudism.

Nude tourism isn’t a new concept. Individuals have formed nudist groups for a variety of specific purposes, including tourism. It is generally agreed by naturist organizations that eroticism and blatant sexuality have no place in naturism and are, in fact, antithetical to its ideals, as noted above. Besides, ecological or environmental behavior, bathing in the sun, fresh air and water are crucial for public nude people.

Smaller nude cruises have visited the Greek Islands, Croatia and the Italian and French Rivieras in addition to more conservative locales such as Egypt — though travelers were clothed when they toured the pyramids, Reuters report.

“Nudists, who say they are not about forcing nudism on others, emphasize the nudist lifestyle is simply about enjoying oneself without the social or physical burden of clothing in a non-sexual, family-friendly environment of like-minded people”, the agency added.

Studies in Internet said that the naturist philosophy has several sources, many of which can be traced back to early 20th century health and fitness philosophies in Germany, though the concepts of returning to nature and creating equality are also cited as inspiration. From Germany the idea spread to the UK, Canada, and the United States and beyond where a network of clubs developed.

The model of German naturism is to promote naturist family and recreational sports. A subsequent development was tourist naturism, where nudist resorts would be built to cater for the nudist tourist, without any local base. This concept is most noticeable in the Caribbean.
The sunny region is already a paradise for nude people. If you’re looking for a nude beach in the Caribbean, you’ll find it easily.

Orient Beach in St. Martin has a very relaxed attitude toward topless sunbathing. For bottomless sunbathing, however, stick to Orient Beach on the French side, where it’s not uncommon for entire families to be enjoying the sun.

In Point Tarare, Guadeloupe is the place to go if you want to swim and sunbathe sans any clothing at all. Hawksbill Bay, Antigua is a beach  divided into a number of sections, one of which is the island’s only nude beach. Hawksbill is close to the better-known Galley Bay and is one of Antigua’s legendary 365 beaches – one for each day of the year.

Negril, in Jamaica, the famous Seven Mile Beach, is a magnet for topless -and sometimes nude- sunbathing.

Good examples that prove that public nudity does not recede.

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