Stanley Hot Springs, Idaho
Located deep in the Selway Bitterroot National Forest, where even grizzlies
are making a comeback, these springs are crowded during summer. But snowshoe
up the narrow five-mile trail in the cold, and you will likely have to
share one of the pools with a moose. Directions: Kooskia Ranger Station,
Plage de Tarare, Grande-Terre Island, Guadeloupe
Just below Pointe de Chateaux, a sloping, mile-long bluff jutting east
from Grande-Terre, sits the island's only coral reef. Look for octopuses,
barracuda, cuttlefish, and bare bums. Directions: Guadeloupe Tourist Info,
Verde Hot Springs, Arizona
A now-defunct 1930s wilderness health spa at the junction of Tonto
and Coconino National Forests two hours north of Phoenix, Verde's spa buildings
are gone, but the half-dozen tubs ranging from 90- to 104-degrees are still
there. Requires a mile hike in from a forest road. Directions: azhoffs.home.
Chapada Dos Guimaraes National Park, Brazil
A national park in name only, this 33-million-acre preserve is pretty
much left alone by the Brazilian park service. Skinny-dipping traditions
that started in the 1970s have held strong, as have common sightings of
jaguars, tapir, and coatis. Directions: Dos Guimaraes Tourist Agency, 011-55-65-791-1133.
Red Rock Beach, California
The red sandstone walls that separate Red Rock Beach from the "textile"
(i.e., clothing mandatory) Stinson Beach next door have a series of intermediate,
edgy face routes. Or bring a surfboard to shred the breaks and you'll be
spared the inevitable wedgie. Directions: www.redrockbeach.com/home.html.
Velanio Beach, Skopelos Island, Greece
Designated nude since the ancients walked it, Velanio's not as nudie as it once was. Bring shoes, at the very least; getting here means a 15-minute hike on a trail that gradually turns from shale to softer sand. Directions:
Indian Creek Canyon, Utah
The entire canyon-located just south of Moab and controlled by the
Bureau of Land Management-is heated like a sauna even in winter, making
it perfect for a December hike (although you'd do well to watch out for
park rangers from nearby Canyonlands National Park, who'll ticket for nudity).
And the climbing? Plan to warm up on climbs with a 5.10 rating or higher.
Directions: Monticello BLM office, 435-587-1500.
Shelly Beach, New South Wales, Australia
Fly-fishingNot the Shelly Beach adjacent
to Sydney-this Shelly requires a five-hour drive north from Sydney, keeping
all but the most dedicated away. And leaving more of the inshore gamefish
for you. Directions: Australia Nudist Federation, 011-61-8-8234-5485.
Virgin Falls, Tennessee
The falls emerge from a cave, shoot over a cliff, and plummet 110 feet
before disappearing into another chasm. The six-hour hike to the site winds
past streams, pools, and smaller waterfalls, all perfect for skinny-dipping.
Directions: Bowater Wilderness, 865-376-6185.
Playa Papagayo, Canary Islands
The sand beach at the southeastern tip of Lanzarote Island (otherwise
covered in fields of black lava and cactus) is great for birdwatching.
It draws kestrels, gray herons, falcons, and, for your life-list, occasional
rare purple herons, Egyptian vultures, and oystercatchers. Directions:
Holistic Holidays Resort, 011-34-928-524-216.-David Friedland