A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.



Friday, August 14, 2015

What Not to Do at a Nude Beach, Dara Klise

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August 14, 2015

What NOT to Do at a Nude Beach

What Not to Do at a Nude Beach
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From Hawaii to MexicoGreece to Croatia, and even to the coastal shores of New Jersey,nude beaches abound. These hot spots are great if you want a carefree and clothing-optional getaway. But before you hit the beach, know that strict etiquette reigns supreme. In fact, most nudist destinations have more rules than a boarding school. Here's the skinny on what you need to know (and what you shouldn't do) at a nude beach.
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Don't Assume A Beach Is Clothing Optional
Don't Assume a Beach Is Clothing Optional
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Reading somewhere that a beach is clothing-optional does not mean that the beach is actually clothing-optional. Do your due diligence and ensure that the area you're in is truly safe for your naked patronage. To get you started, the American Association for Nude Recreation has a short list of nude beaches in the U.S. (there aren't many), while the Travel Channel has rounded up some of the top nude beaches around the world.
And if you're ever unsure as to whether a beach is truly nude? Keep your clothes on. In many places, public nudity is a serious crime that could lead to a fine (or worse).
Don't Forget To Research Naturist Resorts
Don't Forget to Research Naturist Resorts
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Naturist resorts cater to a completely clothing-free vacation seeker, so if you want to go all in (or off), research these options rather than a one-time visit to a nude beach. From family-friendly campgrounds in the Poconos to luxe all-inclusives in the Caribbean, there's likely a nudist-resort option that suits your style and budget.
Rules at each resort differ, and many are adults-only. As with any hotel stay, read the resort's policies closely before you book.
Don't Stare
Don't Stare
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Once at the beach, don't stare, gawk, point, or giggle. Obviously you will be required to look at your fellow sunbathers at some point, whether greeting them or fetching their Frisbee from your beach towel. But play it cool: Most nude-beach experts say it's easy, and that at a certain point you simply stop noticing all the skin.
If you can't handle the realities of polite, naked society? That's okay, but stick to the clothing-required beaches for the sake of everyone's comfort.
Don't Expect Too Much
Don't Expect Too Much
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Contrary to popular belief, most nude beaches are not sexy places ripped straight out of the pages of a Playboy Mansion memoir. Patrons come in all sizes, shapes, and states of physical fitness, and are far more likely to veer into Dad bod territory than Channing Tatumin the buff. So don't expect models and be disappointed when you see, well, normal humans in all their hirsute glory.
Don't Take Pictures
Don't Take Pictures
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A good rule of thumb: Never, ever, ever take anyone's photo without their permission. This goes for all tourist destinations—from nude beaches to theme parks to UNESCO World Heritage sites—but it's especially true when the subject of your photo is naked. Always ask explicitly if you may take a photo and make sure photography is even allowed at the beach. (Many naturist resorts prohibit it.)
Furthermore, even if you're okay with someone snapping a pic of you, you have little control over where that photo ends up—from travel review sites to social media to less pleasant parts of the Internet.
Don't Go Naked In Certain Public Areas
Don't Go Naked in Certain Public Areas
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Due to local regulations, many areas at nudist resorts or beaches may, in fact, require clothing: parking lots, cafes, shops, and so on. Consult any posted signs regarding clothing-required venues and follow them to the T. Pack a beach tote with readily accessible garments in case you need to suit up to use the facilities. Most nudist resorts require you use a towel to sit on public chairs as well.
Don't Forget The Sunscreen
Don't Forget the Sunscreen
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While this doesn't fall squarely in the etiquette column, it's still a critical piece of information: Yes, those sensitive areas that are normally protected by swim trunks and bikinis will need a slather of sunscreen. Look for a sunscreen that's gentle on sensitive skin. Test it a few weeks before you hit the beach to ensure that you don't end up with an unsightly rash somewhere you definitely don't want one.
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Dara Klise has been exploring the world and writing about it since 2010. Her writing has appeared on Hopper, SmarterTravel, USA Today, Money, U.S. News and World Report, Yahoo, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post,, and others.

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