The Naturist Experiment Revealed – She Said

Last week we told you that we were going to embrace the culture here in Spain and revealed to you our “Naturist Experiment”.  The Naked Truth – Naturist Experiment

Time to step out, I mean Waaaay out, of our comfort zone.  Alan and I are each doing a post on this topic with a He Said and She Said theme.  We aren’t going to read the others post until ours is complete, so we don’t change what we were thinking.  With that, you may find some information duplicative.

The Naturist Experiment

We were going to face our fears.  We need to love ourselves and be comfortable in our own skin. We are going to partake in a little sun bathing a the Nude Beach, just 10 minutes from our house.

Did we go?  Did we let it all hang out?

Well, before we get to that answer I will tell you about us trying to go.  A few days ago, I noticed it was very nice weather out.  I asked Alan if today was the day, should we go today?   Of course each of us came up with a reason and rationalized our way out of going.  So I thought this isn’t going to happen.  We obviously can’t be spontaneous about this as we will come up with excuse after excuse.  We decide to go check out the beach with clothing on and see what it is all about.

Ok, that wasn’t so bad.  We hiked around on the rocks, walks past several people in the buff and it seemed okay.  They didn’t seem to care we were there and we weren’t pointing and laughing, so this may be doable after all.  We decided to pick a day in advance and that way we would both be mentally prepared.  Friday, was going to be that day and about 11 am was going to be the time.

Freaky Friday

Friday rolls around, Alan and I are both working away on the blog and ebooks.  The clock is ticking and 11 am rolls around.  Is it time to go.  Okay, I guess we are going.  We begin to prepare for the beach and the conversation had me laughing.

As we are gathering beach towels, Alan yells out:

“Don’t forget the sunscreen.  There are parts of me that haven’t seen the sun. I want to be sure they don’t burn!”  

We both have a good laugh and that helped break the ice.  I can’t believe we are really going to do this.  After grabbing the towels and the sunscreen, it hits me… we don’t really need to prepare or bring anything else.  Of course, I mention this epiphany to Alan and love the fact that we can just grab a couple of towels and walk out the door.  Then the conversation goes like this:

Alan:   “Are you planning on wearing underwear?”

Me:     “Of course, we can go as is.”

Alan:   “I don’t want sand to get in my underwear, so maybe I should leave them here.”

Me:     Literally rolling on the floor laughing.  “Okay Alan, you do what you gotta do.”

The Naturist Beach

We arrive at the beach and need to walk along the path around the cove to get to the Naturist Beach.  The path winds around the huge rocks and cliffs with the sea crashing below.  As we near the end of the man-made path there is a male body part painted on a rock, pointing the way to the correct beach.  We follow along and walk on the path behind the next set of rocks and come to a larger sandy/pebble beach.Naturist Beach, Cotobro

To our left is a family of 4 completely one with nature and playing paddle ball without a stitch of clothing on.  I think to myself, “It is all I can do to potentially lay on a towel.  How can they be jumping around playing ball in the buff?”  We walk along the beach and pass several couples, singles of all ages and body shapes and sizes.  Again, no one seems to care that we are there.

The Reveal

We find a sandy spot and look around.  Off go the bottoms for me and it feels strange.  Not too bad as my shirt is long enough to cover me.  Next thing you know we are in the buff, naked as jay birds!  We both felt weird and quickly snapped a photos (of our naked shadows).

Naked Shadows

OMG, we both took a quick dive down and lay on our bellies.  We get covered with sunscreen and just lay there to bake.  I can hear people walking around and I am thinking “We are nuts!”  After a few minutes, it wasn’t so bad.  It was actually very relaxing and liberating.  As we didn’t want to burn, we said we would do 10 minutes on each side.  Ding Ding Ding, the time is up.  Time to roll over.

This was not quite as easy for me as it was for Alan.  It was like it was second nature for him.  Okay, we both roll over and soak up the sun.  Alan was even brave enough to walk to the sea and get his feet wet.  That was a bit overboard for me, but it was nice watching him. 🙂  So, it was getting really warm out in the sun and we decided to call this one “baked” and head home.  We did it!

I have to say, it was not bad at all.  I would probably do it again.  I don’t think we would be the family playing paddle ball, but I would go with Alan again.  I think the thoughts and anxiety leading up to it were far worse than actually doing it.  I felt very comfortable out there and not one person pointed, laughed or made a comment.  We were all just there together to be free and accept each other for who we were and what we looked like.

Read what Alan had to say.

22 thoughts on “The Naturist Experiment Revealed – She Said

  1. You guys are great and I’m so glad I found your blog : ). I know I am YEARS after the fact, but that was awesome! Did you two ever go back or have you resigned yourself to the ‘been there, done that’ club? We are planning another recognizance trip to Spain, but it looks like we will arrive in December again since an opportunity (read cheap airfare) to see Hong Kong arose for the end of summer. Tell me, does the water there ever get really warm, like Caribbean warm? Thanks for sharing- for the moment you are our template for creating our escape to Espana!

    • Hey Desiree! Well, we are glad you found us too. Yes, some things may have an old date, but are still very valid. Let’s just say this experience was a “been there, done that” kind of experience. Where do you plan to live in Spain? Let us know if we can be of any help.

  2. Hahaha I only came to read this post because I thought there would be photos lol. I love the shadow photo, gosh I’d never do it. You two are so brave lol.

    • Ha! We did toy with the idea of full exposure for a brief moment. After nearly collapsing at the thought of being on the web forever, the shadow idea quickly came into mind.

  3. The few times we have been by, we have not seen any teenagers at the nude beach. It has mainly been adults and a few families with younger children. It isn’t very crowded and it is a quite long beach in Cotobro. At the far end you have large rock blocking the end of the beach and surrounded by hills and sea, so it feels quite secluded as well. They may consider it after a scoping walk first.

  4. Ahah, yeah I guess they would look at me so bad if I made them this proposal.
    But I was wondering if the beach was populated only by adults and parents with their kids. Maybe if my children were the only teenagers amongst adults, they would feel a bit more comfortable. So my question is: were there any teenagers at the naturist beach?

  5. Very nice experience, I LOL’d at Alan’s story, and I appreciated the truth in your words.
    Me and my wife have been naturists since we were young, but as soon as we had our first child, we decided to avoid teaching this wonderful, but risky, tradition.
    But I gained faith when I read that you had a nice family on your left, and they were all in their birthdaysuits! Now I can only imagine what could happen if I brought my children, which are teenagers, to a nudist beach with my wife. I think their reaction would be a no-no, and it would be acceptable.
    How old were the kids in the family you were sitting next to? I don’t think it’s very feasible to bring your teenager kids – yeah, they are still kids for me – to a nudist beach…

    • Hey Leonard! Yes, it was quite the experience. The family had a girl that was about 11 playing padel ball with her Mom. The boy was playing with toys in the sand, as boys do, and he was about 8 or 9. Dad was chilling reading a book. Just a normal day hanging out at the beach. It was a good experience and we still talk about it. I think you’re right about teens, they would rather drop dead then go to a nudist beach with their parents. That said, they may want to experiment on their own, and that may be something the parents wouldn’t like. (no win on that one). 🙂 Take care.

  6. My fiance and I took the plunge several years back in Mexico,and then In St.Martin. Now we are hooked on skinnydipping. No more wet bathing suits, or having sand in your suit. So much easier to just towel off the water and sand and get dressed.

  7. it gives me the willies just thinking about it….oops! I see the word willies has double meanings from melanie’s post above….good for you guys! I laughed out loud while reading this as I don’t think I could be that brave…hooray for my daughter and her husband!

  8. Congratulations Heidi!

    I read Alan’s post first however they both made me laugh. It’s funny how we all have our own inner dialogue and how we all see the same story differently.

    To be honest, I wasn’t sure you guys would do it. I think posting it on the blog before you went pretty well sealed the deal though. You’ll probably never see the others on the beach that day again however you would have had to deal with all the taunts and jokes about wussing out around here for the rest of your lives.

    I’m glad that it was a positive experience. The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of people are so preoccupied with themselves that no one really pays as much attention to others as they would think.

    I love that Alan hinted that you were the brave one and you hinted you thought he was braver. In my books, you guys were both brave to conquer something that made you uncomfortable. Looking forward to hearing what other crazy “experiments” you guys cook up!

    • LOL Charles. Yes, once we posted it we were committed. I think loads of people are keeping their mouths shut on this one. I was thinking we would get more opinions, but even committing to taking a stance in a blog can be fearful.

      It really wasn’t bad at all. I don’t think we will be regulars, but I am not afraid.

  9. Melanie, I love that you really do make me laugh out loud, sitting here all by myself laughing now! Of course I did do a little investigating, without being obvious! (I hope)

    Okay, so you are still thinking about this? Did we bring you over to the dark side? Come on down to Spain.

    There were some baby smooth fronts, waxed with a single strip down the front and some Oh My Goodness Au Naturel! LOL So I guess the full variety for the women. The men were just hangin’ around in a natural fashion.

    Alan and I were the petrified version of some of the above. (wink wink)

    • Now I’m laughing out loud! I’d be all for it but my husband is a bit of a prude…..my kids on the other hand would think it was hillarious; anything to do with boobies/willies has them rolling around! We have always loved Spain and it is a dream of mine to at least live there for a year. We’ll be visiting my in-laws in Portugal August/September, and will pop over the border to Ayamonte as we always do. It’s a bit of a hike up to Almunecar from the Costa de la Luz, but if we ever get to that neck of the woods we’ll look you up for sure. 🙂

      • Oh please do let us know. Heck, we may be exploring over that way. We went to the beach today (just the ordinary beach) and loads of topless, so we just need to get used to it.

  10. Hadn’t realised you were both doing separate posts, so now I have to think of something witty to say to you Heidi. I’m thinking you’ve made the first brave step, but next time make it a tad more exciting…..cartwheels or limbo perhaps?

  11. Wow! I’m impressed. I don’t mind swimming naked, but I never lay out naked. Makes me cringe just thinking of it.

    • LOL and you know exactly what we look like. Well, with clothes on. No one seemed to care at all. I don’t think I could every get up and play paddle ball though.

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