So this is by far one of the most fun bucket list items I've knocked out!! I've always been very open-minded, so I don't know if it's because of that or if it comes from working in the medical field, but nudity has never bothered me in the slightest. I think that God made us beautiful bodies, and we all have the same anatomy. I know a lot of people see it as this huge thing, but it's never been a big deal to me. But I digress. Anyways, I love the water, and I love the feeling of being free, so of course I wanted to mix both in my life at some point ! This one took me awhile because living in Lafayette, IN, not to mention the United States, it's a bit tricky. Being landlocked, I didn't know anyone with a pool, and it's not like I can go out to the ocean buck naked in the U.S. without getting arrested.
Then my honeymoon came ! I ventured with my husband to St. Martin-St. Maarten, a small caribbean island that is popular as a cruise port but not necessarily as a primary vacation spot. St. Martin is owned by two different countries, the southern region belonging to The Netherlands, and the Northern region belonging to France. The "French" side is known for being a lot more open/lenient towards nudity, which was apparent as soon as we set foot on the beach. On the main beach that we stayed at, Orient Bay, several women (I'd say roughly 30-40%) walked the beach topless, and many men wore speedo's or speedo-esque swimwear. I was amazed at how relaxed the environment was ! It simply wasn't a big deal. Even small children ran around topless, little girls included. It turns out, the waves at this beach were very tall and rough, and after losing my top approx. 143,498,212 times I decided screw it ! I went topless many times throughout the honeymoon, and it was awesome! I was always careful not to leave the girls out for too long though; even after as short as 45 minutes I had some pink ladies ! My U.S. -modest body was definitely not used to seeing the light of day in those areas.
However, going topless does NOT count as the full monty. Luckily, Orient Bay has an infamous section of the beach that is in fact a nudist beach! I managed a somewhat grainy picture of the billboard at the entrance, however I had to take it quickly as pictures are not allowed (obviously). Justin and I walked over to that portion of the beach (separated from the main beach by some tall rocks, how clever). We walked over in our swimsuits, now the minority (I'd say there were maybe about 20-30 on the beach? Not many) and I looked at Justin, and he looked at me, and I said "Fuck it, let's do this !" So I peeled off my bikini and oh my god how liberating it was !!!! It wasn't anything like I'd imagined....NO ONE CARED! It wasn't a big deal at all, like okay whatever. Everyone else was nude, so why shouldn't I be? It was so bizarre and fascinating how natural and freeing it felt, not sexual in any way at all. Justin and I swam out in the waters for awhile. The waters were calmer here, almost no waves, which was relaxing (also, boobs are very buoyant, I found out). It felt sooooo amazing to swim naked ! Everyone should do this once in their lifetimes ! We stayed on the nudist beach for about an hour or so (again, didn't want my goods to get burned) and made our way back over to the main beach.
Unfortunately, we didn't have time to stop by the nudist beach again, though I did go topless several more times throughout the vaca (when in Rome, right?!) I know the U.S. isn't likely to change its ways anytime soon, but it sure was refreshing to experience such an amazing attitude in general towards nudity. Snapped a pic of the nudist beach billboard, as well as two back views of me topless. Don't be too harsh please !
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