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Nude beaches in Brazil are not numerous, but they're certainly beautiful. Nudism is practiced unofficially in several Brazilian beaches, but on many of them, there are breaches of the naturist's code of ethics and nudists may face the risk of harassment or worse.
Also remember that according to Brazilian laws, nudism outside designated areas is considered a misdemeanour. The best resource for information about nude beaches, clubs and communities in Brazil is the Brazilian Federation of Naturism (FBrN), to which official nude beaches are affiliated. One of the finest beaches is Massarandupió, located about 50 miles from Salvador on the magnificent Coconut Tree Coast of Bahia (Costa dos Coqueiros), near other paradisiacal beaches such as Costa do Sauípe and Praia do Forte. During most of the year, naturists can expect balmy breezes, gently swishing coconut groves, a sweet-salty smell and water so ideally warm, you feel like you're one with the ocean.
Another good options is Barra Seca, on an island off the coast of Espírito Santo, a southeastern Brazilian state. The main city near Barra Seca is Linhares, about 38 miles away on a dirt road. The Naturist Association of Minas Gerais, one of the most active of its kind in Brazil, organizes trips to Barra Seca.
Meanwhile, Praia do Abricó is the only official nude beach in Rio de Janeiro. The beach is enclosed by the lush Grumari Area of Environmental Preservation, in the west of Rio de Janeiro, past Barra da Tijuca and Recreio dos Bandeirantes. Naturists in Brazil, like all beachgoers, must be aware of preventive measures against dengue fever year long, particularly during the rainy season, which is the summer (December-February) in Rio de Janeiro . Certain areas in the west zone were affected by the early 2008 dengue fever outbreak in Rio. Elsewhere, Olho de Boi (Bull's Eye Beach) is one of the beaches in Búzios, in Rio de Janeiro State, and the most popular official nude beach in Brazil for gays.
Further afield, Praia da Galheta, in Florianópolis, is a clothing-optional beach that has just about everything - it's an ecological reservation; it's good for surfing; it has archaeological sites dating back to 4,500 years ago.
Praia do Pinho is one of the first official nude beaches in Brazil and one of the most popular. By July, prices for the New Year, the summer, and Carnival are already up on the Praia do Pinho inn and campground website. Tambaba, in Paraíba - one of Brazil's northeastern states - became the first official nude beach in Brazil in 1991. Sonata, the Tambaba Naturist Society, is hosting the 31st World Naturist Congress on September 9-12, 2008. Tambaba is divided into two areas - one in which nudism is not allowed, and the nude-only area. Acess between them is controlled. Overall, naturist can relax and let it all hang out in Brazil: there are a wealth of options that naturists will find right up their street.