For many people, the mention of a nudist resort brings memories of the 1969 Summer of Love, or for some younger ones, the unfortunate image of their parents engaging in activities synonymous with the summer of love. But nudism, or naturalism, as many adherents to the social group prefer to be known as, is proving not to be an activity for cranks and clothing-phobics, but a big fat profitable business.
Many singles and couples choose their holiday destinations based on whether or not they can parade around in their birthday suits, and last year there was even an all-nudist airline charter service in Europe. The Mayan Riviera in Mexico has recently become home to the Hidden Beach Resort, which at $300 a night, is hardly a beach hideaway for burnt out hippies. And it’s not just holiday resorts cashing in on the need to do things in the buff. A new condominium development in the American state of Arizona will operate a clothing optional community, and the prices for a condo start at almost $250,000.