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Naked Places, A Guide for Gay Men to Nude Recreation and Travel, 4th ed. [Paperback]

Michael Boyd
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Aug. 20 2002
Naked Places is the gay man’s guide to nude recreation around the world. Inside, you’ll find information on well over 600 nude beaches, hot springs, and other natural areas that are popular with gay men, complete with detailed directions. Additionally, there are profiles of nearly 250 gay resorts, inns, guesthouses, campgrounds, and other accommodations where you won’t need to pack a swimsuit for the pool and hot tub. You’ll also find a directory of gay nudist social clubs as well as information about a variety of other activities--such as gay nude sailboat trips. Open these pages and open the door to a whole world of Naked Places!

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This book (and its earlier editions) has been worth its weight in gold for finding clothing optional places in Hawaii, Italy, Key West and even locally here in the Phoenix area. Naked Places led me to what I think is the most gorgeous nude beach anywhere, that being Little Beach on the island of Maui. The photos in the book are very nice, but the descriptions are what really help the reader decide where they want to go. This is my Number One travel guide, as it should be for any man who likes to vacation naked and naturally.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book for guys who just can't stand swimsuits Nov. 19 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As far as I am concerned, Naked Places is the best gay travel guide out there. True, this book zooms in precisely on my main travel interests, namely gay nude beaches and resorts. But what really impresses me is how amazingly detailed and well written this book is, and the amount of information is really awesome... TOP NOTCH! I have every edition of this book and Mr. Boyd continues to out-do himself with each updated version. I really appreciate the fact that the author has gone to the effort of explaining in detail the risks involved in going to certain "traditional" nude beaches where it is technically illegal to be naked. You can read the facts and then make an informed decision about what risks you are willing to take. One of the things I most like about this newest version is the fact that all photos are reader submitted. The photos are nice to look at (and they do show EVERYTHING) but do not look like posed model shots. You can really imagine seeing one of these guys at a nude beach! This is a terrific book, and if you've ever thought about going to a nude beach or staying at a gay resort with a "clothing optional" policy, this is your book.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, essential book for men who like social nudism Sept. 7 2000
By Gene Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I now own all three editions of Naked Places, having started with the first edition when it came out several years ago. This book is truly outstanding. I continue to be impressed with each new edition. The photos of nude men outdoors are, of course, beautiful, but it is the incredible amount of information as well as the level of detail that makes this book well worth owning. You need only look through a few pages of the book to realize that this book must have been a monumental research project. As someone who travels extensively across North America on business, I have had the opportunity to visit many of the places in the book (both beaches and resorts). I can report that the author's directions and descriptions are right on target. Had it not been for this book, I would never have known about a good number of these places. As I am writing this, I have had the 3rd edition for just a few days and haven't had a chance to put it to use, but I'm looking forward to checking out some of the new places. This book is absolutely a must-have item for any gay man who enjoys social nudity.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best resource I have for my travels July 5 2006
By maaron - Published on Amazon.com
I love to travel to places where I can hang out at the pool naked and read a book. I also enjoy nude beaches and other outdoor activities that afford a place to lose the clothing.

I own all editions of this book and I have to say that this update was well worth the wait. Michael Boyd has gone through with a fine-tooth comb, weeding out locations you would never visit anyway, and updated info about naturist areas worldwide. I was pleasantly surprised when information about our local nude hangout, which has a tendency to move around as authorities and others stick their noses in our business, was absolutely accurate.

Boyd has also taken the time to research all of these areas and added latitude/longitude coordinates so you can pull them up on Google Earth. I can't even imagine how long that took.

There are hundreds of bed & breakfasts, campgounds, tours and sailing trips listed in the book.

If you like to get naked and like to travel, you'll love this book.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for nude travel! Dec 26 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Being a world traveler as well as a nudist, I am always looking for resources to help me with my travel planning. This book is now the only one I use when planning a trip. Michael Boyd has collected and organized some of the most accurate listings of nude accomodations that I have found. In addition, he's compiled breathtaking photos from some well-known "nude" photographers including NAKEDTONY and many others. Highly recommended!
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceedingly Useful and Well Written Guide for Nudists June 17 2003
By "jordivander" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book (and its earlier editions) has been worth its weight in gold for finding clothing optional places in Hawaii, Italy, Key West and even locally here in the Phoenix area. Naked Places led me to what I think is the most gorgeous nude beach anywhere, that being Little Beach on the island of Maui. The photos in the book are very nice, but the descriptions are what really help the reader decide where they want to go. This is my Number One travel guide, as it should be for any man who likes to vacation naked and naturally.
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