They enjoyed their naturist experiences thus far, they said, but had reservations. What if pictures of them wound up on the internet?

"We've heard stories from other people," he said. "I'm trying to keep all that stuff about naturism away from social networks."

"People would think that we're freaks and exhibitionists," the wife added, biting her lip.

Anna Phillips and Robbe White head the Florida Young Naturists, for 18- to 30-year-olds.
Michael McElroy
Anna Phillips and Robbe White head the Florida Young Naturists, for 18- to 30-year-olds.

As more and more partiers arrived at the restaurant, Indiana Jones played on the flat television screen above the bar and '80s music blasted from a DJ booth in the corner. The air grew warm with the presence of bodies.

A young male went to the door fully nude and creaked it open. He poked his nose outside and called to some friends on the street.

"We can't take him anywhere," his buddies laughed.

Do couples ever feel the pangs of jealousy in a naturist setting?

Twenty-six-year-old Chris Rosenhauer, at his fourth FYN event in two years, said no.

"It was something that my wife and I were interested in," said Rosenhauer, of Nashville, Tennessee. "We just like being naked, I guess. So we started looking for places." Rosenhauer wound up attending his first naturist event without his wife because she wasn't able to make it, but she didn't get angry or jealous. "If you know the people, you know it's not any different than hanging out with your friends. Robbe does a real good job making it just about having fun."

But what about single nudists who are into each other? How would a naturalist flirt or make a first move without seeming creepy?

A couple of nudists who didn't want to be named explained the bare essentials of nudist courtship to me: Eye contact is key, one said. When you're in a naturist environment, if you are there for the wrong reasons, you will stick out like a sore thumb.

"Staring at body parts is sure to turn anyone off," the guy continued. "If you want to genuinely get to know someone and take it from there, make sure to be respectful. This is not saying that there are never people coming into a naturist environment trying to find someone to hook up with. That being said, if you are one of these people — don't assume that's what everyone else is there to do. Most people are there to have fun without sexual expectations." And nudists definitely do not like being mistaken for swingers.

Does nudity ever get old? Is there still sexual attraction if you see your partner naked all the time? "Sexuality does not start with nudity," he schooled me. "Yes, most people are nude when they have sex, but most people use body language and touch to get to the nudity part before the sex even starts. Sex lives stay the same; you keep them private just as you would in any other environment. Seeing nude people all the time does not make sex less exciting; it allows you to create more respect for the human body. When you have more respect for people, your love life tends to be more fulfilling."

So, FYN is a group of tanned, naked, good-looking young people, but nobody appeared to be hooking up. Short of knocking on individual tents at night, this researcher had tried very hard to find the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll of naturism. Alas, these were just nice people who did things like share spring mix with strangers. Maybe the nudists were right. Maybe people could just get along without clothes?


If people like White and Phillips — and their on-the-way baby boy, Malcolm — are the future of naturism, maybe, just maybe, it could work outside Sunsport's gates.

Haulover Beach , which I'd been encouraged to visit, seemed like the perfect place to test this hypothesis.

On a recent Sunday, I decided to join the several hundred sunbathers congregating on this clothing-optional stretch of sand in Miami-Dade County. A lot of the sunbathers were males, many by themselves, and a lot of them kept their clothes on. A few had cameras. A few more stared, blatantly.

Still, the topaz-toned Atlantic sparkled invitingly. So, off came the bathing suit. Then on came the onlookers, it seemed.

One individual, a pruney, over-tanned man, neared my beach towel. Good time to get into the water!

A couple was already in the ocean, maybe twice as far from the shore as me. They were naked and laughing. It appeared he was trying to mount her, but they were having trouble — every time they got close to each other, a wave came by and pushed them apart.

My neighbor from the sand stepped into the water several moments after me. I swam about 20 feet to the left. Then he walked about 20 feet to the left.

I paddled 15 feet forward. So did he.

I went right, then back; he also went right and back. He kept his hands hidden, below the water, while staring at me.

I swam to shore, hearing the couple's loud hee-haws and cracking waves fade behind me. A police officer happened to arrive just then, responding to a call about indecency, his radio blaring.

I put my bathing suit on.

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Michael McCormick

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Michael McCormick

I am beginning to resemble that remark because of my age. However, I am behind you a 100%. If I could go back about 20 years, I would. Thanks for being honest. That only tells me I am not in shape and yet, there are things I can probably do to get back in shape.

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KennyPowersII

Pffffft. Take a poll. I vurped because the visual stimulus resulted in that reaction. If my reaction is the thing that is wrong with this country, then maybe one of has our priorities skewed.

 
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