Originally Posted by Sisyphus
I love going to beaches in other parts of the world because it's so much more "real" than in California (where I grew up). We were in Spain last year as well and while we didn't hit a "nude" beach, every beach we went to had folks of all ages in all stages of dress/undress. I love being able to go topless without feeling like I'm being overtly sexual, ya know? Other countries around the world have WAY healthier attitudes towards the body and are way more accepting of normal variations in what a body looks like than here in the states (of course, IMO).
I still dress/undress around my kids (because they follow me everywhere with their questions, etc. LOL) and until either of us feel uncomfortable with our casual attitudes towards nudity, I'll continue.
Seriously, Americans are scarily hung up about nudity and sex.
I'm American, but I live in Holland. I really like the healthier attitude about bodies. What's great a saunas, beaches, etc. (after I got over my initial embarrassment) was how young, old, fat, thin, wrinkly, spotty, gorgeous, unattractive, etc. *all* were just . .. there . . . naked. It cures you pretty quickly of sexualizing the human body, let me tell ya'!
We still walk around naked at home (DS is 5) and I think it's fine. I don't think I'd make an effort to go to a specifically nude beach, but I wouldn't shy away from one either.
I do understand, though, that people have very valid faith-based reasons for avoiding such a situation, which should be respected. I don't think OP is one, though, or else she wouldn't be asking.