What I’ve learned in travel is that sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Every once in awhile, you come across unique experiences that you may not always have to deal with back home. We recently had some unique experiences visiting a clothing optional beach. Yup, you heard that right, CLOTHING OPTIONAL!
Stumbling upon a clothing optional beach in Mexico
Beach goers without any clothes is not actually common in Mexico. So far, at the beaches we’ve visited in Mexico, people are dressed in bathing suits. But some beaches in Mexico are more tolerant of these types of things. We recently visited friends of ours who were staying in Playa Zipolite, about an hour and a half southeast of Puerto Escondido. And we happened to spend an afternoon at a beach where people were swimming in the buff.
Our friends warned us ahead of time that this would be the case. It seems Zipolite is popular among Europeans (who don’t have a problem with swimming sans clothing) and hippies. Many of the beach goers at Zipolite enjoy swimming and sunbathing in their birthday suit. And, as it turns out, we also happened to be visiting Zipolite at the same weekend as a clothing optional festival. So the beach was crawling with people without any clothes looking for a unique vacation experience in Mexico.
Discussing self-expression and bodies with kids
Some families may have an issue with exposing their kids to these types of unique experiences. For us, though, visiting a beach where people were walking around without clothes was an opportunity for learning. We don’t shy away from discussing self-expression and bodies with kids. And we don’t try to objectify or demonize what people choose to do with their bodies. Instead, we give them a chance to see that there are many different ways of personal expression, and choosing not to wear clothes is one of them.
In all honesty, our kids couldn’t care less about being around people without any clothes. All they were concerned about was playing in the waves and building sand castles. Being at a clothing optional beach in Mexico did not seem to bother them at all.
Dealing with these types of unique experiences with our kids
As I mentioned earlier, in travel, you just have to go with the flow. Especially when you come across unique experiences like the one we had in Zipolite.
When you’re visiting beaches with kids where other beach goers are in the buff, you can help normalize the situation by downplaying the novelty of seeing bodies without any clothes. One thing I’ve learned from having kids is that if you don’t make a big deal about something, they won’t make a big deal about it either. Our kids take behavioral cues from us. They learn to go with the flow when they see us go with the flow.
Have you had some unique vacation experiences from your travels? Maybe it’s not quite as crazy as swimming at a beach with clothing-free beach goers, but I’m sure you’ve encountered your own wacky and unique experiences with your kids. Share them with me in the comments!
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