They say sex sells, and when it comes to travel, that's especially true. Sex travel or "libertine tourism," as it's sometimes called , is a growing industry targeted at people who love to take their clothes off and get buckwild. To be clear, it's not the same thing as sex tourism, a term most people use to describe traveling to have sex with prostitutes ; sex travel is totally consensual and totally legal. These people love going to resorts, chalets, and beaches all over the world, taking their clothes off, and having sex with each other — so I decided to join them at Hedonism II to see what it was like. It's important to note that generally speaking, most people who self-identify as nudists are not swingers , and most swingers are not nudists. In fact, many people who are nudists claim there's absolutely nothing inherently sexual about the nudist lifestyle , and reject any suggestion otherwise. At some nudist resorts, overt sexual behavior is explicitly prohibited. That said, the two groups do occasionally intersect, and at Hedonism II, both sex and public nudity are not only accepted, but downright encouraged.
1) Yes, there is nudity.
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What can I say? I needed some pre-holiday distraction, what can I say? What's normal, anyway? You'll certainly find people you wouldn't necessarily expect.
How crazy does it get?
Recently I came face-to-face with my fear of being naked in public. It was at a nude resort in Negril, Jamaica , where, in addition to its sexy pool games, public sex "playroom," and large population of swingers, visitors can choose to stay on the "nude side"—a portion of the grounds that's no-clothing-allowed. That's where I'd be vacationing, and to be honest, I was terrified. Though some guests shed their clothes to confront body insecurities or sexual shame, I had a different fear going into the resort: Namely, that people mostly men would take my naked body as an invitation. After all, revealing clothes are frequently used to excuse sexual assault. If a guy buys into that ideology, what would he think of a woman's wearing literally nothing?
All-inclusive fun in the Jamaican sun, with all the booze and jerk chicken you could ever hope for? Eh, why not. I'd go. When I first arrived and was being led to my room by a grumpy bellhop who decided he wasn't going to talk to me, I took a good look around and couldn't tell if I was at a resort in the Caribbean It just had this very specific dystopic vintage vibe you'd find in the former "Honeymoon Capital of the World," and considering this was a swingers resort built in , it only made sense. That said, opening the door to my room, I was almost expecting to find a round bed cheesily decorated with rose petals, a heart-shaped hot tub, and every surface to be wallpapered in mirrors.