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02/14/2011 04:48 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Nude Beaches: How To Bare It All At The Beach

People around the world take to various beaches sans clothing, unafraid to bare some or all of their bodies. While the legality of the practice varies from place to place, nude beaches remain an important draw for tourists and local beach dwellers alike.

Sure, you could chance slipping off your swimsuit at the more remote beaches in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Standard practice, however, is to bare your skin at beaches designated as clothing-optional or nude beaches. In fact, most nudists (sometimes referred to as "naturists") maintain a fairly strong code of ethics regarding the practice. Organizations like the International Naturist Federation work to promote those ethics, including the idea that "nude is not lewd."

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