—The gay/nude beach Praia Galheta as you walk to it from Praia Mole.—
It had been my 2nd visit to Praia Galheta (Praia is Playa or Beach in Portuguese) the gay/nude beach in Florianopolis when it finally happened. The first time I was there I couldn’t get the nerves to go nude. I thought long and hard about it, but just couldn’t do it. I looked around and it wasn’t a lot of people, but everyone was really nude everywhere I looked. It’s something I’m just not used to and was also scared to do. I think the USA is a prude country compared to the rest of the world and going nude is just not something we do. I spent the first day just laying out and reading a book like I normally do at any beach. Sadly I didn’t see any cute guys on the beach so didn’t mind. A few hours later I left and went back to the hostel. I told myself as I was leaving that I will be back and when I do I will go nude.
––Barra da Lagoa beach in Florianopolis.—
The following two days it rained and didn’t do much. Finally on my last day in Florianopolis the sun came out. I woke up bright and early and took off. My plan was to go beach hoping a bit and let Praia Galheta the gay/nude beach be the last one I visit. So off I went on the bus to Barra da Lagoa beach, which is supposed to be one of the best beaches on the island. I arrived and it was beautiful but full of tourist and lots of people. I walked along further to be on my own and happened to bump into two guys I had met on one of my bus rides in Brazil. They let me know that from this beach you could hike to the gay/nude beach. I was intrigued. I hadn’t hiked in a while and was up for the challenge. My plans were to end up there anyway so thought why not hike there instead. I got going and found the trail. I was a bit scared because I was all alone and didn’t bump into another person during my walk. I kept going though and the views of the island were just stunning.
—The view of Barra da Lagoa from the highest point during my hike to Praia Galheta.—
After a long walk I finally arrived to the gay/nude beach. I walked around a bit and this time around the beach had a few cute men. I got nervous and told myself, “Jaime you said you were going to go nude so you have to go nude.” I walked around and came across a guy who was very attractive and was definitely a show-er. I got even more nervous. I walked a bit further and decide to set up shop within eyesight of this guy.
—My sarong and bag laying on the beach.—
I put my sarong down along with everything else. I looked around and told myself, “Okay, Jaime this is it. Don’t be scared you know you have always loved your body from the waste down. Yes you don’t have a show-er but you know damn well it’s a grower and when it’s erect it’s a perfect. You have also lost a lot of weight and your upper body looks great.” I stood there and kept thinking about it long and hard and couldn’t do it. I told myself, “Jaime you have have never gone nude on a beach, but you sure had no problem going nude in a hostel in Boracay (ahhhh I still don’t know how that happened). You have even gone skinny dipping a million times so face your fear and just do it.” Then finally I said, “fuck it” & took off my shorts.
—In all my glory naked. Oh yeah I had to get a photo & share it on Instagram.—
I stood there in all my glory. I was there nude on a nude beach for the first time in my life. I fixed my package and just looked around. I then laid down and decided to tan a bit as I listened to music. I tanned on both sides and then put sun block on. I had never had to put sunblock on my ass or around my package, but did. I was not about to let my precious areas burn!!! After a while I thought I should get in the water and did. Then I just walked around for a bit and felt so comfortable. It actually felt liberating to be walking around naked and liked it a lot. I finally went back to my sarong and just laid out and enjoyed the day at the beach. Nothing crazy happened while I was there. Even though I won’t lie I wouldn’t have mind messing around with the cute guy that was within eyesight of me, but he showed no interest in me so I let it be.
Hours passed and I decided it was time for me to head back to the hostel. I put on my shorts and put everything up and instead of taking the bus to the hostel I walked back. As I walked back I felt proud of myself for facing a fear and going nude in a nude beach for the first time.
—Praia Galheta from above as I walked down to it from my hike.—
It’s crazy how conquering a small fear you have makes you feel amazing inside. It just felt great and after that I knew I would now not have a problem going to a nude beach and going nude. We have to embrace what we have and not be ashamed of our bodies. Not that I ever was, but I know I always feel a bit chubby and that’s something I have had to let go of and I have. I am who I am and look like I do and who cares what anyone else thinks.
That was my experience of going nude for the first time in my life. Have you ever gone nude on a nude beach? How was your first experience? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Would you do it again?