Nude beaches in Brazil are not numerous, but they're certainly beautiful. Nudism is practiced unofficially in several Brazilian beaches, but on many of them, there are breaches of the naturist's code of ethics and nudists may face the risk of harassment or worse.
Also remember that according to Brazilian laws, nudism outside designated areas is considered a misdemeanour.
The best resource for information about official nude beaches, clubs and communities in Brazil is the Brazilian Federation of Naturism (FBrN).
Massarandupió is located about 50 miles from Salvador on the magnificent Coconut Tree Coast of Bahia (Costa dos Coqueiros), near other paradisiacal beaches such as Costa do Sauípe and Praia do Forte.
Talking about the beauty of Massarandupió - its slender coconut trees, pristine sands and clear water - is not enough to describe the mesmerizing effect of the Coconut Tree Coast on the senses. During most of the year, naturists can expect balmy breezes, gently swishing coconut groves, a sweet-salty smell and water so ideally warm, you feel like you're one with the ocean.
2. Barra Seca, ES
Barra Seca is on an island off the coast of Espírito Santo, a southeastern Brazilian state. The main city near Barra Seca is Linhares, about 38 miles away on a dirt road.
The Naturist Association of Minas Gerais (www.natmg.org.br) , one of the most active of its kind in Brazil, organizes trips to Barra Seca.
3. Abricó, RJ
Praia do Abricó is the only official nude beach in Rio de Janeiro. The beach is enclosed by the lush Grumari Area of Environmental Preservation, in the west of Rio de Janeiro, past Barra da Tijuca and Recreio dos Bandeirantes.
Naturists in Brazil, like all beachgoers, must be aware of preventive measures against dengue fever year long, particularly during the rainy season, which is the summer (December-February) in Rio de Janeiro . Certain areas in the west zone were affected by the early 2008 dengue fever outbreak in Rio.
4. Olho de Boi, RJ
Olho de Boi (Bull's Eye Beach) is one of the beaches in Búzios, in Rio de Janeiro State, and the most popular official nude beach in Brazil for gays.
A steep trail leads to Olho de Boi, where one of the best spots is a cliff which forms a waterwall as it's hit by crashing waves.
5. Galheta, SC
Praia da Galheta, in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, is a clothing-optional beach that has just about everything - it's an ecological reservation; it's good for surfing; it has archaeological sites dating back to 4,500 years ago.
Access to Galheta, on the east side of the Santa Catarina Island, starts from Praia Mole.
6. Pedras Altas, SC
Pedras Altas, between Florianópolis and Garopaba, in Santa Catarina, has infrastructure in addition to a privileged location in one of the top touristic areas in Brazil.
Encircled by rocks, the beach has an area for couples and families. There is a campground, an inn, restrooms and showers and a kitchen for campers.
The local naturism club manages the facilities and monitors ethics.
7. Praia do Pinho, SC
Praia do Pinho is one of many beautiful beaches in Balneário Camboriú, a highly touristic city in Santa Catarina.
Praia do Pinho is one of the first official nude beaches in Brazil and one of the most popular.
8. Tambaba, PB
Tambaba, in Conde, Paraíba - one of Brazil's Northeastern states - became the first official nude beach in Brazil in 1991. Sonata, the Tambaba Naturist Society, hosted the 31st World Naturist Congress on September 2008.
Tambaba is divided into two areas - one in which nudism is not allowed, and the nude-only area. Acess between them is controlled.