Star Ranch Continued

This morning we took a walk around the grounds and saw the various amenities. There is an indoor and outdoor pool, indoor hot tub, tennis courts, volleyball courts, playgrounds for the kids, etc. The camp is member owned so it really is a community. They vote on changes and decisions about everything from events to members, to park changes. This keeps it heading in a great direction as a family nudist destination. It is a bit rustic, so if you come expecting that, you'll be ok. The great people more than make up for any minor flaws the park has. The camp sign Star Ranch Nudist Park Website

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Star Ranch Nudist Park

‍We visited the Star Ranch near the middle of March, 2019. The weather was a little cooler than you would want to fully experience a park like this. From the office staff to the residents, Everyone was genuine and charming. We were checked in and given a tour of the club house and indoor pool. We were invited to a pot-luck dinner and met some wonderful people that welcomed us into their family. This honestly, might be the friendliest nudist location we have ever visited. Star Ranch Nudist Park Website

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Your Home Club

We spent the past weekend at our home club, Serendipity Park, in Cleveland, GA. We talked to people who drive 5 hours to get to this club because they feel like it's family. There were several new people there who were welcomed like they were family. I know all clubs aren't this way but if you're lucky enough to have one near you that does, try and frequent it as often as possible. Membership in a good club will allow you to come and go as you please. Memberships can cost $400-$1600 a year (per couple) based on the club and features of the membership. Some include membership in a nudist organization (like AANR) and some do not. If your club is a member of an organization like AANR, you can get a discount on a membership into that organization as well. We've found a great club in Serendipity that is warm and open with respectful people that just want to have fun in the nude. It's worth looking for a club like this near you!

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BN Final Thoughts

As far as our vacation went, this was a blast. Bare Necessities added additional events such as a talks on nudist history, meet ups for groups, a talent show, etc. They also worked with Carnival Cruise Line to create some clothing optional excursions. It was interesting to see people of all shapes, sizes, and nationalities come together and having fun! Everyone rates trips like this differently and people we met had various complaints mostly with the cruise line. The real problem I saw was that there was never enough deck lounges available. I'm told by a frequent textile cruiser that it's normally a problem but add the fact that probably 80% of the people on this cruise want to catch rays on a regular basis and it gets worse. We had to get to the deck at 6am to get two chairs. The cruise line tried to help by putting stickers on towels on the chairs but people wised up and just took them off when they saw them. We actually used ours until 11am and gave them to friends to use at that point. Not many people gambled in the casino. I'm sure the cruise company was disappointed about

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BNB Continued Again!

We had another day at sea on The Big Nude Boat and took in a variety show and some comedians. We had met up with friends we knew from various resorts we've been to. It's funny, you get on the ship and know no one but that doesn't last. The next part of the trip was The ABCs of the Caribbean, the Dutch islands of Curacao, Bonaire, and Aruba. When we got close to the 3 mile border from Curacao the announcement was made that we had to wear clothes everywhere on the ship. We had two excursions planned, Snorkeling, and the Sunset Cruise, both clothing optional. The snorkeling was fun after a pretty bumpy boat ride. When we got back, we found out that the Sunset Cruise was on the same boat. It was a bit too much boating for us but that wasn't the fault of the tour. The following day was Bonaire. We took a Semi-Sub tour of the coral and fish in a boat that you sat down inside and looked out windows on the side. It was neat. Our final island destination was Aruba. We took a UTV tour of the island and saw a

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BNB Continued

The following day was at sea so we still weren't required to put on clothing unless we were eating in the restaurant. There is a 24 hour buffet also available and clothing is not required there. There were workshops and talks about nudism or other items like photography available. At night they ran movies on the big screen, there were "comedians", and music in the form of live bands and Karaoke. There was something to do until at least 12:00 every night if you wanted. The following day was in Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. Still, there was no announcement about clothing being required on the ship. We were the only ship in this relatively private port so clothing was only required if you were getting off the ship. There was a pool and a zip line there at the dock and you could remove your clothes if you wanted to. We took an excursion to Zip-Line with Lunch and nude beach. It was a long ride in a passenger truck down dirt roads. There were people just living their lives in simple roughly built houses along the way. It took 45 minutes to get to our destination. The

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Bare Necessities Big Nude Boat 2018!

The nudist event of the year is clearly the Big Nude Boat. About 2600 people sign up to travel together with very little on but a smile. Now how naked can you be on such a trip? Good question! On the day we left port in Miami, it looked like an ordinary Carnival Cruise. The ship is The Victory. We boarded the ship and found our way to the Lido deck. This is where you can get food 24*7 and where the pools, water slide, and hot tubs are. We found a couple of chaise lounges and got some lunch and drinks until our room was ready. At the sail-away, everyone was clothed. Some minimally, but clothed. After we were three miles out, an announcement was made that nudity was allowed. Some people were fully nude, some were topless, others fully dressed. Whatever makes you comfortable. And to say there are all shapes and sizes is an understatement. The average age was probably 60 though. It is generally an older crowd but there were a few 20-ish couples onboard. The first port we pulled into on day two was Half Moon Cay, a private Bahamas island owned by the cruise

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Home Field Advantage

We moved our motorhome to Serendipity Park in Cleveland, GA and we hadn't used it much.  Being a holiday weekend, we finally got over to use it.  Our golf cart was very dirty but it cleaned up nicely.   Our friends were wondering where we've been.  It's just been a very busy summer and hard to get away. Earlier this morning, I met a couple who were "First Timers".  Their story was the same as most.  Wanted to try it but a little unsure about it until they got here.  They were tent camping and fell in love with the place within hours of being here.  The people at AANR resorts are almost always welcoming and genuine (excluding one club that we went to that wasn't).  "The Dip" is a perfect place to come for your first time.  They said they will be back and I'm sure they will be. Serendipity Park's Website  

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Reflections on Cypress Cove

We're back home and back to textile life.  A typical day for us was to wake up around 8:00 or 9:00am, brush our teeth, put on some sandals, grab a towel, and head over to the restaurant for breakfast.  Then back to the room to pick up our cart with chair towels and pillows and claim our spot by one of the pools (with an umbrella). The weather wasn't very cooperative this trip; we usually had afternoon showers but we got our fair share of sun either on a lounge chair or floating on a pool noodle earlier in the day. Cheeks Bar is right near the pool and has food most hours that they are open.  Reasonably priced lunch and bar food that is quite good. The boutique has t-shirts, dresses, towels, men's shirts, accessories, etc. and was a refuge from the heat as well. During the week, the facility is mostly inhabited by residents that have retired there.  Everyone is very nice and many willing to strike up a conversation when approached. The staff were all very friendly and tried to help with your every need.  We'll really miss Lisa in the restaurant who always had a great

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