Some of you may have tried it already, in fact you may well be a seasoned expert. Some may want to, but haven’t indulged as yet, while many wouldn’t even consider trying it. We are of course talking about the art of SKINNY DIPPING.

First of all, skinny dipping is very different to nude bathing. “Skinny dipping” is the term for naked swimming.

This risque activity is on many people’s bucket lists, and understandably so – after all, it’s all the fun of swimming but with an added adrenaline rush! Under the right circumstances, you can successfully skinny dip without getting caught and have a memory that’ll last the rest of your life.

To celebrate summer, yes this really is summer, we’ve been exploring the bare facts on the best skinny dipping spots in the world. We found that LADY FALLS in Neath is one of the best skinny dipping spots in the world. This location was given a ‘Skinny Dipping Index Score’ of 51,5.

Lady Falls, Neath

The falls is named after the Welsh princess Gwladys (Born c.AD 460), daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog. Legend has it that she fell in love with a man called Einon. Though she was not able to with him in life she is with him for ever on the River Pyrddin as his waterfalls Sgwd Einon Gam is located several hundred meters upstream.

During lower water conditions a walk behind the falls may be possible, be aware however, if it rains, this is not advisable.

The walk to the falls is from the Waterfalls Center (N51° 45.368 W3° 35.661) and the trailhead is across to road to the right and behind the Angel Inn.

Lady Falls

If you feel like having a skinny dip before the end of summer – some locations might be better than others for your next nude swimming adventure.

To determine the best skinny dipping locations, MyDatingAdviser compared 100 nude swimming spots across the globe to determine the best locations to enjoy a skinny dip. They then ranked the top 25 skinny dipping locations, with the top swimming spot per country.

In this study, the beach quality, safety, weather, and lodging were taken into account. This was across 7 key metrics of skinny dipping friendliness: (1) pollution (2) Blue Flag status, (3) weather (4) air temperature, (5) water temperature, (6) safety, and (7) hotel cost.

Using the data points, each location has been given a ‘Skinny DIpping Index Score’. This represents the quality of the skinny dipping experience that you could have at the location.

Make sure no one is around

Top 25 Skinny Dipping Spots in the World: (Neath at number 22)

  1. Lokrum Island, Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Index Score: 84.5
  2. Spiaggia della Lecciona, Tuscany, Italy
    Index Score: 79
  3. Maslin Beach, Adelaide, Australia
    Index Score: 72.75
  4. English Garden, Munich, Germany
    Index Score: 68.75
  5. Barreta Island, Faro, Portugal
    Index Score: 67.5
  6. Red Beach, Crete, Greece
    Index Score: 66.75
  7. Washougal River, Washington State, USA
    Index Score: 65
  8. Plage de Tahiti, St Tropez, France
    Index Score: 64.25
  9. Praia de Galheta, Santa Catarina, Brazil
    Index Score: 64
  10.  Pihlajasaari Beach, Helsinki, Finland
    Index Score: 62
  11.  Green Lake, Styria,  Austria
    Index Score: 61.25
  12. Vecaki Beach, Riga, Latvia
    Index Score: 61
  13. Bellevue Beach, Klampenborg, Denmark
    Index Score: 59.5
  14. Huk Beach, Oslo, Norway
    Index Score: 59.5
  15. Playa Levante, Formentera, Spain
    Index Score: 59.5
  16. Mpenjati Nature Reserve, Port Edward, South Africa
    Index Score: 59
  17. Viti Lake, Askja Caldera, Iceland
    Index Score: 54.75
  18. Banyan Tree Lijiang, Yunnan, China
    Index Score: 54
  19.  Little Palm Beach, Auckland, New Zealand
    Index Score: 53.25
  20. Arambol Beach, Goa India
    Index Score: 52.75
  21. Semuc Champey, Lanquín, Guatemala
    Index Score: 51.5
  22. UK – Lady Falls, Neath, United Kingdom
    Index Score: 51.5
  23. Wreck Beach, Vancouver, Canada
    Index: Score: 48.5
  24. Orient Bay, St. Martin, Caribbean
    Index Score: 47.7 
  25. Neve Midbar Beach, Dead Sea, Israel
    Index Score: 47.25

Lady Falls is a 7-meter high waterfall in the river Afon Pyrddin in Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. It’s popular with visitors as it is easily accessible from the village trailhead in Pontneddfechan. From here, it’s a 30-minute walk along the riverside to the waterfall. You will eventually come to a wooden bridge that you can cross and it leads you to the falls.

Lady Falls

Be warned that swimming here can be dangerous. Definitely do not jump off the top of the falls as people have been seriously injured here. Also, wear good shoes as the hike to the falls can be muddy but it is very accessible.

  • Skinny Dipping Index Score: 51.5
  • Air Temperature: 20°C. 68°F.
  • Water Temperature: 12.3°C. 54.14°F.
  • Pollution Index: 21.21
  • Blue Flag Status: N/A
  • Safety Index: 64.52
  • Hotel Cost Per Night: £107.75
Skinny Dipping World Map

Here are some tips for having a fun time skinny dipping:

  1. Be respectful and have discretion. Try not to traumatise any small kids, or adults for that matter. We agree the human body is a beautiful thing but give people the opportunity not to look at you if they don’t want to.
  2. Don’t forget sunscreen and bug spray. You don’t want to get a sunburn in that spot that usually doesn’t see the light of day.
  3. Don’t skinny dip drunk. A little liquid courage could help you get naked. But if you are completely drunk, it isn’t safe to swim and could land you in a dangerous situation.
  4. Beware of leeches. With a bathing suit, they are one thing, and when you are stark naked it’s another.
  5. Make sure your friends are comfortable. If everyone is happy to strip down, then go for it.
  6. Keep your eyes on people’s faces. Interact as you normally would and keep physical contact to a minimum. 
  7. No photos. If only celebrities and politicians could learn this too.
  8. It’s not a big deal. Get over yourself and have fun. Remember that not even swimsuit models look like that in real life. So, relax and enjoy being naked.

Amy Pritchett is the Managing Editor at MyDatingAdviser, she told us……

“This is my declaration to the world to have fun and skinny dip! The past year has been difficult and we have all experienced lockdown, grief, and disruption to our normal lives.

There is nothing more liberating and joyful than a skinny dip. If you have the opportunity to visit a beautiful skinny dipping spot, then it’s worth stripping down, enjoying nature, and having a splash! Remember it’s not a big deal, and if the water is cold, even better!”

To view the best skinny dipping spots in (nearly) every country in the world, go HERE.