Paradise Beach, Rab, Croatia

Paradise Beach, Rab, CroatiaIf it’s good enough for a nude royal …
The Croatian island of Rab claims to be the birthplace of modern skinny dipping.

In 1936, King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson obtained permission from city authorities to bathe naked in the inlet of Kandalora, and people have been doing the same on the island’s beaches ever since.

The Lopar peninsula alone has three clothing-optional beaches. Sahara beach, a sandy shore fringed by shrubs, is the most famous. But it’s the two-kilometer curve of Paradise Beach, or Rajska Plaza, that draws in-the-know crowds.

The sea remains shallow even half a kilometer out, making it an ideal place for novice swimmers. Though it can get crowded during peak season, the beach has been awarded a Blue Flag award by the Foundation for Environmental Education for its environmental management and safety record.

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