Visitor Report – Carabassí
26/07/15 – Sunday in July. Playa el Carabassí and the ones next to it are very popular. Lots of parking around but still hard to get a space on a busy day such as this, however the best place to park seems to be in a dirt car park behind the beach (you can find it on the Map as a road called “Av. Catalanet / Camino del Carabasí”), you need to walk across sand dunes to access the beach this way. Now admittedly I have not been to loads of nude beaches in Spain yet, but this one was a little different from the others, at first I thought I was on the wrong beach, I could see the normal topless bathers but initially no one nude and the beach was packed, so I considered that even thought this is marketed by the local tourist board as an official nude beach, maybe on a busy weekend it becomes mostly textiles, I started to head along the beach and noticed my first nude bather, a guy at the beach with his girlfriend who was topless in the middle of loads of people with their swimming costumes on.. I walked some more and then I came across a lot of people nude sunbathing, couples, single guys, groups of girls and families all sun bathing nude with loads of other people around them also sun bathing but with costumes on or topless. Now normally I have found that in nude beaches in Spain, folk who wish to get naked all gather together away from textile sun bathers, but not in Playa el Carabassi it would seem. It made for an interesting change, in fact for the 1st time, since the 1st time I visited a nude beach I was a little apprehensive of getting naked, mostly because there was a lot of kids around who weren’t with a “Naturist Family” but I decided if I am lying right in the middle of the main group of nude sunbathers on an “official nude beach” then their parents clearly know they are going to see people naked and have taken the enlightened approach that it’s not going to harm them in anyway, after all they could have taken them along to the “textile” beaches close by. This beach also seemed to have a fairly high female and family ratio compared to some other beaches, also didn’t seem to do the “dividing” thing you see in many beaches where gay men tend to bath together away from families and mixed sex couples. All in all an interesting experience, if you like a lively packed beach and have no issues with the close mix of nude and non-nude bathers then this is the beach for you, if however your wanting to try out nude bathing for the first time and would prefer to be in mostly the same company of like minded people then you might want to try one of the others. The beach it’s self was clean and sandy, water was choppy with high waves on this day, this made for a lot of sea debris to be visible on the surface however you are able to walk out to sea a bit before it gets deep.