Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people choose nude recreation?

Nude recreation embraces the joy of living and experiencing nature in the most natural way possible. To relax and be nude is to let yourself be totally free. Although we enjoy clothing-free activities in appropriate settings, we also choose to wear clothes when practical. Nudists respect each other's individuality. Our own self-esteem is enhanced by our ability to accept ourselves as we really are. We find it easy to accept others regardless of physical size, shape, or body condition. Moreover, social class distinctions, often indicated by clothing, disappear.

Relaxation, stress relief, positive body image, and increasing self-esteem are just a few of the reasons people choose the nudist lifestyle.

What are the benefits of nude recreation?

Self-esteem is enhanced in the nudist world, where body acceptance is the norm. Conversation seems to come easier. Many report the “time warp” phenomenon. A one day respite spent clothes-free seems to relax people more than an entire weekend elsewhere. Without clothes, stress seems to melt away.

Is nude recreation an accepted mainstream activity?

The answer to this question is a resounding YES!

As reported in USA TODAY, The Yankelovich National Travel Monitor is one of the most respected polls in the travel industry. The 2006 edition of that poll found that 15% of adult Americans would consider a resort that offers a nude recreation experience or a clothing-optional beach experience either extremely or a very desirable part of a vacation.

In the January 17, 2003 edition of The Wall St. Journal, a front page story in the Marketplace section noted that nude recreation in North America has grown to a $400 million industry. The article explained that clothes-free offerings run the gamut from upscale venues with plush townhouses and room service to rustic rural retreats, to cruises on some of the world’s most popular cruise lines.

The Roper Organization has reported that some 54 million Americans have skinny-dipped in mixed company. For people who want to recapture the freedom and innocence of that experience, AANR clubs offer relaxing, down to earth, casual environments. Members may also participate in AANR World Adventures nudist vacations and cruises.

What are the characteristics of Solair?

The atmosphere of Solair is wholesome and friendly. People who enjoy nude recreation distinguish between nudity and sex and keep the two in their proper perspectives. Solair is careful about who enters the facility and if anyone seems to be there for the wrong reason, they will be asked to leave.

Activities often include sports and events much like any resort. You'll enjoy swimming, walking, tennis, hiking, volleyball, cycling, themed parties, special meal events, and the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people, diverse in age, profession, and culture.

What kind of people will I find at Solair?

You'll find a cross section of society, with people representing all colors, religions, occupations, body types, age groups, and income brackets. Without clothes, however, it’s less likely you’ll know a bank president from a bus driver.

Will I feel self-conscious?

Most first-timers adjust to social nudity in a matter of minutes and discover it’s not nearly as big a deal as they thought it would be. Some feel self-conscious before they undress since they’re likely to be the only ones not nude.

What about our kids?

Children are natural nudists and quickly take to it like ducks take to water. Children and families are encouraged to join. Children are an important part of Solair. We have wonderful facilities and programs for our children, and they enjoy coming to Solair. Please check the Events link above to see what we have planned for this season. For more about nudism and families, check out www.naturistfamily.net.

Do I have to be nude all the time?

While many people prefer to go nude 24 hours a day, others find it more practical to dress in the evenings when it gets cooler, for meals, or for some sports activities.

How will I feel if I'm not in the greatest physical shape?

You’ll feel right at home. Nudist clubs are a reflection of society at large, with people of all shapes and sizes.

Do males get visibly excited?

Not often. Nudist clubs are far less sexually charged than places where bikinis, thongs, or other provocative clothing, are worn. On the rare occasion where this occurs, simply don a towel, turn over, or take a quick dip in the pool.

What about nudism and religion?

Nudists find nothing inconsistent between nude recreation and their convictions. You’ll find all faiths, and people of no faith, represented at Solair. Most nudists of faith find that enjoying the great outdoors in their natural state draws them closer to their Creator.

What if we receive unwelcome advances?

This rarely happens. If it does, simply report it to resort management and steps will be taken to ensure it does not happen again. Everyone should feel comfortable. Behavior requiring an apology is not tolerated.

How can I make my spouse / significant other more comfortable about trying it?

It helps to understand that Solair is a family-oriented place. Few people of either sex at Solair, or anywhere else for that matter, are “perfect 10s” or look like size-2 actresses. You may find AANR's pages about AANR Family Values and nudism From A Women’s Perspective useful resources.

Will my picture be taken or my privacy compromised?

Solair understand that privacy is paramount to our members and their families. There is never any requirement to be publicly identified or consent to having one’s picture taken as a condition of membership. (Photo identification is required for admission, along with other measures to ensure guest security.) And just for your peace of mind, the tasteful images that appear on this website have been taken with the written permission of the subject(s) depicted. In increasing numbers, however, our members are telling neighbors and friends about their favorite way to relax. They find it’s an idea that’s just too great to keep for themselves!

How do I plan my first visit?

Have a look at our Your First Visit page. Contact the office by email, letter, or telephone, and make arrangements.