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nouth
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Club O Alternative?
      #1746210 - 09/15/17 10:00 AM (71.85.50.162)

OK, we know there is no other place on the planet like Club O. But since it will probably be a year or two before anyone can return, what would be everyone's second choice--either in the States or in the Caribbean?

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: nouth]
      #1746216 - 09/15/17 11:01 AM (71.134.229.206)

At Cathyg's and Go Classy Tours' recommendation, we're going to give Couples San Souci in Jamaica a try in February. We've been going to Club O since 1991 and plan to return in 2019 if they're ready.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: thesimpsons]
      #1746274 - 09/15/17 03:37 PM (100.0.51.97)

We aren't scheduled till July. We have fingers crossed that Club O (or at least the beach) is somewhat functional. If not, we might look in Europe.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: sxmBoston]
      #1746328 - 09/15/17 09:30 PM (69.109.131.124)

You will like San Souci.

Lots of steps but very nice resort.


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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: nouth]
      #1746760 - 09/18/17 05:58 PM (76.21.207.46)

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nouth said:
OK, we know there is no other place on the planet like Club O. But since it will probably be a year or two before anyone can return, what would be everyone's second choice--either in the States or in the Caribbean?




We love Club O because it is clothing optional, easing the introduction to nudism for reluctant "significant others"; because the people who go there are among the friendliest and most welcoming to newbies in the world, and because of the relaxing attitude that permiates the resort.

We have found three resorts in the US with similar ambiances: Cypress Cove near Orlando Fl, Avalon Resort near Paw Paw WV, and Whitetail Resort near Ivor VA.

Each is different, but all three are just as welcoming and laid back.

Hope this helps...

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: Bill_S]
      #1746762 - 09/18/17 06:24 PM (73.112.165.173)

I am not sure but I believe there is one in New Jersey somewhere. Don't know the name but Peconic (remember him?) used to go there.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1746772 - 09/18/17 07:51 PM (76.21.207.46)

There is a nude area at the Sandy Hook beach in northern New Jersey... Could that be it?

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: Bill_S]
      #1746794 - 09/18/17 09:19 PM (73.112.165.173)

No, it was somewhere in the middle of Jersey, like a real wooded area. Tell you what, tomorrow I will try to research to see if I can locate it.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1746858 - 09/19/17 11:41 AM (73.112.165.173)

It is Rock Lodge Naturist Resort in Stockholm, NJ. It's in Northern Jersey. They have a web site. Never been there, not into naturism.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1746861 - 09/19/17 11:52 AM (76.112.42.103)

There are many alternatives all over the place that have really distinct differences, advantages, and disadvantages. No, they are not Club Orient. There's no resort I know of with a beach anywhere near as nice as Club O. But, there are certainly resorts with nicer rooms and better service.

Of course, there is Hidden Beach in Mexico. We went once. It was nice, but not as nice as we expected given the price. There's a big difference in an all inclusive. We happen to really like all inclusives, so we tend to favor them. I was not that impressed with the one pool and the beach is not really much of a beach, but the rooms are far nicer than Club O and the food was really great.

Also in Mexico is Intima. Not an AI. Really just a hotel with a small restaurant and not on the beach. We really liked Intima and will be back (though not until they lift the travel advisory). At the price it's a bargain. It's walking distance into Tulum where there is lots of great food and the pool really is great. Get a swim-up suit!

We've been to Paya Bay in Roatan twice. First trip was fantastic other than the problem that we caught a stomach bug. The beaches (two) are great, the property is sprawling and very nice, and the rooms where comparable to Club O. But, our second trip sucked. We got eaten alive by bugs and I really thought the resort treated us like second-class guests. Activities got routinely cancelled and there were lots of local day visitors on the property who were not nudists at all. But, some of the best snorkeling we have ever done.

Looking at the new Grand Lido. It's been pricey, but rates are coming down on it. It looks nice, but still incomplete.

In the US, there are lots of resorts that are RV and camping oriented. We go several times a year to Turtle Lake Resort in Michigan and always have a great time. They have some rooms which are nice, but these resorts all are more of a rustic trip than something like Club O which I consider a more vacation trip. St. Martin is certainly a destination we would travel thousands of miles to. Union City, Michigan? Not so much. We've not been the the Florida resorts, some of which are in a class unto themselves.

We had a wonderful time at Terra Cotta Inn once and look forward to visiting the new version. There are several resorts in Palm Springs that are really nice hotel resorts. We're considering that for spring break next year.

We've been to Hedonism II 4 times now. Understand that if you are not big on partying and content to ignore what you may see (and you may see just about anything), a nudist can have a great time there. Since 3/4 of the resort migrates to the nude beach and pool, sometimes stuffing it to the brim, you end up with a large amount of resort that's pretty empty including the other beach which is actually nicer. We spend hours reading in the day-bed by the waterfall splash pool, swim a lot in the huge main pool and the swim-up bar pool, and just had a great time. Nude snorkeling!!!!

Then there's Europe. Like all good nudists, we will someday make the pilgrimage to Cap D'agde. But, that's a darned expensive vacation for us and more complex to plan.


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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: LBI2SXM]
      #1747033 - 09/20/17 05:43 PM (73.226.247.100)

Brian (Peconic) McMahon was a member of Sky Farm in Bernards, NJ. Peconic passed away earlier this year.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: chazo]
      #1747181 - 09/21/17 02:13 PM (173.238.41.231)

Glad someone mentioned Hedonism. Although its reputation precedes it, there are plenty of quiet areas during the day and even some in the evening if you don't like the party. The downside is that the beach is not near as nice as Orient (or what it was until recently)

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: chazo]
      #1747455 - 09/25/17 03:11 AM (67.87.250.138)

Which alternative Club O is best for singles?

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: chazo]
      #1747659 - 09/26/17 07:39 PM (107.77.70.118)

Chazo, do you or anyone else know anything about Calinte Caribe, or any other place similar in the Dominican Republic?

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: SXMbeacher]
      #1747687 - 09/27/17 05:36 AM (46.208.77.190)

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Chazo, do you or anyone else know anything about Calinte Caribe, or any other place similar in the Dominican Republic?




I think that Caliente Caribe has only been available to large group bookings in recent years. I went a few times when you could just book a room, but then they started letting the whole resort to swinger/gay/fetish groups.


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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: tiger79]
      #1747694 - 09/27/17 07:34 AM (76.178.251.99)

Well that's definitely out then. Thanks for the insight!

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: SXMbeacher]
      #1747695 - 09/27/17 07:48 AM (76.178.251.99)

Any experiences with Hidden Beach Resort in Mexico?

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: tiger79]
      #1747704 - 09/27/17 08:27 AM (107.77.253.3)

It's too bad. We went there once, a long time ago. The location was stunning..

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: SXMbeacher]
      #1747839 - 09/27/17 11:37 PM (70.196.11.4)

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Any experiences with Hidden Beach Resort in Mexico?




We like it although it is overpriced.

There is practically no beach so most activity centers around the pool.

The food is very good and they always a nice (friendly) clientele.


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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: DarkDiggler]
      #1747872 - 09/28/17 08:07 AM (76.178.251.99)

Yes i did see that it was extremely expensive! Curacao seems to be leading our list right now, but not sure of the beach situations there yet.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: SXMbeacher]
      #1747892 - 09/28/17 09:30 AM (35.12.217.162)

The Natural in Curacao has also managed to move up to the front of our list. We're probably going next summer. The room rates are very reasonable and they have meal options so we don't feel we have to drive to every meal. They offer a nude snorkeling trip once a week and we're also considering the boat charter which is not a bad deal. Beaches I'm not so sure about. There apparently are a lot of isolated beaches you can just chance it on and I've heard there a lot of people going nude. Might also contact the resort and see if they have beach suggestions.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: nouth]
      #1747899 - 09/28/17 10:08 AM (174.233.134.132)

As you say no real comparison anywhere.

Other good enough places are either too expensive for us, dont allow bringing in food/alcohol, non sandy beaches, different clientele or visitors.

We'll go on a BN cruise and/or Cypress Cove until we can cruise/fly to st martin and we probably wont go to st martin until the yellow umbrellas are up.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: nouth]
      #1748470 - 10/03/17 02:40 PM (96.81.87.189)

Eden Beach at Hawksbill in Antigua, is a possibility. Haven't been so if anyone has any info, that would be helpful.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: GerryT]
      #1748473 - 10/03/17 03:16 PM (108.4.120.115)

We were at Hawksbill many years ago on a day pass. The resort itself was very nice - a very British clientele - nice property. Eden Beach (one of four beaches at Hawksbill) was nothing like the Club O beach but for the fact that it was a nice beach on the water. The male gawkers - rather creepy generally - outnumbered the very few beachgoers when we were there. At least on the day we were there, the clear majority of guests seemed to regard Eden Beach as a strange place with which they had very little interest. Others (some who post here) have had similar experiences.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: GerryT]
      #1748474 - 10/03/17 03:16 PM (73.255.141.246)

We visited there for a day, a LONG time ago. They have a nude beach, but it is not a nudist resort. And, as of then, there were no rooms on that beach and no facilities at all. There were a few chairs there, but I don't remember there even being umbrellas, and there was no food or drink there. I don't know if that has changed or not. Just looked at some reviews on Trip Advisor. There is a/c but no TVs in the rooms. No shade on the nude beach, according to a recent review--no palapas, no umbrellas, etc. That would be a deal breaker for me, now, unless I could find an umbrella to buy somewhere on island I guess.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: Snorkeller]
      #1748476 - 10/03/17 03:31 PM (73.255.141.246)

There were not any gawkers when we were there. In fact, I think we were the only people on the 4th beach. The entrance to the water seemed pretty rocky to me.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1748479 - 10/03/17 03:38 PM (108.4.120.115)

Just to be technical, I think it was treated as C/O beach not nude beach - not sure how it was advertised. They do have at least some units with air conditioning now. I think we were there after you were, and they had some air conditioned units then - but not all. The water was pretty rocky but we did not have much trouble getting into water.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: Snorkeller]
      #1748486 - 10/03/17 04:47 PM (73.255.141.246)

Yes, you are probably right, that it is considered a c/o beach, not nude. It was a long time ago we were there. If I were to guess, I would say, maybe pre 2000.

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Re: Club O Alternative? [Re: nouth]
      #1748544 - 10/04/17 12:30 PM (72.177.91.7)

We are probably going to head to Desire Pearl in Mexico - you do have to dress for meals, which is fine with us - even when we stay at Club O, we usually get dressed & head out to Grand Case, Simpson Bay, etc. for dinner anyway, so we have no issue with having to put clothes on for meals at Desire Pearl - this will be our 6th visit to Desire.

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