Rio de Janeiro opens first nudist beach

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Brazilians are known for their skimpy beachwear but when it comes to nudity on the sands, they are much more conservative.

However, after a campaign by activists, Rio de Janeiro, the country’s second largest city, has officially opened its first ever nudist beach. The weird leisure spot is located one hour from the city centre. According to, Abrico beach has been established despite many Brazilians frowning at the idea.

But activist, Paula Nogueira praised the move. She said: “This is a courageous decision by the mayor and it will help Rio become a cultural and tourist reference point, especially with the city about to celebrate its 450th anniversary and the 2016 Olympic Games.”

Nudists have traditionally gathered at Abrico beach, but this is the first time they have been given official recognition. The news has continued to stun many Brazilians who are mostly devoted Catholics.

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