Posted: November 4, 2021


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (October 2021) — Life begins at retirement. It starts when you return from work one day and say, “Hi, Honey, I’m home – forever.” It’s then that you’re free to do absolutely nothing or anything.  It’s a time for adventurous pursuits and to say, “goodbye tension, hello pension.”

One of the biggest challenges of retirement can be how to spend time without spending a lot of money. Which is where the American Association for Nude Recreation (, an organization 90 years young, comes into play.  They recommend you don’t retire from life just because you’ve retired from work. Rather, reconnect with that free spirit you embodied back in the day with an affordable retirement gift of American Association for Nude Recreation’s 1-year membership for approximately $64 per person. Doing so provides a sense of freedom and well-being, cultivates body image acceptance, presents opportunities to make new friends, and also opens the door for abundant vacation experiences.

Better still, it can lead you to explore the possibilities of retiring to a residential nudist community. They abound coast to coast, are often affiliated with thriving nudist resorts, and tend to be found in the nation’s temperate, sunbelt regions. To check out their locations visit the AANR website, club locator page at: or call 1-800-TRY-NUDE.

To get you started on your journey of discovery, here are a few pros and cons of living as a retired nudist:

Financial Pro #1:  Savings in clothes, which also saves on affiliated laundry costs, which translates to lower utility bills.  And there’s an environmental benefit too.  Typical (versus energy efficient) top-load electric clothes washers and dryers generate 5 pounds of CO2 per washer/dryer cycle. Given it’s used an average of 4 times a week, that’s 20 pounds a week, 80 a month, and 960 pounds of CO2 a year. The typical nudist family will use the washer and dryer about half that. Within the American Association for Nude Recreation membership roles, that is a collective savings of 24,000,000 pounds of CO2.

Another Pro: Think about housekeeping or exercising in the nude. By doing so you sweat less, don’t dirty clothes, and can also keep the air-conditioning bill down and shrink your clothes washing loads too. In the sunbelt (or elsewhere in the summer), by turning up your central air conditioning thermostat one degree, fuel consumption can be cut by as much as 10%.

Pro #3: In nudist communities, naked gardening is the norm. Besides body acceptance and personal freedom, nude gardening is comfortable, saves on laundry, and makes for a quick personal clean up – just hose down.  Again, saving on utility expenditures.

Pro# 4:  Everyone is neighborly; whether before retirement they were white collar or blue collar – now they wear no collar and class distinctions evaporate.  Here if neighbors have a skill that can assist you, they’ll pitch in with a handyman and other support, saving you on expenses charged by tradesmen.

Pro #5: For transient retirees who RV to Florida nudist communities/RV parks and campgrounds, lot rent for campers at Cypress Cove is approximately $600/month – compared to a typical over 55 retirement venue which charges substantially more.

The only financial con: Some friends and family may not visit you in your nudist community, which means you have to incur travel expenses to go visit them in their comfort zone.

To interview nudists from various geographic and economic backgrounds who have retired to a nudist residential community, please contact AANR as noted below.

About AANR: For 90 years AANR has been the preeminent authority and voice in North America, staunchly protecting the freedoms and rights of those who participate in wholesome, family-style nude recreation. Socially, AANR encourages Nakation℠ vacations as healthy, eco-friendly, transformational travel experiences; while AANR’s membership demonstrates conclusively that life is enhanced by the naturalness of social nudity. From exercise to relaxation, a person’s physical, spiritual, and mental well-being is enriched through nude recreation and slumber. AANR supports over 180 chartered clubs, resorts, and campgrounds (and is growing), and serves more than 30,000 members and 52 million skinny dipping enthusiasts throughout the U.S., Canada, and internationally. For more information about AANR and to find an affiliated residential nudist community, visit or call 1-800-TRY-NUDE (879-6833).


Mary Jane Kolassa, AANR Public Relations Consultant


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