By Sarah Gordon for MailOnline. Brazilians are known for their barely-there beachwear - but when it comes to nudity on the sands, they are much more conservative. But after a campaign by activists, Rio de Janeiro has officially opened its first ever nudist beach - one hour away from the centre of the city. Abrico beach has been designated the city's first nudist enclave, despite many Brazilians frowning upon topless sunbathing and nudity in public areas. Open for business: Abrico , an hour outside of Rio, has been officially designated the city's first nudist beach. Activist Paula Nogueira has 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 th anniversary and the Olympic Games. In , Ms Nogueira and fellow nudist Ana Rios organised a topless protest on Facebook to be staged at the city's central Ipanema Beach, but just six women turned up to join in. The move was welcomed by activists, but nudism is often frowned upon by the general population. At the time, Ms Rio said: 'I have always found strange this puritan attitude in Brazil where you see naked women everywhere during carnival and on magazine covers - yet going topless on the beach is a crime.
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The city is "as famous for its natural beauty as it is for Carnival reveling with televised samba parades and belles in their Olympic nakedness," said one Brazilian judge. And with these words last month, he dismissed a ban on nudism at a beach called Abrico, ruling that arguments of immorality did not apply to well-behaved naked sunbathers on the outskirts of merry Rio. On a recent sunny weekend after the lifting of a nine-year ban, dozens of nudists filled Abrico beach, the city's only nude beach which sits on a secluded strip of sand between the mountains and next to surfers' favorite spot of Grumari. One man stands on a rock, talking on a mobile phone that makes his ear the only covered part of his body. Others play volleyball or jump in the waves. Some swimsuit-clad bathers walk rather sheepishly along the shore, past a sign saying: "Beyond this point you may find naked people. Abrico is one of very few nudist beaches in an urban area in Brazil and the only one in the international tourist mecca that is Rio.
The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro got its first official nudist beach this week , in what one activist calls a "courageous decision" by lawmakers. The spot is Abrico Beach , about an hour's drive from the city's center. At least one "naturist" group has been gathering here on weekends for years -- and now everyone is officially welcome, whether in swimsuits or merely a birthday suit. And this is happening in Brazil
It is the east end of Grumari Beach. Regulated by an assossiation, though it has no need for that since the municipality just officialized it. As many other nude beaches, or should say almost all the nude beaches, the setting is great and the goers are mainly people that you might think they shouldn't be in that place. It is very far from Rio, still way further out from Barra da Tijuca. I take 1h30min by car from Copacabana. It is worth it. Really beautiful over there. The beach is tiny and if the tide is high the sand can be reduced to almost nothing. The gay men prefer to stay in the end and straight men and couples stay in the first half.