Skip and Go Naked: Moscow’s Naturist Beach
When Moscow’s summer humidity has you wanting to shed every shred of clothing, there’s one place to go where you can do just that. Serebryany Bor Beach No. 3 has 2,500 feet of nudist-friendly sandy shoreline tucked into the treeline, located near many Moscow hotels. The beach is one of several that lie along the Moskva River as it winds its way around the Serebryany Bor forest, but it’s the only one where clothing is optional. Learn more about how to get to this beloved beach and what you can do once you arrive below.
Where to Stay When You Go
You’ll be a 15-minute bus ride east of Serebryany Bor at the Kassado Plaza Hotel in Polezhaevskaya, so book a room there if you want your beach commute to be simple and short. The hotel’s central Moscow location also puts you within a mile of the Megasports Arena, and within a 10-minute ride to the Expocenter Krasnaya Presnya, which means you can visit the beach and do more of the fun stuff Moscow has to offer in one day. The hotel has upscale amenities that include deep soaking tubs in each room and on-site sauna and fitness room. A free shuttle operates within a 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of the hotel.
The naturist beach lies along the south-central part of the island formed by the Moskva River and a canal. Public transportation provides the easiest way into the park, as only local residents and public transport can drive inside the park itself. The transport terminal on the western side of the park deposits you approximately 1/2 mile from the beach.
Alternatively, you can Walk to Beach No. 3 from hotels and attractions on the edge of Serebryany Bor, like the Royal Zenith-I Hotel. Before you walk, linger over breakfast in one of the hotel’s two restaurants before heading along a mile-long nature trail that leads to the beach. Bicycle rentals are also available for those not wishing to walk.
What to Do Once You’re There
Shy first-time naturists will find places to feel secluded among the trees, so find a spot to get comfortable. If you’re not the sunbathing type, more modest beach goers can enjoy playing sand volleyball or getting refreshments at the cafe, all without having to put on a thread of clothing.
The shore slopes into the river, which has little current at the site of the nudist beach. The water gets deep enough for swimming and lifeguards watch over the waters from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m, so anyone who wants to take a dip can find a chance to do so all day long. Fitness buffs in the buff can swim the length of the beach and back to get a workout of nearly a mile. Behind the beach, nature trails wind into the trees where you can take a jog or hike without having to get dressed. Pine, willow and birch dominate the forest’s 230 forms of plant life in Serebryany Bor, which translates to “silver forest” in Russian.
If you want to explore the rest of the beaches nearby, put your clothes back on to sample Serebryany Bor’s other waterfronts and activities. Beach No. 2 affords all the perks of a beach resort, with a playground, changing rooms and refreshment stands.
There’s no shortage of cultural and historic attractions to enjoy while you’re in Moscow, but if you’re yearning for an experience in nature that’s a little bit more on the adventurous side, you can’t miss out on Serebryany Bor Beach.
This post was posted by Fiona Moriarty on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on July 16, 2015