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(Date Posted:10/12/2005 18:32)

Will be staying in Sanibel end of November. Will we be able to find somwhere to thong or less without problems? If not where should we go? We will be driving in from Ontario.
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JM_Runs
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From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/25/2004 21:58)

Sanibel and Captiva were very hard it by the huricane. Report back what beach conditions you found.

Sanibel is more built up. Captiva is very layed back, except for the modern development on the North end.

Captiva should be thong friendly but you won't be able to go nude.
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The north end of Bowman's Beach, at the island's north end, was unofficially clothing-optional until the 1980s, when local police began arresting even topless toddlers. Sanibel Naturist Aleta Adam tells me her group uses a stretch of Sanibel Beach "where we're not hassled too much," but wouldn't pinpoint it. "When you start publishing this information, it brings out the nut cases," she said.


One of the quitest bits I have found was on the north end of Sanibel. There is a cut between the islands with a bridge over it. We parked on the north side of the bridge and walked south over the bridge. Then hiked south along the shore. First we hiked for a quater mile over the biggest bank of shells you have ever seen. Beond this is we found a very secluded secton of soft sand beach.
This is the north end of the beach associated with the N J Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Most of the refuge is on the sound side but there is 2.5 miles of beach on the gulf side, running south from the bridge. You may get a vist by a ranger but they are mainly just checking that there is no 'inaproprate gay behavior" taking place. You may want to write to them and ask, "I know that you don't alow nudity but do you alow thong swim suits on the refuge's beach?" 1 Wild Life Drive, Sanible, FL 33957 DingDarling@fws.gov

The local nudist club >> http://www.sanibelnaturists.com/
This book may be of help. >> http://www.seashells.com/sanibelcaptivaguide.htm
also .. http://www.onlinehotels.com/frommers/default.aspx?Adults=1&Rooms=1&Country=1&State=1&City=171



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Tanned Bum
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RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/30/2004 03:25)

JM,  Unbelievable amount of shells you see on that part of the beach,  I've watched people shel pick for hours there.

I've never had a problem in Sanibel or Captiva beaches, the water is nice and the views are great. I enjoy fishing and tanning out at those beaches.  Sanibel has a few beaches that are not crowded. During the busy season you may want to get there by 10-11 am because parking is limited.



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Tanned Bum
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RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/30/2004 03:25)

JM,  Unbelievable amount of shells you see on that part of the beach,  I've watched people shel pick for hours there.

I've never had a problem in Sanibel or Captiva beaches, the water is nice and the views are great. I enjoy fishing and tanning out at those beaches.  Sanibel has a few beaches that are not crowded. During the busy season you may want to get there by 10-11 am because parking is limited.



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Tanned Bum
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RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/30/2004 03:25)

JM,  Unbelievable amount of shells you see on that part of the beach,  I've watched people shel pick for hours there.

I've never had a problem in Sanibel or Captiva beaches, the water is nice and the views are great. I enjoy fishing and tanning out at those beaches.  Sanibel has a few beaches that are not crowded. During the busy season you may want to get there by 10-11 am because parking is limited.



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sailor250
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RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:02/20/2005 16:27)

Recently got to go to Bowman's Beach on Sanibel, went north away from the crowds and one day walked up past where the beach got washed into the woods.  I wore  gstrings without a problem, just a few gawers.   I saw one other guy in a g string beyond those trees.  Otherwise I was the only thonger out there for a few days.

I had a variation on what's happened before on South Beach.  A family, a mother and dad in their 40's with their  20'sdaughter or son and their GF/BF ( or wife/husband) walking down the beach.  They apparently spotted me on my stomach.  The young couple say they want their picture taken by the older couple then they stop and stand near me, so I'm in the picture off to the side with them posing arm in arm.



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sailor250
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(Date Posted:10/13/2005 03:51)

Have worn a thong or g string at Bowman's Beach at the north end of  Sannibel several times.  Didn't have the nerve to try it on more crowded beaches closer to the old town, but probably wouldn't be a problem.
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bareone
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(Date Posted:10/14/2005 04:31)

What can women get away with close to town? Topless? thong? G?
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sailor250
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(Date Posted:12/02/2005 04:05)

From what I've seen the times I've been there thongs aren't a problem, topless might go if discreet back on the beach near a home.  I haven't seen a g string away from Bowman's but what's the difference?  I see them as a little more bare, but I don't think there's  much difference on a woman.

I've collected a few large oyster and clam shells from some Atlantic beaches and have thought of trying to fashion a suit out of some.  I would be amazing to see a woman on a shelling beach like Sannibel wearing three shells on  a g string!

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ithongit
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(Date Posted:05/21/2006 23:24)

Summer 2006 is coming and most posts on this item are at least a year old now.  Does anyone have an update on how friendly the Sanibel area is to thongs?  I will be going with my BF this June and we have heard rumors that county laws have been changed to make thonging illegal in the Sanibel area.  Both me and my BF enjoy thonging when we can, and sometimes I go topfree too if it's okay.  Usually we visit North Carolina Outer Banks, but the trip to Florida is being paid for by his work, so who's to complain?  We just have to pay for extra nights and local transportation for days in excess of the conference.  The cottages we will be staying at basically said that thongs are okay in their pool, as long as they didn't get complaints, which my BF and I can live with.  We don't parade around or make a big fuss.  If other people are their or more come by, we play it cool and usually nobody says a thing negative.  We usually can tell if they are bothered, and ask if they want us to cover up, and even when they are bothered, they usually don't cause issues if we ask them if they want us to cover up more.

Ithongit

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sunami
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(Date Posted:05/28/2006 00:35)

hi i plan on going to sanibel in two weeks.my girlfreind and i wore are g-string bikinis last time we were there but that was like two years ago.never had a problem and saw many people male and females in thongs.is it still thong freindly or did it get more uptight like someplaces.which beach would be best to wear our g-strings
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ithongit
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(Date Posted:05/30/2006 21:59)

Hi --

I just got the following e-mail back from the Sanibel Chamber of Commerace in response to my asking about thonging at Sabibel Island:

There is no law against wearing thong bathing suits however, they are
not seen that often.  You may want to go to Bowmans Beach which is a
little less populated. Thank you.

Sounds like there is no reason not to wear thongs this season.  I thing Bowman's beach is the one that used to be clothing optional, but I am not sure.


 

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sailor250
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(Date Posted:05/31/2006 01:21)

Yes you're right, it's a county park.  I was there a little over a year ago and wore  a Very low Thong several times without a problem both near the main beach and down to the right (north) where nude used to work.  The hurricanes have caused lots of damage to the woods.  One day I had a bald eagle fly over me about  close, what a sight.
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ithongit
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(Date Posted:06/24/2006 13:09)

Our trip to Sanibel was great.  Our place was about 1 mile from the light house (according to mile markers placed along the beach) and we thonged there with no issues whatsoever.  We also walked up to the lighthouse where there is one of the only public parking areas along the beach.  We assumed that the parking area might draw a different crowd, but we actually found the people around the light house to be friendlier than those further down the beach.  We didn't try anything extreme as far as our thongs went, but nobody seemed to mind our swimsuits, we didn't notice anybody staring, nobody was sneaking pictures, etc.  It didn't phase the older crowd or the young people with kids.  The area swimwear shops almost all sold men's thongs and some had women's thongs too.

It was in a couple of ways unlike other beaches we have visited.  First at least half the people are running around staring at the gorund looking for the perfect shell (Sanibel is supose to have some of the best shell collecting in the USA) and secondly, we found people down right unfriendly.  They were not rude or chase you around with guns or anything, they just minded their own business more than any place else we have ever gone.  In North Carolina's outer banks where we usually sun our buns, everyone says 'hi' when they pass on the beach.  It is very rare that an exchange of  hi's does not occur.  On Sanibel, nobody ever said 'hi' to us or to anyone else.  We layed out in a spot for hours and not a single passer said hi either to us or each other, and after walking miles and miles, nobody ever said hi to us.  If we said 'hi' to others, we almost never got a response.  Twice in a weeks visit did someone actually responded to our 'hi'.  Most people gave us this look like 'huh -- whats wrong with them'.  We were talking to a waiter at dinner who was from NJ and comes down during summer break to make some money and enjoy the sun, and he said he had always found the people the same.  So into themselves and their shell collecting.

Our accomodations were clean and the motel pool cool enough to be quite enjoyable compared to the warm water in the Gulf of Mexico.  The motel pool was pretty well isolated from outside by high plantings and the only people who could see the pool were people either sitting around it or people looking out of their rooms.  You would not have even known there was a pool unless you were staying there.  There was a family at the motel from French Quebec and when they saw me and Randy in our thongs, the teen-aged boy started wearing one at the pool the next day, but he never wore less than a Speedo to the beach.  At the motel pool, Randy got away with wearing his more risque suits, including a fishnet thong and one suit with a hole in the front that he fished his equipment out of.  When nobody said anything about this, he started skinny dipping and laying out around the pool in the buff the rest of the time we were there.  I started going topfree around the pool too, and again there were no objections, even when the manager came around and I pulled a towel over to cover up and Randy's laying next to me in the buff and the manager says something like 'don't cover up on my account'.  The other people at the motel didn't seem to mind the skin show we were putting on either.

From the information from the Chamber of Commerece, I would have expected less tollerance to thonging in the area where we were staying, near the historical lighthouse.  They had recomended the formerly nude beach at Bowmans beach as a place where thonging would be more acceptable.  When we ask around at stores and stuff, everyone said Bowmans was still unofficially nude, but that it was impossible to police it constantly and that people still skinny dipped there frequently.  Well this is the place we got the strangest and somewhat scariest response we have ever had to our thonging.  A couple with 7 children between babies and about 14 were laying out on the Bowman's beach.  The kids were totally un-supervised and throwing sand and shells at each other, hitting each other with sticks, and some were 'playing' in the water.  It appeared that the water game they were playing was hold your siblings head under the water until they came up coughing and gaging.  At one point the oldest boy pulled down his shorts and took a whiz right there in front of everyone -- even though there were public restrooms available or he could have stepped into the surf for a minute or two.   Randy used the words 'mean spirited' to describe them, and I must agree that these kids seemed to have no idea of how dangerous and mean  the things they were doing to each other were.

Anyway, Randy and I approached the group and we were in conservative (even for us) thongs that day (I wore a Yellow Venus and Randy a Toto flag print.)  The husband was drinking beers and had about 5 empty cans laying around and the woman was reading the New York Times Sunday and I was looking for shells and as we approached I turned my back to the group as I showed something to Randy and this guy whistles and calls out really loud so I can hear him something about me having a nice 'butt' and his wife had an ugly butt and it was nice to see a good one after all this time.  Well the wife didn't even react to his comment, and as we kept getting closer he kept saying how he'd like to rub suntan lotion on my butt and stuff like that and while I have occationally gotten that type of comment from very young men before, I have never had it from someone in their mid to late thirties before.  Anyway Randy's about ready to give this guy a piece of his mind and I tell Randy to let it go and we go a little out of our way going around to keep some distance from them and when we are past them, the guy sees that Randy has bare buns too and calls all the kids back to be with the mother and he makes them sit directly on the sand and wrap their heads in their towels so they can't see Randy's buns and he starts bad-mouthing Randy for what he is exposing and tells his wife and kids to keep the towels over their heads until Randy has left the area and when we walked back he had them cover up their heads again until we were a long distance away.  The whole time he's spouting off about protecting the little girls (why did the boys have to cover their heads too?) from the gay man.  At the same time, he's like constantly staring at Randy's buns and when the unbrela got in the way, he moves so he can see around it and not loose sight of Randy's bare ass.

Now I wonder who in their right mind would go to Florida, let his kids practically kill each other, go hog wild when they see a woman in a thong and then do a 180 and make his whole family hide from the sight of a man's bare bottom.  Randy thinks maybe this guy was homophobic but at the same time discovered that he really liked looking at men's asses.  The homophobic side of him told him not to look but he couldn't stop, so he made everyone else not look.  This somehow made things okay.  At least they didn't see him learing at Randy.  This would also explain the large family (proving his masculinity) and the cat calls about me and my thong (again proving how masculine he was).  Whatever was wrong with him, his New York TImes reading wife was probably too wimpy to fight him, and the many scars and bruises covering her body may have been from abuse (again showing who the man is at home).  In any event, the only danger he saw was a man in a thong.  It's idiots like this that make me think sometimes that everyone should have to take a parenting test before they can have kids.  If the man had been overly protective of his kids all the time and acted like he truely didn't like seeing my boyfriend's bare ass, I might have sympathized with him. 

 

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ctmonline
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From: USA


(Date Posted:06/24/2006 13:30)

ithongit,

It sounds like you had a great trip to Sanibel with the exception of the moron on beach, we've been to Sanibel on day trips but never overnight, what motel exactly did you stay at that allowed such freedom at the pool?

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jn9195
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From: USA


(Date Posted:06/24/2006 21:07)



And it is usually the kids that aren't phased at all about someone in a thong... they don't usually seemed to notice or care. Personally, I've never enjoyed visiting any of the west coast of Florida. Tried it again earlier this month, hated it once again.
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sailor250
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(Date Posted:06/25/2006 13:24)

Their experience at the small motel echos what I've seen.  You only have to get a few people to agree on a dress code at the pool or hot tub.

I've never had such an experience at Bowman's!  Just a few stares and some giggling preteens.

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ithongit
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(Date Posted:06/25/2006 23:47)

Hi Everyone --

Sailor 250 is righr.  The place we stayed was the Sunshine Island Inn and it was very small and cozy.  It had only 5 or 6 rooms (depending on if two are rented together) and they all open with sliding glass doors onto a small pool area.  I don't want to be put into the position of  people thinking that the motel automatically endorses nude pool use.  I want my fellow thongers to look at it as a thong friendly motel where we got away with wearing less because the circumstances were right.

As I mentioned earlier, the pool area can not be seen from any ajoining property.  This of course is a major plus.  This wouldn't stop Randy from skinny dipping in its self but he would never lay out in the public unless it was at least an unofficial nude area.  One of his favorite motels in Louisville KY is a big chain place with an outdoor pool, and next door to a busy reastaurant.  People parking for the restaurant walk by the pool, but that doesn't stop him from skinny dipping in the pool during the day or night.  As they walk by few even bother to look, and if they do, they see that someone with long hair is in the pool, but that's about all.  Is it a man or woman?  How much are they wearing?  Nobody asks these questions, they just assume everything is okay and go about their business.  This is the way Randy approaches the times when he slips out of his thong, as times and places where people either won't notice or simply won't care if he's wearing a swimsuit.

The progression from completely covered and "street legal" through "borderline indecent" to totally nude took about two days and went through seveal stages including a G-string, a sheer when wet suit, a G-string with a fishnet pouch.  The fact that other guests did not object was his main way of feeling out how far he could go.  Several times at other places, he has been "caught" by a motel employee, but they usually say something like "I personally don't mind you skinny dipping, but if someone complains, I will have to ask you to put your swimsuit back on" or something like that.  The unusual freedom we found at Sanibel was due to an unusual set of circumstances (tiny motel, no management most of the time, thong friendly guests who didn't react negatively to more exposure, etc.) and everything worked out in Randy's favor.  The same motel with different guests or the other manager person may have been less tollerant, so while I'm happy to mention the motel's name (I would reccomend it even if we couldn't have skinny dipped), I don't want to come off like they always except nudity, etc.

The management of the motel consists of a single employee who does everything -- checks in new people, cleans the pool, cleans the room, washes the sheets and towels, etc.  There also is a landscape service that was there one day, but this guy was too busy looking at me and the other women to be bothered by what Randy was doing.  While we were there, two different women served in the position of manager.

The employee/manager shows up aroiund 9:00 AM and disappears at 3:00 PM.  If you don't check in by 3:00 they just leave the room unlocked and a key in the room.  They do not clean the rooms daily or make beds, etc.  They leave this to you.  They do exchange towels however, and there is an endless supply of pool and beach towels available to the guests.  During the weekend, the place was hopping, and every room was in use, but during the week, many people left.  In fact, one night we were the only couple there.  Randy said it was sort of like some Steven King novel, but of course, the scariest thing for an Ohio girl like me was the lizards and huge insects we saw.

Randy spent some time talking to both manager/attendants while wearing just his thongs, and while neither seemed offended by the thongs, you could tell one was a little more accepting and comfortable.  I guess it would be hard for them to get too upset.  Thongs are acceptable and legal on the beach, and how can you stop someone from wearing legal beach attire around the motel?  (A warning, the beach is across the street and accessed by a sand and gravel walk about 100 yards long which is between two condo buildings.   We didn't have an issue with not being right on the beach, but some people would.) 

An example of the way the thong friendlier person reacted to Randy was when he ask her about the pool hours.  The official posted rules said the pool closes at 9:00 PM but with no body resident to manage the rule, the thong-friendlier woman said "nobody's here to tell you when you can or can't use the pool".  She even suggested that if the pool was too well lit for after hours use, we could loosen the light bulbs in the porch lights at every room's glass door to make it more "romantic".  This woman is the one who stumbled upon us when Randy was laying on his back, sunning in the buff and I was topfree.  I don't know if she was expecting to see Randy's bare body, but I did notice that she stared at his equipment every time she walked by.  In reality, she only invaded our privacy three times in five minutes and we never saw her again that day.

We have posted elsewhere on this board about how almost 100 percent of motels and hotels accept us wearing thongs, and like Sailor250 says, it really depends on the other guests.  Very few smaller places would risk offending customers or hurting repeat business by making a big deal about thongs or in the case of tiny motels, skinny dipping.  Randy has the balls to skinny dip many places, and often will do this at motel pools if nobody else is around, or if the others around seem comfortable with the idea, and so far has never even been ask to cover up.  This motel while not cheap, is not as expensive as most.  Still, it does not have the advantage of being a big name chain motel, being right on the beach, or being new.  It went under new management in 2004 and if the week we were there is any indication, they could use a lot more customers at least in the summer, so offending or alienating customers is certainly not in their best interest.

Traci

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sailor250
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(Date Posted:06/27/2006 01:05)

You were lucky.  I've experienced good tolerance of g strings and thongs at such places and have been able to skinny dip at night when few are around, but to be able to lay out nude is exceptional. 

It was great you were given license to lower the lights .  Skinny dipping is more exposing when there are pool lights on at night.  I like to swim in the dark water anyway, and without much other light you can look up at the stars.

I hope no one takes too much advantage of the situation so that the management restricts the dress code.

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JM_Runs
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From: USA


(Date Posted:06/27/2006 02:14)

I think the reason why Traci found the Sanibel hotel and guests were tolerant of her, and her husband, because they were a couple. My experience is that single men in thongs or nude are often regarded with suspicion but obvious couples are not. When I'm accompanied by my girlfriend or any other women, it's like having diplomatic immunity, no one ever says anything.

That's why I suggest single men who are going to lay out, look round and ask any un-attached women thongers if they mind them laying out along side, "Because I get less flack for my swimsuit if I am with a women". 

Also, Sanibel is a layed back little place.

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ithongit
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(Date Posted:06/27/2006 15:17)

Hi Everyone --

First Sailor250 has expressed my concern -- not to push the nudity thing or minimal swimwear thing too hard at the motel where we stayed, or make specific references to their management about the times or employees who let us do it.  I would hate for her to get fired or in trouble.  If any guest were ever to complain to the management or even worse, call Sanibel police and make a complaint, the motel management would almost certainly have to step up restrictions and the opportunities for future extreme swimsuit or nude pool use would be jepordized.  One of the managers told Randy that the posted 9:00 pool use rule was in response to people who partied way too loudly long into the night and kept other guests awake.  The posting of the rule give the management a way to enforce -- through police actions if needed -- the simple concept of respecting others rights to get some rest.

We have seen the rights to thong taken away a few years ago at the Ainsworth Hot Springs in British Columbia Canada.  Randy and I were thonging and keeping it pretty conservative.  There were probably at least 100 people in the pools, including familys and foreigners, and we didn't want to offend anyone.  Two men who were there the first day we stayed and had come over and chatted with us, and eventually talked to us about our thongs, came back the next day in extreme exposure swimsuits which exposed portions of their male anatomy.  This was inappropriate at a family resort and while people at the pools were trying to keep cool about what they were seeing, a woman in the ajoining restaurant  with a table with a view overlooking the pools complained and when Randy and I left the pool that evening, the towel girls who check your passes and hand out the towels very sympathetically explained that a new pool rule had just been created -- no thong or g-string style bikinis on men or women.  The management offered to refund an additional day's stay we had reserved if we wanted to leave early, but we stayed anyway and they gave Randy a Speedo type suit and some swim shorts and me a bikini and shorts so we could stay and still be within the limits of the new rules.  Anyway, these two guys pushed the window too far and while their management had always been tollerent of conservative thong swimwear in the past, the extreme swimsuits which exposed too much flesh caused them to ban thongs all together.

JM Runs is so right about  couples being hastled less.  I see it all the time here in Ohio at the beaches and everywhere else we go.  Single thongers have more issues than couples.  (I'm going to address just issues when thonging, not skinny dipping here.)  Single men thongers are frequently seen as being gay, and there is the whole gay-bashing, homophobic issues they need to deal with.  But single women have problems too.  They are assumed to be 'easy' and get hit on a lot.  There have been days even at Ohio's Ceaser's Creek (which is one of the most thong tollerant places in the mid-west) when I've gone alone for swimming and laying out and littereally dozens of men have come along and tried to pick me up.  I guess there is some type of perception right now that a woman in a thong MUST be single and looking for a man.  The proposals have run from men who ask if they can get you a drink, put suntan lotion on your back (which means rub your ass), and lay out with you to actual invitations to go out for dinner.  I think most of these guys are thinking sex but being polite and at least trying to act somewhat civilized.  Then there are the more direct comments, come up to my car and we can ....,  etc.  If I go with my sister, who also thongs and usually goes topfree too, we get a lot fewer inappropriate comments.

I did find a non-thonging buddy a year or so ago to lay out with.  He frequently was at the beach and after I had seen him around for a few other visits, he came around and introduced himself, complimented me on having a nice body and swimsuit, explained that he was single but accepted the fact I was married and respected my husband, and ask if he could lay out near me.   When I accepted, he came over and we chatted and nothing else happened,  Yes we would go swimming together or throw a frisbee from time to time, but there was no coming on to each other.  The minute he came over 90 percent of the hasles stopped.  He wasn't a beautiful man by any means.  He's at least 30 pounds over weight, can't get a decent tan no matter how long he tries, and had thinning hair, but he's honest and we have each other's phone numbers and if one of us is going to the beach we call the other and sometimes meet up.  Randy accepts him and likes him quite a bit.  We have teased him a little about wearing thongs, but he isn't interested.  He has admitted that just laying out with a thonging woman has done wonders for his self esteme.

My BF/husband Randy is a well proportioned guy who exercises daily and looks like he could be tough.  He's strong, but not a muscle man, there is little fat, but no extreme muscle bulging.  He's got long hair and usually keeps it tied back at the beach.  Occationally, if he's laying out on his stomach and has his head in a book or is sleeping, someone will mistake him for a woman from a distance.  The thing is that people who hastle usually shut up the minute he stands.  He (for lack of a better word) puffs himself up and puts on his best tough guy look and most people who are bothering us will leave really quickly.  But even with Ned (the overweight companion) people are a lot kinder.

Any group will help the acceptance levels -- even if the others in the group do not thong.

The second thing about Randy is that he's so comfortable in a thong and even in the buff.  He had worked as a male model when in college, both at the university and for a strip-o-gram place, and became very comfortable with being seen in just a thong or less.  He always acts so cool and natural and there is never any hesitation or second thoughts to make him look nervous.  A person who's thonging and keeps covering up whenever anyone gets near or is constantly patrolling the area like a military guard is noticed and an easy mark to be bothered.  While we don't normally wear our thongs outside a appropriate pool, beach, boating, or backyard situation, we do wear them without hesitation any place other swimwear would be appropriate.  This includes to and from the car, at the refreshment stands, in lines at water parks, etc.  Last year we went to Acton Lake in Houston Woods State park in Ohio.  We were thonging and when it was time to leave, Randy anounced he was going to take a shower up at the bath house.  Three college girls from a nearby college had set up near us and had been eyeing Randy the whole time, and when he went up to take his shower and change, he left me to to take the cooler to the car.  Well when he left, the girls left right behind him and even though I was watching, I could see them slip into the men's change house shortly after Randy entered.  A few seconds later, one of them came running out with Randy's cloths, swimsuit, and towel while the others stayed inside.  Randy later admitted that these girls went right to the shower and stood there and watched him take his bath.  This didn't phase him but he did admire their muxi.  Anyway when he was done one of the girls told him that they had taken his stuff back down to the beach, so he just walked back to the beach to get them.  He didn't try to cover anything and wasn't the least bit ashamed about being nude.  Everyone on the beach had seen what had happened, the girls going into the shower and leaving with his cloths, and nobody seemed the least bit bothered by his nudity, but he was so cool and calm and when he got to the girls he got his cloths back and put them on and he did this all without any timidness.

Traci

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redraider55
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From: USA


(Date Posted:06/27/2006 17:42)

I'd like to compliment Traci (ithongit) on her descriptive stories and observations while thonging in various places. It adds lots of value to this board when thongers describe their experiences. Please continue!
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beachfolks
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(Date Posted:06/28/2006 02:00)

WE DON'T GO TO BOWMANS ANYMORE BECAUSE DESOTO IS SO CLOSE, BUT WE ALWAYS FOUND SANIBEL VERY LAID BACK.
i THINK YOU WILL HAVE TO BE PRETTY EXTREME TO GET IN TROUBLE AT SANIBEL
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sailor250
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(Date Posted:06/28/2006 13:21)

Yes I've found discretion is the word when dealing with nudity at these non nude inns.  Remember that an expectation of privacy to be nude has it's limits.  I've got to say that I've had more fun at the nonnude inns than the rare place that's nude or clothing optional.

If you want to avoid tanlines with some nude sun time pick places that havee private porches or balconies too.  I've been unable to wear a thong at the pool of some places but spend hours nude on the balcony.  So I scope out the places I intend to stay on travel sites staying.

View the ability to wear a minimal g string, exposure suit, or topless/nude as an earned privilege.

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sailor250
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(Date Posted:08/12/2006 20:01)

Has anyone else stayed at the Sunshine Island Inn on Sanibel?  Anyone stayed at other motel/hotel or BandB where thonging was possible?  Any other beach reports from Sanibel or Captiva?
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sailor250
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(Date Posted:02/18/2007 21:24)

Well I'd like to report back that the Sunshine Island Inn is a thong friendly place to stay I found out earlier this year.

I had to go to Sanibel for business one week and was able to get most afternoons free.  The Inn is a small one story almost house like place in a U shape with the pool in the middle.  The place only has about 7 rooms.  There were only 2-4 people there when I was there so I had the place to myself sometimes.

Afternoons with others and the manager around I was able to wear micro thongs and G strings with no one saying anything.  One afternoon I had the place to my self after the manager left  for the afternoon and the others were away I was able to lay out nude by the pool the whole afternoon.  The pool is very private no one outside can see it and all the rooms open on to the pool with sliding doors.   Evenings and mornings everyone has their drapes closed so I wouldn't even bother slipping into a thong to go for a dip.   The lighting around the pool isn't real bright so you can swim and see the stars.  The warm heated pool doesn't have lighting inside (not turned on) so if someone looked outside while you're skinny dipping they can't see you well anyway.

I know when I get a home in Fla. I'll get a private pool like that-- just roll out of bed in the morning walk out the door and jump in the pool--no clothes needed for whatever you want to do inside or outside.

 

The beach which is across the street was nice, had a lot of seaweed starting to collect which they say they weren't going to remove.  There no one paid much mind to laying out in a thong.  I didn't walk up and down the beach however.

At Bowman's Beach at the north end of the island I layed out a couple of afternoons.  At the far north end I remember many years ago was a nude beach.  This time I saw one guy nude in a chair, but no women around.  The whole time I was on Sanibel I only saw a couple of women or girls in bikinis.  The average age of people there must be 65 +, but not too many 85+ or infirmed.  Bowman's is no problem with a thong anywhere it didnt' seem 

Just like on the rest of Sanibel don't look for company of anyone else in a thong.

 

This is not South Beach but it's laid back and peaceful still.

So if you want to go pack your G's and thongs and maybe you won't need them sometimes!

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ithongit
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RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:08/17/2008 08:11)

Happy Birthday!

I hope I will still be thonging when I turn 60.  It is still a long way off, but I know it is coming fast, as my parents are almost there.  My dad shares my love of thonging and has been wearing them a long long time.  He actually got started in High School, so he's been wearing them for close to 40 years now.

Randy and I visited Sanibel a couple of years ago, and while we did visit the beaches you mention, we found that people on the main beach were just as accepting -- if not more accepting of us in our thongs as at the  "family" oriented beaches that were suggested by the Chamber of Commerace.

Please check out the earlier postings on Sanibel by me and others.  You don't have to go to a more adult oriented beach here, but might be perfectly accepted at the beach near your hotel or rental.

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swflaguy
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From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:08/17/2008 15:58)

 Thanks Traci....  I've been going to Sanibel for years - we live in Cape Coral so it's only about 40 minutes away. Lovers Key at Ft Myers Beach and Casperson at Venice are also close by. I'm sure you'll be thonging for a long time to come. Like your Dad, I started a long time ago and gradually got more comfortable with nudity. Nowadays, however, it's a lot easier to find a place where I can thong than go nude. And besides, I kind of like the cool tan line I get across the top of my butt.

I had a great birthday - I'm working hard again to get back my skill at the guitar - and I dang near have Pinball Wizzard down.


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swflaguy
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From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:08/17/2008 20:11)

 I'm just catching up on the Sanibel Island threads and I'm pleased to hear some have great experiences on the Island but troubled to hear others have had 'encounters'.

My wife and I  went to Sanibel yesterday and enjoyed a nice day of thonging....at least I did...she's on the shy side...but supportive of my exhibitionist tendencies. We went to the Blind Pass beach...which was formerly a nude beach area. However recent crackdowns have made nude sunbathing a little more risky. There is a small parking lot just before you pass onto Captiva Island across the street from the Lazy Flamingo Restaurant. Parking there is free but very limited. Otherwise you have to go to the pay lot just up the street.

We walked east up the beach and it was very quiet. I packed my shorts in my backpack and walked up the beach en thong. There were few people on the beach - although I frequently see people in thongs and gstrings...but not today. A number of walkers passed by our spot...and were friendly and spoke as they walked by...not seeming to notice or care about the fact that I was wearing a thong. Saw a few gawkers as we walked through a more populated area but you can expect that since Sanibel is a big draw for tourists and when you're from Kansas a man in a thong is a pretty shocking sight, I'm sure. You women are lucky in that way...seeing a woman in a thong or gstring makes the day for most. A guy, however....is a horse of a different ... er... whatever.

SW Florida is an interesting place in that we have lots of visitors - many from Europe with quite different views - some from the Midwest with 'quite different views' and a good many from the Northeast coast of our country. We've been permanent residents here for several years and before that we were annual visitors for many years.  If you're here on vacation go find your spot on the beach and hopefully you'll find some like minded folks.

Most of the visitors to our part of Florida are very 'open minded' and have a tendency to be very friendly and accepting. We have another group  = primarily what we refer to as the Nor'easters that come here with huge attitudes, nasty dispositions, negative everything and just plain Redneck ignorant views. There...I've said it. I apologize for these people but there here...they move here, they vacation here and that's it. But...nuff said.. there are plenty of places for us all - when you run into some of these folks, move on....forgetaboutit .... and let it go.  We run into them all of the time. Keep a smile on your face, keep on thongin and 'don't let the ba$$tards' get you down. Or if all else fails, have a a drink at the Mucky Duck, give me a call and we'll chilll.



K?


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jn9195
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From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:09/04/2008 01:58)

It seems that all of those little lodges around Sanibel do not like and do not accept thongs.

We've asked several of them prior to making reservations and they respond by saying something like, "NO!  We are a family establishment!"  We didn't find any that said they were OK.

My girlfriend ended up arguing with a couple of them on the phone saying that being a family establishment had nothing to do with thongs being legal and accepted or not.  Some of these owners and managers seemed more closed minded that people in the midwest.

We were very disappointed and stayed farther away, at a much cheaper hotel...  and thonged without asking.  We got "caught" too, but nothing was said. 


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tbck1000
30# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:09/04/2008 22:18)

My advice is to find out what style is legal where you are going then simply wear it.  Don't ask the hotel first.  When they see that you are a nice, well-behaved person who  does not want to molest any children, you will be accepted in your thong.
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sailor250
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RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:09/05/2008 14:48)

Yeh I've never asked at a hotel- their answer will always be NO because:
1. you've put them on the spot- have to give an answer now they and their boss/guests will have to live with later
2. they don't know if there will be a wholesale flaunting of thongs- in otherwords several parties doing it at the same time- possibly drawing complaints
3. the person you're asking may not have authority to say
4. they don't know you and might fear the worst if they have prejudice against thongs or think only swingers and strippers wear them- thus the "family establishment" issue
5. It's easier to say no to a potential guest than have to handle complaints from several paying guests later.

Just pay attention and if it looks like no one will be offended behave and try it-
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DavyJ
32# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:09/05/2008 19:03)

I am going to disagree with the above.  I often ask, and usually have good luck doing so.  I think it is far easier for the desk clerk (usually young and part-time help, who surely doesn't give a damn) to say yes, perhaps without thinking too hard, than to say no.  And it certainly increases your confidence a lot to have "permission".  Besides, you can use this "permission" later on if any problems occur.  Now, you surely want to ask at a weird time, like 10 AM, not 8 PM, because that is morelikely to get a "yes" response.  And if you are with a woman, then by all means have her ask, rather than you.
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bajaflyer
33# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:09/21/2008 07:49)

It's good to hear that the hotels and beaches are thong tolerant, even if some of the "guests" to the area are not. My wife and I are planning on going to Sanibel this November and plan on staying at one of the chain resorts. I just sent an email to one of them asking if thier pool and beach areas are thong tolerant.  I will post thier reply if and when I get it.
  I hope to go, and maybe see one of you guys, and gals, there.
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Ex-member
34# 



RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:09/21/2008 10:48)

 i'm going down there in october, be sure to check things out.. i have a feeling it should be good

bajaflyer
35# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:09/23/2008 15:24)

I just got a response from one of the large chain hotel/resorts. This is what they said,""There are no rules, however, nudity would be unacceptable.  Enjoy your time with us!", this is The Song of the Sea hotel.
Well, short and to the point, but acceptable. 
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funtom22
36# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:10/10/2008 16:28)

 hi bajaflyers it would be nice to join you there in saibel in nov just let me know
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Aimoo Team
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:02/26/2009 14:25)

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swflaguy
38# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:02/26/2009 15:40)

 You don't see thongs much on Sanibel these days albeit there are a number of foreign tourists who do. On the main beaches you don't generally even see Speedos or bikini suits on men these days. The best place to go is on the upper end of Sanibel on Bowman's Beach. I generally park on the north end of it just before you cross on to Captiva Island. Then walk down the beach and you'll find fewer people. The area around Clam Bayou is where the nude beach used to be - now that's the best and most private place to go thong. Be sure to head up to the Mucky Duck on Captiva while your there for a couple of cool ones on the beach.
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RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/15/2009 12:22)

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beachfolks
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RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/15/2009 13:06)

 Joseph-We always take a spray can of bug repellant and a spray can of the dreaded "Off" or "Cutters" personal repellant. If you happen to hit a bad week, be prepared to do something else or go to another beach.

The bugs seem to hatch out different times on different beaches. There are public beaches at the south end of Sanibel, big open Bowman's beach is nearly up to Captiva, then lots of beaches farther North on Captiva.


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Ex-member
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RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/16/2009 09:00)

I'm planning on going to Sanibel Island within the next couple of weeks and "thonging" for the first time.  I've always been a thong enthusiast and wanted to wear one to the beach, but never had the nerve until now.  I don't mind sporting a speedo, but am anxious about moving on to a thong.  I'm heading down to Bowman's Beach.  Any words of wisdom for a first-timer?
beachfolks
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/16/2009 09:17)

 Go North
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Ex-member
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/20/2009 08:34)

 Thanks beachfolks.  I went down to Bowman's Beach (north end) yesterday.  It was my first time wearing a thong at on the beach.  I  figured I would be nervous the first time, especially when it came time to take off the cover-up shorts.  However, I'd never felt so comfortable and natural at the beach.  I didn't see anyone else in a thong, or speedo, but displayed mine proudly anyway.  Several people walked by during the time I was laying out and not one made a negative comment.  One guy and his wife smiled and said they liked my thong and they were going start wearing thongs at the beach.  It was a great experience.

After a couple of hours, I decided to drive up the Gulfside Park, about middle of the island to "test" the waters there.  I slipped into a bikini with a rio back since I figured it was a little more conservative area.  When I took of the cover-up shorts there, one man and woman actually got up and moved.  After about an hour of being looked at, I figured I'd had enough sun.  Before I put my shorts back on one lady said, "I can't belive how much of his ass he's showing.  What's this world coming to?"  I purposely put my shorts in my beach bag and walked passed her in just my bikini, smiled and said "you should have seen me earlier."  I proceeded to walk out to the shower then to my car in just the bikini.   Two elderly ladies smiled at me in the parking lot and said they wish more men would wear bikinis.

All in all, it was a great day for thonging for the first time.  I did get kinda lonesome though.  If anyone ever wants to meet down at Sanibel, just drop me a line.  I may go back one day next week.
swflaguy
44# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/20/2009 15:33)

I go there from time to time - I'm in Cape Coral. Shoot me an email.

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JM_Runs
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From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/21/2009 10:55)

You said "One guy and his wife smiled and said they liked my thong and they were going start wearing thongs at the beach.  It was a great experience."

It is always good when you get positive feedback, either in smiles or words, but it's even better when your courage has the affect of giving others the courage to follow suit and wear thongs too.  Well done.
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Aimoo Team
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/22/2009 13:55)

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JM_Runs
47# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/28/2009 08:16)

 The Sanibel Naturists, (A nudist group with a nude beach on an off shore island that is only reachable by boat), are inviting people to participate in their part of the world wide attempt to break the World Record Skinny dip record on July 11, 2009

"Our club has decided to participate in this World Record challenge and we are looking for as many people as possible to visit our beach on this day". 
Any non-members wishing to join us at our Gulf beach for this world record attempt, and to learn more about our club, you can e-mail nude@sanibelnaturists.com or call local; 239-433-NUDE (6833) or Toll-Free 888-995-NUDE (6833)
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Aimoo Team
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/30/2009 13:08)

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funtom22
49# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:07/01/2009 12:08)

 glad to see this  in sanibel.  im going to try to get there this comein week to thong and enjoy the sun .hope it goes well . hope  to see some people wearing thongs out there when i goo.


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funtom22
50# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:09/11/2009 10:01)

 this is a nice place to go an enjoy wearing thongs an tanning the butt cant wait to get back out there
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funtom22
51# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:09/27/2009 10:16)

 i went there friday had a great time  tannin in my thong. Only had 2 to 3 people walk by while there they didn't seem to care about the thong . i was wearing a Joe snyder thong navy
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funtom22
52# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:10/04/2009 00:51)

 I went there today for about 2hrs it was a nice sunny day i saw one other person wearing a thong it was an older lady too an a skimpy thongs suit too . I was in my Joe Snyder bulge thong red . Walked a few times but not too far no one seemed to care about the thong .
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funtom22
53# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:10/12/2009 20:18)

 Heading out to bowmans beach in sanibel tomorrow hope its a nice sunny day to tan in my joe snyder bulge thong, 
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funtom22
54# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:10/31/2009 10:12)

 i was out at bowmans on thurs afternoon for lik 3 hours it was a very nice sunny day to relaz an get some sun . I wear my skinz g-string red m55 i thk they call it very small had no one complain an saw 1 other guy in a thong . overall was a nice day an got some good sun on the rear lol .
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ENB
55# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/06/2009 19:55)

I think on Sanibel the key is to find a motel or condo complex that has a lot of Europeans and Canadians as guests.  We go to Sanibel every year. 

It really makes a difference if you pick the right place where the guests are comfortable and majority European and the management is equally comfortable.  It is sort of a self selecting because at a place like the condo where we stay if you are not comfortable with thongs, speedos etc. you ain't staying there again.  As a result thongs are much more common among all age groups than some place filled with families and older people from the mid-west, who would be all in boardies, rash guards etc. 

The same is true of Sanibel beaches. Bowmans beach is great if you go far enough down and find the European section...there you will see everyone age 2 to 95 male and female in speedos, thongs, g-strings etc.  A little effort and you can find a place that accepts you and your thong.

My wife, the kids and I love where we stay. We all want to keep going back for years to come.  It is a really nice family tradition.  It is a smaller condo complex.   with my wife, 2 sons (10 & 13) and my daughter 8.  My wife and kids don't thong there but I have worn thongs for tanning and swimming ever since I met my wife and my kids are totally used to seeing me in a thong, even the boys.

Where we stay we have families from Sweden, Ontario Canada, Germany, France etc. and so thongs are not an issue at all.  While you rarely see teenage boys wearing thong suits this past winter break there were probably eight families all with one or more boys in the tween to early teen age wearing thongs at the pool.

It is really funny the way my kids are at this place.  We have raised all three of them as naturists from the time they were born.  Every summer we all spend 2 weeks at a naturist resort in Europe.  We alternate between Croatian seaside, Corsica (La Chippa resort) or Le Jenny Resort in France.  All of these are real family friendly naturist resorts, lots of families with kids of all ages which is great for our crew. We have been summering at these places for years and as soon as we get to the resort my kids are shucking off their traveling clothes as fast as they possibly can. In Europe, by the time we arrive at our cottage the kids are all nude and off to find their friends, to the pool, the shops, the beach, the game room etc. no hesitation what so ever.

Yet when we go to seashells in Florida I cant even get them out of boardies and into speedos let along thongs.  Strange but interesting. This last year it was worth the price of the whole trip to see the looks on my sons faces when we went to the pool and they were the only guys in board shorts, every other boy their age (and girls too) were in Speedo bikinis or thongs.

I was surprised to see that the Canadian families were really the most relaxed.  There were 4-5 families form Ontario with kids and all of them had husbands and teen sons and teen daughters & wives too who wore G-string thongs, that really rocked my kids world and I think that was a GOOD thing.

By the end of our stay (2 weeks) the various kids from different families were totally comfortable with hanging out at the pool with kids in their age range who wore thongs.  My guys were actually bringing their new friends into our condo and these European kids were comfortable in just their thongs, but my guys were still wearing there boardies. 

My sons, who can go nude, but when wearing swimsuits they wear board shorts, and were a bit uncomfortable with the idea of thongs. It was hilarious to hear the European boys and my guys rib each other.  The Europeans and Canadians never tired of ragging on my sons for not wearing thongs, my guys gave it right back but in the end, when we left and the kids had to say see you next year the "ribbing sessions" seemed to have at least changed my older sons mind.  He told me on the plane on the way home that maybe NEXT year (this year) he would try a thong BUT JUST AT THE CONDO POOL DAD (I had to laugh because his reasoning was that his boardies made him feel "out of place" with his friends!!)


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swflaguy
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From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/06/2009 20:23)

 Great story - I've been going there for years and I love the place. My wife and I first started going there when it was a nude beach at Bowmans.

ENB I'd be very interested in knowing what resort you were staying at.....I'll recommend it for friends. Sounds like a cool place to be.

We live close by so don't often stay unless we take our sailboat to one of the marinas at either Tween Waters or South Seas Plantation.
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lindros
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RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/07/2009 20:04)

ENB:  I'm sure everyone would like to know the resort you stay at each year. It sounds like an excellent place. Thanks.
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DavyJ
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From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/09/2009 08:46)

ENB:  I'll agree with everybody else.  We all should do our best to publicize places like this.  And, the next time you are there, you can then make a point of complimenting the management and telling them you have recommended their place to all your friends.  I think this is important, as the management has undoubtedly gotten some flak for their tolerance over the years, and it is important for us to offer compliments when deserved.
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ithongit
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/09/2009 10:02)

We have found Canadians -- especially those from Ontario, Quebec, and the maratime provences to be more likely to wear speedos or thongs many of the places we visit, including North Carolina, Florida, and even Ohio.  Remember that most places in Canada are totally okay with thong wearers, regardless of where they are located in the country, and I am sure this has something to do with the acceptance.  As I mentioned in the post in this thread in the summer of 2006, we stayed at a small motel, and a family for Quebec was also staying there.  The teen age boy was totally comfortable wearing thongs at the motel pool after he saw Randy wear his there, but didn't wear them on the beach.  I guess he wanted to "blend in" with the Americans on the beach...
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sailor250
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/09/2009 19:25)

As interested as everyone is to know what hotel, etc you can wear thongs---as many places as I've mentioned I don't know of anyone going there and reporting back here --- so even in popular vacation spots I don't know if I've turned anyone on to a place.
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funtom22
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From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/22/2009 14:43)

 i was here at bowmans sat afternoon for 2 hours was a nice sunny quite day only saw one other male in a thong no women. had a few walk by women walk by an had no problem with me in my gstring from skinz
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ENB
62# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:12/01/2009 23:44)

Sorry...you can tell who makes the reservations in our family...not me! It is Sea Shells apartments on West Gulf.

(Message edited by JM_Runs On 02/24/2010 11:28)
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DavyJ
63# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:12/07/2009 08:18)

Thanks for the info, ENB.  I will check it out the next time I am in the area. 

AND, as I noted a month ago, if any of you go to Sea Shells, be sure and compliment the management and make them aware that their tolerant policy is the major reason you chose their hotel.
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swflaguy
64# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:12/08/2009 16:48)

 ENB - is Sea Shells both thong and nude friendly? I wasn't clear on this but took your post to indicate you'all were able to go nude there. If that's the case I will be checking it out soon - it's not far from me.
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sailor250
65# 



Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:12/08/2009 20:03)

No he's talking about nude in France, thongs on Sanibel 
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ENB
66# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:12/08/2009 22:57)

That is correct. Sea Shells has been good for thongs NOT FOR NUDE.  As far a being nude since we are naturist  family and since we like our kids to be able to be with other kids, which is unfortunatley hard to do here in the US.  Outisde of a very few spots and of course our own home there are just so few true family naturist resorts that have real families withparents and kids of all ages), we take 2 weeks eaxh summer at one of the resorts I posted about before.  Europeans really do TRUE family naturism right and are particularly good at attracting kids of all ages to vacation at these resorts WITH their parents in a no hangups atmosphere.  In the US there is just so much preoccupation with the nude body that it is hard to relax even at the best US resorts.  In Europe there is no pressure and no problem, kids, parnets young old and every age in between can get together in the nude and relax and vacation with no hangups what so ever.  Wish we could do that here but I guess we are jsut not here yet!

In othe rnews I just ordered a bunch of new Joe Snyder g-strings for our winter excursion to Sanibel.  Hoep to see some of oyu there!
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funtom22
67# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:12/10/2009 09:50)

 hi ENB when do u plan on going to sanibel i could join you i leave here in ft myers ?
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ENB
68# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:12/11/2009 23:22)

will be there in mid march with wife and 3 kids.  We have to settle on dates that allow for kids vacations form school. 
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funtom22
69# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:12/12/2009 08:56)

 that's sounds cool march shouldn't be too cold to thong an get some sun . just let me know if u would like another thonger to join you .
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JM_Runs
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From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:12/15/2009 08:01)

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sailor250
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:01/02/2010 20:27)

Recently was flying somewhere on I think Airtran airlines and saw an article about Sanibel in the inflight magazine.  They had some beaches listed.  Bowman's Beach said something like "lots of Europeans , lately the rangers have been doing a better job of keeping them in their speedos"
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ENB
72# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:01/06/2010 11:41)

too bad.  from my perspective it would be better world if the rangers did a better job making sure everyone could wear what they want to wear to the beach. Nude, thong, speedos its all good.  Too many body hangups in this country of ours.
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beachfolks
73# 



Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:01/06/2010 12:51)

 Repeating JM-Thiongs and G's are legal on Sanibel and thongs are seen frequently, just dependant on the day and the location. Bowman is OK, just often the thongers are at the remote ends of the very long beach.
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JM_Runs
74# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:01/06/2010 16:27)

 I would tend to thong out in the open, like you were a regular person with nothing to hide, near the regular people, not hidden miles away down the end of Bowman's beach, like you were up to no good. 

The rangers take a hard look at the activites going on at the North end of the beach, simply becuase thoes people who are engauged in behaviour they know is inaproprate tend to hide up that end.
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beachfolks
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:01/06/2010 17:50)

 Yes, JM, but the majority of the thongers are not professionals like us so that's where you will find them, also don't like to be among the families with kids.  The North end used to be nude (and likely still is at times).
We used to frequent Bowman, but now get to Bowman beach about once each year.
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ENB
76# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:01/06/2010 20:57)

 We have kids, we are naturists and I thong.  We are a regular family and frankly our kids like to hang out with other kids their age and we like to hang out with other parents with kids in the same age range BIG SURPRISE!

Like I said for the naturist part of our lives we just go the European route because the Europeans know how to do real family naturism correctly period. My kids spend almost a month every summer in Europe at a naturist resort where they are nude for the ENTIRE VACATION.  They don't think twice about seeing adults, kids, older people, handicapped people whoever nude or in thongs.   They are  great well adjusted loving kids. 

As I have written here we have had good luck thonging at our place in Sanibel.  It just gets me going that ordinary regular people like all of us who, when you get to know us, are by and large really a very likable bunch, but are not accepted as part of the regular american beach scene.  Sorry to go off like this but sometimes it just gets me that in this country we have so many hangups about our bodies. 

I absolutely agree that if there is inappropriate behaviour going on it should stop, I don't want to see that and I don't want my kids to see it either,   but what I object to is the american notion that thongs and/or nudity ALWAYS = SEX.  I guess I have to accept the fact that for the vast majority of  Americans that is what they believe. 

When you have a great family like mine, one that stands at the polar opposite of the nude=sex stereotype,  one which is all naturist and pro thong sometimes, it just gets a little discouraging to think we have to slink off to some corner like a social outcast just because of what we are, or are not wearing. 

In my humble opinion it is that sort of discrimination that leads to the type of body shame that is at the root of so many of the body image and sexual obsession problems that our adult, tween and adolescent populations have.


(Message edited by JM_Runs On 02/24/2010 10:38)
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funtom22
77# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:01/17/2010 11:28)

 yea if its warm i can head out tht way to sanibel been awhile need to work on my thong tan maybe see ya out there tbacksmon

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OKthonging
78# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:02/13/2010 13:43)

I'll be looking foward to checking out Sanibel this summer.

From what I here it is a pretty short trip from where we are going to be staying in Cape Coral.

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funtom22
79# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:02/24/2010 09:46)

I was out at Bowmans beach yesterday for a few hours. It was a very nice day I wore my skinz gstring.
It was nice a sunny.  Nice to finally get back out there an tan the butt for I was starting to lose the tan.


(Message edited by JM_Runs On 02/24/2010 12:11)
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SusanaM
80# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:03/05/2010 00:39)

After having stumbled across this site I'm amazed at how the experiences others tell about thong wearing at Sanibel and Captiva beaches so closely mirrors our experience. My husband and I first went to Sanibel and Captiva back in November of 2008 and the islands were so fantastic that we've gone back a few more times. I am the thong wearer in our family, my husband will wear speedos at times but he's more of a water person with regular swim trunks than a lay on the beach guy. I wear g-strings and the larger t-back thongs and I can be daring at times as far as where I wear them. For the most part we both don't like crowded beaches so isolated to low crowd beaches is what we really look for.
On that first trip like the other two trips we stayed in Fort Myers and drove into Sanibel. And we really think that is why the lighthouse area beaches on Sanibel have more beach goers and which is why we only go walk and enjoy the people seeing but I have never broken out the thongs there.
On Captiva I've thong without a problem at all at the northern point. I've combed for shells there in thongs but I will usually put on a short short especially when I'm g-stringing. People are somewhat friendly there saying Hi and we've even gotten young couples who have struck up short conversations but its never about the thongs.
On Sanibel our favorite spot has become Bowmans Beach since we've never had a problem parking. There of course as you head in from the paid parking to the beach you will see the No Nude Sunbathing sign. I can tell you that because as sparse as the crowd are when we go, we've never had a problem with my thongs on the beach. We've seen several times small male groups who lay out away from the water in the are with vegetation who are obviously nude sunbathing and obviously gay ;-) but they always have one of them sit guard for any sign of approaching trouble. There on Bowmans I've laid out topless, I have taken off the bottoms and washed them in the surf and I have changed g-strings on the beach but all that is possible because most people on the beach are combing for shells and don't look up and those who are sunbathing are usually not bothered by me laying with my oiled up cheeks several yards away but quite a distance out.
I've seen some gawkers off in the distance squinting to see if I'm really wearing a top that only covers the nipples and a g-string but they aren't bothered. Mostly they are older couples and one will notice and tell the other and then they both shrug it off. I've had gay couples pass and give me thumbs up approval. I've had an older man on Bowmans who was there with his wife taking pics with a telephoto lens of the wildlife sneak a few snapshots in my direction. My husband thought that was funny.
The atmosphere overall at that north point of Sanibel is very easy going and so I'm very comfortable enjoying the beach with my micro bikinis. The most friendly people I've seen are europeans and I find them the most tolerant of skimpiness. One group I recall was a german family with older parents and younger couple in their 30s, the younger woman was wanting to go topless. She arrived with a tank top and very perky nipples. I guess seeing me keep my tiny top on she figured topless was not ok. I didn't realize this until later but she did put on a tri top and gathered up her bottom into a thong and joined me a few yards away. That's the most solidarity I've had when thong going on Sanibel or Captiva. Actually its my husband who might wish more than I do that more woman were out there on these island beaches in thongs so I wouldn't have to go at it alone so if any ladies are planning on being out there this 2010 let us know and we can try to get those female buns out from under the nylon/elastane.
I hope I haven't worn out your ears and I hope to read all responses, :-)
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426576
81# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:03/05/2010 05:50)

SusanM Welcome to the thongboard. The acceptance of thongs in general, on both male and female is best when there are numbers of couples, or singles that enjoy sunning the buns. I wish more locations, would be acceptable, as I travel to Clearwater, and the best beach in regards to sand and activities is Clearwater Beach, but thongs are not allowed, so you have to go to Sand Key, Treasure Island, Honeymoon , stpete not many there, and out to the fort de soto. 
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Aimoo Team
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:04/21/2010 14:13)

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dfwsandman
83# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:04/21/2010 21:47)

Sunseeker, we hope you tell us afterwards how much fun you had on Bowmans. And hope there's more than just you out there thonging.
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funtom22
84# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:04/27/2010 08:43)

 ever time i go out here there is always atleast one other thonger or up too 3 others great place to thong
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(Date Posted:05/08/2010 17:23)

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dfwsandman
86# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:05/08/2010 23:08)

3dguy, did you visit the Lighthouse area or Bowman's?  Or both? 
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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:05/09/2010 08:40)

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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/07/2010 14:27)

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Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/07/2010 15:28)

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dfwsandman
90# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/07/2010 18:40)

g-strings for both sexes are just fine at Bowman's. 3dguy's experience is right on with our's. Now, public nudity is another matter and the sign right near the main path from the restrooms to the beach points out... nudity is not allowed.

But g-string to your hearts content. There's plenty of beach to lay out away from any crowd in the sheerest and tiniest of strings. Susana did!
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jtanguy
91# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:06/07/2010 21:30)

I agree - there is a huge stretch of beach to walk in your thong on this beach (Bowmans). 
I was just there this past Sunday and the water was great. Everyone is fearing the worst with the Oil tragedy in the Gulf right now for good reason.
Nobody (as far as beach patrol/police) drove by me on the Northern area of the beach all day when I was there.
There were about 5 guys laying out nude and a husband and wife nude as well fishing.
As for the no nudity sign - I'm not sure ( I didn't see it) - but just be safe - wear your thong.
Enjoy Bowmans.
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bareone
92# 



RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:07/25/2010 08:06)

Hi everyone
 Well we are heading back to Sanibel In Sept. We don't have a place to stay yet. Any suggestions? Don't have to be on the beach. Got hassled last time we were there for our large thongs (not by authorities, other beach goers)can't imagine the grief we will get this year with our micro's!  Have been looking at house rentals. Trying to find one that would allow us some private sunning so we don't have to hit the beach all the time .Hubby says it would preferable to be able to go nude around it but I would settle for thong/g or topfree. Any suggestions??
Bareone
Ps Email if you would rather not tell everyone, we can be very discreet!
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Ex-member
93# 



Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:08/06/2010 23:03)

 Just out of curiosity, how far north is the north end of Bowman's?  I've been there several times, but always go past the crowd about 1000 feet.  ...should I keep going father north? 

  Last time I was there a man and woman walked by and both complimented me in my thong.  It wasn't long before they both came back with their chairs and beach stuff and asked if they could lay out beside me.  The man told me that I inspired him, as he pulled off his board shorts to reveal a white g-string.  His wife stayed in her regular suit.  I then changed from a conservative thong into a g-string after that.  We hung out the rest of the day and had a great time!
jtanguy
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From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:08/07/2010 09:01)

The walk to the area of Bowmans beach where it's best to Thong is a bit of a walk. My estimate would be about 20 minutes or more to get to an area you may feel comfortable once you walk on to the beach. When walking out to the beach steer to the Right and walk about 20 minutes or so. Be sure to take plenty of water with you and any other snacks you may want as there are no snack facilities in the area - including near the parking lot. Enjoy the beach.
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bareone
95# 



Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:10/10/2010 09:44)

Just got back form Sanibel.
Weather was great and beaches were better. Spent most of the time on Bowman's. Went north, after 5 min walk and no one in sight we changed to our g's. Came across another couple  he was in a thong she was in a Side tie little bikini , topless, but rolled on to her tummy when they saw us out of modesty even though we were very close. We asked them if they knew if there were others up the beach and they didn't think so. I told her she didn't need to cover up on our part and if it was ok with them I would like to take my top off also. They said it was ok and I took my top off and she turned over and sat up as we chatted. They stood to talk with us and I noticed she had to tie her bottoms up. I asked if they had been sunning nude. She said not at first, she had just untied her bottoms to get the string out of the way and her hubby had unclipped his thong and that they were planning on sunning nude untill they seen us approaching. I told them that they should go ahead as we wanted to do the same if they didn't mind. We left them and went on our way. When I looked back he was naked and she had untied and folded her suit onto her pubes. As we walked away I untied my g and pulled it off. We walked for another 10 mins and deicided to trun around and head back. Hubby then took his g off. Now we could see anyone coming towards and could get dressed if needed.We stopped about halway back to where we met the other couple and swam and played in the water and laid in the sand for several hours. We noticed a couple comming towards us and decided to stay in the water till they passed. As they got closer we recognized them as the couple we chatted with earlier. He was in his thong and she was topless carrying her top. We came out of the water to talk to them again....this time naked. They never batted an eye but it only took about 10 secinds for the wife to have her bottoms off. We spent the rest of the day naked with them and stayed till the sun set. We ended up walking back most of the way nakedbut got dresed when we got close to the walkways where we saw a few "flashlights" on the beach. That was our only time to get naked as the other days there were too many people, but we were fine in our thongs.
..That was my first experience with social nudity. I have been to many nude beaches but never socialized with anyone like that before, I really like it!

All in all another very good sanibel trip
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Ex-member
96# 



Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:10/10/2010 12:58)

 Bowmans was a nude beach for a while I thonged there couple years ago its a wonderfull place.
Ex-member
97# 



Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/24/2010 14:53)

Great story bareone!  I was at Bowman's a couple of months ago and had a similar experience.  After I got a ways from the crowd, I took off the square-cut suit I was wearing and walked the rest of the way in a red (almost sheer) g-string.  A little while later, I came up on a couple laying out in their g-strings.  The husband spoke and asked me where I got my g-string, that he liked it, especially with the Y-back.  We started talking and they invited me to hang out on the beach with them.  There were a few other thongers not too far from us.   I spread my towel and set up camp for the day.  After talking a while, we started talking about nude sunbathing.  They told me before I came up they had been planning on going nude.  I told them I didn't have a problem with it.  So, she took off her top.  We decided to go for a swim shortly after.  Before going into the water, the man took off his g-string, looked at me and said, "you might as well join us."   I took mine off, we went for a swim and spent the rest of the day nude.  We looked down the beach a bit later and most of the thongers had decided to go nude as well.
orlspeedo
98# 



From: USA

RE:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:11/26/2010 07:33)

Nice story, wish I could have joined you!

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Ex-member
99# 



Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:01/17/2011 08:51)

 The cold finally got to us! Need sun badly.  As of today we are planning a sanibel trip its a great place...if you prefer peace and quite over big city sobe vibes. Not very crowded, lots of good places to eat awesome 18 hole golf course and very thong tollerant beaches. Looks like we are going to try a sea shells condo or sunshine inn this go around. Can wait to see how much its come back from the hurricane.
pjmodel2002
100# 



From: USA

Re:Sanibel Island - Florida
(Date Posted:01/18/2011 23:09)

Sanibel is nice.  I was in North Captiva last year and it was awsome.  Loved it.  Sanibel is fun, but more "busy" (a relative term) than Captiva.  Don't forget the Green Flash for dinner.
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