Key West, or Bone Island as it’s also known as, gives a whole new meaning to its nickname when “Bone Island: Bare It All” welcomes droves of naturists to the Island during the eleventh iteration of this biannual festival of natural body positivity, kicking off Nov. 28.
The famed gay guesthouses of Key West fill up with naturists seeking a weekend of connection with other clothing-free connoisseurs. Attendees flock to the many parties and events planned throughout the weekend with the kick off “Greet The Meat” cocktail hour hosted at LGBT traveler favorite Island House Key West, ushering in the fun on Thursday, Nov. 29.
Founded by Dean Townsend, a Montreal ex-pat who has called Key West home since 2002, Bare It All began eleven years ago as a way to bring together naturists for a weekend of uninhibited fun in the sun.
Over the years since its first weekend, the naturist festival has garnered a following of like-minded people seeking a tropical paradise where you can leave your clothes and inhibitions behind to freely enjoy the skin you’re in.
The Island becomes your naked oyster during these five days of clothing-free sun, pools, parties, beaches and even shopping. One lucky attendee will even walk away with $500 in cash and prizes as patrons “bare it all” in the “Undress to Impress: Mr. Naked Key West 2018” competition hosted at Bourbon Street Pub.
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What: Greet The Meat
When: Thursday Nov. 29
Where: Island House Key West 1129 Fleming Street
Description: Welcome to Bone Island! Kick off happy hour hosted by founderDean Townsend. Start the weekend of fun with cocktails and complimentary appetizers.
More info: IslandHouseKeyWest.com
What: Party In The Flesh
When: Friday Nov. 30
Where: Equator Resort 822 Fleming Street
Description: A frisky afternoon in the pool at the superb Equator Resort. Pizza, drinks, silly pool games and a live DJ will keep you entertained all afternoon.
What: The Black Party
When: Friday Nov. 30
Where: 801 Bourbon Bar
Description: Let your freak flag fly at Key West’s leather and levi bar as they welcome Bone Island patrons for an evening of dark and kinky fun.
What: Out Naked But In Touch
When: Saturday Dec. 1
Where: In TOUCH with you 706 Duval Street
Description: Enjoy a special private shopping event au natural and a 25 percent discount on the entire store just for Bone Island pass holders! (Clothing optional)
What: Hot Naked Sunday
When: Sunday Dec. 2
Where: Island House For Men
Description: Gather your strength after all those parties at this recovery pool party offering a fun afternoon floating in the pool and enjoying brunch in the café. Island House’s hot naked hosts have some treats ready for you.