A calm exodus begins as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean in this picturesque beach resort on Mexico's Pacific Coast.

A group of persons ambles along the beach toward a towering rocky outcrop, the majority of whom are gay men.

For decades, this former fishing hamlet turned hippie hangout has served as a haven for the LGBT community, who are lured to its golden beaches, countercultural ambiance, and practice of nudism, which accepts bodies of all kinds and sizes.

According to the New York Times, as the town's popularity has grown, attracting increasing numbers of gay and straight visitors, the town is beginning to change: foreigners are snatching up land, hotels are multiplying, influencers are flocking to the beach, and many residents and visitors now fear that the magic that once defined Zipolite may be lost forever.


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