Nude Grand Lido Braco
Spring - 2001
wife and I recently spent some time in Jamaica at Grand Lido Braco, a Super Clubs
Resort and it was fantastic. I was asked to do an article for a men's magazine
and thought I would share the article here so others could see what Braco is all
about. Enyoy the article.
Grand Lido Braco! If there ever was a Garden of Eden, a paradise that would be
very hard to describe, you have found Braco. One really has to experienced it
to get a real taste for what this resort has to offer.
My wife and I had talked about going to a clothing optional resort for a while
but it was done half heartedly with no real attempt to find the perfect place.
Last year we decided that we were really going to make it happen. We called our
local travel agent and told her of our plan. She had nothing for us and knew nothing
about what we wanted.
Looking through The Naturist Society magazine, a magazine that deals solely with
the clothing optional lifestyle, I found an ad from Go Classy Tours, out of Palm
Harbor, Florida, that spoke of vacations in the Caribbean that offer their guest
the freedom of the clothing optional lifestyle. I called their number and spoke
with Leslie, one of the travel counselors, She asked what were we looking for,
what our interest where, where did we want to go and at what price. I advised
her that my wife and I were looking for a resort that welcomed the clothing optional
lifestyle, one where we could stay and enjoy the sun and beach and have all of
the luxury that one would expect from a fine resort. I also mentioned that price
wasn't a big consideration but it was important. I also advised Leslie that this
would be our first vacation in the naturist lifestyle.
She mentioned several resorts on the island of Jamaica, giving particular information
about each. I asked if she had experienced any of the resorts. Along with her
husband, she has been to all of them and each have their own unique strong points.
I found her honesty and her willingness to give me straight answers refreshing.
The owners of Go Classy are naturist themselves and have been dedicated to the
lifestyle for years. Before starting Go Classy, they took groups of people down
to Jamaica booking through other travel agencies. Their tours became so popular
because of their knowledge, they decided to start their own agency and to promote
as many of the clothing optional resorts as possible.
After being mailed the brochures detailing six of the resorts, we settled for
Braco. Hedonism III was high on the list but one must be very careful when going
there and who will be there during the time you take your vacation. The Hedo resorts
cater to all lifestyles, gay or straight, swinger or monogamous. At certain times
during the year, the resort will be pretty much all of one and little of the other.
Its' primary interest is on sex and fun, which is OK, but the vacationer needs
to be aware that there are few limitations at Hedo. It is an adult playground,
a "Romper Room" for grownups! If either mate is a bit unsure about the response
they may get when going to a resort such as Hedo, Braco is a better choice. That
was the main reason for choosing Braco and we were not sorry for our choice.
offers the vacationer two beach fronts, the "textile" or the clothed side for
the conventional vacationer and the other side, the clothing optional, for the
more daring. In the language of the lifestyle, the division in the beach fronts
is called the prude side and the nude side. Braco is located on a beach front
that resembles a boomerang with the center of the boomerang being the center of
town. To the right is the prude side and to the left is the nude side. Each side
is hidden from the other side. The center is actually a little town, with store
fronts that house the various restaurants, health center, disco, souvenir shops,
resort reservations and services, bars, fitness center and various other businesses.
The beaches are beautiful. Each side is well groomed, clean and free of liter.
There are ample lounge chairs on either side and areas of shade to get out of
the tropical sun if needed. Towels are provided by the resort for the beach and
pool areas. The resort has created an artificial breaker off of the coast where
the big waves break and from that point to the beach, the water is gentle and
calm. The nude side is protected from the curious and gawkers by tress, shrubs,
foliage, and security personnel. Anyone can come over, but you must be nude or
you will be asked to leave. Anyone caught taking pictures without seeking permission
of the subjects being photographed will have their film taken or their camera
tossed into the ocean. There is food and beverage service by the waitress staff
while on the beach. Even though the bar is only seconds away, they come to you
to be sure there is nothing you need in the area of food and refreshments. Breakfast
can also be served on the beach. The grounds of the resort are impeccable. Everything
is clean, manicured and well groomed.
The housing units are large and spacious. All are air conditioned, equipped with
ceiling fans and French doors which open to the ocean, with louvered front windows
on the pool side that can be opened to allow the ocean breeze to drift lazily
through the room at night while listening to the waves break on the shore. It
is a perfect atmosphere for lovers of any age. All rooms have a stove and a refrigerator
that can be stocked at your request. Whatever beverage you want is yours for the
asking. Each room is equipped with one and one half baths, and a balcony where
one can sit and dine, or do nothing at all. Meals can also be ordered in the room
if desired. Your request is their pleasure!
One of the highlights of Braco is the dining. Every restaurant is exquisite. The
food is top shelf and the staff excellent. There is a variety of food that is
available that will accommodate every pallet. There is the French restaurant,
Piacere a place for intimate dining. Dress code requires a jacket. If you don't
have one, you will be supplied with one. There is the La Pasta restaurant, serving
Italian cuisine. Again, the food is excellent. Another is the Muna Hana, a Japanese
restaurant serving oriental cuisine. This is a real treat for first timer to a
Japanese restaurant. Even though the chef's are Jamaican, they are called by Japanese
names and the presentation of the food can be called "theater in the kitchen."
There is much noise and fanfare in preparation of the food, with each chef serving
eight people at a time. On the back side of this restaurant is the sushi bar.
Again, the eye was being fed along with the stomach. To see the chef's prepare
the food, and the anticipation of being served their little gourmet delights,
was all part of the excitement of the evening.
There is the main buffet, Victoria Market, with many different types of food available.
Anything that would be served around American tables will be found here. If your
pallet desires something that, (and I steal the phrase), "has been taken up a
notch," Nanny's Jerk Pit will definitely light your fire. They specialize in Jerk
pork and chicken cooked in a Jamaican sauce, and it is delicious. On Friday nights,
there is the Street Dinner and Dance. Everything that is served during the week
at the many restaurants is brought out on main street and you can eat till you
After the meal, the tables are pushed back and the dancing begins. All restaurants
in the Town Square have a dress code of sorts, from formal to casual. There is
a club house on the nude side call Pebbles that is open 24 hours a day for light
meals and drinks. If you don't feel like getting dressed, you can eat at Pebbles
and spend the entire day nude!
As far as amenities, there are many. Both sides of the resort are well equipped
to service that particular lifestyle. On the nude side, there is a 250ft swimming
pool that meanders around the grounds and becomes the focal point of the nude
side. In the pool, there is a swim up bar where one can relax, eat lunch, get
a drink and enjoy the company of other vacationers enjoying the sun the way it
was meant to be enjoyed.
There are two Jacuzzis located on the nude side as well as on the prude side.
The nude side features a 50 person hot tub where many activities take place in
the early and late evening hours. There is also a small intimate hot tub located
back in the trees where a couple can go to relax and do whatever comes naturally.
One must remember however, that nothing is closed off, there are no doors and
no gates. If a couple decides that they want to get frisky and do the wild thing,
they can expect others to take notice and sometimes even watch!
The activities at Braco are numerous and varied. There is nude tennis, volleyball,
water aerobics, swimming and snorkeling. For all, there is also golf, windsurfing,
kayaking, offshore SCUBA diving for those qualified, both day and evening diving,
deep and shallow dives. There are also lessons available for those who would like
to get certified in SCUBA. To work out the kinks, there is a well equipped gym,
massages, salt scrubs, manicures and pedicures. Braco also offers many daily excursions
to see the island and all of its' natural beauty. Every evening is planned for
those looking for more excitement. There are live bands, dances, a plethora of
music to suite any taste.
For the first timer, let me add this from personal experience. It's always good
to remember that this is an adult community, where anything could, can, and usually
does happen, but it's all in fun and everyone is good natured about whatever happens.
me share one personal experience. Late one evening, around 11:30pm, there was
a knock on our door. My wife and I had just retired for the evening. I got out
of bed and went to the door, opened it and jokingly asked, "What is going on out
here?" Now picture this scene. Nude side, 11:30 at night, a knock on the door.
We're nude. I go to the door nude and open it. The four people on the terrace
are from the "other" side, the prude side, and are fully dressed. Of course their
eyes went immediately to my mid section. "No, no" I said. "Look up here," as I
pointed to my eyes. They realized they were staring. All at once we all broke
out laughing. Where else can this happen without any repercussions? No one was
offended or upset. I advised them, "If you come to Rome, you had better expect
to find Romans."
Let me add here that the resort is not about sex. The clothing optional lifestyle
is not about sex. Whatever the mind thinks it is, it is not. There are many themes
of entertainment that have sexual overtones and the merriment of the party person
is increased by their own overt actions centered on the dress code at these venues.
Of course there is sex going on, but not at any of the functions.
The hot tubs are a different story, however. Sex, specifically intercourse, was
not allowed outside of the rooms. However, it was neither condemned nor condoned
at night. More than one night, we found couples engaged in some sort of sex play
in the hot tubs. The thing that surprised us, no one really cared or paid much
attention to the happy couple.
If sex is what the individual is mainly looking for, than Hedo II or Hedo III,
should be the resort for that individual. As far as the male/female ratio, Braco
is basically a couples resort. Singles do come and have connected with someone
else but this is the exception, not the rule. Having met several singles, both
male and female, both sexes were let down by the small selection from which to
choose. It is a place to bring a mate, not to pick one up!
I also would like to point out for those that have never experienced a clothing
optional resort, that "size" has nothing to do with anything. The clothing optional
lifestyle is all about body acceptance. However God created you, is OK. There
are no perfect bodies at Braco, just happy people, content to be in the bodies
they are in. You will find that happy people are beautiful people!
Most women would love to look like a Barbie doll, to have that figure. Barbie
has never had babies, and time and gravity have no place in the creation of this
child idol. Very few women have that that hour glass figure. Whether you are short
or tall, skinny or fat, small breasted or big breasted, it does not matter. The
men suffer as well as the women. We men want the six-pack abs, the muscular body
and we all wish we were hung like John Holms, the porno star. We wish we had that
all American, stud muffin image, but we don't! For the most of us, it's all an
illusion created by advertisers for the promotion of the many products that promise
us that we can be these people if we would just buy this or that product.
be at peace with your body. Accept it, it's the only one you will ever have. There
is no one who will stare, or make fun or cause you any kind of pain, embarrassment
or humiliation. The nude lifestyle has been described by many as a real spiritual
experience, an awakening of oneself. You will realize that it's OK to look the
way you do. There is nothing one can do to change many of the body characteristics
that are genetically controlled unless surgical augmentation is sought as an alternative.
Every person feels a bit intimidated at first but after five minutes, the best
part of your life will unfold in front of you. A new life is about to begin and
you will meet the greatest people in the world on a nude beach.
The next and final consideration of Braco is the price. Number one, the price
is all inclusive. Everything is covered! From the travel to and from the airport,
everything used throughout the course of a normal vacation, food, drinks, entertainment,
the costumes used for the toga party, tips, it's all paid for. The extra money
needed is what you will spend for souvenirs and participating in any of the excursions
outside of the resort area.
Depending on where you live, the cost will be upwards of $2500.00 per person with
air fare. Whether that is expensive or a bargain depends on one's own financial
situation and what one expects from a vacation. I find it comfortable. I could
go someplace else for less but I wanted legal nudity, sun, the beach and an all
inclusive resort. For this reason, I chose Braco.
Another thing that appealed to us is we didn't have to leave the resort. The entire
time of your vacation is planned. We could be as active or laid back as we wanted.
So, if this sounds like the vacation you and your significant other have talked
about, joked about or dreamed about, please call Leslie, 800-858-8009, ext. 312
and make it happen this year. You will be glad you did!