A group of migrants caused a scare at a nudist beach in the Canary Islands after arriving on land reporting symptoms of Ebola.
The 19 migrants from Sierra Leone and Guinea arrived on the Gran Canaria beach of Maspalomas on a fishing boat early on Wednesday morning.
They were isolated for seven hours after Red Cross officials arrived at the beach and separated them from nudist beachgoers, leaving masks, food and water 50 metres away from them.
The Mirror reports the migrants had to wait until the Government of Gran Canaria decided whether or not to activate protocol measures to eliminate risk to tourists.
A truck later took them away to a holding centre and authorities confirmed that none of the migrants tested positive for the deadly virus.
According to the IB Times, Marco Aurelio Perez, the mayor of San Bartolome, said: "It presents risks because it is an established destination. Unfortunately, illegal immigration has become a common sight in the West."
The Daily Mail reports that a dump truck had to be used to take the migrants away as the beach is so remote it would have taken multiple trips in an ambulance.
The Maspalomas beach is accessed on foot by a two kilometre walk across sand dunes.
According to the Mirror, the treatment of the migrants sparked fury among some people.
The World Health Organisation reports that Ebola has now taken the lives of 4,818 people.
Holidays for naturists and nudists
Ebola scare on Canary Islands nudist beach
Set in 30 acres in Arizona, Mira Vista (miravistaresort.com) is a beautiful clothing-optional destination with breathtaking views and plenty of historical charm. A guest ranch for over 100 years, it boasts original, luxurious guest rooms and suites, plus space for caravans. Amenities include two pools, two spas, a full-service restaurant and bar, tennis courts, fitness centre, games room and on-site massage. The resort is private and secluded but just three miles from the main interstate highway. Children welcome.
Laguna del Sol (lagunadelsol.com) boasts a 25-acre lake as well as four large pools and three spas. There's cottages and rooms for rent, lots of maintained lawns for camping, and a separate restaurant and clubhouse offering at least two nights of music and dancing each week. What's more, two children's playgrounds and planned kids' activities on summer holiday weekends keep little ones entertained. The resort is open all year.
Terra Cotta Inn is a nude sunbathing resort in sunny Palm Springs, California. A popular mainstream nude sunbathing spot, it's ideal for those trying topless or nude sunbathing for the first time. It's also considered one of the best value nudist vacation resorts in the world.
The river cruise specialists eWaterways (ewaterways.co.uk) recently announced the launch of four naturist cruises taking place in Croatia in 2012 on a small fleet of motor sailing ships. Island hopping cruises along the stunning Adriatic coastline remain the most popular way to experience Croatia's diverse landscape. Choose from two different itineraries, both of which offer plenty of opportunities for guests to be 'as nature intended' while on board, with clothes required only when in port and during meal times.
The cruises last 8 days and prices start at £389 per person on a half-board basis.
Home to what is commonly held to be Europe's longest naturist beach, the Riva Bella holiday park in Corsica stretches over 70 hectares and offers a range of accommodation to naturist holidaymakers on this part of the island, including secluded bungalows and camping facilities very near the beach. A vitality and well-being spa package is available from €339 including one night in a luxury villa as well as a breakfast and two lunches or two dinners. The offer is valid until 1 November. See visit-corsica.com for more information.
A new naturist resort is opening in the spectacular Cape Winelands in December 2011. Following the success of their Vassaliki Naturist Resort in Kefalonia, British couple owners, Mark and Samantha, are looking forward to their second venture - the Vasnat Spa Resort, with eight suites, four self-catering cottages and one penthouse with pool, spa, bar and dining facilities on site.
Prices from £1,170 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and seven nights' accommodation with breakfast.
Cll Peng Travel on 0800 171 2153 or visit (pengtravel.co.uk) for more information.
Sunbathe on talcum powder sands, snorkel in crystal clear waters and go on a nude cruise to the pristine island of Tintamarre. Stay in an ocean-front chalet at Saint Martin's family-friendly premier naturist resort, Club Orient (cluborient.com) located on a bay protected by the only barrier reef in the eastern Carribean, and enjoy fine dining and extensive duty-free shopping.
Costs from £1,640 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Heathrow) and seven nights' accommodation (self-catering).
Haulover Beach in Miami is a 1.4 mile-long beachfront park with a 0.4 mile designated clothing-optional area that was established by South Florida Free Beaches in 1991. Check out their Nude Year Party planned for New Year's Eve - a three-day two-night beach festival - billed as the most extreme thing to do for New Year's Eve in the world!
The UK's first public naturist beach opened in 1980. Within easy walking distance of central Brighton, Brighton Naturist Beach (also known as Cliff Bathing Beach) is approximately 1 mile east of Brighton Pier towards the Marina, at the end of the main beach. Large banks of pebbles provide some seclusion and public notices mark where the beach begins. You can also take the Volks Electric Railway to Blackrock station. From there the beach is a short walk.
This privately-owned commercial naturist park (www.naturist.co.nz) is in Wairau Valley, Marlborough; a region of spectacular scenic beauty, blessed with high sunshine hours, crystal clear waterways, native bush tracks and majestic mountains - all within easy reach of world-renowned wineries and gourmet delights. There's a fitness centre and heated swimming pool and spa pool on site, as well as a cabin with en-suite bathroom, on-site caravans for hire and five acres of park-like gardens within which guests may camp.
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Ebola scare on Canary Islands nudist beach
Endless sea, fine sand, spectacular views and Ibiza on the horizon. No wonder this beach takes pride of place in Tripadvisor's best beaches in Spain. What visitors say: “You have the sea on both sides, which makes it unique. The views are amazing. The water is crystal clear.”
This beach in Galicia, on the Cantabric coast has been declared a national monument. With its sea caves and natural arches, it's wonderful for exploring at low tide. What visitors say: “The beach itself is gorgeous, but just the view of the sea from the top of the rocks makes one dizzy.”
La Concha, which means 'shell' in Spanish - this beach is shell-shaped - is one of the most famous urban beaches in Europe and one of the loveliest in the Basque Country. What visitors say: "Beautiful scenery and very clean beach. Well worth a visit. If you want a place to recharge your batteries this is it."
This beautiful sandy bay near Cadiz is singled out for its unspoilt beauty. Sun worshippers in this area usually head for the joys of Tarifa, so the beach here remains largely unspoilt (although it's a favourite with Spanish families.) What visitors say: “This is a fantastic empty beach, at least in May.”
The sandy windswept beach on the Peninsula de Jandia is spectacular and gloriously empty even in peak season. The relentless surf pounds the beach all day so it's not for swimmers - but its beauty is undeniable. What reviewers say: "Amazing... I will never forget it." "It's like being in another world."
Being so close to the Strait of Gibraltar, this is precious environment is ideal for bird watching during migration periods, as well as whale watching. "There is nothing bad about this place. Clean sea, excellent food and calm ambiance. Ideal for a romantic walk at dusk," says one reviewer.
With some of the cleanest, clearest water and the softest golden sand in Ibiza. Situated on the west coast of the island, this is also one of the most popular beaches in the area. What visitors say: “Lovely bay, busy though even in October.”
The "jewel in the crown" of Gran Canaria, Playa de las Canteras is a long strip of sand protected by a natural reef that stretches for miles along the bay. Locals say it's one of the Spain's best urban beaches: people flock to this fantastic beach because of its ideal conditions for eater sports, too (the waves at one end are perfect for surfing). Reviewers rave about its cleanliness and "amazing atmosphere"."The best beach in the world," says one.
This beautiful wide, soft stretch on the Atlantic coast boasts miles of fine clean golden sand it's so huge that doesn't feel crowded, even in the height of summer. Plenty of bars and immaculate rest rooms are singled out here too. "This really is a terrific place to spend your day," says one reviewer.
The breathtakingly beautiful wild beaches on the north west coast of the island boast lovely little coves give a deserted feel that is perfect for anyone wishing to get away from it all. There are lots of secluded spots (and plenty of naturism) and plenty of amazing snorkelling in the lagoons. What the reviewers say: "Seemingly endless, beautiful beaches. A perfect mix of volcanic bizarre looking rocks and Sahara sand."