Mira Vista Resort, near Tucson, Arizona
I have ranted many times in these pages about clothing-optional destinations where you pay a premium for the privilege of getting naked, but in general, the amenities and accommodations are lack-luster, at best! In our opinion, Mira Vista Resort is one of the few places in the entire country that really lives up to the hype of a first-class naturist resort. The rooms have been beautifully restored with comfortable beds and modern furnishings, and the pool complex is comparable, if not significantly better, than what you would expect at an excellent “textile” property. Over the past decade or so, they’ve completed three phases of luxury condominiums, many of which are in the rental pool from permanent owners, most of whom appear to be of retirement age. That skews the demographics a bit, but it also provides an excellent long-stay option for those who are seeking a comfortable self-catering option. We’ve only stayed in the hotel rooms, but from what we can see, the condos look absolutely amazing! With two pools, a large covered area with loungers to get out of the sun, and a cleverly designed conversation pool, the layout is well situated for meeting other naturists, though that’s a bit difficult to gauge during a global pandemic. They also have an on-site restaurant, but their hours are more limited than usual, and given our mid-week stay, we can’t vouch for that. But if you’re looking for a top shelf place to try out clothes-free recreation, you could scarcely do better than Mira Vista Resort.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO GET THERE? There’s an international airport in Tucson, though I think it’s typically cheaper to fly into Phoenix which is just under a two hour drive away. Especially since there’s limited food service on the premises, we were glad to have a car, simply to make food runs to one of the many excellent eateries in the immediate area. Given the location on the very outskirts of Tucson, there are few entertainment options near the resort other than long walks on quasi-country roads.
WHAT’S THE FAMILY VIBE? There were two other families with young children during our visit, both of which were staying in RVs adjacent to the resort. The place is big enough for kids to have space to run and play, though there aren’t specific amenities for children outside of the pool. (For example, we didn’t notice whether they had a playground.) Mira Vista hosts a lot of weekend events, some of which seem to advertise an adult vibe, but having visited twice, our stay hasn’t coincided with that. Regardless, it would be easy to live and let live given the layout of the property, but your kids should probably have an inclination for keeping themselves entertained. This is most definitely a resort that caters to the non-sexual nudity crowd, so I don’t think you would ever encounter anything in that regard that would make things uncomfortable for a family looking to have a great nakation.
HOW ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS? We stayed in a premium room and thought it was a knock-out punch, especially compared to some other American naturist places we’ve visited in the last year. Our room was spacious, with good air-conditioning, and even a little nook with a microwave and a refrigerator. They’ve done an excellent job of maintaining the historical flavor of the property without making you feel like you’re staying in a relic of the past. In fact, this may be the nicest naturist place we’ve stayed in the US where we actually thought we were getting amenities and accommodations commensurate with the price.
ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW? It’s truly impressive to see the thoughtfulness and capital the owners have put into Mira Vista, and it seems their investment has paid off, as it seems most of the condos have sold. Of course, an interesting thing about buying a domicile on a nudist property is that banks aren’t too keen on financing such a deal as the value could change quite dramatically should the naturist charter change for some reason. And thus, the people who own there are mostly (if not all) retired and have the wherewithal to plunk down a quarter-million dollars to buy a home in a naked place, and that has an obvious impact on the demographics of the place. While we’ve visited twice, neither time was on a weekend, and we know that even during high season, American naturist places are typically weekend destinations, unless you’re living full-time on the property. During the week, you’re not likely to see many other people, so if socialization is a big part of the equation for you, that may influence the timing of your visit. But again, that seems congruent with most every other naked place we’ve visited in the US. Americans simply need more vacation time to get naked – plain and simple!