Sex on the Beach

What happens in nine countries

It's one of the first things to cross our unseemly human minds as we approach the vast, idyllic expanse of a beach. Sex on the beach has even lent its name to a popular drink. But what happens to those who copulate or bonk around the shores of various countries?

77_sex_on_the_beach_image3NETHERLANDS

Sex in public parks is legal as long as you are not near children, so it’s fair to assume the same will go for a beach. Amsterdam has three artificial beaches across the city... Hint hint.

77_sex_on_the_beach_image4UNITED KINGDOM

Technically those caught fornicating in public can face up to six months in prison. However, even if the act is visible, if it takes place within a house or enclosed structure, no one will be dragged off to jail. Can anyone say beach shack?

77_sex_on_the_beach_image5GREECE

A fairly liberal country, Greek tolerance can be deceiving: a group of British women were charged with prostitution after holding an oral sex competition on a Zakynthos Island beach.

77_sex_on_the_beach_image6SPAIN

There are no laws against doing it, but if you are like Daniela Cicarelli, a Brazillian celebrity caught getting carnal on a public Spanish beach, your scandalous little episode can get YouTube completely blocked back in your home country. Proof that we are living in a truly global world!

77_sex_on_the_beach_image7GERMANY

No laws forbid it, but if a beach gets particularly notorious, as happened with the seaside village of Aschau in the Schlewig-Holstein district, then the authorities will crackdown on such ‘public nuisances’ and begin divvying out fines.

77_sex_on_the_beach_image8MALAYSIA

Swinger party organizers are pushing the boundaries in this Muslim country. In 2008 the authorities in Johor Bahru clamped down on a 'New Year’s Party' with a 'no underwear' dress code. The struggle for sexual freedom goes on...

77_sex_on_the_beach_image9UNITED STATES

Varies by location; usually those engaging in the good ol’ coitus simply get a warning, but sometimes they are given a fine or probation.

77_sex_on_the_beach_image10SAUDI ARABIA

Just engaging in an illicit relationship will get you at least hundreds of lashes and a few years in prison. Are you nuts?

77_sex_on_the_beach_image11UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Do the deed in Dubai and you’ll get 3.5 months in prison, a $350 fine and be banned from the country.