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Most Americans Think Toplessness at Certain Beaches is Acceptable

Polka Dot/Jupiterimages(NEW YORK) -- A new beach etiquette survey of approximately 1,100 U.S. travelers by reveals 78 percent of respondents say they're okay with women going topless at beach and resort destinations where the practice is culturally acceptable.

Six percent of those surveyed said “European” sunbathing is acceptable at any beach of pool.

Additional findings from the survey:
- 60 percent of respondents want child-free zones at beaches.
- 72 percent want child-free zones at pools.
- Loud music was ranked as the most annoying beach behavior, followed by intoxication and littering.
- Loud music was also ranked the most annoying practice at pools, followed by chair-hogging.
- 85 percent say it’s a sign of poor etiquette when people get up early at resorts to leave towels and personal belongings on chaises to “save them" even though they don’t plan to use them for hours.
- Respondents say Miami Beach has the worst-behaved beachgoers.  But the worst beachgoers in Miami Beach aren’t Florida residents.  Survey respondents rank tourists from New York and New Jersey as the worst individuals on Miami Beach.
- At a crowded beach, 28 percent of respondents say six feet is the closest acceptable distance between you and a stranger’s blanket.  Another 28 percent say three feet is the closest acceptable distance.
- 34 percent say it’s a violation of proper etiquette for a man to wear a Speedo.

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