Here in Northern California, there are ample opportunities to let it all hang out — from nude spas and beaches to hot springs that allow you to go au naturel. But are you a scaredy cat when it comes to disrobing in public?

Recently, I had to the chance to visit a "clothing-optional" hot springs village, and although I couldn't make the trip, my friends that dared to bare said it was refreshing to be around people comfortable in their own skin — scars, hair, and bumps included. Most of you don't enjoy showering in public, but when it comes to the relaxing atmosphere of a spa and/or beach, is there comfort in numbers, or is your outlook unchanged?