This is a very personal view. You may agree; you may disagree. either way, it is still what I think.
Well, if, like me, you enjoy sunbathing nude, in secluded spots, or on designated nudist beaches, or in the back garden, but you feel no urge to walk down the street naked, or stand around chatting and drinking with a group of naked people, or sitting down to lunch or dinner on a small white towel, wearing nothing but a smile, then I would say that, like me, you are a Nudist, rather than a Naturist. This is especially so if you consider your nudity to be a bit naughty, a bit risque, out on the edge. And I do.
On the other hand, if you feel that every legal opportunity to get naked should be taken and if you do enjoy those multi-person situations naked, if you do like to take a naked morning stroll for a paper or croissant, then, probably, you are a Naturist. This is especially so if you consider your nudity and the nudity of those around you to be perfectly normal.
So why does this distinction matter?
The Naturist philosophy really is that everyone should feel comfortable enough with their bodies that they only wear clothes when they need to, but Naturists have no issues with others who want to be clothed.
If you are naked, they will talk to you quite naturally, with your nudity taken as "the norm". They will not see your nudity as any sort of sexual invitation, but just you being comfortable enough with your body to be nude.
From our holiday base in Arrieta, my wife and I had arranged to meet with Wendy Lambert (from Nudelanza), for a tour of Charco del Palo and, on our fully clothed walk round Charco, with Wendy, we saw more naked flesh than you could shake a stick at.
Some were tall and thin, others shorter and fatter. Some women had big boobs, big bums, others were more petite. Yes, fellas, some of the blokes were bigger than others. C'est la vie. Why did I notice all this? Just because we were there, for an hour, trying to get a feel for the place, to decide whether we will take the plunge and book one of the many lovely apartments and villas which Wendy looks after.
The village is very clean, quiet and well-ordered and the apartments and bungalows we saw were all of a very high standard and very reasonably priced. Most share a swimming pool but two villas have their own private pools. Two of the three restaurants accept full nudity but one doesn't (yes, even in a Naturist Resort!).
Will we take the plunge and book a holiday apartment/bungalow in Charco. Yes, I think so. We have been Nudists and now we want to see if we will enjoy embracing that Naturist philosophy. Who knows - we may; we may not.
As I said earlier, there is only one way to find out.