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Beauty Beyond the Jersey Shore

New Jersey gets a bad rap, thanks to MTV's Jersey Shore stereotypes. What many fail to realize is that New Jersey is filled with lush farmland and beautiful rural areas, particularly in the Delaware Valley region. Of course, the state's coastline packs the biggest punch. Visit one of the many charming beach towns, such as Cape May and its colorful Victorian mansions.

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Pacific Resort Aitutaki (Aitutaki, Cook Islands)
Pacific Resort Aitutaki (Aitutaki, Cook Islands)

Pacific Resort Aitutaki (Aitutaki, Cook Islands)

Swimsuit models Kate Upton, Nina Agdal, Chrissy Teigen and Lily Aldridge headed to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands for their exotic photo shoot in the Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Edition. Stay at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki, which has 27 bungalows, villas and suites that face the atoll’s lagoon. 960 1280

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St. Lucia

St. Lucia

One of the Windward Islands in the Caribbean Sea, St. Lucia is home to lush rainforests and Sugar Beach that served as the backdrop for body-paint swimsuit models Emily Ratajkowski, Cris Urena, Samantha Hoopes, Hannah Ferguson and Lauren Mellor. These women stayed at The Residences at Sugar Beach, a sugar plantation that just underwent a $100 million renovation. Try one of the 6 restaurants and bars on the beach. According to Emily, you can stake out your own location with a chef who will prepare a personalized menu and a rummelier who will guide you through your options for rum. 960 1280

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G-Force One (Cape Canaveral, Florida)

G-Force One (Cape Canaveral, Florida)

Get your chance to be like buoyant, beautiful Kate Upton. Climb aboard the G-Force One in Cape Canaveral, FL, for a weightless adventure. This isn’t a trip for a budget traveler. Plan on spending at least $5,000 for this amazing, out-of-this-world experience. 960 1280

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Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil

Visit Lençóis Maranhenses, a 600-square-mile national park in northeastern Brazil. Although it looks like a desert, the park is actually located in the Amazon Basin, where the region gets lots of rain that collects to form lush lagoons. Enjoy the panoramic views in a 4-wheeler and stay at the Gran Solare Lençóis Resort in the nearby city of Barreirinhas like models Valerie van der Graaf, Anne V, Emily Didonato, Natasha Barnard and Bregje Heinen did. 960 1280

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Guana Island

Guana Island

Go where gold-medal soccer player Alex Morgan, WNBA star Skylar Diggins and world-class surfer Kate Swim went. Guana Island is an 850-acre, family-run private island resort in the British Virgin Islands. Outdoor enthusiasts will fall in love with this wildlife sanctuary, home to 50 species of animals and a dozen hiking trails. The island has 19 cottages and villas and access to 7 beaches. Luxe travelers can rent the entire island for $22,000 a day. 960 1280

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Nosy Be, Madagascar

Nosy Be, Madagascar

Just off the southeastern coast of Africa, Madagascar was uncharted territory for the swimsuit crew. So they decided to use Nosy Be, the most popular tourist destination on the island country, as one of their coveted locations. Royal Beach has several outdoor activities for tourists, including snorkeling and big-game fishing. And if you’re famished after spending time on the beach, go dining on Iranja where most restaurants serve traditional, local cuisine, according to model Chanel Iman. 960 1280

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Cape May and Congress Hall, New Jersey

Cape May and Congress Hall, New Jersey

The All-American destination Jersey Shore was featured in the Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Edition to show that beauty still exists even after the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Gigi Hadid and Sara Sampai struck several sexy poses in Cape May, NJ, and stayed at Congress Hall, the oldest seaside resort in the US. 960 1280

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Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (Zermatt, Switzerland)

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (Zermatt, Switzerland)

Ariel Meredith, Genevieve Morton and Kate Bock stayed at the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, a 135-year-old resort that sits at the foot of the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Be prepared for life at a slower pace; no gasoline-powered cars are allowed, so guests get around in a horse-drawn carriage. 960 1280

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Lake Geneva (Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland)

Lake Geneva (Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland)

Switzerland’s Lake Geneva was chosen as a photo shoot location because the Alpine views were a change of pace from the beach locations. Model Kate Bock climbed aboard a sailboat and drifted out onto the picturesque lake where the Sports Illustrated crew captured her beauty and the beauty of her natural surroundings. 960 1280

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Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Take a journey to the Aitutaki in the Cook Islands, an archipelago of 15 islands in Polynesia about 2,000 miles northeast of New Zealand. The seafood here is so fresh that Chrissy Teigen prepared fresh-caught tuna for lunch. If prepared meals are more your speed, try Island Night at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki. Dinner is accompanied by local dancers, drummers and musicians. 960 1280

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