Celebrities' Favorite Beach Vacations
When celebs need a little R&R, the world’s most exotic beaches, exclusive nightlife and luxurious resorts become their oyster. Here’s where to go (and stay), so you, too, can vacation like a star.
Rio de Janeiro, BrazilBefore the excitement of the upcoming World Cup and Summer Olympics, celebrities like Madonna, Gerard Butler, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have long flocked to Rio's Ipanema Beach for a piece of tropical paradise (and perhaps a few caipirinhas at Carnival).
A-List Accommodations: Fasano Hotel, Copacabana Palace 960 1280
St. BartsThis glamorous Caribbean island boasts glitzy nightlife and glamorous sunbathing at St. Jean beach where you can rub elbows with celebrities like Jay-Z and Beyonce or Jessica Alba, who dock their yachts at the glistening port.
A-List Accommodations: Eden Rock, Hotel Saint Barth Isle De France 960 1280
St. Tropez, FranceThis Cote d'Azur seaport continues to attract celebrities including Cindy Crawford, Tom Cruise, Rihanna, P. Diddy, Jack Nicholson and Catherine Zeta-Jones to its over-the-top beach clubs like Club 55, first made famous by French beauty Brigitte Bardot.
A-List Accommodations: Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, Villa Romana Club & Restaurant 960 1280
Bondi Beach, SydneyWith its world-famous surfing and sailing under the Harbour Bridge to Coogee's cliff tops, Bondi Beach attracts celebrities like Nicole Richie, Hugh Jackman, Paris Hilton and Leonardo DiCaprio when they are looking for a little adventure Down Under.
A-List Accommodations: The Park Hyatt in the Rocks, InterContinental Hotel 960 1280
Cabo San Lucas, MexicoJust a 2-hour flight from Los Angeles, it's no wonder this Mexican resort city has become a mainstay for stars like Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest and Julia Roberts looking for a little rest, relaxation and … margaritas.
A-List Accommodations: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Esperanza, One&Only Palmilla 960 1280
Maui, HawaiiOf Hawaii's many islands, Maui seems to attract the most star power, whether it’s Paris Hilton vacationing with her flavor of the week or Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox tying the knot on its romantic coast. Who are the other stars giving Hawaii a resurgence of star power? Owen Wilson, Oprah, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, to name a few.
A-List Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea 960 1280
Lake Como, ItalyOne name -- George Clooney -- comes to mind when you conjure up images of Lake Como. Can't you just see yourself relaxing at his oceanfront 18th-century villa alongside Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and half a dozen of his other famous pals? Well, one can daydream.
A-List Accommodations: Villa D’Este, Grand Hotel Tremezzo 960 1280
South Beach, MiamiShe may still be "Jenny From the Block," but it's no secret that Jennifer Lopez has spent plenty of time in sexy South Beach. Miami's bustling nightlife and Art Deco charms have also convinced stars like the Kardashians and Shakira to vacation stateside.
A-List Accommodations: Fonatinebleau, The Delano 960 1280
Necker IslandRichard Branson's 74-acre private island estate has been rebuilt after a tragic fire in 2011 (when Kate Winslet heroically carried his mother to safety). We're sure it will continue to host the very rich and very famous, such as Oprah, Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg, for years to come.
A-List Accommodations: You have to join the ranks of these gazillionaires to afford to rent out this private estate. 960 1280
Turtle Island, FijiWhat superstar doesn't value their privacy? This super-secluded resort has nearly 100 staffers on hand to cater to a maximum of 28 guests at a time. Both Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears have honeymooned here (with their now exes).
A-List Accommodations: Turtle Island 960 1280
Amalfi Coast, ItalyBrad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's mutual attraction is rumored to have been sparked at the picturesque cliff-side Hotel Santa Caterina while filming Mr. and Mrs. Smith -- and with vistas like that, who could blame them?
A-List Accommodations: Hotel Santa Caterina 960 1280
Bora Bora, French PolynesiaThe privacy that these over-the-water bungalows provide (not to mention the romance) have attracted stars like the Kardashians, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe, Sharon Stone and Charlize Theron.
A-List Accommodations: Four Seasons Bora Bora, Bora Bora Nui Resort 960 1280
Malibu, Los AngelesOf course, the No. 1 beach for celebrity-spotting would be right in their own backyard. Here, David Beckham catches a wave with sons Cruz, Brooklyn and Romeo in Malibu.
A-List Accommodations: Malibu Beach Inn, Four Seasons Los Angeles, Chateau Marmont 960 1280
Matira Beach, Bora Bora, TahitiHoneymooners flock to Bora Bora, Tahiti (aka “Romantic Island”) to experience the ultimate vacation in paradise. Most of the beaches here are private, but Matira Beach is open to the public. After a few hours of sunbathing, we suggest retiring to a rustic but comfortable bungalow over the water. 960 1280
Grande Plage, Biarritz, FranceWorld-class surfers hit the waves at Grande Plage in Biarritz, a resort town in southwestern France that’s also a popular destination for French royalty. Biarritz has been called "the queen of beaches and beach of kings," which is why the town has hosted surfing competitions, including the Quiksilver/Roxy Jam tournament. 960 1280
La Digue Beaches, SeychellesLa Digue is the third largest inhabited island of the Seychelles. Tourists can choose any of 8 beautiful beaches to visit, including Anse Coco, Anse Source D’Argent and L’Union Beach. Head to Anse Marron if you’re in search of a more secluded Robinson Crusoe-like beach. This is a must-see beach. 960 1280
Ko Phi Phi Don Island Beaches, ThailandBrilliant turquoise waters lure travelers to the shores of Ko Phi Phi Don Island, Thailand. Bamboo Island, Laem Tong Beach, Loh Dalum, Koh Phi Phi Leh and Loh Bagao Bay are some of the beaches found around the island, but Long Beach is the most popular and a great spot for snorkeling, too. 960 1280
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilLocated in Rio de Janeiro, the iconic Copacabana Beach is home to some of Brazil's famous beach beauties. The beach stretches between lifeguard watchtowers 2 and 6. And you may not know it, but American football was introduced in Brazil through a game played on this popular beach. 960 1280
Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFinding a spot to sunbathe on Rio’s Ipanema Beach may be difficult, but it’s a great spot for people watching and to strike up a conversation with friendly locals. There’s no shortage of “tall, and tan, and young, and lovely” bodies on this beach, either. Surfing, football, volleyball and footvolley are a few fun beach activities to keep beachgoers occupied. 960 1280
Patong Beach, Phuket, ThailandEvery year, hundreds of tourists visit Patong -- home to the largest stretch of sand and the wildest nightlife in Phuket, Thailand. Tourists can experience the town’s hot nightlife by heading to Bangla Road or Paradise Complex. The mercury seldom falls below 70 degrees, which makes both roads -- lined with nightclubs, discos and go-go bars -- a prime destination for partygoers. 960 1280
75-Mile Beach, Queensland, AustraliaIn Australia, 75-Mile Beach is located on the eastern side of Fraser Island in Queensland. The island is the world's largest sand island and perhaps the only beach in the world that is a registered highway with a designated speed limit of 80 miles per hour. Nature-loving beach enthusiasts will appreciate the unspoiled natural paradise around the beach: The island is home to 230 species of bird and 25 species of mammals, including wallabies, flying foxes and dingoes. 960 1280
Folegandros Beaches, GreeceVardia, Latinaki, Vitzenzou, Pountaki, Karavostasi, Agios Nikolaos and Agios Georgios are just a few of beaches in Folegandros, Greece. Most maintain their natural beauty because they are not overwhelmed by tourists. Livadi Beach is a perfect spot for campers. We recommend visiting Angali because it’s the Greek island’s nicest beach. 960 1280
Tenerife Beaches, Canary IslandsThe lovely shores of Tenerife entice visitors to the Canary Islands archipelago, southwest of Spain. This beach town has more than a dozen beaches where tourists can feel the warm waters of the ocean lap at their feet while basking in the warm sunlight. Playa de la Tejita, Playa San Marcos, Playa del Camison, Playa del Duque and El Medano are all examples of secret, off-the-beaten path, over-exposed and black-sand beaches found around the island. 960 1280
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Anegada, BVIAmerican Originals host Steve Watson says "I rent a 50-foot bareboat and we bounce around the BVI for weeks at a time. Anegada is the lone, flat island that isn't land-on-sight. A hidden gem, with a milk jug marked channel. You must be a seasoned mariner to navigate the channel but it is well worth it. I hope you love spiny lobster!!" 960 1280
Kailua, HawaiiHost of the all-new Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, Adam Richman says, “I love the beach. I hate cold weather. If I have to take a beach trip, it will more than likely be one in Hawaii -- either something on the North Shore like Waimea, or something maybe a little farther east like Kailua, or even something that's a private beach from one of the hotels on the leeward side of Honolulu. I like Steps Beach in Puerto Rico, and any of the beaches in Nevis. I also found some really beautiful beaches in Phuket and Koh Phi Phi in Thailand.” 960 1280
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Baker Beach, San FranciscoOn the shore below San Francisco’s famed Presidio is where you’ll find half-mile-long Baker Beach. Baker is not only notable for its nude beach — naturists sunbathe, swim and stroll on the northern section of the beach — but also for its spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Be wary of heavy fog and rough surf. 960 1280
Haulover Beach, MiamiSanctioned and protected by Miami-Dade County, Haulover Beach, a family-friendly strand just north of Miami Beach, is considered Florida’s best for baring it all. Only 1/3 of the 1.4-mile pristine beach — between lifeguard stations 12 and 16 — is for clothing-optional recreation. 960 1280
Couples Tower Isle, Ocho Rios, JamaicaAll-inclusive hospitality brand Couples has several resort options in Jamaica for pairs who wish to bare it all. Most impressive is Couples Tower Isle, a 19-acre beachfront resort in Ocho Rios that has an au naturel private island for daytime frolicking. Tower Isle’s private island is equipped with a pool, swim-up bar and nude sunbathing areas. Elsewhere in Jamaica, Couples San Souci and Couples Negril have semi-private sections dedicated to the clothing-optional set. 960 1280
Plakias Beach, Crete, GreeceOn the south coast of Crete, between mountains and the Libyan Sea, lies Plakias, a tiny fishing village whose population swells during the summer months. Popular with backpackers, many of whom come here to stay in the southernmost youth hostel in Europe, Plakias is also a favorite with nudists, who can swim and sunbathe in the buff along the 0.8-mile Plakias Beach. Beyond the nudist strand, Plakias offers several beach options (Ammoudi, Damnoni and Souda), mountain hikes and casual tavernas. Nearby, Mona Preveli, one of the most famous monasteries in Crete, is a worthwhile day trip. 960 1280
Red Beach, Crete, GreeceSeveral beaches throughout the Greek isles are known as “Red Beach” (or Kokkini Paralia) because of their pink/red sands. The Red Beach that’s ideal for naturists is located on Crete, about 20 minutes by foot from the resort town of Matala. Given Red Beach’s remote location, there are very few services to be found here, save for a chair and umbrella rental stand during the high season. Consider working it into an trip itinerary that includes a stop at all the pristine, Blue Flag beaches around Matala. 960 1280
Wreck Beach, Vancouver, British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia, is home to Wreck Beach, one of the world's most popular nude beaches. Everything on Wreck Beach, from the sunbathers to the surroundings, is kept as natural as possible, contributing to the relaxing and positive vibe here. While Canada may not seem like a beachgoer's haven, the 4.8-mile-long Wreck Beach is the country's first official clothing-optional beach, and it offers spectacular views of the Pacific. 960 1280
Hidden Beach Resort, Riviera Maya, MexicoFor naturist fun on the Mayan Riviera, Hidden Beach Resort is an all-inclusive, adults-only playground. Guests here may be nude throughout the resort, whether sunbathing or dining or dancing. There is even a full-day nude cruise. Beyond the resort, guests can sign up for visits to the Mayan ruins in Tulum, golf, swimming with dolphins or watching a bullfight, but clothing is required for those options. 960 1280
Cap d’Agde, FranceThe French Mediterranean resort of Cap d'Agde is more than just a nude beach; it is a nude city. From March to mid-October, visitors must fill out paperwork and pay a fee to enter the guarded village, where clothing is not an option. Because Cap d’Agde is a fully sanctioned nude beach, it offers numerous activities, accommodations and restaurants for practicing naturists. For something completely different, Cap d’Agde also holds an annual “last swim of the year” on New Year’s Eve — the only “polar bear”-type swim at a nudist beach. 960 1280
Samurai Beach, New South Wales, AustraliaOfficially clothing optional since 1996, Samurai Beach in New South Wales, Australia, is a stunning 1.2-mile strand ideal for nature lovers. Access to Samurai Beach, which is known for its white sands and clear water, requires a 4-wheel-drive vehicle or a hike over scrubs and rocks via neighboring One Mile Beach. Visitors to Samurai Beach can take advantage of the surrounding Tomaree National Park and Anna Bay, with activities such as hiking, surfing and fishing. 960 1280
Black’s Beach, San DiegoKnown as San Diego’s nude beach, Black's Beach is beneath the soaring, picturesque bluffs of Torrey Pines. Though nude sunbathing is technically illegal in San Diego, naturism at the north end of Black’s has been allowed for years, owing to the beach’s secluded location. Those wishing to sunbathe in the buff at Black’s must endure a hike along marked routes down to the beach. The spot is also popular with surfers, who make the most of the waves that ripple and curl offshore. 960 1280
Hedonism II, Negril, JamaicaOpened in 1976 in Negril, Jamaica, Hedonism II is legendary for its naughty vibe. Known for its swingers conventions and toga nights, Hedo is the definition of debauchery. While an estimated 80% of Hedonism II’s clientele choose to sunbathe in the buff, there are both “nude” and “prude” sections of the resort, including along the beaches and in the pools. 960 1280
Praia do Pinho, BrazilBrazil's first nude beach, Praia do Pinho, is a family-friendly retreat founded in the early 1980s. Surrounded by lush green hills, Praia do Pinho has inns, cabins and camping accommodations for visiting naturists. Balneario Camboriu, the town nearest Praia do Pinho, is a popular vacation destination for Brazilians. Like a mini Rio, BC has an extensive, crescent-shaped shoreline, as well as the Cristo Luz, Brazil’s second-largest monument, after the Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado. 960 1280
Club Orient, St. MartinSt. Martin, the French-speaking side of the island also known as St. Maarten, is home to Club Orient, a family-friendly naturist resort that fronts one of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the Caribbean. Guests are invited to participate in all activities, from sunbathing to dining, while in the buff. When the nude bodies begin to bore you, head to the other side of the island for a visit to Maho Beach, which is famous for its plane-spotting. 960 1280
Moshup Beach, Martha's Vineyard, MAMartha’s Vineyard, the island off the coast of Massachusetts long known as a getaway for old money scions and politicians, has a bit of a bohemian streak, which is best embodied by its small but beloved nude beach. Known as either Moshup Beach, after the Moshup Trail that leads down to the sand, or Gay Head Beach, because of its position below the scrub-topped Gay Head Cliffs, this strand has a clothing-optional section for sunbathing and recreation. Visitors must pay a $15 parking fee in order to access Moshup Beach. 960 1280
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