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.

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Atlantic City’s Steel Pier
Atlantic City’s Steel Pier

Atlantic City’s Steel Pier

Atlantic City’s Steel Pier, longer than the length of 3 football fields, is packed with adrenaline-fueled rides. 960 1280

  

The Atlantic City boardwalk

The Atlantic City boardwalk

The Atlantic City boardwalk is the largest in the world. Built in 1870, it hit its stride in the Roaring Twenties when notorious political boss and racketeer Nucky Johnson ruled the boardwalk. 960 1280

  

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

Located 60 miles east of Philadelphia, Atlantic City is known for its strip of casinos, but this place offers much more for its 30 million annual visitors. 960 1280

  

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

Atlantic City’s collection of casinos includes Bally's, Caesars and Trump Plaza. 960 1280

  

Trump Taj Mahal

Trump Taj Mahal

This tunnel of games leads to the Trump Taj Mahal, which has one of the largest poker rooms in Atlantic City. 960 1280

  

Atlantic City

Atlantic City

In the 1800s, saltwater taffy became the “first Atlantic City souvenir,” and James Candy still uses the original recipe that made it such a hit back then. 960 1280

  

Surfer girls in Atlantic City

Surfer girls in Atlantic City

After a crash course in the fundamentals, these girls mastered the theory of catching waves and hit the Atlantic City surf, the same shores that rumrunners used to smuggle illegal booze during Prohibition. 960 1280

  

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach, FL

Twelve hundred miles south is another locale with the most exotic vibe of all: Hollywood Beach, FL. 960 1280

  

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach, FL

Hollywood Beach’s Caribbean-like charm makes it a dreamy escape from the spring break hot spots to the north and south. 960 1280

  

Nick’s Bar and Grill

Nick’s Bar and Grill

Happy hour is the perfect time to loosen up at the hottest spot on the boardwalk, or “broadwalk” as the locals call it: Nick’s Bar and Grill. 960 1280

  

The ArtsPark at Young Circle

The ArtsPark at Young Circle

The ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood Beach encompasses 10 acres of parks and promenades, complete with an interactive fountain. 960 1280

  

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub features bathtubs as art and planters throughout the restaurant, so it’s easy to see where it got its name from. 960 1280

  

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub

Hollywood Beach’s Le Tub

With its tropical vibe, Le Tub makes you feel like you’re eating in the Amazon, just a few blocks off the beach. 960 1280

  

South Bay, CA
South Bay, CA

South Bay, CA

Look out, here come the South Bay surfers! Head to the South Bay area, southwest of Los Angeles, for cool waves and plenty of sun. For top surfing action, check out the annual International Surf Festival -- one of South Bay’s biggest events of the year, held in late July. 960 1280

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Waimea Bay, HI

Waimea Bay, HI

If everybody had an ocean, across the USA … they might wish it looked like Hawaii’s Waimea Bay. Top gun surfers -- called 'rhino chasers' in the Beach Boys’ day -- love the area’s tall waves. 960 1280

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Redondo Beach, CA

Redondo Beach, CA

Everybody’s gone surfin’ at Redondo, too. While in the South Bay area stop by Redondo Beach, one of 3 prized beaches in the region. The South Bay waves here turn into killer kahunas -- as high as 20 feet! 960 1280

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Sandals Cay, Jamaica

Sandals Cay, Jamaica

Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand … welcome to Sandals Cay. Once known as Kokomo Island, Sandals Cay is just 2.5 acres but big on tropical relaxation: a Thai restaurant, Jacuzzi and secluded beach can be found here. 960 1280

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Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Tach it up, tach it up, buddy gonna shut you down! The Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson used to rev it up in a Shelby Cobra car around the now-gone San Fernando Raceway. These days, head to places like Auto Club Speedway, which has hosted NASCAR racing every year since 1997. 960 1280

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Big Sur, CA

Big Sur, CA

Under Big Sur sky, that’s where you belong. This stretch of California’s Central Coast inspired the Beach Boys with its 'cashmere hills filled with evergreens, flowin’ from the clouds down to meet the sea.' 960 1280

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San Miguel, Mexico

San Miguel, Mexico

The Beach Boys sang they could be in San Miguel forever. However long your visit, take time for a stroll through this central Mexican city’s quaint cobblestone streets, lined with colorful homes and churches. 960 1280

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Trestles Beach

Trestles Beach

And who can forget Trestles Beach? The Beach Boys didn’t in ‘Surfin’ USA.’ Trestles Beach remains one of California’s best surfing spots, with some of the last undeveloped coastal areas in Southern California. 960 1280

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Disneyland

Disneyland

Disneyland is worth a trip to LA. The theme park made the list in the Beach Boys’ hit ‘Amusement Parks USA.’ In true Beach Boys-style, get behind the wheel of a specially-designed car and zoom around the track at Disneyland’s own roadway, Autopia. 960 1280

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Narrabeen Beach, Australia

Narrabeen Beach, Australia

It may not be surfin’ in the USA, but Australia’s Narrabeen Beach got a nod from the Beach Boys in their famous hit. The beachside suburb, northeast of Sydney, has 4 beach areas – and plenty of water activities, including rowing. 960 1280

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Islamorada, Florida Keys

Islamorada, Florida Keys

The Beach Boys called Islamorada the real inspiration for their hit ‘Kokomo.’ Four islands in this upper Florida Keys attraction offer tranquil spots to stretch out on the sand. And don’t forget your fishing pole -- locals call this the ‘sport fishing capital of the world.’ 960 1280

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Swami’s Beach, CA

Swami’s Beach, CA

Surf’s up on Swami’s Beach. This stretch of sand near San Diego was made famous in the Beach Boys’ ‘Surfin’ USA.’ To this day, Swami’s remains a major surfing destination -- its large number of right-hand point breaks is a big reason why. 960 1280

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Kona Coast

Kona Coast

Welcome to an “island mecca.” Yep, that’s what the Beach Boys called Kona’s coast. Part of the Big Island of Hawaii, the coastline includes Kealakekua Bay -- a popular spot for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. 960 1280

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Pasadena, CA

Pasadena, CA

Make like the ‘little old lady from Pasadena,’ and take a drive around this LA County city. One of the most scenic driving spots is Orange Grove Boulevard, a street lined with so many mansions it’s called ‘Millionaire’s Row.’ 960 1280

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