Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Destinations

See all of the sexy locations featured in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

You Might Also Like

Boracay, Philippines
Boracay, Philippines

Boracay, Philippines

The island of Boracay is located off the coast of Panay and a 1-hour airplane ride from Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Relax on the island?s beautiful beaches, go cliff jumping at Ariel?s Point and get a taste of authentic cuisine at Smoke Resto. 960 1280

Moment / Getty Images  

Boracay, Philippines

Boracay, Philippines

Experience the beauty of Boracay at the famous and picturesque White Beach, where you can relax and bask in the sun, or participate in various water activities like kitesurfing, paddleboarding or an adrenaline-pumping ?Flying Fish? ride. The 3-mile-long beach also has a strip of bars, restaurants and hotels, which make it easily accessible for the island?s millions of visitors each year. 960 1280

Photodisc / Getty Images  

Waikiki Beach, HI

Waikiki Beach, HI

Hang loose at Waikiki Beach on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Soak up some sunrays and catch some waves on the famous beach. Taste fresh, locally caught fish at Tamashiro Market, or hike iconic Diamond Head for picturesque views of the island. After sunset, immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture at a luau, or experience the nightlife along Waikiki?s main strip. 960 1280

Moment / Getty Images  

Miami

Miami

Head to Miami Beach for beautiful weather, tanned beach beauties and some of the best Latin fusion cuisine. 960 1280

  

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Take in the beautiful views of Rio de Janeiro from Ipanema Beach -- one of Brazil's most popular -- and sexiest -- beaches. 960 1280

  

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Venture off the beaten path to Rio de Janeiro, where you’ll find world-class beaches and amazing sites. Take in 360-degree views of the city from Corcovado and the Christ the Redeemer statue, take a walk down the action-packed Copacabana Promenade or enjoy live Samba music -- with a Caipirinha in hand, of course. 960 1280

  

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Tucked away in Bahia de Banderas (Banderas Bay), the coastal resort town of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a secluded piece of paradise with a laidback Mexican lifestyle. 960 1280

Photolibrary / Getty Images  

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Experience Puerto Vallarta like the locals -- catch some waves in Sayulita, stroll along the Malecon -- a 1-mile boardwalk in downtown Puerto Vallarta -- and dine on authentic cuisine in the small fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan. 960 1280

Moment Open / Getty Images  

Gulf Shores, AL

Gulf Shores, AL

Just an hour’s drive from Mobile, AL, Gulf Shores, AL, is a Southern paradise where you’ll find white sand beaches and mouthwatering Southern cuisine. Charter a boat for a day of shrimping, soak up the sun along the shore, go zip-lining at the Gulf Adventure Center and dig into some Alabama steak at The Hangout. 960 1280

E+ / Getty Images  

Railay Beach, Thailand

Railay Beach, Thailand

Venture off the beaten path to Railay Beach, Thailand. With no roads or trails, this hidden gem on the west coast of Thailand, is only accessible by a long-tail boat ride. Travelers willing to make the trek will be greeted by breathtakingly beautiful shores, craggy limestone cliffs and lush, green scenery. 960 1280

Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

Railay Beach, Thailand

Railay Beach, Thailand

Get a taste of traditional, handground Thai coffee at the Chillout Bar on Railay Beach before spending the day relaxing on the beach, exploring the caves or, if you’re feeling adventurous enough, B.A.S.E. jumping from the beachside cliffs. After the sun sets, dine on authentic Southern Thai cuisine at Mangrove Restaurant and experience a Muay Thai kickboxing match. 960 1280

The Image Bank / Getty Images  

Orange County, CA

Orange County, CA

From surfboarding in Huntington Beach to paddle boarding in Dana Point and skim boarding in Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA, is a mecca for beach boarding activities. Spanning more than 40 miles on the Pacific Coast, Orange County is known for its beautiful sunsets, great surf and suntanned beach bodies. After spending a day at the beach, chow down on a 50/50 burger -- a patty made with 50% ground beef and 50% ground bacon topped with pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo, avocado, bacon and a fried egg on a brioche bun -- from Slater’s 50/50 in Huntington Beach. 960 1280

Photodisc / Getty Images  

Bondi Beach, Syndey

Bondi Beach, Syndey

Bondi Beach is one of the iconic destinations in Syndey. This is the place to be seen, catch some sun, surf, and off the beach activities include the Bondi Openair Cinema and Flickerfest Short Film Festival.  960 1280

Matteo Colombo  

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Spend the day on Bondi Beach. At night, visit popular venues like Sean's Panaroma and Icebergs for great drinks and music. 960 1280

  

Florianópolis, Brazil

Florianópolis, Brazil

Head to Florianópolis, Brazil, to experience the sleepy beach town’s breathtaking views of the ocean from a local business or its white sand beaches.in. 960 1280

  

North Shore, Oahu, HI

North Shore, Oahu, HI

On the North Shore of Oahu, HI, Waimea Bay is a legendary surf spot and was influential in the birth of big wave surfing. It’s also a great place for cliff diving. 960 1280

Steven Greaves  

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico, is a popular pit stop along the Caribbean Cruise line route. 960 1280

  

Cozumel, Mexico

Cozumel, Mexico

The beautiful clear waters along the coast of Cozumel make it an ideal place for snorkeling. 960 1280

Larry Dale Gordon  

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California

Cabo San Lucas, Baja California

The beautiful city of Cabo San Lucas is located on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, and also located in the Mexican state, Baja California Sur. 960 1280

Cavan Images  

Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay, FL

Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay, FL

Spending a day at Clearwater Beach in Tampa Bay, FL, is easy when you have great weather, surf and sand for a good  beach volleyball game. Visit beautiful Shephard Beach Resort, a perfect place to kick back and lay your head at night. Make sure you check out the annual Clearwater Super Boat Nationals. This event draws close to 150,000 tourists each year! 960 1280

Franz Marc Frei  

Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay, FL

Clearwater Beach, Tampa Bay, FL

Located along Clearwater Beach, the Hyatt Regency offers a countless number of family-friendly amenities and activities, including Camp Hyatt, poolside cabanas and the opportunity to interact with dolphins. 960 1280

Steven Greaves  

Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia

Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia

Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia, is popular for the winds that create perfect 1 to 2 foot swells, once a week. 960 1280

Andrew Watson  

Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia

Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia

Tugun racing boats rest on Surfers Paradise in Queensland for the annual Australian Surf Rowers League surf boat competition.  960 1280

  

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An, Vietnam

One of the many beautiful and quiet beaches of Hoi An, Vietnam. Vietnam's most popular beaches are An Bang Beach and Cua Dai Beach. 960 1280

K.Muller  

Bronte Beach, Sydney, Australia
Sydney

Sydney

Sydney has 6 gay-friendly beaches that have become popular LGBT destinations, including North Bondi Beach, Bronte Beach and Tamarama Beach. Obelisk Beach and Lady Jane Beach are popular, secluded spots for nude sunbathers. Water taxis are provided as transportation to Obelisk Beach, and during the summer, expect frequent visits from one of the famous Sydney Harbor Ice Cream Boats to help keep things cool. 960 1280

Andrew Watson/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images  

Cancun

Cancun

Cancun is a hot beach destination for spring breakers, but it’s also the location of a popular gay beach, Playa Delfines. The water is generally treacherous to swim in, but the white sand is perfect for sunning, and the view is incredible. This beach is also popular for surfing and a great place to take surfing lessons. Gay couples and singles enjoy Playa Delfines, and it has become known unofficially as the gay beach in Cancun. 960 1280

Veronica Garbutt/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images  

Maui

Maui

We’d be remiss if we didn’t have at least 1 Hawaiian beach on our list. Gay and lesbians converge on “Little Beach” in Makena State Park, located about 1 mile past the Maui Prince Hotel. This beach is so secluded that you have to hike up and over a lava-flow trail to get to it, but it won’t be hard to miss. Your first clue will be spotting the gays free-balling in the Hawaiian sun. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Fire Island, New York

Fire Island, New York

Head to Fire Island’s Pines Beach if you’re looking for a fun party beach with gay-friendly shopping, hotels, vacation rentals and a vibrant nightlife. The island, adjacent to the south shore of Long Island, is packed with eye candy. Nudity is allowed on the shore, but most guys enjoy sporting their fabulous new Speedos. The island plays host to several LGBT events, including the multicultural Fire Island Black Out in Cherry Grove. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv is famous for its never-ending beach line. Nearly 9 miles of blue sea, open horizon, sun and lots of people make it the perfect beach destination. The city has a few gay-friendly beaches, including Ga’ash nude beach, a popular gay beach outside Tel Aviv. Visit Hilton Beach if nude sunbathing isn’t your thing. It’s a little strip beach located near the Hilton Hotel. This beach is the perfect place to get both a tan and a hot, tanned guy. Just try not to get burned. 960 1280

Niv Singer, Flickr   

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Known as the “Venice of America,” Fort Lauderdale is where the boys are. Sebastian Street Gay Beach, located near most of the gay resorts, is one of the most popular beach destinations for gay tourists. Along with dozens of gay-friendly shops along the beach, the city also thrives with fun gay bars and restaurants, such as Hamburger Mary’s, a great place to start or end the night. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver has a couple beaches that attract a LGBT crowd. English Bay Beach (pictured) is located on the city’s West End, close to the Davie Street Gay Village. Sunset Beach and Wreck Beach are 2 alternate beach options. However, a little hike is required to reach secluded Wreck Beach, where nudity is permitted. Take the path marked Trail No. 7 to get there. The gays converge on the area south of the North Arm Breakwater. 960 1280

Kenny Louie, Flickr   

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Eco-friendly Costa Rica has long been a vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts, but it also has a popular gay beach, Manuel Antonio’s Playita Beach. La Playita, aka Playa Dulce Vida, is a semiprivate beach, accessible by climbing over large rocks north of Playa Espadilla. Just don’t get trapped during high tide. And just so you know, there’s no nude sunbathing in Costa Rica. After having some fun in the sun, grab a drink at Bar Tutu or the Liquid Lounge. By the way, there are gay-friendly vacation rentals and hotels available in the area. 960 1280

Guiziou Franck/hemis.fr/Getty Images  

Miami Beach

Miami Beach

South Beach, or SoBe, conjures up images of sunny days at the beach, a continuous flow of sexy men and women, high-end shopping on Lincoln Road, fine dining on Ocean Drive and nonstop nights of partying at popular gay bars and clubs, including Twist, Score, Palace and Mova. Every year, SoBe plays host to the world-renowned White Party in November and, in March, the Winter Party, the biggest gay beach party in North America. Check out Miami’s Haulover Beach if you’re looking for a nude beach. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/Anna Bryukhanova  

Brighton, East Sussex, England

Brighton, East Sussex, England

Brighton is the UK’s gay capital. The town’s seafront has bars, restaurants, nightclubs and amusement arcades between the piers. Brighton Beach has a nudist area, south of the easterly part of Kemptown, aka the “gay village.” West Beach, Telscombe Cliffs, Duke’s Mound and Shoreham are a few hot beach spots. Visit Brighton and find out why the bohemian atmosphere of this beach town has led to the largest LGBT crowds in the UK. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/DagDurrichPhotography  

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza, Spain

Straight or gay, everyone knows about the small island of Ibiza’s reputation as a party haven, but it’s also known for its beaches, each with its own distinctive beauty. Figueretes, the town beach, is for sunbathers who enjoy a low-key crowd and calm sea. Es Cavallet, located on the southern side of the island, is the main gay beach, where nudity is welcomed. Visit Cala Conta for stunning sunset views. Port Des Torrent is perfect for gay couples, and Ses Salinas is known for its diverse crowd and great beach bars. 960 1280

Getty  

Provincetown, MA

Provincetown, MA

Provincetown, a gay and lesbian resort community at the tip of Cape Cod, ranks among the world’s great seaside vacation destinations. Along with hosting its annual Gay Pride celebration, P’town continues to improve with more upscale inns, fine art galleries and superb restaurants. Peak season for the New England town is usually July through August. Stay in the town’s West End, go for a fun bike ride and go sunbathing on Herring Cove Beach or Race Point Beach. 960 1280

Harvey Barrison, Flickr  

Sitges, Spain

Sitges, Spain

Sitges’ Playa de la Bassa Rodona is increasingly becoming a straight beach, but it is packed with gay men during the peak season. It’s not difficult to miss the bronzed bodies, skintight Speedos and designer glasses. This beach is located below the Picnic Restaurant and across from Hotel Calipolis. Nude sunbathers looking for more privacy should head to Playa del Muerto or Playa de las Balmins. Visit Barcelona's Barcelonetta Beach if you're looking for a quick day trip. Barcelona is only a 45-minute train ride away from Sitges. 960 1280

iStockphoto.com/MarcPo  

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Most people know about Cape Town's turbulent history, but few people know about Clifton, the small, affluent suburb located outside the city. There are 4 beaches, but the Clifton Third Beach has become the popular spot for gay sunbathers, primarily men. This paradise is a great spot to watch the sun set in the summer, but be mindful of the no-public-drinking policy. It's strictly monitored, so don't say you weren't warned. 960 1280

Doberman Collection/Universal Images Group/Getty Images  

San Diego

San Diego

San Diego is a beach city, and Black’s Beach is the popular beach hangout for gay travelers. This is one of the oldest nude beaches in the US. The expansive beach has room for everyone, and even the dolphins and seals make an appearance offshore. San Diegans are friendly and seem to all know one another, stopping for naked chats on the beach. The muscled surfers don’t seem to mind lying out nude either. Just a word of caution: The climb from the beach back up the cliffs is a tough hike. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Mykonos has become a well-known spot for beach lovers and partygoers. The Greek island’s Elia Beach is probably one of the queerest stretches of sand in the Mediterranean. It’s a United Nations of gays from all over the world, basking in lounge chairs while sipping cocktails and gazing at the electric-blue waters. Just a word of caution: It may be wise to plan ahead. Taxis may be hard to come by, and buses and ferries stop at relatively early hours. 960 1280

Ingolf Pompe/LOOK/Getty Images  

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Rio is the hot spot for some the sexiest sunbathers in the world. We know all about the popularity of Copacabana Beach, but Ipanema Beach (pictured) is what’s really hot! Ipanema’s gay spot, Farme Gay Beach, is a little to the east of Rua Farme de Amoedo. It’s the best place to make friends with the locals outside of the bar and club scene. Party promoters often distribute fliers with discounts to gay parties and clubs. After the beach, head to the popular hangout Cafeína e Tô nem Aí for a beer or a snack. 960 1280

Mike Vondran, Flickr  

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is already a hot spot for thousands of sunbathers, but the hot spot for the LGBT crowd is on the south end of Playa Los Muertos Beach. The flirty interplay between the mostly Mexican locals and gay visitors from around the globe is always fun to watch. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Nice, France

Nice, France

This is not the typical gay destination in Europe, but it is slowly becoming a popular spot. Nice is now the second-most-visited city in France for gay tourists, after Paris, and with more than 35 gay outlets, we're sure there’s something for everyone. In addition the vibrant gay and lesbian club scene, this beach town has several museums, high-end shops and a famous flower market, and it plays host to the annual Pink Parade. Nice has a gay and gay-friendly beach, Coco Beach and Castel Plage, respectively. For adventurous sunbathers, there are 2 more gay beaches located outside the small French town. 960 1280

Pascal Blachier, Flickr  

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth is the quintessential beach town, with dozens of small shops, restaurants that serve up fresh seafood from the Chesapeake Bay, and a boardwalk with a few amusement thrills and arcades. Poodle Beach is the gay section on Rehoboth Beach, fittingly located near Queen Street. It can get crowded here during the peak season, but there is an energetic social scene. Lesbians prefer North Shores Beach. And after the beach, most gay men grab a few beers or cocktails at the Aqua Grill or Blue Moon, 2 of the town’s popular gay hangouts. 960 1280

Linda D. Epstein/McClatchy-Tribune/Getty Images