Sports Illustrated 2012 Swimsuit Destinations

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

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Before 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
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St. Barts

St. Barts

This 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
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St. Tropez, France

St. Tropez, France

This 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
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Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

With 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
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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Just 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
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Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Of 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
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Anguilla

Anguilla

One look at Anguilla’s cerulean waters is all it takes to see why stars like Uma Thurman, Paul McCartney, Michael Jordan, Michael J. Fox and Liam Neeson picked this sunny spot in the Caribbean to unwind.
A-List Accommodations: Viceroy Anguilla, Cap Juluca
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Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

One 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
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South Beach, Miami

South Beach, Miami

She 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
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Necker Island

Necker Island

Richard 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.
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Turtle Island, Fiji

Turtle Island, Fiji

What 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
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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Brad 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
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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

The 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
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Malibu, Los Angeles

Malibu, Los Angeles

Of 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
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Maldives

Maldives

A gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka, this exotic locale has lured stars like Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Kate Moss and Jude Law to indulge in its warm waters and pristine white sands.
A-List Accommodations: Velassaru Maldives, Kanuhura
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Julie Henderson and Israel
Israel

Israel

Julie Henderson: “Israel was one of the sexiest shoots I’ve been on. There is something very mysterious about Israel. Being in Israel with gorgeous swimsuits and surrounded by historic ruins made the trip completely surreal.” 960 1280

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Spain

Spain

Ariel Meredith: “The sexiest shoot location would have to be Spain. Flamencos dancing in the background while you shoot is pretty sexy! But being in the Bahamas for body painting was the icing on the cake … we were NUDE ... sexy, sexy!” 960 1280

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Zambia

Zambia

Genevieve Morton: “My sexiest shoot location was in Zambia, because it brought out my wild side and pushed me to limits I didn’t think I could go to. However, Australia also challenged me because it was simple enough to bring about a sex appeal that was raw and new.” 960 1280

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Kaui, Hawaii

Kaui, Hawaii

Emily DiDonato: “I would say Kauai, Hawaii, because it has a lot of beautiful rural land that meets the water. I shot at the beach and also deep in the forest and it felt really wild and untouched, which I thought was sexy.” 960 1280

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Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Whitehaven Beach, Australia

Natasha Barnard: “Without a doubt Whitehaven Beach in Australia. We got there by seaplane and I can’t even begin to describe how magical it was. It’s like a deserted island with baby-powder sand and it’s right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Humidity and wet sand made this shoot really sexy!” 960 1280

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Guilin, China

Guilin, China

Jess Gomes: “Guilin, China, was my sexiest shoot to date … it felt so surreal and the light was beautiful and misty. The backdrop was perfection and really gave me the feeling of being a sexy goddess!” 960 1280

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Namibia

Namibia

Adaora: “My sexiest shoot location was in Namibia. One of the shots involved me wearing a tiny 2-piece bikini in bed, which was situated near the balcony of a tented lodge. The walls were rolled up so I basically had an open backdrop of red sand, swaying brush, magnificent hills, the radiant sun and even a few wildlife! So sexy!” 960 1280

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St. Lucia

St. Lucia

Hannah Davis: “Sexiest shoot location had to be St. Lucia. The beaches were stunning and secluded! The pitons made the perfect backdrop! Reminds me of where I grew up in the Virgin Islands.” 960 1280

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Jessica Perez: “Costa Rica because I was in the rainforest surrounded by everything incredible that nature has to offer, so it was easy to get lost in the moment.” 960 1280

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Zambia

Zambia

Irina Shayk: “Every year, the locations get sexier and sexier. It was Zambia last year and I had to get wild, handling a cheetah on a leash and surrounded by wild zebras. Shooting in Spain this year, it was a beautiful and steamy 120 degrees. Regardless of the location, you can’t help but feel sexy because all you wear is a small bikini!” 960 1280

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Exuma, Bahamas

Exuma, Bahamas

Anne V: “The sexiest location I have ever shot in was while body painting in Great Exuma, Bahamas. There’s nothing more beautiful and sexy than miles and miles of the whitest sand, warm turquoise water and the most spectacular sunsets! This paradise definitely brings out your inner beauty and sex appeal.” 960 1280

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