Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Destinations

We strip down and reveal hidden secrets about the amazing destinations that created the backdrop for the hot swimsuit models featured in the Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Edition.

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Chile
Chile

Chile

On Easter Island, one of the world's most remote inhabited islands, we imagine the models stood out as much as the moai, 887 mysterious, monumental statues created by the early Rapa Nui people. 960 1280

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Namibia

Namibia

While the desert's dunes served as a striking backdrop, the models were hardly stranded. They stayed in the luxurious Swakopmund Hotel, a converted train station with equal access to both the dunes and the ocean. 960 1280

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Nature Friend Safaris

Nature Friend Safaris

The 84,000-acre Onguma Game Reserve is home to 550 species and The Fort -- including luxury tents and open-air tree houses, all offering unparalleled views and predator protection. 960 1280

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Wolwedans Lodge

Wolwedans Lodge

After going on safari with Namab Desert Tours, the crew retreated 570 miles to the south, where the luxurious Wolwedans camp offers a night sky like you've never seen (and where SI claims Brangelina has stayed -- twice.) 960 1280

Wolwedans Reservations  

China

China

We particularly envy the SI crew's 10-day shoot in south central China. While at the sprawling Shangri-La Hotel, we imagine they took full advantage of the nearby street markets' mouthwatering Guilin delicacies and the spa's 8 private treatment rooms. 960 1280

Shangri-La International Hotels and Resorts  

Spain

Spain

SI stayed in the heart of Seville's old city at the famed Gran Melia Colon, a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway and matadors (acknowledged by a subtle bullfighting motif). The 5-star hotel's recently renovated rooms seem ideal for a siesta. 960 1280

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Antarctica

Antarctica

We can only imagine the looks on the (few) faces when SI cover girl Kate Upton arrived aboard Le Boreal, bikini in hand, at the "end of the world." The last leg of her lengthy journey (New York to Buenos Aires to Antarctica) was chartered by the 50-year-old exotic travel company Abercrombie & Kent. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

SI says that right before they arrived in Vegas, the cast of The Hangover Part III was filming at Caesars Palace, where villas in the newly-opened Octavius Tower can go for $40,000 a night. 960 1280

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

While the "viral athletes" spread was shot at Caesars Palace, the crew stayed at the plush Cosmopolitan Hotel up the Strip -- and we imagine the models let their collective hair down at its posh nightclub, Marquee. 960 1280

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas  

Bahamas

Bahamas

And now for something a little more expected of a swimsuit edition: The picturesque Grand Isle Resort & Spa. Sports Illustrated knows to skip the sky-scraping hotels in Nassau in favor of Georgetown, the capital of the exotic Exuma Islands district. 960 1280

Grand Isle Resort & Spa  

Australia

Australia

There's nothing separating you from the elements at Hayman Island, a jaw-dropping resort in the heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where the villas are beachfront, infinity pools have unobstructed views and the canopy of trees overhead is full of exotic fauna. One photo assistant told SI, it "feels like Jurassic Park!" 960 1280

Sports Illustrated / Hayman  

What's more picturesque than one of the 7 natural wonders of the world? Victoria Falls in Zambia is the world's biggest waterfall, and its mist served as the perfect backdrop for the stunning models. 960 1280

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Less than 2 miles from the falls, models lounged by the infinity pool at Stanley Safari Lodge and took in the spectacular views. 960 1280

Stanley Safari Lodge  

Sports Illustrated set sail in Apalachicola on the Florida Panhandle. The quaint town is a far cry from spring break-staple Panama City located 60 miles up the Gulf Coast. 960 1280

Apalachicola Bay Chamber  

SI says Coombs House Inn is the place to stay in Apalachicola -- and it's easy to see why. Its historic Victorian mansions boast 4-poster beds, private verandas and afternoon teas, making it one of the most luxurious bed and breakfasts in the US. 960 1280

Coombs House Inn  

San Blas are remote islands along the Caribbean coast of Panama home to the Kuna Indians. The SI crew stayed aboard an ocean liner to capture the islands' crystal clear waters. 960 1280

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While in the Bocas del Toro province of Panama, models relaxed in the scenic Playa Tortuga Hotel. 960 1280

Playa Tortuga Hotel, a member of Summit Hotels & Resorts  

Models frolicked on the rocks and white sands of Narrabeen Beach, in northern Sydney. 960 1280

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SI says no other hotel in Sydney "can match the panoramic view you will take in with a drink in your hand, after a glorious day at Bondi Beach, from the Blue Bar on the Shangi-La's 36th floor." 960 1280

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts  

Finally SI made it to Desroches Island in the Seychelles, a stunning stretch of sand less than 1 square mile. 960 1280

Karl Blackwell  

When members of the SI team weren't being catered to by butlers and private chefs in their sprawling villas at the Desroches Island Resort, they could be found relaxing in the open-air Escape Spa. Where would you want to escape to? 960 1280

Michael Lewis  

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

Ice Cream is an iconic American summer treat! Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a visit to one of America?s coolest ice cream shops. 960 1280

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Canada Day

Canada Day

Ottawa -- the capital of Canada -- is the place to be for the annual Canada Day celebration on July 1. Canada Day events, to commemorate the anniversary of the country?s birthday, take place at Parliament Hill and Major?s Hill Park, and include ceremonies, family-fun activities, concerts, fireworks and more. 960 1280

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A Capitol Fourth (Washington, DC)

A Capitol Fourth (Washington, DC)

Feeling patriotic? There?s no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in the nation?s capital! At the beginning of the day, experience the annual National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue, complete with bands, US military units and celebrities. After the parade, head to the National Mall for A Capitol Fourth concert and fireworks -- one of the best fireworks displays in the US. 960 1280

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60th Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Memphis, TN)

60th Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Memphis, TN)

On July 5, it?ll be 60 years since the King of Rock ?n? Roll recorded ?That?s All Right? at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, bringing rock ?n? roll to life, and changing music forever. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of rock ?n? roll, Memphis and Elvis Presley?s Graceland are hosting a variety of special events, activities and exhibits, including the ?60 Years of Elvis? VIP exhibit at Graceland. 960 1280

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Tour de France

Tour de France

Experience one of France?s largest annual sporting events -- the Tour de France. This prestigious competition is a multi-stage bicycle race that begins in Yorkshire, England, and cyclists will travel more than 2,200 miles through the European countryside to its final destination in Oyonnax, France. 960 1280

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San FermÍn Festival (Pamplona, Spain)

San FermÍn Festival (Pamplona, Spain)

Join thousands of locals and tourists in Pamplona, Spain, for the annual San Ferm?n Festival and Running of the Bulls. At 8am each morning, participants dressed in red and white will run for their lives as 6 wild bulls are let loose in the streets. The half-mile-long run begins at Town Hall and ends at the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona, where afternoon bullfights take place to celebrate the completion of the bull run each day. 960 1280

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Berlin Fashion Week (Berlin)

Berlin Fashion Week (Berlin)

Since July 2007, fashion icons, enthusiasts and designers have traveled to Berlin for the city?s annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. There will be a variety of exhibits, ceremonies and shows, including eco-shows that highlight ?green? fashion trends in Berlin. 960 1280

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Cool down at the Waterpark (Blizzard Beach, Orlando)

Cool down at the Waterpark (Blizzard Beach, Orlando)

Looking for a place to cool down from the summer heat? Pack your bags for a family-fun, wet and wild visit to one of the best water parks of 2014. Located in Orlando, FL, Disney?s Blizzard Beach water park has something for everyone, including a 1-acre wave pool and a 120-foot waterslide. 960 1280

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FIFA World Cup Final (Rio de Janeiro)

FIFA World Cup Final (Rio de Janeiro)

The Road to Brazil has led to Rio de Janeiro?s Est?dio do Maracan? where 2 teams will face off in the final match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The stadium, Ipanema Beach and the Christ the Redeemer statue are among Rio?s most popular tourist attractions. 960 1280

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The Open Championship (Liverpool, UK)

The Open Championship (Liverpool, UK)

The oldest of the 4 Major Championships in professional golf, The Open Championship -- also known as ?The Open? -- will take place at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in England. Well-known players including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson will tee off for their chance to win the coveted Claret Jug, prize money and the Championship title. 960 1280

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Bastille Day

Bastille Day

Bastille Day, or French Independence Day, takes place each year on July 14 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution. Although Bastille Day is celebrated around the world, celebrations in Paris include a military parade along the Champs-?lys?es and public dances, followed by fireworks over the Place de la Bastille. 960 1280

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MLB All-Star Game (Minneapolis)

MLB All-Star Game (Minneapolis)

Stock up on Cracker Jacks, hot dogs and peanuts for when the American League and National League go head-to-head in the 85th annual MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Weeklong events leading up to the game include the All-Star FanFest, the MLB 5k Color Run, the All-Star Legends & Celebrities Softball Game and the Home Run Derby. 960 1280

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Redentore Festival (Venice, Italy)

Redentore Festival (Venice, Italy)

Famous for its fireworks show over St. Mark?s Basin in Venice, Italy, the 2-day Redentore Festival celebrates the end of the plague that killed more than 50,000 people in 1576. 960 1280

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Nyon Paléo Festival (Switzerland)

Nyon Paléo Festival (Switzerland)

More than 230,000 people will travel to Nyon, Switzerland, this month for the annual Nyon Pal?o Festival. One of Europe?s most popular music festivals, Pal?o features more than 250 concerts featuring artists from a variety of genres, including Elton John, The Black Keys and M.I.A. 960 1280

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San Diego Comic-Con International (San Diego)

San Diego Comic-Con International (San Diego)

Superheroes, villains and aliens -- you'll see that and more at the 2014 San Diego International Comic-Con Convention -- the largest comics and pop culture convention in the US. Comic fans and A-list celebrities will descend on the San Diego Convention Center for the 4-day event which includes exhibits, vendors, celebrity meet-n-greets, a film festival and masquerade ball. 960 1280

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