We all deserve a little pampering from time to time, and what better way to get away and relax than lounging on a beach with your toes in the sand and a cold drink in your hand? No one knows how to do fun better than celebrities, so this summer treat yourself like a star by visiting some of their favorite beach vacation destinations.
Ipanema Beach – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Brazilians know how to have a good time, and the beautiful sand and gorgeous Atlantic Ocean waters of the famed Ipanema Beach sets the backdrop for a very good time. Here you will encounter slews of tan and attractive people, and it is not surprising for tourists to spot a celebrity or two frolicking in the beautiful turquoise waters. At Ipanema visitors are likely to encounter beach front volleyball games, soccer, surfing, and a variety of vendors selling everything from bathing suits and cold drinks to coconuts.
St. Barts Island – Caribbean Islands
St. Barts is a much beloved vacation destination of the rich and famous. From Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Harrison Ford, celebrities of all backgrounds merge here for a rocking good time. At St. Barts visitors enjoy the warm sand and beautiful waters of the beaches during the day and the numerous restaurants and clubs after nightfall. Tourists can see yachts owned by some of the world’s hottest celebrities docked in the bay and it is not unheard of for an unsuspecting visitor to find themselves seated at the table next to a major celebrity for dinner.
Visitors can lounge on the beach during the day and enjoy dinner at Le Select or Bar de l’Oubli, known to be frequented by such celebrities as Jimmy Buffet and Mick Jagger, or enjoy an evening of entertainment at “The Sexiest Place on Earth”, Nikki Beach, where they could run into Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, or Sean Combs. If dancing is more your thing, you can find plenty of places to feed your craving through the island’s many night clubs such as Bar’To and Le Ti St. Barth, where you also have the chance of running into a celebrity or two.
Bondi Beach – Sydney, Australia
Bondi Beach is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Australia – and with good reason. With the beautiful sands of its beach and its surf worthy waves, Bondi Beach makes for the perfect beach vacation destination. Known for its strong current, the beach is heavily patrolled by lifeguards to keep swimming safe. The beach is the perfect place to relax and catch some waves, or try your hand at surfing by partaking in the surf lessons offered on site.
If you find yourself needing a break from the beach, you can enjoy shopping on Bondi Road where you will find blocks of stores to suit your fancy. If dining out is important to you in a vacation destination then you are in luck – Bondi Beach boasts over one hundred restaurants. For those visitors who enjoy an active night life, there are several clubs and wine bars located around town that are sure to provide a good time.
Medano Beach – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas is only a two hour flight from Hollywood, making it a convenient getaway for the rich and famous who work there. Medano beach is the largest beach on Cabo San Lucas and a favorite among celebrities. The beach boasts two A-list resorts, Hacienda Beach Club and Casa Dorada, where guests may find themselves rubbing shoulders with a famous neighbor. With its beautiful and swimmer friendly beach and long list of restaurants, bars, clubs, spas, and shopping sites – all within walking distance – you can’t go wrong with Medano Beach as your vacation destination. It is a great place to kick back, relax, and have the time of your life.
Maui - Hawaii
Hawaii conjures up images of pristine white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters set under a never ending blue sky – and Maui definitely delivers on the Hawaiian dream. Maui offers an abundance of beautiful beaches to enjoy as well as many options for snorkeling, hiking, and exploring the lush and beautiful Hawaiian terrain. Visitors can take a ride down the Road to Hana which offers beautiful views and ends in the beautiful area of Oheo Gulch which features a breathtaking 400 foot waterfall. Offering everything from beaches to volcanoes and waterfalls to endless options for shopping and dining, there is something to be found for everyone to enjoy in beautiful Maui.
Anguilla – Caribbean Islands
The beautiful beaches of Anguilla make the perfect destination for swimming, snorkeling, and getting some much needed rest and relaxation. On Anguilla you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, laden with warm sand and beautiful turquoise waters. This island gem features a wide variety of beach themed restaurants for dining – here you will find everything from bistros to five star gourmet restaurants.
Tourists enjoy watching the island’s favorite sport – boat racing – with fans avidly racing along on shore to ensure good vantage points for the entire race. Anguilla also boasts many festivals and carnivals throughout the year, which along with its perpetually sunny and warm weather, make it a great destination to visit all year long.
South Beach – Miami, Florida
Celebrities don’t always jet off to far away and exotic places to relax and recoup from all of their hard work – sometimes paradise can be found a bit closer to home. Such is the case with South Beach, located amidst the hustle and bustle of Florida’s Miami Beach. Whether you are looking to relax and unwind or looking for adventure and excitement, South Beach offers it all to you on a silver platter. Relax and unwind by lounging on the beautiful, warm sandy South Beach – but be sure to bring your camera to do some people watching, you never know when you may spot a celebrity frolicking in the waves or sunbathing on the beach!
When you get hungry grab a snack at one of the many sidewalk cafes that line the beach and take a stroll to Ocean Drive where the party never stops and the colorful lifeguard stands and the attractive bodies inside them are reminiscent of Bay Watch. When nightfall comes hang out with the other partiers at Ocean Drive and 5th Street and hit up the area’s many night clubs. South Beach is known as America’s Party Beach for a reason – people come here to let loose and have fun, and you can too!
Turtle Island – Fiji
If privacy and a true island retreat is what you are after, then look no further than Turtle Island. There are only fourteen villas available on the island, which means that the number of visitors to the island at a time is limited, making it a private tropical island paradise and the perfect romantic getaway. A trip to Turtle Island truly is the vacation of a lifetime, which is why many celebrities enjoy spending time there. On Turtle Island you will find several private and secluded beaches featuring pristine waters, amazing sea life, and a list of fun activities to choose from including snorkeling and scuba diving.
Visitors can also enjoy such past times as kayaking, surfing, sailing, fishing, horseback riding, bike riding, and exploring the island’s many nature trails. There are also many romantic and intimate dining experiences available – everything from breakfast on your own private beach to seaside dining under the moonlight. If a romantic getaway is what you are after, then look no further than Turtle Island.
Bora Bora – French Polynesia
Known as the Jewel of the South Seas, this island located in the South Pacific is one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations, and it is easy to see why. Here you can stay in an overwater bungalow with a glass floor, allowing you to have the amazing sea life of the South Pacific literally right under your feet.
In addition to beautiful beaches and amazing sea life, Bora Bora also features restaurants, shopping, spas, and plenty of opportunities for hiking and exploring. You can also partake in the many water activities offered such as snorkeling, diving, fishing, sailing, and even shark and sting ray feedings. The island of Bora Bora offers the perfect environment for getting some well-deserved rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
Malibu – Los Angeles, California
Sometimes celebrities prefer to have their fun a bit closer to home, making Malibu the perfect hot spot for some of the world’s most well-known people. Malibu is the perfect spot for surfing and tourists are sure to enjoy watching some of the country’s best surfers as they catch some killer waves. If a laid-back beach atmosphere is what you crave, then Malibu is the perfect vacation destination for you. Due to its close proximity to Hollywood, celebrity sightings are a common occurrence in Malibu and is one of the big draws to this picturesque beach community.
When visitors have had their fill of sunbathing and swimming, they can enjoy exploring the area’s museums and colonial houses, or enjoy a quiet afternoon fishing off of the pier. For dining there are an assortment of restaurants and seafood cafes to choose from and Malibu offers an active night life with clubs and cocktail bars dotted along the beaches.
Positioned close to the equator, the Maldive islands are made up of a string of 1,102 islands, 87 of which are resort islands offering one of the best beach getaway experiences you can get. This island string boasts an amazing assortment of coral reefs perfect for exploring through diving. The Maldives is also the perfect place to enjoy deep sea fishing and sailing. Enjoy the warm weather and crystal clear blue waters and dine on fine cuisine usually consisting of the catch of the day.
Visitors also enjoy tasting the island’s abundance of coconuts, either in a frosty drink or in a sweet curry. When visitors tire of lounging around on the beach they can do some island hopping and enjoy some of the restaurants and nightlife that the other islands have to offer. In the Maldives the sky is the limit and you are sure not to be disappointed.
Barbados is home to singer Rihanna and a hot vacation spot for some of the world’s most famous people. The island of Barbados offers miles of beautiful beaches, perfect for kicking back and relaxing with a cold drink in hand. The people of Barbados boast that they have mastered the art of fine living – and they can teach you how to as well. In Barbados vacationers can relax on a warm beach, go fly fishing, sip on a cool rum punch, or enjoy scuba diving and exploring the spectacular coral reefs that lie underneath the crystal blue waters of the ocean.
For the golf lover, Barbados boasts many amazing championship golf courses and for the visitor whose passion is shopping there are countless shops, boutiques, and galleries to be perused. Visitors can also enjoy the island’s active nightlife by joining the fun at 1st and 2nd Street as the locals dance the night away to live Caribbean music.
Lake Como – Italy
Lake Como has been a favorite with celebrities for centuries, and it is easy to see why. Located near Milan, this vacation destination offers plenty of Italy’s famous culture. Much more than just your everyday beach, Lake Como offers the chance to tour historical lighthouses, peruse the amazing street art of the locals, and dine at the delightful Market Place restaurant. Tourists can also travel to the beautiful historical towns that surround Lake Como - including Bellagio, Menaggio, Tremezzio, and Varenna - where they can further explore the amazing Italian culture. If you are looking for a vacation to remember, you will find it at Lake Como.
No matter what your budget is or what your vacation goals are, there is sure to be a destination on this list that is the perfect place for you to vacation like a rock star!