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The 10 Sexiest Beaches in the World
Are family-friendly beaches cramping your style? Pack your skimpiest bathing suit along with your most potent sunscreen and set sail towards these sexy beach destinations.
Saline Beach, Saint-Barthelemy, Caribbean
This French-Caribbean isle serves as a carefree locale for wealthy vacationers. With 22 beaches to thrill and titillate, St. Bart’s is a hedonistic getaway. For the crème de la crème of seashore sensuality, try Saline Beach. With its secluded location—a winding footpath leads to its unspoiled delights—Saline Beach is an oasis of turquoise-hued water and welcoming sand dunes. A certain je ne sais quoi hangs in the air, urging visitors to shed their inhibitions—cheeky beach goers are often spotted taking a dip in the tides “au naturel.”
Snapper Rocks, Gold Coast, Australia
Got a thing for scantily clad, sun-kissed surfers? If you’ve got your heart set on a beach-bound romance with a sexy tanned surfer, Snapper Rocks is your dream destination. Hugging the southern-most tip of the 57 kilometre-long Australian Gold Coast, Snapper Rocks oozes surfer sex appeal. In the heat of the Aussie sun, the vibe is sultry and flirty. Teasing their landlocked admirers, guys and gals skim across sky-high waves in a sensual dance of seaside supremacy.
Copacabana, Rio De Janiero, Brazil
Welcome to a world where microscopic swimwear is a must. Women dare to bear in dental floss bikinis while their male counterparts cavort in thongs that leave little to the imagination. Brazil’s famous Copacabana Beach is an exhibitionist’s haven. This steamy playground attracts body confident souls who like to soak up the sun and flash the flesh. The sexual energy here is palpable although surprisingly, topless bathing is strictly prohibited. But as the adage suggests, isn’t it better to leave something to the imagination?
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Lover’s Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
True to its name, Lover’s Beach is an intimate destination that is best shared with someone special. Hidden behind enormous rock formations, this Baja Peninsula cove is only reachable by boat. While the beach’s picturesque beauty is hard to resist, underwater currents on its Pacific Ocean side behave like a scorned lover—unpredictable and dangerous. Instead, visitors should explore the beach’s Sea of Cortez side and its aura of secluded perfection. The water here is warm, calm and inviting—a tempting locale for a sexy seaside romp.
Palmizana, Hvar, Croatia
When you’re chosen by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler as the 8th best island in Europe, you better unfurl the celebrity welcome mat. Such is the life on the Croatian island of Hvar. Quickly gaining a reputation as the party HQ for the rich and famous—Prince Harry, Giorgio Armani, Beyoncé and Jay-Z whooped it up here—Hvar is ready for its close-up. The south side beach of Parmizana in particular boasts non-stop sunshine, enticing sugar-hued sand and a fashionable, nubile crowd. Rub shoulders with incognito celebs, VIPs and island hoppers and discover why Lonely Planet named Hvar one of its top destinations for 2012.
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Paradise Beach, Mykonos Island, Greece
Meet the beach with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde complex. Underneath the midday sun, families build sand castles and splash amidst the rolling surf. But don’t let this daytime serenity fool you. Come cocktail hour, this Greek coastal paradise cranks up the heat to sizzling party proportions. The family friendly vibe evaporates with an invasion of dancers, DJs and R-rated pleasure-seekers. Paradise Beach in Mykonos Island erupts with loud music, flowing alcohol and a clientele that prefers partying with as few clothes as possible.
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Las Salinas Beach, Ibiza, Spain
Say “hola” to Ibiza where the world’s most glamorous party people come to frolic. Las Salinas Beach, the southern stretch of the island attracts professional soccer players, stunning models and A-list celebrities – a sexy, wealthy crowd who live to carouse 24-7 on the white sandy shore. Exclusive bars and restaurants set the hedonistic tone with unlimited cocktails, banging tunes and flirty patrons.
The Baths, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands
Couples seeking a seductive escape with an air of decorum can reignite their passion on the island of Virgin Gorda. The Baths, a discreet hideaway of sandy beaches and gently lapping water, is embraced by an assortment of towering granite slabs. These standing stones create concealed grottos and intimate coves – the perfect setting for an amorous tryst away from prying eyes.
Tahiti Beach, Saint-Tropez, France
No one does French Riviera decadence like Tahiti Beach. Here the glitterati not only let their hair down, but also drop their bathing suits too. Topless and nude jet setters mix with wide-eyed tourists keen to experience the beach made famous by 1950s silver screen vixen, Brigitte Bardot. Vacationers seeking a hedonistic free-for-all flock to this Cote d’Azur hot spot to sunbathe without tan lines and indulge in the celebrity lifestyle. Private yachts bob up and down on the sparkling Mediterranean while the beautiful people primp, pose and sip cocktails on their beach loungers.
South Beach, Miami, Florida
If you’re looking for the American equivalent of the French Riviera, look no further than South Beach. This exquisite getaway has everything: chic boutiques, trendy restaurants, exclusive nightclubs and stunning Art Deco architecture. Drawing a jaw-dropping mix of models, Hollywood favourites and musicians, it’s the place to see and be seen. The non-stop party atmosphere accessorized with gorgeous bathing beauties – of both sexes – makes South Beach the hottest American waterfront destination year round.