Now that school’s almost out and the weather’s heating up, where are you thinking of spending your summer vacation? If you can only get away for a weekend trip to Grandma’s, you’re going to be green with envy after you read this list of some of our favorite celebrities’ favorite vacation spots. Keep reading to see where Beyonce, P. Diddy, Cameron Diaz and other top stars get their R&R.
This French town near Marseille lies on the coast near Italy, on a part of the Mediterranean Sea known as the French Riviera. St. Tropez was once a sleepy fishing village and seasonal vacation spot, but during the 1950s, it became an internationally recognized resort town.
Actress and pin-up girl Brigitte Bardot started visiting, and films like To Catch a Thief — which starred Carey Grant and Grace Kelly — were set on the French Riviera, bringing more attention to the area.
Today, St. Tropez is an exculsive, expensive vacation spot for celebrities from all countries, including Kate Moss, P. Diddy, Beyonce and Jay-Z, Diane Kruger, Jennifer Lopez, and even Liam Neeson. From New Year’s through summer, and on until Christmas, St. Tropez is a welcome getaway that’s still easily accessible from European capitals like London and Paris.
If celebs can’t get all the way to Europe but still want a luxurious, high-class beach vacation, they head to St. Barts, or St.-Barthelemy, an island in the French West Indies. While just under 8,500 people live on St. Barts all year, lots of celebrities flock to the island for its stunning beaches, boutique hotels, sailing opportunities and nightlife. Kirsten Dunst, David Letterman, Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Lindsay Lohan, Michael J. Fox and Derek Jeter have all been known to vacation there.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Because of its beautiful beaches and impressive cliffs and sea arches, as well as its proximity to Los Angeles, many American celebrities love visiting Cabo San Lucas, at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, in Mexico.
Jennifer Aniston is a regular visitor who is often photographed enjoying margaritas by luxurious, sparkling pools with pals like Courteney Cox-Arquette and Jennifer Meyer, while the young reality TV-set like Kristen Cavallari and Audrina Patridge visit for rowdier parties.
Turks And Caicos
The Caribbean Turks and Caicos islands used to be known as a relatively unknown vacation spot until celebrities like Jessica Alba and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz began to visit.
The British islands actually located in the Bahamas are made up of 40 different islands, including some smaller ones that are used as tourist resorts almost exclusively. Molly Sims, Ellen Pompeo, Jennie Garth and Shaquille O’Neal all come to visit for the clear blue-green water and simple white beaches.
Hawaii is a dream honeymoon spot for a lot of American couples, but it’s just another weekend getaway for celebrities like Courteney Cox-Arquette, Cameron Diaz, Matthew McConaughey, the Hilton sisters, and Kate Hudson. From surfing to scuba diving to hiking to laying out in the sun, Maui boasts a lot of options for playing outside, but there are also lots of private villas and exclusive resorts that cater to celebrity living; Oprah, Drew Barrymore and Lance Armstrong all of houses in Hawaii.
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