It may not be true that stars really are just like us, but one of the things they do have in common with the general populace is their love for the beach. No matter who you are or where you come from, going to the beach is the ultimate way to relax — stretching out with a good book or a great beer on a towel or a chair as you take in the salty sea air and nice breeze. Beaches can offer great food, sweet waves, or even just a romantic getaway. That’s why when many movie stars, socialites, royalty, and rich entrepreneurs finally take a vacation from their hectic schedules, they tend to hit the beach.
The best in their field often tend to hit the best beaches, but many times celebrities will also opt for beach spots away from tourist crowds and — even more importantly — the paparazzi. Thanks to their hefty salaries (or sometimes inheritances), the rich and famous can afford to find seclusion in the sun and sand in places as far-flung as France, Phuket, or even Australia. Many celebrity-frequented beaches, of course, lie in California, and the Caribbean also has certain spots that are rising destinations among the wealthy. If you’re looking to bathe in some stardom as well as the sun, these are the beaches where you’re likely to spot some celebrities.
Go just a bit north of Miami Beach’s South Beach neighborhood, and you’ll find that many of the oceanfront hotels along the 21st-45th Street Beach often accommodate celebrities who look to enjoy the beach just like everyone else. Check out the Miami Beach Boardwalk here, and you just might see the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Patrick Harris, Usher, Katie Holmes, and John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
One of the best places to celebrate Christmas on account of the sunny weather in the Southern Hemisphere and a great party scene, Bondi Beach is one of the most visited tourist spots in Australia. Those tourists have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Paris Hilton, and Nicole Richie, and native Australian Hugh Jackman has also been spotted here. Known as a great place to surf, sail, or play rugby or beach volleyball, Bondi Beach also holds many festivals and cultural events for visitors to enjoy.
Popular with locals, particularly for a nice seaside stroll, Butterfly Beach is a nice, calm beach where you might run into one of the rich and famous thanks to the presence of Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club, a members-only beach club known to be a gathering place for Hollywood socialites. Oprah Winfrey owns a property in the area, as does Alphabet Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt, and the Kardashians have been spotted here too.
You’ll have to stay at GoldenEye Resort, a wonderful and star-studded hotel, to enjoy Button Beach, but you’ll be in good company. Ian Fleming made this his retreat and wrote his James Bond novels here while hanging out with the top writers and actors of his day. Even today, you’ll find big names hanging out, such as Bono, Sting, Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, and Scarlett Johansson. Get a drink from the bar shack on the beach and take advantage of the water sports guides on hand and go kayaking, swimming, or snorkeling.
With a serious party reputation, the Spanish island of Ibiza has risen in popularity as a destination over the past decade. Cala Jondal, however, is a pleasant beach retreat away from the large tourist crowds on the island, which is exactly why you’ll find celebrities hitting this spot over others. Green pine trees and red cliffs surround this beach, which has its fair share of restaurants and nightlife nearby, and you might spot the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Shakira, Naomi Campbell, and Adrien Brody.
One of the most expensive residential areas in Malibu, Carbon Beach is also known as Billionaire’s Beach, and for good reason. Big names that currently reside, or have resided, there include American entrepreneur and philanthropist Eli Broad, Oracle Corporation co-founder and executive chairman Larry Ellison, DreamWorks founder David Geffen, and CBS CEO and President Leslie Moonves, just to name a few. Up until this year, producer Joel Silver (of The Matrix, Lethal Weapon, and Die Hard fame) owned a beachfront home here as well, and would throw a yearly Memorial Day party attended by the rich and famous.
Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana Beach is a bucket list destination for any beach lover. Although it’s known for its party atmosphere and spring break friendliness, the beach also has plenty to offer in the way of its water, food scene, and bustling activity, which is exactly why the most famous people in the world have always frequented it, including Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe. Present-day stars gracing the shores of Copacabana include Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber, and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
The water at El Anclote Beach is calm enough that it’s a friendly spot for children or people who aren’t strong swimmers. Take the chance to go snorkeling, scuba diving, or fishing, or learn to surf in its gorgeously green-blue waters, and you just might run into big celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Tyra Banks.
Located on the southern coast of Majorca, Es Trenc is a beautifully preserved beach with fine white sand and warm, blue water. Famous people who have been spotted enjoying Es Trenc include Jennifer Aniston and Michael Douglas. This secluded beach is also clothing-optional, so make sure you take that into account before going on a trip with the whole family.
When visiting the island of Providenciales, Grace Bay is where most tourists go for some great shopping, eating, and partying. Its beach is the best in Turks and Caicos, clean and pristine with not a rock or seaweed in sight, as the barrier reef about a mile out from the shore separates the bay from the Atlantic Ocean. Paul McCartney has been known to visit Grace Bay by yacht, and Will Smith, Katie Couric, Conan O’Brien, and Maria Sharapova have all stayed at the beach.
Southern California’s famous Hermosa Beach is a great spot for some beach volleyball, surfing, paddleboarding, or even just sunbathing. The bars here make the beach popular too, and Hermosa Beach also hosts multiple events every year such as the International Surf Festival, Hermosa Beach Film Festival, and the Hermosa Beach Sunset Concert. A popular filming location, Hermosa Beach has seen many celebrities thanks to filming projects like La La Land, Men at Work, and the eighth season of Celebrity Apprentice.
Ipanema Beach is a popular and social beach spot where you can drink beer and play soccer, volleyball, or footvolley, a local combination of the two. Celebrities spotted here while visiting Rio include Madonna and Gerard Butler, as well as Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.
One of the deepest lakes in Europe and the third largest in Italy, Lake Como is a gorgeous spot that’s been a favorite of the rich and famous since the time of the ancient Romans. George Clooney famously owns an eighteenth-century villa right along the water, and celeb buddies such as Brad Pitt and Matt Damon have been seen visiting him. Madonna, Donatella Versace, and Richard Branson all currently own (or previously have owned) villas at the lake too, making this a sure celebrity favorite.
One of Ibiza’s most iconic beaches, Las Salinas is the kind of picturesque spot where you’d definitely expect to see a celebrity or two. Rented catamarans decorate the water, which laps against beautiful white sand, and people drink and eat along the waterfront at lively bars and restaurants. Famous people sightings have included Kate Moss and Jade Jagger.
Lummus Park is an urban park located in Miami Beach, and along with its adjacent beach, it’s quite the star itself, having made appearances in TV shows like Burn Notice and Miami Vice. Beautiful palm trees line a paved walkway running alongside the beach, where you run a chance of running into stars like Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, and Lindsay Lohan.
The Hamptons are one of the best weekend getaways in America, which is exactly why they’re a favorite of the rich and famous. Possibly the best beach in this swanky area is East Hampton’s Main Beach, a dog-friendly spot complete with a lifeguard, snack bar, and bathroom. Stars that have been spotted here include celebrity chef Ina Garten and Emma Watson.
Los Cabos as a whole has become very popular with celebrities. Monuments Beach, a smaller beach spot great for surfing. The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, a five-star lodging, is located along this beach, and as a result, you’ll find just the kind of famous faces who can afford such a getaway. Jennifer Aniston, David Arquette, Kourtney Kardashian, and Scott Disick have been seen here, as have pro surfers Rob Machado and Tom Curran.
A swanky locale in the French Riviera, Paloma Beach is a truly scenic spot that celebrities love. Half the beach is private and half is open to the public, making a celebrity sighting even more likely. Lounge around or have some fantastic seafood in the company of the likes of Tom Cruise, Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, and Ivana Trump.
St. Tropez is already quite the luxury vacation with expensive hotels and even a beach that can make quite the dent in your wallet. It costs over $50 just to rent a beach chair or an umbrella, and local VIP beach clubs are pricey as well. If you can manage to afford it however, a trip here just might find you in the company of the likes of Elton John, Hugh Jackman, Kate Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Kate Moss.
Parrot Cay is a small private island in the Turks & Caicos Islands known as the location of COMO Parrot Cay, one of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world. Whereas the island is mostly taken up by the resort, it’s also known to have private homes owned by Bruce Willis, Keith Richards, and Donna Karan. Many celebrities have taken to coming here, such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand, Penelope Cruz, and more. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner even got married here in 2005, as did Bruce Willis and Emma Hemming in 2009.
An unincorporated place on the Monterey Peninsula in central California, Pebble Beach is a resort area known for its golf courses and scenery — rock outcroppings and stacks against a backdrop of bright blue water make for a beautiful photo. Plenty of celebrities show up around the time of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a professional golf tournament held every year here on the PGA Tour, with some even trying out their swing, such as Clint Eastwood, George Lopez and Condoleezza Rice.
Known for having the best beaches in the Bahamas, it makes sense that Eleuthera is also home to one of the best beaches in the world, period. Pink Sand Beach is a picturesque location with soft, always-cool sand and calm, clear waters perfect for long walks. Snorkeling is popular here as well, as is horseback riding, and stars that have been spotted here include Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz.
Multiple fantastic resorts are located near Playa Bledito, also known as Tequila Cove or Cabo Real. Not only are there plenty of water sports and delicious hotel restaurants here, but there are also plenty of A-list celebrities having some fun in the sun. Hit the beach here and you just might run into Brook Shields, Jennifer Aniston, Cindy Crawford, or even the Kardashians.
A picturesque spot on the coast of Malibu, Point Dume features a long bluff jutting out into the Pacific, making for some great rock climing opportunities. Multiple TV shows and movies have filmed scenes here, such as Planet of the Apes, The Big Lebowski, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, and the Iron Man films, which means there’s a good chance of spotting yet another famous cast on the shore. Celebrities seen hanging out here on their own free time include Chris Martin, Pink, and Julia Roberts.
Pristine Cove has a well-suited name, and it’s a gorgeous spot with a wonderful boutique hotel, the Rockhouse Hotel, overlooking it. Bob Marley once stayed there, as have Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. More recent guests include Rita Ora and Hailey Baldwin, who come just to lounge around and enjoy the beautiful and calm blue ocean.
Psarou Beach is actually specifically known for its popularity with celebrities. Calm and clear blue water lies against pristine white sand, and boats and private yachts are a common sight, making this exactly the kind of place you’d expect Mariah Carey, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Queen Latifah to hang out. Psarou Beach is also a popular place to go surfing, jet skiing, motor boating, or fishing.
One of the best beach towns for partying, Rehoboth Beach is great place to enjoy live music and quality nightclubs. Hoda Kotb is a regular, and Joe Biden even purchased a home here. Other celebrities who come to Delaware to enjoy this beach town include Richard Gere, David Grohl, Denzel Washington, and Luke Wilson.
A beautiful beach characterized by golden sand and crystal-clear blue waters, Sandy Lane Beach is a calm spot that has many luxury hotels lined along its coast. As a result, it’s a top pick for the wealthy, and famous faces seen here include Hugh Grant, Gwyneth Paltrow, Simon Cowell, and David and Victoria Beckham. Barbados native Rihanna also happens to have a home located right on the beachside.
Santa Monica Beach is another great Southern California beach with an impressive number of amazing restaurants and bars right next to the shore, many of which are frequented by celebrities. You’re likely to see Reese Witherspoon, Danny DeVito, Sean Penn, or Matthew McConaughey around here, not to mention the famous residents of Santa Monica itself, such as Dennis Quaid, Jack Black, and Larry David.
Less popular than Shoal Bay East, Shoal Bay West is preferred by celebrities such as Denzel Washington, who owns a home here. This Anguilla beach has gorgeously clear blue waters and a more secluded atmosphere. Other celebrities seen here include Jay-Z and Beyoncé, as well as Chuck Norris.
St. Barths is a favorite of many celebrities, and St. Jean Beach is a favorite of those who love to have fun in the sun and sand. You’ll find plenty of great bars and bistros here, as well as the chance to spot celebrities such as Steve Martin, Jessica Alba, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
Phuket’s Surin Beach is also known as “Millionaire’s Row” because of how many luxury resorts dot the coast of fine white sand against crystal blue sea. Find high-end hotels, restaurants, and bars at Surin Beach, as well as the stars who visit them, such as Rihanna, Paris Hilton, and Pierce Brosnan.
Although it’s actually a neighborhood in Los Angeles, Venice by itself would make a great weekend getaway, in part thanks to its colorful beach. Known for its artistic flair and boardwalk full of colorful murals, quirky street performers, and interesting shops, this bohemian beach has been a hangout spot for plenty of celebrities, such as Katy Perry, Heidi Klum, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Lana Del Rey.
The most Instagrammable spot in the entire state, Hawaii’s Wailea Beach seems like a remote paradise with beautiful golden sand and lush greenery that makes for a gorgeous picture. Celebrities have been known to make multiple visits to this beautiful beach, such as Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Matt Damon, Britney Spears, and Megan Fox.
Zuma Beach is probably one of the best beaches in Malibu, thanks to its extremely clean water conditions, great surfing, and wide sands. All of these help to make it one of the most popular beaches in Los Angeles County in addition to one of its largest, and many big names such as Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, David Duchovny, and Gwen Stefani (who loves the beach so much she even named her daughter Zuma in its honor) choose to come here among the many other L.A. celebrity hotspots.
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