They’re not all as exotic as you may think.

By Marisa Spyker
August 30, 2018
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When the summer sun comes out each year, celebs are just like us: They hit the beach. And while your vision of a movie star-worthy vacay might involve private islands and mega-yachts (okay, there might be some of that), you might be surprised to find out that you, too, can plan a swanky escape in a star-studded destination without taking a second mortgage out on your home. The team at TripAdvisor recently wrangled up a list of celeb hot spots—based on stars who’ve recently Instagrammed their stays—as well as A-List-worthy hotels, restaurants, and activities. Consider your most epic beach vacation planned.

Ibiza, Spain
Want to feel paparazzi-ready? This see-and-be-seen celeb favorite begs for your most glam beach ensemble. Suit up and stroll over to a swanky beach club like Blue Marlin, which has welcomed stars like Beyonce and Sylvester Stallone in the past. At night, retreat to your impossibly chic boutique hotel Ca Na Xica, which offers a respite from the Ibiza party scene with its natural surroundings and tranquil décor. (Rates from $649 on TripAdvisor.)


St. Barts
The Caribbean island of choice for everyone from Martha Stewart to Beyonce and Jay-Z, this eight-square-mile paradise is blessed with beautiful beaches and small-town charm. Tuck in for the night at Eden Rock, owned by Pippa Middleton’s in-laws and available for bookings in December after renovations from last year’s hurricanes.


Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Just a quick two-and-a-half hour flight from L.A., Cabo is a wildly popular spot for a quick weekend getaway among the Hollywood set. To plan a star-worthy vacation for yourself, book a stay at The Resort at Pedregal, a stunning cliffside hotel with a spectacular pool and thatched-roof swim-up bar. For authentic Mexican food in an upscale environment, head to celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro.


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St. Tropez, France
St. Tropez has a long history of attracting the glitterati, dating back to when bombshell Brigitte Bardot filmed the movie And God Created Woman here. Today, it’s the summer playground of all the A-listers. To really vacation like one, stay at the Hotel du Cap-Eden Roc, where Christie Brinkley, Katy Perry, and Orlando Bloom recently vacationed. For your best shot at catching a celeb on the sand, lay your beach towel down at Plage de Pampelonne.

Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jam with all your favorite stars at this stunner of an island, less than a two-hour flight from Miami. Get the star treatment at the Round Hill Hotel & Villas for a reasonable rate ($266 per night), where you can hang by the luxurious pool area by day and dine under the stars at night. And don’t miss a day trip to Bob Marley’s hometown, Nine Mile.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Plan a ladies’ getaway à la Olivia Munn and Gabrielle Union to this to this fun-in-the-sun Caribbean escape. Get pampered at the country’s most stylish hotel, Tortuga Bay, designed by fashion icon Oscar de la Renta. If you go at the right time, you might catch a local concert by DR resident Julio Iglesias, who frequently hosts shows on the island.