1. Venice Beach, California
The ‘Golden State’ is the perfect place to break out your bikini, so head to southern California and go straight to Venice Beach for the liveliest beach holiday you’ll ever have. Famous for the eclectic ‘Venice Beach Boardwalk’, where street vendors, entertaining performers and unique free spirits gather to create a fun and free atmosphere. The beautiful landscape and vivid street life makes Venice Beach the number one bikini-wearing getaway.
2. St. Tropez, France
This is the place to go to see and be seen! Playground of the rich and famous, St. Tropez has glorious beaches, luxurious resorts and the most glamorous people. Pampelonne is the longest and most famous of the beaches; thought it is very expensive, so get that credit card ready. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy the French Riveria on a budget; Cavalaire-Sur-Mer is a beautiful beach with a thriving culture, but without that St. Tropez price tag.
2. San Sebastian, SpainThis friendly little city is virtually surrounded by beach, and is home to relaxed locals who enjoy a good Spanish siesta. The shops close in the afternoon and everyone migrates to the beaches, to relax and tan, so it’s really just easiest to stay in your bikini all day long. You’ll only need carry-on to get here, though considering Spain is home to fashion houses Zara and Mango, you might want to travel with a sizeable suitcase. Look at luggagedirect.com.au for some great bags that have loads of shopping space, but won’t weigh you down.
4. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach is iconic, famous for its hugely popular New Year parties and four-kilometre stretch of sand. There is always a festive atmosphere, as you would expect in Brazil. Relax on the beach, enjoy the lively local colours and immerse yourself in summer at Copacabana, where it is guaranteed you’ll have a few stories to tell when you get home.
5. Saint Lucia
The Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is a tropical paradise, complete with volcanoes, sulphur springs, rain forests and numerous beaches. Relax in one of the many resorts, or take a cruise to check out its neighbours, Barbados and Saint Vincent. Take a break and escape to the Caribbean for picturesque scenery and gorgeous weather, and the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun on the sand.
It is definitely time to go bikini shopping and plan your next holiday; somewhere there is a cocktail and a sun lounger with your name on it. Which of these bikini getaways inspires you? Where are your favourite places to relax, unwind or dance until dawn? Comment below and share your best summer holidays.