Celeb-Approved Vacation Spots

Celeb-Approved Vacation Spots
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 05, 2010

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Spotted: Beyonce and Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, Usher, Prince, designer Marc Jacobs.

The scoop: Known for it’s pristine beaches, St. Barths (also known as St. Barts) is located in the French Caribbean near St. Martin and Anguilla. But unlike other celeb magnets, this small island is all about keeping it low-key and uber-exclusive.

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The hardest working couple in the game play just as hard. Here Beyonce and Jay-Z relax on a yacht docked in St. Barts a few days before Bey’s private New Year’s Eve performance on board yet another yacht.

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Spotted: The Obama’s, Snoop Dogg, Pharell Williams.

The scoop: Hawaii is a natural paradise, thanks to it’s breathtaking scenery. Its this mix of eternal sunshine and scenery that President Obama grew up in. First Lady Michelle Obama has said “You can’t really understand Barack until you understand Hawaii.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha arrive at the Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii for their annual Christmas vacation.

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Spotted: Rihanna, Alexander Burke, Serena Williams and Common.

The scoop: Just three hours from Miami, Barbados is currently enjoying it’s time as a celeb vacation spot, thanks to it’s exclusive hotels and spas and need we mention the azure beaches? It’s also where Tiger Woods tied the knot with Elin Nordegren in 2004.

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British singer Alexandra Burke kicks it on the exclusive Sandy Lane beach in Barbados.

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Spotted: Spike Lee, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Chris Brown, Akon.

The scoop: South Beach is red hot, much like the A-listers who frequent the Miami district. Come vacay time celebs flock to the beach for some much needed r&r and a chance to take in the sun, sand and sights.

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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are beach ready during their vacay in South Beach over Christmas.

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Spotted: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Seal and Heidi Klum.

The scoop: Considered “the” ski destination to the stars, Aspen has a small-town vibe that’s perfect for celebs looking to get away from the madness.

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Every December finds Mariah Carey in Aspen, where her mother also owns a jewelry store.

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