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5 Beach destinations to flaunt your bikini bod

Kendra Y. Mims is a full-time writer in the Chicagoland area. When she is not writing articles on health, home, living, travel and fitness for online and print publications, she can be found writing fiction or with her head in a good boo...

Turning up the heat!

After all the hard work you've done to get your bod bikini-ready, head to one of these beaches and flaunt it!

You’ve consistently passed on the chocolate cake, turned down the margaritas and hit up the gym instead of hitting the snooze button this winter, and it shows. Your rock-hard abs, toned legs and sleek, sexy shoulders are a result of your hard work, and now your body is fit and bikini-ready.

So grab a two-piece that accentuates your beach bod, call up your girls and make one of these hot beaches your vacation destination this summer.

1

South Beach, Miami, Florida

If you enjoy partying with the grown and sexy...

Get ready to get your party on at this world-famous location. Known for its vibrant nightlife and international flavor, this popular hot spot was voted as the best party beach, according to the Travel Channel’s Best Beach Awards 2013. On top of enjoying fabulous parties at Miami’s most popular nightclubs, tourists can also enjoy SoBe’s Art Deco architecture, Cuban cuisine and trendy boutiques. Check out Lummus Park Beach, one of the busiest beaches in the South Beach area, which features a sandbar for those looking to stay cool while soaking up the sun. Also known as Glitter Beach, this beach is a hot spot for topless sunbathers, photo shoots and models, so you’ll fit right in with this bikini-clad scene.

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2

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

If you want to feel invigorated...

Known for its 12-mile stretch of sandy beaches, this vacation destination in South Carolina is a perfect getaway destination to escape from the pressures of everyday life. Re-energize yourself by attending a yoga or fitness class and relaxing on one of the island’s beaches. Whether you want to take a nature and dolphin tour and engage in water activities, or you want to pamper and refresh yourself at a day spa, there’s something invigorating for everyone to enjoy at Hilton Head Island.

3

Venice Beach, California

If you enjoy creative, artsy one-of-a-kind entertainment...

Head to Southern California to explore this fun and artistic beach scene, where you can stroll down the world-famous boardwalk and be entertained by artists, street performers and vendors. Chill on the beach and enjoy the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean. This beach scene also provides plenty of opportunities for health enthusiasts to stay fit and active while on vacation, offering everything from handball courts and beach volleyball, to paddle tennis courts and the bike trail. Check out the beachside skateboard park and stop by the Muscle Beach Gym, where you will see ripped and toned bodies in this famous outdoor weight facility.

4

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

If you're looking for a good time in a family-friendly environment...

When it comes to variety and having fun, the entertainment options at this popular vacation spot are endless. Stay in a comfy beach home or condo right along the beach. With 60 miles of sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, more than 1,000 restaurants, tons of shops, amusement and water parks, and live entertainment and nightlife, you can easily create an unforgettable beach vacation.

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5

Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai

If you want an exotic experience…

Take in the beautiful beach scenery at Hanalei Bay beach in Hawaii. From cascading waterfalls to white sand and beautiful mountains, this two-mile stretch of beach is perfect for visitors who want to get away and engage in seaside recreational activities. Enjoy the breathtaking view during a beach walk, or sign up for a surfing or paddleboard lesson. Go for an early morning swim in the ocean or enjoy an afternoon of sailing. And don’t forget to enjoy the sunrise or sunset at least once while you're there.

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