Best Bikini Beaches

Looking for the best bikini beaches? You’ve come to the right place. First off, I think we all need to thank Bridgette Bardot, the French actress, for popularizing the laid back attitude towards skimpy bikini sun-bathing in Saint-Tropez on France’s Cote d’Azur. It was common by the 1960’s to see stars frolicking on the French Riviera in the smallest bikinis and even topless.

Today, even though many prefer to keep their suits on, there are quite a few beaches that allow topless sun-bathing or even clothing optional. Many of these beaches are along Europe’s Mediterranean Coast. The United States has many beautiful beaches as well, however, this continent is not as relaxed about nudity as our European counterparts.

Some of the best bikini beaches to check into depending on your criteria, whether you are looking for a full on party atmosphere, a quiet, out of the way spot, or a family oriented fun filled beach are:

South Beach, Miami, Florida is where to go to see and be seen. The young, buff and beautiful all frequent the strip of sand on Florida’s southern coast. Complete with shopping, restaurants and nightlife.

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The beach is packed with sunbathers all through the day and into the evening. It is a 24 hour party here where the bikinis are tiny or topless and the attitude is sun and fun.

Black Beach, San Diego, California This beach is semi-nude in parts and offers para-sailing, long walks and rocky outcroppings. A little more for the quieter sunbather.

St. Barts, French West Indies sports beautiful dizzying white sand and is topless. Truly a luxury vacation for the well heeled.

Plage de Tahiti, Saint-Tropez, France is most popular during July and August. It’s rocky beaches are popular with the celebrity set and top models. Keep your eyes peeled, it’s very possible to see Naomi Campbell or the next top model on the lounge near you.

Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece is the place to go if you’re looking for a party spot. This beautiful white sand and buildings with dazzling teal waters is the 24 hour a day water sport, restaurant and nightclub capital.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia cannot be left out with its green and blue lagoons, glass bottom bungalows over the water and rooms with docks you can dive into the water from.

These are just a few of the worlds’ best bikini beaches, however, if you’re anything like me, and you are lucky enough to live in a coastal region, the best beach may just be the one closest to home.