Cancun Comes out on Top for Best Bikini Watching

South Beach, Lauderdale, Vegas, Cabo round out Top Five

A sun-soaked congratulations to Cancun, Mexico, for taking the most votes in our 10Best Readers' Choice Best Bikini-Watching Contest!  Apparently, it's hotter in the Yucatan.   

  • South Padre Island, Texas

    The spring break capital of Texas attracts bikini-wearing coeds throughout the year, but it's during the months of March and April when things literally and figuratively heat up. During South Padre's annual spring break festivities, party-loving ladies swarm the island with their scanty bikinis – and little else – in tow.
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  • Fort Myers Beach, Florida

    The town of Fort Myers Beach - with its white powdery sand, warm shallow water and stunning sunsets - maintains 25 bikini-loving public beach accesses on Estero Island. Southwest Florida's liveliest destination has a definite tropical party vibe: its Times Square is lined with palm trees, street performers and temporary tattoo artists, while sun-and-sand beach bars next to the Pier throb with rock music. Spring break dance contests are an annual passage at nearby Lani Kai resort.
    Photo courtesy of Beth Rankin

  • The Jersey Shore, New Jersey

    You don’t have to splurge on a safari to catch a glimpse of leopard spots in the wild. The bikinis of the Jersey Shore feature enough leopard print to fill a small zoo – not to mention the (often) fit and (always) tanned bodies attached to them.  Mesh peek-a-boos and strategically placed sequins also abound, matching the very big personalities of the boardwalk fashionistas who wear them.  Reality show, anyone?        
    Photo courtesy of micadew

  • North Shore, Oahu

    The beaches of Oahu's legendary North Shore are world-famous for the surfing which is visible from there.  So have no doubt that fit, tan bikini-clad surf fans congregate here on a regular basis, especially during peak surf months of winter, when the pros compete.  There's so much fantastic people-watching to do at Ehukai Beach (aka Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach, a person barely knows where to look first.  The whole scene looks like a fantasy sunscreen commercial.  
    Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

  • Panama City Beach, Florida

    Panama City Beach showcases some of the top bikini bodies in all the country. This Gulf coast beach is the prime destination for spring breakers going to school in the south. From Late February through April, the white sands of Panama City Beach allow delicate toes of bikini-clad women to tiptoe along them. Through the rest of the spring and summer months, the perfect body surfing waters attract hard-bodies looking to catch some curl.   
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  • Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

    The next time you see a candid bikini photo of your favorite celebrity, check the caption. Chances are good the setting was Cabo San Lucas. The beaches of Los Cabos have long been a popular weekend haunt of Hollywood's hot set, and Medano Beach, a two mile stretch of golden sand bounded by luxury resorts and seaside cantinas, is also a midriff-baring Mecca during Spring Break, drawing thousands of board short and bikini clad college students for fun under the Baja sun. 
    Photo courtesy of Mark Mitchell

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

    For the past 10 summers, ever since the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's REHAB introduced Vegas visitors to the term “dayclub,” Sin City’s hottest women have danced the day away at one of the city’s many pool clubs wearing nothing but skimpy swimwear. In fact, given dayclubs like TAO Beach and Wet Republic’s celebrity followings, guests may even see their favorite stars sporting nothing but a bikini! Talk about people watching at its best!
    Photo courtesy of Carolyn Coles

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Its notoriety skyrocketed in 1960 with the release of the kitschy Spring Break classic “Where the Boys Are,” but you can spot beautiful bodies in Lauderdale, year-round, and without even being on the sand. At the world-famous Elbo Room – where beach bums have been partying since 1938 – you can enjoy a cold beer along with a view of the water, swaying palms and all the action on the boulevard, wet suits included.
    Photo courtesy of Shameless Charlotte

  • South Beach, Miami, Florida

    South Beach is famous for celebrities and scintillating nightlife. While most of us won’t make it behind the velvet rope, we can all feel like we’re in the tabloids when on the beach or at a top pool club, where South Florida’s most bikini-ready bodies chill in style. People-watching on Miami’s legendary strand is 100 percent equal opportunity, gender-wise. Keep your eyes peeled: professional shoots with models, for magazines and catalogs, are de riguer
    Photo courtesy of David Chou

  • Cancun, Mexico

    Cancun's expansive white sand beaches and warm turquoise blue Caribbean Sea make it the ideal place for vacationers to show off new bikinis and all of the hard work they've been putting in at the gym. Millions of visitors flock to Cancun each year to create fun in the sun, many of them during spring break.  
    Photo courtesy of David J Laporte

Another offshore winner, albeit an American destination - Oahu - made the top 10 list.  One winner doesn't even have beaches, which makes for an interesting twist on people-watching in the swimsuit zone.  

The full list of winners, based on votes by readers of 10Best and USA TODAY is as follows:

  1. Cancun, Mexico
  2. South Beach, Miami, Florida
  3. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  4. Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  6. Panama City Beach, Florida
  7. North Shore, Oahu
  8. The Jersey Shore, New Jersey
  9. Fort Myers Beach, Florida
  10. South Padre Island, Texas

Congratulations to all the winners.  You are hotter than hot when it comes to eye candy!    

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