The 5 Best Islands for Celebrity Spotting

Leonardo DiCaprio knows a thing or two about island getaways. He leads a life many of us envy with yachts waiting just beyond private beaches. And it’s those secluded sand stretches offering prime views of tropical landscapes and access to pristine waters that Leo has decided he now wants to share with the world. 

The movie star has purchased 104 acres off the coast of Belize where he plans to build an eco-conscious resort. The 68 villas are sure to be filled with his celebrity friends, considering amenities include health and anti-aging programs led by guru Deepak Chopra. The resort won’t be open until 2018, but you can still take a sun-drenched trip that’s full of celebrity encounters today.

If you know all of Brad and Angelina’s kids in order of age, how many times Kim Kardashian has been married and who Taylor Swift is dating this month, then these trips are for you. As a pop culture connoisseur, your ultimate vacation involves seeing your favorite stars away from the box office and on the beach. These amazing islands offer you the opportunity for some fun in the sun, while you’re seeing stars:

Seychelles

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Frégate, Seychelles | Fairytale Frégate is an island hideaway for celebrities and the ultra-wealthy 1,000 miles off the coast of Kenya. This little slice of paradise is just more than 1 square mile, and only luxury pervades its seashore borders. The seven beaches gives its famous clientele choices of access to the pristinely clear waters. 

Bill Gates, Kate Middleton and Prince William have all strolled along Frégate’s sands. It’s a sanctuary for famous faces, but wildlife as well. Some even believe the islands to be the original Garden of Eden, with its rich flora and fauna that is found nowhere else in the world. 

Palm trees in the pool at Viceroy Resort [Anguilla, West Indies]

Anguilla, Caribbean | The A in Anguilla stands for A-listers. With no high-rise resort or casino to draw in unwanted crowds, Anguilla caters to the likes of Sandra Bullock, Orlando Bloom, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Bacon. With an abundance of boutique hotels, celebrities relax in relative privacy while still enjoying the island’s famed, flavorful West Indian cuisine.

It offers down-to-earth charm and cultural authenticity that travelers desire. A blip in the seas, Anguilla is off the radar of Caribbean islands tourists usually escape to during the cold months. And that’s exactly why it’s so beloved amongst the jet set crew of those in the know. Just leave it to celebrities to find the best of hidden travel gems. 

Port of Dubrovnik [Croatia]

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Dubrovnik, Croatia | If Queen B has declared it so, then we shall follow in her footsteps. Although Jay Z and Beyoncé weren’t exactly the first celebrity to figure out that Dubrovnik, Croatia is full of wonders. Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta Jones, Tom Cruise, Oprah, Bon Jovi and Sean Connery all came before them to discover this vacation of a lifetime tucked away in the Adriatic Sea. 

Unlike the glamour of its new and shiny resort counterparts around the world, Dubrovnik relishes its rich history. Medieval architecture is met by panoramic views of the ocean. Within the walls of the storied city is Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area rose to power with its central location in shipping routes, and has remained the Pearl of the Adriatic through earthquakes and conflict. Today it inspires everyone who steps foot on the marble streets, as they’re shaded by the baroque buildings that rise on either side and eyes gleam with the glimmer of the shimmering water up ahead. 

Saline Beach [St. Barths, French West Indies]

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St. Barthélemy | It’s officially known as the Collectivity of Saint Barthélemy, but don’t call it that. Locals and its famous devotees refer to it as St. Barth’s. The affluent feel at home here in the midst of well-known names like Simon Cowell, Matt Damon, Uma Thurman, Ashton Kutcher and Usher. It’s a playground for those whom are drowning in dollars with designer boutiques, beachfront five-star dining, kitesurfing, sailing, snorkeling and diving. 

You can sneakily stalk on your favorite famous faces, as St. Barth is one vacation that’s actually accessible to us mere mortals. The beaches are all accessible, public and free. Visit in the off-season of summer and you may find some prices that are within reach for the very hotels that Uma and Ashton stay at. No matter whether there are famed faces aside you or not, the teal bays and cliffs are scene-stealers. 

Over-the-water bungalows [Bora Bora, French Polynesia]

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia | No matter if you have all the money in the world with every material desire at your fingertips, Bora Bora will blow you away every time. It’s a promise of paradise that does not disappoint. Turquoise lagoons meet rainforests and rising peaks, and all with offerings of champagne and luxury. 

This island isn’t renowned for its sandy beaches, but instead the aqua lagoons steal the show. Stay in an over-the-water bungalow then dip into the dreamlike setting for unmatched diving and snorkeling. It’s serenity at its best, whether you’re deep sea exploring or hiking through the dense nature. Take a holiday here and you might just find yourself swimming alongside Vince Vaughn, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. 

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Alyssa Derby

Passionately curious about the world around her, Alyssa Derby is a self-proclaimed wanderlust aficionado. She’s tallied a count of seven countries visited, with New Zealand, Greece and Bolivia next up on the bucket list. To reminisce about past trips, s