When you're in the airport in Los Angeles or on the beach in Miami, everyone secretly hopes that they'll see a celebrity. You hear stories from friends and family about celebrity sightings all the time, whether in the airport or on the beach. You've probably also seen plenty of photos of celebrities in seemingly normal places, so why couldn't it happen to you?
Well, if you want to see celebrities, you should travel where they most often spend their vacations. It doesn't guarantee that you'll spot one, but it definitely raises your chances of being in the proximity.
That being said, not all celebrity vacation spots are within your reach. Oftentimes, famous people try to travel somewhere that's unaffordable to the general public because they want their privacy. Also, they vacation at these places because they have the money to do so - so why not?
Other vacation spots are perfectly doable. There are many affordable vacation places that celebrities still want to visit - beauty and relaxation don't always have a high price tag, after all. There's no guarantee that you'll get your picture with your celebrity idol when they're surrounded by bodyguards, but it's certainly worth a try!
For your information (and your future travel plans), here are some of the top celebrity destinations, both affordable and unaffordable.
20 20. Bora Bora (Expensive)
It's no wonder that this tiny island in French Polynesia is a celebrity favorite - it's one of the most exclusive and private beach places to stay in the world. You can rent out a hut literally right on the water if you have a few thousand to spare.
If you follow Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you might remember the Jenners spending a long, luxurious vacation there. They often take vacations there along with celebs like Jimmy Buffet and Nicole Kidman.
It's not impossible for you to take a vacation in Bora Bora, but it'll cost you a pretty penny. Plus, you're unlikely to be anywhere near a celebrity who prefers his/her privacy.
19 7. Nashville, USA (Affordable)
The birthplace of country music, Nashville is loaded with stars - both those living there and those visiting. Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Blake Shelton, and Brad Paisley all own homes in the city.
When you visit, hang out near the Bluebird Cafe, which is where many stars got their starts, including Taylor Swift. The Pancake Pantry, Capitol Grille, and Ryman Auditorium are also frequent celebrity haunts.
Nashville is the perfect place to visit when you're on a budget but hungry to see a few celebrities. Have a blast touring one of the biggest music scenes in the world.
18 14. Tuscany (Expensive)
Nestled in the central countryside of Italy is a gorgeous town called Tuscany. It's a sunny region surrounded by olive trees, vineyards, and wineries. You could get lost hiking through the hilly region or touring the farm regions.
It's no wonder that it attracts a number of celebrity visitors including Madonna, Willem Dafoe, Leonardo DiCaprio (he's quite the traveler!), Colin Firth, Brad Pitt, and George Clooney.
The luxury and relaxation afforded here come at a price, which is why celebrities often visit. The high price tags provides the coveted luxury of privacy on their trip.
17 13. Tulum, Mexico (Affordable)
Tulum, Mexico may be a chic, luxury resort retreat on Rivera, but it's one that even budget travelers can visit. Although there are overpriced resorts along the beaches, you can stay in an affordable hotel or hostel and eat at great restaurants without going overboard on spending.
Celebrity visitors probably stay in those fancy resorts that you can't afford, but you still might see them on the beach. For example, Drew Barrymore, Reese Witherspoon, Sienna Miller, and Richard Gere have all been recently spotted wandering the beaches.
The sports superstar couple Danica Patrick and Aaron Rogers also have a house there.
16 12. French Riviera (Expensive)
The French Riviera is one of the world's finest summer destinations. The breathtaking seaside towns are always bathed in sunlight and filled with expensive yachts enjoying the marina. It's a great place to go boating, sunbathing, shopping, or sightseeing.
But it comes at a pretty high cost. Celebrities often head to the shores for the unparalleled beauty and the stricter privacy laws that France has to offer, and they don't mind paying for it. The Cannes Film Festival is a particularly big draw for stars.
The French Riviera is not only a hot vacation destination for celebrities like Christoph Waltz, Nicole Kidman, Bella Thorne, Kim Cattrall, and Gwyneth Paltrow, but several also live there. Johnny Depp, Tina Turner, Elton John, and Bono all have a home there.
15 11. New Orleans, USA (Affordable)
It's been a few years since Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans is hopping once again! The Big Easy is a super popular celebrity vacation spot thanks to the great nightlife, constant carnivals, beaches, and culture of the city.
Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, and Branjelina (pre-breakup) all purchased homes there. Other celebrities like Harry Connick Jr., Beyonce, and Serena Williams all said their wedding vows there as well.
There's a pretty good chance you'll see a celebrity if you spend a few days in New Orleans during the peak season.
14 6. Martha's Vineyard, USA (Expensive)
How many times have you heard the wealthy in movies and TV shows say that they're headed to Martha's Vineyard for the weekend? In reality, it is a huge destination for the wealthy, including the stars.
In fact, this island off the coast of Massachusetts is a favorite of Barack Obama. Carly Simon, Ted Danson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jake Gyllenhaal all have houses there.
Martha's Vineyard is one of the nicest places on the northeastern coast, and for good reason. If you ever get a chance to visit, try the lobster roll or quahog chowder while you're stargazing.
13 19. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Affordable)
Not even celebrities can resist the beauty of Cabo San Lucas, but that doesn't drive up the price. The crystal clear water, beaches lined with cabanas, and unique rock formations can draw anyone to its shores, no matter their budget.
This is one vacation destination where you just might spot a celebrity on the beach. It's a very popular destination, and Adam Sandler, Michael Jordan, Sean Penn, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Alba, and so many other famous stars head to Cabo when they get a spare moment.
Hang out near the high-profile resorts if you want to see celebs heading for the beach!
12 18. Maui, Hawaii, USA (Expensive)
The Hawaiian Islands are a coveted vacation destination for many travelers, but it's not for the budget vacationer. While you might be able to afford a trip to the big islands of Hawaii, you'll have a hard time affording an extended trip to Maui.
Unfortunately, that's where most of the celebrities hang out. Some of Maui's favorite frequent residents include Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, Steven Tyler, Owen Wilson, and Willie Nelson.
Maui is full of exclusive resorts, restaurants, and excursions fit for the stars. If you manage to visit the island, keep your eyes peeled for famous people!
11 17. Sun Valley, Idaho (Affordable)
While Aspen, Colorado is one of the United States' most exclusive luxury vacation resorts, it's far too expensive for most people. Your budget will thank you if you head to Sun Valley instead, and you just might see a few celebrities while you're there!
Despite the summery name, Sun Valley is best known for its snowy mountains perfect for skiing and snowboarding. It's a pretty hot celebrity destination in the winter. Star outdoor lovers like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Dreyfuss, and many others have spent many winters here.
10 16. St. Barts (Expensive)
Many Caribbean destinations are pretty affordable for the average person, but St. Barthelemy, St. Barts for short, isn't one of them. It's one of the most exclusive, luxurious islands in the Atlantic, making it a magnet for celebrities.
There are breathtaking beaches, designer boutiques, incredible nightlife, and delicious seafood restaurants. During the summer season, the harbor is always filled with yachts holding very important people.
Beyonce, Jay-Z, Pippa Middleton, and Leonardo DiCaprio have all made recent appearances on the island.
9 15. Costa Rica (Affordable)
If you've ever wandered through the lush rainforests or walked along the white sandy beaches of Costa Rica, you'd understand why celebrities have fallen in love with its beauty. Even though it's not considered a wealthy, grandiose vacation spot, celebs can't stay away.
Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen, for example, have a home in the country. Matt Damon, Zac Efron, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Rafael Nadal have also been recently spotted here.
You can stay in a beach resort for a pretty affordable price, enjoying all the scenery and trying to spot a few stars here and there.
8 10. Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Expensive)
Dubai is a crowded city, but it's also filled with all the luxuries a celebrity would enjoy, like huge malls, man-made islands, the world's tallest building, and huge hotel resorts, perfect for celebrities in search of luxury and privacy.
Justin Bieber is a particular fan of Dubai. He's been sighted in the city multiple times, enjoying water sports, resort living, and nightclubs. Zac Efron, Demi Lovato, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and Bear Grylls have also frequented the city.
The big city living comes with a big city price tag. It's a good thing these celebrities make a lot of dough!
7 9. Toronto, Canada (Affordable)
Did you know that both Drake and The Weeknd are from Toronto? Canada's largest city is where they got their starts, and they often go back to visit.
Drake likes to catch the Raptors games and The Weeknd often visits Thompson Diner, a retro eatery and club. He also likes to go to Apt. 200, a popular club in the area.
The Toronto Film Festival also draws a few celebrities every year. Get tickets, and you'll probably spot one from afar! It's pretty easy to visit Toronto and have a great, affordable vacation.
6 8. The Hamptons, USA (Expensive)
Everything in The Hamptons is expensive, and it's designed to be that way. Both the residents and the tourists have a lot of money, and they use it to maintain their privacy and buy all the luxury they possibly can.
Most celebrities have probably made their way to The Hamptons at some point, including Scarlett Johansson, Jerry Seinfeld, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, and many more.
If you scrimp and save, you may be able to afford a visit to The Hamptons someday. Maybe for a single day. You'd probably be better off trying to get celebrity sightings with a telescope set up on the shores of Long Island.
5 5. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Affordable)
Mexico boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and Puerto Vallarta is no exception. The stars love to visit this paradise because of its sparkling waters, gorgeous resorts, and vibrant culture.
Jennifer Lawrence, Kourtney Kardashian, Rihanna, Brad Falchuk, and Gwyneth Paltrow have recently been spotted in or near the beach town. You'll probably spy these celebrities sitting poolside in one of the many luxury resorts lining the beach.
You could too! Everything is more affordable in Mexico, and that includes beach resorts.
4 4. Marrakech, Morocco (Expensive)
Marrakech is the hub of socialite activity in Morocco. Plenty of celebrities vacation there thanks to its swanky hotels and luxury shopping malls. The affluent love to shop for one-of-a-kind rugs and furniture and then spend an afternoon in the Atlas Mountains.
Recent celebrity sightings include David and Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Usher, Cristiano Ronaldo, Edu Yanes, Francis Ford Coppola, and Lily Allen.
The cost of staying in Morocco is pricey but not as bad as the cost of getting there from North America. The jet travel alone proves that it's one of the more costly celebrity vacation destinations.
3 3. Jamaica (Affordable)
Although it's not quite as manageable as a trip to Mexico, Jamaica is one of the more affordable Caribbean islands. Montego Bay is a gorgeous beach on the Atlantic that attracts both lay people and the wealthy.
Justin Bieber's father was married in Montego Bay, a beautiful affair that involved quite a few stars. Rita Ora, Hailey Baldwin, and Selena Gomez are also apparent fans of the beaches of Jamaica and are frequent visitors.
Who knows? Maybe the next time you visit, you'll catch another celebrity wedding on the beach.
2 2. Mykonos, Greece (Expensive)
The luxury island of Mykonos in Greece is breathtaking in the summer. The marina is filled with yachts and pleasure cruises, and the island is lined with a layered village.
Mykonos is arguably one of the most beautiful sun-soaked islands in the Aegean Sea, so it's no wonder it attracts celebrities.
Recently, visitors spotted Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union, Kendall Jenner, Gerard Butler, Ariana Grande, and Bella Hadid lounging on the beach or wandering around the village.
1 1. Las Vegas, USA (Affordable)
This one could be a two-way street when it comes to cost. Hotels, food, and even shows are all very affordable. You can have a lot of fun in this vivid city for less than $100 per day.
That is, as long as you don't waste away your money. If you're unable to control your urges at the casino, it could be the most expensive vacation destination yet.
Still, you have a good chance of seeing celebrities, and we're not just talking about on the stage. Ricky Martin, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, and more have all been spotted on the strip.
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