The world's top bikini spots

As we head into summer, Expedia's Listopedia service has named its favourite bikini beaches around the world.

Two thousand women on the Gold Coast will this week attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bikini parade.
Two thousand women on the Gold Coast will this week attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest bikini parade.

As we head into summer, Expedia's Listopedia service has named its favourite bikini beaches around the world.

Tamarama, Sydney

Tamarama beach is a small stretch of sand tucked in the headland south of Bondi. Nicknamed "Glamarama" by the locals, expect to see plenty of toned and tanned bodies lying out in the sun. In November, everyone shares the sand with artworks from the inaugural Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The stretch of sand in front of Playa del Carmen, in Mexico's Riviera Maya, is notorious for beach bars, fire shows and impressive beach bodies. Attracting the glitzy locals and visiting American cougars, this is a beach where you can sit back with a margarita and people-watch all day and night.

Ipanema Beach, Brazil

A beach famous for its girls - thanks to the song The Girl from Ipanema by Antonio Carlon Jobim and Vincius de Moraes - this long stretch of sand in Rio de Janeiro is the place to see and be seen. Now there's even a Boy from Ipanema song.

Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast

If you're looking to see bikinis, then put November 30 in your diary, when 2000 women will descend on this stretch of sand. The Gold Coast Bikini Parade will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Bikini Parade (China broke the 2011 Gold Coast Parade Record last year, with 1085 women participating).

Mt Maunganui Beach, New Zealand

This Bay of Plenty beach sees plenty of beach babes during summer - especially when the Miss Mt Maunganui pageant takes place. The pageant's claim to fame is producing a Miss Universe contestant back in 1987. Camping sites right by the beach are hot property but you'd better get in quick as they book out years in advance.

Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

The white, white sand of Waikiki is well known for bikini babes. The string of resorts along the shore have stunning pools but everyone's out on the beach in the sun. Since the days of surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, the waves of Waikiki are always busy too.

- NZ Herald

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