The Gorgeous Locations Where Sports Illustrated Photographed the 2017 Swimsuit Edition
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The Gorgeous Locations Where Sports Illustrated Photographed the 2017 Swimsuit Edition

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Beautiful beaches? Check.

Sports Illustrated announced its annual “Swimsuit Edition” on Tuesday, and while the models and the swimwear tend to get the attention, the destinations are equally gorgeous.

To compile this year's edition, SI went to some of the most amazing beaches on Earth (and a few non-beaches—hey, Finland!).

If you're looking for an amazing destination for your next vacation, here are a few of the places that offer great backdrops no matter what swimsuit you're wearing.

Fiji

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Fiji is a classic dream destination, with white sand beaches, luxury resorts, and a feeling that you're on another side of the world.

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If you go, don't forget to check out Fiji's floating pizzeria.

Nihiwatu

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Nihiwatu, in Indonesia, is home to the Best Hotel in the World.

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There's a surf break so extraordinary it inspired the hotel's founders to choose the island. Nihiwatu also has exceptional seafood, and every visitor can experience the region's strong connection to the Sumbanese people.

“I would return here again and again,” one reader told Travel + Leisure.

Tulum

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Tulum is hot right now—and not just because of the temperature. The vacation destination, on Mexico's Caribbean coast, has plenty of spas and wellness activities like yoga.

There are also Mayan ruins that offer a glimpse of the region's rich history.

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Turks & Caicos

Looking for a Caribbean destination that will make your friends wish they were with you? Look no further than the 230 miles of white sand beaches on Turks and Caicos.

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And not only are they an Instagram dream: They're easy to get to.

They're about an hour and a half from Miami, and only a three-hour flight from New York City.

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Turks and Caicos have all-inclusive resorts that ensure you won't be stressing about the little things (except for what photo to post next).

Finland

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Swimwear is hardly appropriate travel clothing for seeking out the Northern Lights, unless your hotel has a hot tub.

What travelers who have yet to visit Nordic countries may not know, however, is that the climate can be mild during the warmer months of the year: The temperature in July in Helsinki averages 62 degrees Fahrenheit. Beach weather? Not quite. Even when it's warmer on land, the average sea temperature is a chilly 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Check out the other photos from this year's Swimsuit Edition.

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