Top 10 destinations in the world for celebrity-spotting


Ever dreamt of seeing your fave celebrity in the flesh, instead of just on the silver screen or on the cover of a magazine? Perhaps lounging on a sunbed opposite the likes of Brad Pitt, or sharing a dance floor with the likes of infamous party girl Paris Hilton tickles your fancy? Then the next time you’re planning your trip, forget about sightseeing, and get down to some serious celebrity-spotting with Forbes Traveller’s top 10 destinations in the world for celebrity-spotting. 

10. Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro

Beautiful beaches, football and amazing landscapes – you can find them all in Rio. That is why when the celebrated annual Rio Carnival comes to town, so do the rich and famous.

Every February/March, the Rio Carnival attracts thousands of visitors, including many celebrities. So you never know who you could be rubbing shoulders with while sipping on a caipirinha.

9. Paris


You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out why the effortlessly chic and cosmopolitan city of Paris is one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of the glitterati.

This city has long been a favourite haunt of the rich and famous due to its fabulous shopping (being one of the world’s major fashion capitals), as well as its incredible film, art and restaurant scene.

8. New York

New York

Sitting in the lobby or bar in one of the Big Apple’s top hotels is a good way to start your star-spotting career.

You could try The Waldorf Astoria, Soho Grand Hotel or the Plaza for starters. Or why not combine pampering with star-spotting by paying a visit to the Sava Spa, often frequented by top celebs.

7. Miami


South Beach is renowned as being be the place to be to meet athletes, singers, actors and wannabes aplenty.

When it comes to celeb-spotting, Lincoln Avenue is your best bet by day, and when the sun sets, head to any of these spots: Level, Crowbar, Space, Pearl, or Opium, or try the Delano Hotel, branded ‘America’s coolest hotel’ by Vogue magazine.

6. Madrid


Visit Spain’s bustling capital and mingle with the pijos – or high-flyers – in the Glass Bar of Hotel Urban as you keep a keen eye out for Hollywood stars, famous footballers and, of course, footballer’s wives.

5. Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Hollywood is celebrity headquarters, making Los Angeles an obvious place for celebrity spotting.

From A-list film stars to rock legends… anyone who is anyone tries their luck in tinseltown. Even the waiter serving you your cappuccino is likely to be looking for his or her big break.

4. Las Vegas

Las Vegas

If you decide to try your luck and visit Las Vegas, don’t be surprised if you spot a celebrity or two.

Many A-listers have been spotted on the Las Vegas Strip. Check out the Hard Rock Hotel or the Palms Casino Resort where the stars have been spotted trying their hand at Blackjack.

3. French Riviera

French Riviera

Every year, the celebrity elite descend on the city of Cannes for the annual film festival, making it the perfect place to go celeb-hunting. 

You could also try getting into the swanky ‘Les Caves du Roi’ in St Tropez wearing cool yet sophisticated attire and, if the bouncer lets you in, head for the VIP area to spot a few celebs.

2. Dubai


From footballers to rock stars, politicians to tennis players – the a-list glitterati are all investing in property in Dubai.

Dubai’s year-round sunshine, designer shopping and general bling-blingness are attractive drawcards to celebrities in the know.

1. Barbados


Forget watersports – celebrity-spotting is probably the hottest sport on this gorgeous sunsoaked Caribbean island. 

International celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Sting, the Beckhams and the Blairs go to Barbados regularly to work on their tans. Golfer Tiger Woods got married in Barbados’ renowned Sandy Lane hotel.

You could also try spotting the stars on the celebrity strip near Holetown.

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