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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Locations 2009

Where Sports Illustrated Shot Its Swimsuit Models

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Sports Illustrated seeks out beaches and warm weather, exceptional scenery and exotic locations as settings for its gorgeous swimsuit models. In 2009, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition photography team visited the following sunny locations to serve as backdrop to the bikini clad beauties.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

A prime stretch of beach, Riviera Maya hugs the eastern shoreline of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and faces the Caribbean Sea's gentle waters. The Mayan Coast has a warm, tropical climate with intense midday sun. Thanks to its sultry weather, the Riviera Maya is home to numerous beach hotels, many of which cater to adults. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition team stayed at Maroma Resort (check rates now) to use the property's sun-bleached setting for the 2009 issue shoot.
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St. George's, Grenada

Grenada is a country blessed with miles of beaches in protected coves, a cloud-covered mountain forest in a nature preserve in the island’s center, lovely hotels and villas, good restaurants, and tranquility. The arrival of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition team no doubt shook up some of that tranquility. Spice Island Beach Resort (check rates now) is where they lodged during their visit.
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Naples, Italy

Italy's third-most-populous city, Naples is a crowded, vibrant place with a Mediterranean seaside setting. Although its beaches are neither vast nor pristine, Naples' history and cuisine made it an appealing location for the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition team, which also shot inland. During their visit, they stayed at Grand Hotel Parkers (check rates now), a classic hotel that has welcomed guests since 1870 and overlooks the sparkling Bay of Naples.
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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

One of the seven Canary Islands off the coast of Spain, Tenerife is the largest in the archipelago. Nearly year-round sunshine and an extensive sandy shore have long made this a playground for European beach lovers. During their visit, the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition team stayed at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora (check rates now), a family-friendly all-suite property.
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Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

Known for its extensive white-sand beaches and cheap all-inclusive resorts, the Dominican Republic has been upgrading over the past few years and added better properties to appeal to couples who want greater comfort, amenities, and privacy. During their visit, the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition team stayed at Caletón Club & Villas, which consists of just 19 three- and four-bedroom villas. Each features its own swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and private garden and is attented by a personal butler.
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines, West Indies

Quiet, pristine, and laid-back islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines occupy 150 square miles within the Caribbean sea. Sailors have long navigated between these tiny white-sand islands surrounded by warm turquoise waters. During their visit, the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition team stayed at Raffles Canouan, a luxurious hideaway that opened two years earlier and closed in 2010.
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Cappadocia, Turkey

Otherworldly Cappadocia, located inland in the center of the country, is distinguished by the outcroppings of volcanic rocks, remnants of long-ago eruptions, that fill its sun-baked landscape. During their visit, the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition team stayed at the Museum Hotel, a unique hotel with 30 rooms carved out of naturally formed caves. Beautifully designed, its pool and exterior spaces overlook a panorama of volcanic valleys.
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