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Top 8 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Locations 2006

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While Sports Illustrated readers get an eyeful of beautiful models in the magazine's 2006 Swimsuit Edition, beach-lovers also find ogle-worthy content in the form of location shots.

The exotic settings featured in the issue provide inspiration for places where romantic couples themselves can frolic in the sand. Below are the resorts and locations that appear in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shoot.

1. Sports Illustrated goes to Hollywood: W Los Angeles Westwood

The first stop on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue itinerary was Hollywood, USA. Photography locations within Los Angeles included Culver Studios, the Jurassic Park Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, Pink's Famous Hot Dogs, and Pann's Restaurant & Coffee Shop. After work, the models and photographer Richard Deitsch repaired to the ultra-hip W Los Angeles Westwood.

2. Sports Illustrated goes to Tahiti: Te Tiare Beach, an Outrigger Resort

Paradise personified, Tahiti's island of Huahine welcomed the pulchitrudinous models of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, their stylists, and photographer Stewart Shining. Te Tiare Beach resort accommodations consist of overwater bungalows set in warm, clear, shallow waters.

3. Sports Illustrated goes to Las Vegas: Wynn Las Vegas Resort & Country Club

Less than a year after Wynn Las Vegas opened, it welcomed the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue crew to its upscale digs. While it's unlikely you'll see Molly Sims at a roulette table wearing a bikini when you go (normally you can't even take photographs in a casino), Wynn Las Vegas is still an exciting place to visit. In the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue she wears a diamond bikini... didn't we see something similar from Victoria's Secret a while back?

4. Sports Illustrated goes to Colombia: Hotel San Pedro de Majagua

Consisting of 16 bungalows located on a private island west of Cartagena, Hotel San Pedro de Majagua is prized by scuba divers for its extensive coral reef. In her video segment at SI.com, 18-year-old Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker admits, "The bugs are terrible!"

5. Sports Illustrated goes to Harbour Island: Coral Sands

An oceanfront luxury resort on beautiful, pastel-hued Harbour Island in the Bahamas, Coral Sands Hotel is a hideaway that appeals to honeymooners who appreciate the good life. Elegant rooms and suites are furnished in British Colonial style. Here Sports Illustrated's most popular swimsuit models gathered with little to wear.

6. Sports Illustrated goes to Palm Springs: Parker

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Petra Nemcova, who endured unimaginable horror in the tsunami, returned to the pages of the magazine in 2006 looking as beautiful as ever. Her layouts were photographed at the Jonathan Adler-designed Parker Palm Springs, which Los Angeles Magazine described as "for those with an abiding sense of play."

7. Sports Illustrated goes to Turks & Caicos: Grace Bay Club

An intimate, elegant resort on the powdery sands of Turks & Caicos in the Caribbean, Grace Bay Club welcomed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model and tennis whiz Maria Sharapova. Grace Bay Club has garnered many of the travel world's top accolades, including being named "Best of the Best" by the Robb Report, "Best of the Caribbean" by the Andrew Harper Collection, and has earned a spot on Condé Nast Traveler's "Gold List every year since 1997.

8. Sports Illustrated goes to Cat Island: Fernandez Bay Village

Relaxed, rustic, and remote Cat Island, one of the glorious Out Islands of the Bahamas, is home to informal Fernandez Bay Village. At this family-owned resort, "Shoes are not part of the dress code" and "the beachfront tiki-bar runs on the honor system." Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue models lodged in the small hotel's (there are 15 units in total) oceanfront, TV-free villas.
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