Miley Cyrus is in Hawaii with boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, while Vanessa Hudgens can’t keep her hands off her boyfriend Austin Butler in Miami. Over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays celebrities have flocked to the beach for down time and hot photo ops.

It’s amazing–amazing!– how the ever present paparazzi seem to know exactly where celebrities are vacationing and where they can get the hottest bikini photos. Be that as it may, fun in the sun has never looked so good for a slew of hot bikini starlets.

Hudgens rolled around on a beach bed with Butler, while Cyrus was spotted on a rocky Hawaii beach, getting some PDA in with Hemsworth.

Check out hot beach photos; click to enlarge.

“Today Show” contributor Jill Martin was spotted in her bangin’ bikini at the Mondrian hotel in Miami Beach over Christmas. She was with a mystery man, which all non-celebs are usually branded.

Former Aussie supermodel, Elle Macpherson, 47, was spotted kayaking in a super-tight bodysuit with sons Arpad and Aurelius Busson at the Pass in Sydney, Australia’s Byron Bay.

Fashion guru Marc Jacobs and his ex-fiance Lorenzo Martone reunited in St Barts. They skipped the bikinis for some tight Speedos on the beach, looking fit and toned.

Former super model Stephanie Seymour and rich husband Peter Brant are also vacationing in St. Barts for the holidays. Stephanie, who looked model thin, romped for photographers in a tiny bikini, and did a few cartwheels on the beach.

Back on the mainland, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and boyfriend Jason Statham also wrestled for photographers at their hotel in Miami. The British born couple jetted to Florida to celebrate New Year. The couple, who have been dating since April 2010, spent both Christmas and Thanksgiving together, according to the UK’s Daily Mail.

Former O.C. actress Mischa Barton was also spotted sunning herself on the beach in Miami with her “mystery man.” Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley and girlfriend Zoe Kravitz ditched snowy New York and celebrated Hanukkah in Miami Beach as well.

Maria Menounos, 33, was spotted in the tiniest of bikinis with boyfriend Keven Undergaro, in Miami. They flirted between dips in the ocean, and later took a spin on jet skis. A number of celebrities seem to have opted to vacation close to home this year, perhaps a sign of the economy.

Sexy pop singer Rihanna went home to native Barbados for some downtime after her gut-wrenching Loud Tour. She hit the beach in a skimpy bikini and struggled to keep her top on in the water.

Her BFF Katy Perry was probably the most photographed as she celebrated the holidays solo in Hawaii. She and husband Russell Brand ended their 14-month marriage yesterday (Dec. 30).

Nothing like a beach getaway to start the New Year off right. Check out the photos of sunkissed celebs.

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