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article imageOp-Ed: Four U.S. cities to flaunt your bod this summer

By Daniel Taibleson     May 6, 2014 in Travel
Every year, the U.S. swimwear industry sees a revenue of more than $3 billion, a huge portion of which comes from the herds of fitness junkies who work hard to keep their bods in check.
Well, junkies, the summer months are fast approaching, so it's time to start planning where to show off this year. Below you'll find four of the hottest summertime locales for flaunting your hard-earned physique ... and checking out the view of other bods while you're at it.
South Beach, Florida
They call it America's Party Beach and it's one of Miami’s favorite bod-flaunting hotspots. Nicknamed SOBE, South Beach is lined with nightclubs, bars, boutiques, restaurants and world-class hotels. South Beach is lax and tolerant, so if you want to sport a Speedo or a monokini after the amount of time you put in at the gym, this is the place to do it. Visit for more info.
South Beach  Miami Beach  Florida.
South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida.
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Las Vegas Pool Parties
Maybe tracking sand around isn't your idea of fun. What you want is a pool, cabana and a chaise lounge and Las Vegas is the place for that. In Vegas, DJ-ed pool parties are made for baring and flaunting. The pools at the Flamingo, The Palazzo, The Venetian and Hard Rock Hotel are particularly attractive. If you want to step it up a notch, the Go Pool at the Flamingo and Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage are clothing optional. Check out for more body-baring options.
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Venice Beach, California
Venice Beach has attracted seasoned gym rats and bodybuilders for decades. Why? Venice Beach is where you’ll find the famous Muscle Beach, and bodybuilders have been flexing, posing, and showing off their pecs and quads there since 1990. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Trejo, and Hulk Hogan are all regulars at Muscle Beach, which should be motivation for you to hit the gym extra hard before the official start of summer.
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Wait. Maybe the whole point in getting ripped is to impress the ladies (or gentlemen). If that’s the case, and you just beat Hulk Hogan in an arm wrestling match at Venice Beach, then cruise over to Newport Beach. This silky stretch of California sand is where the Fox Drama “The OC” was filmed, and there are beautiful people as far as the eye can see. Go to for all the hot details.
Pool Parties in the Wisconsin Dells
Vegas isn’t an option? No biggie. If you're in the Midwest, head to Wisconsin Dells for a closer-to-home vacay. Home to 70+ hotels, Wisconsin Dells has something for everyone. With a strip-like setup, Dells attractions line the Wisconsin River, giving everywhere a waterfront view. The coolest part is that every hotel, motel or resort either houses its own menu of activities (from onsite waterparks and laser tag to private golf courses) or is within walking distance of fun activities that appeal to everyone in the family.
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Photo by Jeff Sandquist via Wikimedia Commons
Unlike the other places on this list, Wisconsin Dells is entirely family-friendly, so don't expect to see any "clothing optional" stamps on hotel doors. But no matter if you end up on a beach in Miami or rocking a poolside chair in the backyard, your bod looks great and you deserve to flaunt your hard work. Visit to find your perfect spot.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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