Finding the perfect bathing suit requires more than simply deciding between a one-piece and a two-piece. You also need to keep in mind the activities you'll be doing, levels of sun exposure (you don't want weird tan lines that refuse to fade) and how conservative or skimpy a style is acceptable at your destination. Skip the guesswork and pick the ideal suit so you can frolic on the beach already.

Surfing in Costa Rica

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When you’re surfing, you need to wear something that stays put while you’re swimming out and catching waves. This Solid and Striped bathing suit is very chic but won't move when you're hopping onto your board. The high leg openings elongate your gams so that you look great strolling down the beach as well. 

Solid and Striped The Claudia One-Shoulder Cutout Swimsuit, $158; net-a-porter.com

 

People-Watching in Brazil

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Fit in with the locals in this tiny white Minimale Animale number. It’s a known fact that Brazilians like to wear bottoms on the smaller side, and this sexy suit is perfect to rock on shimmering summer skin. You may want to start working on your squats now. 

Minimale Animale Bandita Brief, $100; minimale-animale.com

 

Partying in Ibiza 

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This colorful and flirty bikini from Del Maar was handmade in Peru and fits in at both daytime and late-night parties. Head to the beach late in the afternoon for some sunset action, then throw on a cute skirt to see where the night takes you.


Del Maar Swimwear Inka Groove, $165; international.delmaarswimwear.com

 

Blissing in Bali

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This tropical-print bikini blends in with the lush Balinese landscape, and the fact that it's seamless and hardware free makes it extra comfortable for lounging on a beach chair. The slim straps on the bikini top ensure that you'll stun while walking away.

Mikoh Banyans Cutout Printed Bikini Top, $110; net-a-porter.com


 

Sashaying in Saint-Tropez

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This azure number will turn heads on the Côte d’Azur’s beaches. Pachi Swimwear is a new Australian label that balances sophisticated with sexy, understated with eye-catching. 

Pachi Swim Yemaya Bikini Top, AUD $65; pachiswim.com

 

Scuba Diving in Belize

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Belize is famous for its incredible diving. If you’re not venturing out to very deep sites, the water is warm enough for just a suit. This marimba-printed, long-sleeve Mara Hoffman rashguard is ideal for exploring marine life and dazzling above water as well. 

Mara Hoffman Zip Front Rashguard, $280; marahoffman.com

 

Clambaking in Southampton

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Nothing says Hamptons like a nautical bathing suit. This textured Zimmermann two-piece features a low-cut top that’s revealing but still chic. Throw on a cute caftan and you’re ready for poolside drinks once the sun starts dipping below the horizon. 

Zimmermann Aerial Striped Triangle Bikini, $197; matchesfashion.com

 


By Rana Good

Rana Good is a writer and editor who hails from Switzerland but calls New York home. She's on a quest to scour the world for the best eats, sites and experiences and share them with you. Whether she's traversing the wilderness of Mongolia or swimming with sharks in Bora Bora, she's happiest when she's discovering a new place.