Summer is coming to an end, which means there are only a handful of days left to wear white pants and strike up a romance with someone you don’t see a future with. If you managed to get away to the beach, congratulations! You certainly know how to take advantage of the extra daylight, but you’ll never have as much fun as these celebrities did.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s lustrous man bun seemed to hit every exclusive beach on the map, while Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez’s European jaunt went on for so long we almost sent out a missing persons report. Summer love doesn’t always last, but at least it gives us wonderful shirtless horseback riding photos.
In order to make the most of the days we have left, we’re looking to those who gave us vacation envy in order to learn how to do better. These five stars know how to summer (yes, as a verb). But who’s having the best one ever?
In between filming Don’t Mess with Texas opposite the lovely Sofia Vergara, the Oscar winner found time for trips to the gorgeous beaches of the Caribbean and Italy (Capri and Positano, respectively). It was in Italy that she attended a wedding and danced her face off to “I Will Survive,” proving that group sing a-longs are always fun no matter how big your bank account. This is the moment where we knew we had to raise our wedding guest game STAT.
Let’s face it: The lifelong bachelor is always thriving — whether or not he’s collecting golden statues — but the summer is really his time to shine. He’s been in Ibiza, Formentera, St. Tropez, and Miami since June, sunning alongside his model girlfriend Toni Garrn and frolicking with water guns. He’s been heavily into the man bun over the course of the warmer months, which until Monday night, was our favorite hairstyle for laid-back party boys. In addition to luxurious R&R, he’s also given back. Stars flocked to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation’s St. Tropez gala, and the actor took time off from his recent trip to Canada to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (donating $100,000 to research).
The actress spent more time in a bikini than a drunk spring breaker. After prominent PDA with model Cara Delevingne this winter, Rodriguez seemed to have moved on, making headlines in July by cuddling up to another A-lister: Zac Efron. The two were part of an exclusive crew shacking up with Italian businessman Gianluca Vacchi in Sardinia, Italy, and spent their days lounging on boats, and rocking out in discoteques. Of course, Rodriguez took a typical vacation to the stars and kicked it up a notch by scaling the mast of said super yachts, and refusing to ever enter the water in a safe manner.
It’s been nearly two months and we’re still not over these photos. With those bulging biceps, Zefron’s epic horseback riding excursion falls somewhere between a Ralph Lauren catalog and a Daniel Steele cover. Enjoying the company of Rodriguez and Vacchi saw Efron dancing to Jason DeRulo and Lil Jon, working on his fitness, and losing his shirt. A lot. His relationship with M.Rod may not have continued Stateside, but we’re all very grateful for their time together — and the fact that they’re friends chose to document almost every moment on Instagram.
Putting your crummy summer job to shame, President Obama’s eldest daughter worked as a production assistant on the set of Extant. The CBS sci-fi series stars Halle Berry and is produced by Steven Spielberg, so even if she’s getting coffee, she has flawless references. She turned 16 in July, and hit up multiple high-profile concerts this summer, including Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Chicago On The Run stop with her mom and sister. While in the Chi, she also attended Lollapalooza, and was spotted taking a selfie during Chance the Rapper’s set, like any normal American teen (with a slew of bodyguards around her at all times). How much are those tickets? Oh that’s right. Said crummy summer job can’t support that.
So whose summer do you want to recreate next year? If you start saving now, you… might be able to be a stowaway on Leo’s yacht by May.
[Photo Credit: @reesewitherspoon]