The world’s sexiest places

Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world that, with its 300 million active users, provides a global, visual snapshot of the lives of people from many walks of life.

One thing that makes Instagram so interesting is its use of hash tags in photos that usually tell a story, in one word or by the use of a catchy phrase, about the image to which its attached. Another feature of Instagram is its use of geotagging, which is information that can inform you of where the image was taken.

Researchers have analysed these two specific features to find out where are the sexiest places in the world. They tracked the hashtag ‘sexy’, i.e. #sexy – and cross-referenced it with the location data of any images. Sounds really scientific, right? Well, here’s what they found.

attractive couple sitting on a yacht in monaco

Countries with the most #sexy Instagram posts, per capita

1. Monaco – 65.52

2. Saint Martin (French side) – 16.18

3. US Virgin Islands – 10.46

4. Aruba – 9.86

5. Maldives – 7.43

bathing in the blue lagoon in iceland

Sexiest European countries (excluding Monaco)

1. Iceland

2. Malta

3. San Marino

4. Italy

5. Czech Republic

las vegas showgirls

Sexiest US states

1. Nevada

2. Florida

3. Hawaii

4. California

5. New York

sexy woman looking at the UAE cityscape 

Countries with the most #sexywomen posts

1. United Arab Emirates

2. Monaco

3. Saint Martin (French side)

4. San Marino

5. US Virgin Islands

handsome tanned man in san marino

Countries with the most #sexymen posts

1. San Marino

2. Liechtenstein

3. Bahamas

4. Cayman Islands

5. Maldives 

attractive couple on an australian beach

Countries with the most #sexybody posts

1. Monaco

2. Bermuda

3. Curacao

4. Jamaica

5. Australia (yay!)

Where is the sexiest place you’ve visited? Are there any countries on this list you’d like to visit?

Read the report in full detail at

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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