"Real Housewives of New York" star Kelly Bensimon is starting summer early -- and left NYC for Miami this weekend to soak up the sun.

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The 42-year-old mother of two frolicked on the beach this weekend, where she showed off her bod in a bikini, snacked on some food and even got a jet ski lesson from a hunky instructor.

After her day on the day, Bensimon hit up the Gansevoort yesterday for an event for Spiegel's Swim + Travel Magazine -- where she met up with Giuliana Rancic and Karina Smirnoff from "Dancing with the Stars."

Check out more photos of Kelly on the beach -- plus a bunch of pics from yesterday's celeb-packed party!

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