Regan here, feeling refreshed, relaxed, and motivated to start planning my next trip to Cabo!!
My husband, Daniel, and I have made it a tradition to try to get away together for our anniversary each year. Even if it's just a weekend stay-cation, we always try to do something and I love it!
This year we booked a trip to Cabo and it was the perfect getaway for us. We left baby Cal with my parents (which was HARD), and spent 5 days in Mexican paradise ;)
We are currently saving for baby #2 (more on that later), so we didn't have a very big budget to spend on this year's trip. Introducing your new best friend for booking your next vacation...COSTCO TRAVEL.
You're welcome in advance.
I couldn't believe how many of the people I've told about this have never heard of Costco Travel, so I knew I needed to #sharethegoodness.
It's basically just a bunch of awesome deals on travel packages.
was part of one of Costco's featured vacation packages at the time when we booked our trip (they feature certain packages when they have really good deals), and it included flights and a $300 Costco Cash Card. We stayed at a Secrets resort in Cancun on our honeymoon and LOVED the resort (it's all-inclusive), so we went ahead and booked our trip to Cabo.
We LOVED Cabo. My husband and I both decided we like Cabo better than Cancun. It's a quicker flight, and we just felt like the food and service was better quality. I will say that the blue water and white sand beaches are better in Cancun, and one bummer about our resort was that the beach this time of year is not swimmable because the waves are too big. BUT, overall, we had a great experience in Cabo.
Since our resort was all-inclusive (meaning unlimited food and drinks, all. day. long.), we only left the resort twice. This was perfect for us, and just the relaxing trip that we had envisioned. We hung at the pool for hours, took long walks on the beach, sipped (virgin) pina coladas, and ate unlimited amounts of chips & guac and the most delicious chicken quesadillas. It was perfection.
The views at the resort were incredible. There was a "party pool" (what we called it) and a quiet pool. We stayed at the quiet pool which was pretty deserted most of the time and had the most gorgeous vanishing edge with an amazing view of the beach. Although the weather was SO hot, we felt like it was a great time to go to Cabo because the resort wasn't very crowded (this is also probably why we got such a great price). And we stayed in the water all day anyways, so the heat didn't bother us!
We booked a snorkel excursion and explored Cabo San Lucas one day, which was really fun. We booked it the day before just through the company at our resort, and probably could have shopped around a little more for a better deal, but had a great experience and felt like we got a decent price for everything it included.
A shuttle picked us up, took us to the marina in Cabo San Lucas, and we took a glass-bottom boat out to see the Cabo Arch. We explored the pretty rock formations, then got to get out and snorkel. We snorkeled for about an hour and then got dropped off at Lover's Beach and spent about a half hour there. The water was so pretty and warm.
Another cool thing about the snorkel excursion was that the tour guide followed us around while we snorkeled and took pictures of us on his GoPro (making all my snorkeling mermaid picture dreams come true ;). He was so nice and gave us a CD of all the pictures at the end of the tour.
After the snorkel tour we had a couple of hours to explore Cabo San Lucas. We walked around and shopped, and asked all of the locals where the best tacos were. Multiple people referred us to Las Guacamayas and let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. SO GOOD.
On our last night we visited one of the most highly recommended spots in all of Cabo...Flora Farms. Most of Cabo is pretty desert-y, but when you pull up to Flora Farms all you see is lush green farmland. It's a little community that grows all of their own crops. There's a cute little restaurant with live music playing, lots of adorable seating areas, some little cute shops, an ice cream stand, and pathways going through the gardens that you can explore. The food at the restaurant was incredible. So fresh and delicious.
Overall we loved Cabo, and are so glad we were able to spend this time together. Huge thanks to my parents for taking such great care of Cal while we were gone. We missed that little sweetie!
Let me know if you have any questions about our trip that I didn't cover. I'd love to answer them!
Links to my swimsuits and coverups below :)
We meant to post this sooner, but better late than never, right? ;) Those of you who follow us on Instagram may have seen that we recently traveled to New York and St. Thomas with our family! It was such a fun trip, and we thought we'd share some of our favorite pictures as well as where we stayed, favorite restaurants, and some of our favorite things we did/saw!
The first part of our trip was spent in New York. Most flights from San Diego (where part of our family was coming from) and Salt Lake City don't fly directly to St. Thomas, so we decided it would be fun to spend a few days in NY, since we had to make a stop on that side of the country anyways. We spent three days there, which we thought was the perfect amount of time. And we definitely made the most out of the time we had. We visited all of the famous and monumental sites, experienced the underground subway system (probably more times than we would have liked - it's so hot and muggy down there this time of year), ate at least one slice of NY pizza per day, did a LOT of walking, rode bikes through Central Park, and saw Wicked on Broadway.
We stayed at the JW Marriott which was such a great hotel! The location was unbeatable - right across the street from Central Park, and just a few blocks away from Times Square. Our rooms had the most gorgeous view of Central Park and the New York cityscape (insert heart eyes!!). There was also a little French bakery right around the corner called Petrossian Cafe. Our dad went over early every morning and brought back the yummiest croissants + fruit for us to eat - the chocolate, almond and apricot croissants were to DIE for. And there was a 24 hour pizza joint on the other side of the hotel, which we were obviously all about. We had a blast in New York!
View from the JW Marriot
From NY we flew to St. Thomas. The three of us had been on a Caribbean cruise before, but had never explored St. Thomas until now. It was amazing! We stayed at the Ritz Carlton Resort (we know, how lucky are we?!) which was so perfect. We had a three bedroom house where we all stayed together that was basically right on the beach. The resort had all kinds of water sports available to use, so we took advantage of that each day we were there. Snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing, and sailing. We also visited some amazing beaches that are famous for their snorkeling spots. Linguist Beach and Magens Bay were UNREAL. White sand. Turquoise blue water. Just so beautiful. Then on our last day we chartered a boat that took us to some of the best beaches and snorkeling areas on St. John. I think we all agreed that this was our favorite part of the trip. We went to Cinnamon Beach, and Trunk Bay which were both just so gorgeous. Then we finished off the day at Christmas Cove. We saw TONS of sea turtles here. Christmas Cove also has a dive up pizza boat where you can order pizza, then pull your boat up and eat it right out on the water. And it was delish! Such a cool idea. Pictures below plus a little video Sidney put together from our trip.
Iggies restaurant in St. Thomas! Good food and such a fun atmosphere.
Snorkeling in St. John!
Truck Bay on St. John
White sand beaches in our Triangl Swimwear
Our last morning in St. Thomas we had brunch at Mafolie Hotel & Restaurant with this amazing view.
And to top of an amazing vacation...Paige and her husband announced to the family that they will be welcoming in a BABY BOY in January 2015!! Get ready for some maternity posts coming to the blog in the months to come! ;)
We hope this was helpful if you're ever traveling to New York or St. Thomas! Check out the short video with some highlights from our trip, as well as some of our outfit details below!
As promised on our Instagram, below are some of our favorite cover ups and a few pictures from Paige's recent Maui trip. The three she's wearing are linked below as well as some others that we love!
The next few pics were taken at one of my favorite places to visit in Maui, called the Seven Sacred Pools. If you're planning a trip to Maui, I highly recommend going here! It's a short, very easy hike (if you want to even call it that) to the pools, and so worth it!
The pictures below were taken around our hotel. We stayed at the Wailea Beach Villas. This is a beautiful hotel with a much more quiet and relaxed vibe than the Grand Wailea, which is right next door.
I also thought I'd share two of my favorite restaurants in Maui! This first picture below was taken at Koa's Seaside Grill in Lahaina. We had lunch there and it was delicious! The last picture was outside Mama's Fish House ...definitely a must if you're in Maui! Both outfits are also linked below ;)
Hope you're enjoying your summer!