This past Veterans Day Weekend, my family and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to the Bahamas. My mom was already there for about a week before she called home last Tuesday saying she wanted us to come too, so sure enough, we flew out of LAX on Wednesday! Keep reading to see where we stayed, where we ate, what we did and, of course, what I wore.
Atlantis is a vacation resort located on Paradise island in Nassau. There is so much to do here and it is the most beautiful resort I have ever been to! There's a water park complete with slides for all ages, a lazy river, and multiple large pools. My favorite had to be the Serpent Slide. You go down in a tube and end floating through a tunnel submerged in a tank of sharks. I'm afraid of sharks btw and was not sure if I would be scared or not, but once in the tunnel, I had so much fun! If you're more of the sea type, the beach is a five minute walk from your room. For adults, there are numerous bars, a large casino, golfing, and a nightclub all on the property. There are also many excursions available right at the hotel such as swimming with dolphins, feeding sea turtles, kayaking, paddleboarding, and much more!
On the Island:
Of course, If you don't stay at Atlantis or simply want to leave the resort, there are still many things you can do in this beautiful capital city. My family and I spent an hour walking through a few of the many shops downtown and then rented ATVs to continue exploring the island. There are large ATVs you can rent with six seats and ones where two people can ride. We rented one of each and my mom drove my sisters and I around in the big one through the busy streets of Nassau. It was fun being in an open vehicle and getting to clearly see all the pastel buildings lining the port, colorful wall murals, and historical churches before ending at Junkanoo beach. Once there, we rode a giant water bike in the ocean and enjoyed delicious shrimp and drinks at Crab 'N' Tings where the famous "Bitch Slap" is served and known for being "the strongest drink on the beach" and trust me, it was.
What I Wore:
Now, for the style portion of the blog! I have three total outfits for you, and I've simply linked everything below. Just know that in Nassau, there's only one season according to the locals, so no matter what time of year you may visit, be sure to pack for warm weather. For me, that meant shorts, airy culottes and lots of swimsuits and sandals!
I hope this travel guide gave you some ideas as to what to do should you ever visit Nassau. We certainly did not have enough time to try half of what the resort or island had to offer on our short trip, but it was a great experience and I would definitely come back and do more. Where do you want to go next?
As always, thanks for reading!
One of the reasons I love living in Corona is that we are so close to many major SoCal cities. My family and I wanted to take one last trip before two of my sisters went back to school, and being an hour and a half away from the city, we thought San Diego would be perfect for a day trip. When we first arrived, we took a sailing tour for the first time, and had so much fun! This company is great because all tours are private, so you can go with your family, friends, or significant other. They let you bring your own food and drinks, but also offer snacks, waters, and a first round of alcohol is included. You can also pre-pay for a sandwich to eat during the trip. If you're ever in San Diego, I highly suggest you try sailing. Once you leave the port, the cool breeze picks up and makes laying on the boat so relaxing, so grab a water, find a nice place to sit, and let the waves rock you to sleep. You might even spot a seal or two ;)
what i wore:
I started the trip in this jumpsuit from Tilly's which was perfect for the 80 degree weather. To be honest, my legs were due for a wax, so I wanted to keep them hidden at least until I got on the boat. This piece was perfect because the wide-cut leg covered me up while still keeping me cool. I love jumpers/rompers because they are one piece and make getting ready super easy. You'll always look dressed up when the outfit is really so effortless. I wanted to style it with lighter accessories for a nice contrast and decided on my ASOS basket bag (similar) and brown espadrilles from Steve Madden. Once on the boat, I changed into a Kate Spade one-piece swimsuit. I love the color blocking design, and the last color gives the suit a high-waisted feel and a 50s vibe. The suit is no longer available, but you can check out some other great colorblock swimsuits below!
As summer is coming to an end, my family and I wanted to take one last vacation before school starts up again. Palm Springs is only about an hour and a half away from home, so we decided it would be perfect for a short and easy getaway. We stayed at a beautiful Airbnb in Vintage Palms. Airbnbs are great because they offer larger spaces than the traditional hotel room to fit our big family, and this one had a private pool!
We spent most of our first day at Wet N Wild, a waterpark less than 15 minutes from our Airbnb. Since we went during the week, there were no lines and my sisters and I were able to go on every slide in a couple of hours. We spent the rest of the time floating down the lazy river and over ripples in the wave pool. I was able to take my phone with me everywhere by using this waterproof case. It's perfect for taking pictures at water parks, beaches, or in the pool. It even works underwater!
We spent the next day exploring Palm Springs and the nearby city of Cabazon. If you're ever here during the summer, I would suggest getting out early to see as much as possible before it becomes too hot. We were out of the house by 8:30 and it was already 85! Our first stop? The famous Cabazon Dinosaurs.
We arrived a little after nine when the museum had just opened (I didn't even know they had one!) You don't have to pay to see the two large dinosaurs pictured above, but the museum has even more and the tickets were only $10 for adults, so we thought why not! You walk through the entrance and then along a dirt path outdoors to see different dinosaurs and even some abnormally large frogs and tortoises behind a short fence, kind of like an inanimate zoo. I was surprised because I thought Cabazon Dinosaurs only consisted of the two dinos you always see on Instagram, but there's so much more! At the end, you can walk up the stairs inside the large T-Rex and sit in his mouth which was surprisingly much cooler than outside.
While in Palm Springs, we visited two restaurants both in downtown. The first night we had dinner at Kalura Trattoria. I highly recommend this restaurant if you love Italian food. The angel hair pasta I ate was so good and the cheese in the mozzarella sticks was the best I've ever had! It's a small restaurant with minimal seating inside, but there's also patio seating outside and an outside bar from which you can view the mountains. Great for a cooler night!
On our last day, we went to Lulu right down the street from Kalura Trattoria for breakfast. Their blueberry pancakes are delicious and the restaurant is even cuter! The powder blue barstools and bold chandeliers bring color to the entire establishment while pictures of Marilyn Monroe and Lucille Ball give it a vintage feel. If you're ever in Palm Springs, I highly recommend you try these restaurants, or simply visit downtown! There are so many more restaurants to try as well as high end and boutique shopping.
What was your favorite trip this summer, or where would you like to go next? Let me know in the comments!