Happy Weekend from a Happy Beach : How to Pick Your Caribbean Island

how-to-pick-your-caribbean-islandRecently, I received word of this dreamy Tablet article Islands in the Sun : How to Pick Your Caribbean Island. My whole world stopped for a moment while I planned my ‘bbean vacay, dreaming I was kicked back in a hammock, sipping a crisp white wine, polka dot bikini clad. Thank you Tablet, for my weekly imaginative getaway. Here are my favorite highlights from the article, click here to read the entire piece if you like to daydream as well.

If you want to feel about as far as possible from the bright lights and noise of the city, Nevis is the place. There’s basically just one road of any consequence, making a circle around the island, and the drive takes all of two hours at a tropical pace. As for nightlife, think tree frogs calling to each other in the dark. The luxury on offer here is all about what’s absent — no noise, no light pollution, and above all no real cause for stress. What Nevis does have in abundance is natural beauty, with its vivid green slopes rising from the Caribbean. Read the full article here »

Puerto Rico has a little bit of everything, from Americanized mega-resorts crammed onto overdeveloped coastlines to elegant little hideaways in the middle of nowhere, with some fine Colonial-style hotels in Old San Juan in between. One aspect of the island that’s sometimes overlooked, however, is its more adventurous, outdoorsy side. Beyond the beaches, one can go horseback riding in the hills, biking in the mountains, hiking along rivers and lakes, even spelunking in the island’s extensive cave network.

This time of year, the weather’s a whole lot better in Bermuda. Technically that warm, crystalline water lapping against the beach is Atlantic rather than Caribbean, but the palm trees, blazing sun and soft pink sand don’t seem to have gotten the memo; choose the right beachside hotel and Bermuda still feels like a tropical island idyll. And the right hotel is the local outpost of the Mandarin Oriental. Despite the marooned-at-sea setting, the level of luxury on offer is perfectly up to standard, and each room comes with a breezy balcony or patio — a vantage point from which “real life” feels quite far away after all. Read the full article here »

There are more traditional Caribbean island destinations for diving (Turks & Caicos, for one), but few with quite the same bucket-list appeal as Ambergris Caye, off the coast of Belize. Second only to Australia’s, the Belizean Barrier Reef is home to a panoply of colorful fish, a couple sunken pirate ships, and a few underwater seascapes that look like pages of National Geographic come to life.

Somehow in Anguilla the sand just feels a little softer, the water a shade more crystalline than on the other Caribbean islands. There are beaches so perfect that even the palm trees seem to sway a bit more gently. It’s got more than just beaches, too. Anguilla is stylish but not blindingly glitzy; low-key but with just enough beach bars and barbecue shacks to keep the boredom at bay; with a music and art scene that never crosses the line into self-parody. And some of the hotels are stunners. The smartly designed Viceroy Anguilla, with its driftwood-inspired furnishings and eye-catching objets d’art, sits on thirty-five acres, alongside a private beach that spans the better part of a mile. Read the full article here »

All words a succinct version of the full article found on Tablet, right here »
Image above by Jim Covert aka LoudGazelle via Flickr »

Happy Weekend from Happy Beaches : NET-A-PORTER

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Ahhhh, life in Colorado as a beach lover. Especially with a cold spell of 38 days below zero – I find myself looking at the mountains through my office window and imagining little palm trees and swimsuits and fruity concoctions with mini umbrellas. Enter, Net-A-Porter’s vacation issue… thank goodness! These three are my favorite spreads from the issue, with the fun starting around page 27. Flip through for some luxe ideas about your next fantasy vacay. I truly believe if you send enough positive energy, good things will come! : )


Happy Weekend from a Happy Beach : Beach Love by Karen Helms

Design-Wine-Sunshine-Happy-Weekend-from-a-Happy-Beach-Karen-Helms-Beach-Love Happy weekend, y’all! Anyone hitting the shore with a rad attitude like this edgy Pinterest board by Karen Helms? I love her Cali meets Hawaii vibe. And ahhhh, “Beach Love“, words that sound so symphonic right now, as Blaise and I work like mad to get a photo booth complete in time for our client’s wedding on Saturday. Eeeeek! But for all of those who can relax with sand between their toes this weekend, Aloha & cheers… may your two days be the most sublime of all.

Happy Weekend from a Happy Beach : Shannon Cox

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Happy weekend everyone! I’m flat-out exhausted from the post-Boulder-flood work week, on-going home renovations, & Confetti Booth madness, so my mind is wandering off to the coast (naturally) where sea blues and isle greens invite me to an ultimate Utopia. Here’s your weekly beach inspiration – a little collage I’ve mixed up from the fun, fresh Beach=Happiness Pinterest board by Shannon Cox »
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Happy Weekend from a Happy Beach : Ingrid Cayuela

Design Wine Sunshine  xo  Ingrid Cayuela Beach BoardHappy weekend everyone! This has been a very unusual week with Boulder flooding (over 4 billion gallons of rain), wrapping up a photo booth, and other wacky renovation business from the home front, but I’ll be able to get back on the ball asap! If you daydream of the coast like me, you’d probably enjoy this ethereal, nicely curated Beach Pinterest board by Ingrid Cayuela »

Get out and have some fun!

Happy Weekend from a Happy Beach : Virgin Gorda, BVI

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My friends and I have always dreamed of renting a catamaran and sailing to the British Virgin Islands, so it’s nice to drift away with The Everyday Adventurer as she tells of her visits there. She loves Virgin Gorda more than the other 12 Caribbean islands she’s [lucky!] traveled to – that’s quite a compliment. Enjoy dreams of BVI, and happy weekend everyone!