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How to… Cabo

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Now that I have told you about the “authentic” and “real” Mexico, I would like to tell you about my travels from a totally different perspective. A few months later my boyfriend and I had an unbelievable opportunity to travel to Cabo. Now, this place was DEFINITELY on my bucket list! We ran into an old acquaintance of my boyfriends at Roy’s in San Diego and they just so happened to be in between travels. They were on their way to Cabo for a couple of weeks with another couple, but had an extra room… Who were we to say no? After getting home and making a couple more cocktails, we booked our trip. Spontaneous, yes. Totally worth it, YES!

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The scariest part about this trip was booking our flight with Spirit Airlines. I had personally never heard of them, but my boyfriend had heard some stories and read reviews. Those horror stories sounded awful, but we couldn’t get out of our ticket, so we tried to make the best of it. The only thing you could do in that situation is be prepared for everything. We paid to have our luggage with us and prepared for the worse. What we got, a cramped seating area, okay staff, but overall, we landed safely and were not worried about the flight back. What a relief.

Our friends told us that we would have a driver waiting for us. 988647_10151672634549044_774246433_nWait… A driver?! Heck ya! Let’s just say we definitely didn’t do our research on where we were staying, so we already felt like celebrities before arriving to our Escalade. The drive was pretty much dessert, but nonetheless exciting!

 

934920_10151672669589044_1149128858_nWe pull up to Esperanza, where we would be staying for the next few days. We are greeted with mini margaritas and taken poolside where our friends were already enjoying life. We then get a tour of the condo… (Jaws open). We go to the room (I freak out for a bit); we change, and then join our friends at the pool bar. You know those infinity pools that look like they are going into the ocean; this was my first time seeing one. (Jaws open again) We continue to have a lovely day by the pool, not even prepared for the days ahead of us, but not a worry in the world.

 

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We prepare for our first night out, with dinner reservations at Bar Esquina. There we had some delicious food with some awesome drinks… which led to dancing. Back at the condo, there was a night cap to end the first night perfectly… well, almost perfect. The funniest/scariest part of the trip was waking up to my bf hovering over me with a pillow at two in the morning. Did I seriously think he was going to suffocate me… no, but did I think he had issues… yes. It turns out that San Diego is a lil’ different than Cabo. We unconsciously slept with the windows open which led to multiple mosquito bites. I didn’t wake up to one bite; however, my boyfriend can apparently hear their wings. There was blood everywhere… eww. But we learned our lesson.

I don’t think we could have prepared ourselves for Day two. We decided to get breakfast on the beach… literally; our table and chairs were sinking in the sand. Awesome food and ambiance, with a little people watching. The only uncomfortable part was the vendors that constantly interrupt your meal trying to sell you random pieces of jewelry. I of course fell for it. 1010548_10151672650149044_1307503748_nYou know, I just needed that straw hat. Anyways, I got my boyfriend a matching one so he didn’t feel left out. Our adventure continues as we get to take a water taxi to the other side of the city. The bottom of the boat was clear… really cool. The taxi took us to our next destination, which happened to be a private 48’ catamaran. A half day trip on this will make you feel like a million dollars. I had never been on a catamaran before. (Jaws open again) The boat trip took us to the infamous rock and surrounding beaches: honeymoon and divorce. This was more for picture opportunities.

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From there we were taken around to a good area to snorkel at, this place was packed, so we decided to go to an alternate area. Very secluded. We anchored up, and while the guys prepared a lunch for us, we got our snorkel gear on. This was my first time to go out this far out in the ocean and my first time snorkeling. Let’s say my anxiety got the best of me half way out and I had to turn around. My boyfriend was not that comfortable either, so we just stayed around the boat floating around. We had our prepared lunch and heavy alcohol beverages and prepared for the ride back. Let’s just say, “It feels good to be a gangster”.  After making our way back to land, we decide to walk around for a few more drinks. We could definitely tell that we were no longer on tourist ground. Our first stop was to Happy Endings and then we stopped by Monkey Business for THE BEST MARGARITAS! It looks almost like a little stand surrounded by stores. A couple Margaritas down with a couple carne asada tacos, and I am the new owner of a Poncho… You know, they just make you feel better than everyone else. We continue back to Esperanza to finish our night of great company, wine, music, and cigars.

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Our third day of the trip was another awesome day by the pool. By night time, we were following a musician to a downtown bar and restaurant. After the show, and a few cocktails, we head over to Edith’s for dinner, where there was an awesome Mariachi band, great food, and great service. And of course we couldn’t leave without visiting Cabo Wabo. Let’s just say, we ALL left really disappointed. Not sure who the band was and I think I was the youngest person in there. Needless to say, it still makes for a good story.

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Now, that is how you do Mexico.

Block Island, RI

This summer has felt crazy busy, so I was excited for our upcoming trip to Block Island. I had this picture in my head… sun, sand, and a drink in my hand. And I definitely got two of the three.

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Mike and I met up with his three sisters and niece in Newport, RI for brunch at Benjamin’s. A great way to start any vacation is with a mimosa. We then hopped on the Newport High Speed Ferry to Block Island. They weren’t joking when they said “High-speed”.

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We arrived to the island about 50 minutes later, grabbed some necessities, and walked up to the Atlantic Inn. Our rooms were not ready until three, so we decided to sit back on the amazing porch to relax, enjoy the view, and have a cocktail.

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After we cleaned up, Mike, Maria, and I decided to walk down and check out the scene, where we ended up at Los Gatos, or the Yellow Kittens Tavern. The rest of our party decided to join us for a drink a little later, where we soon headed over to Kimberly’s for dinner. After a regular afternoon of shenanigans, how could we not stop at the Ice Cream Place?! Not the brightest idea after drinks… I couldn’t finish mine. Sad face.

Saturday included renting a moped (my first time) and driving around the whole island! So. Much. Fun. We could not have asked for better weather.  While driving around, we noticed this place called The Oar sitting towards the back of some land that had a ton of umbrellas, so naturally we stopped for some lunch, where I had my first mudslide.

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View from the deck at The Oar
View from the deck at The Oar

Definitely enjoyed and would highly recommend the transportation of the moped, it allowed us to see so much of the island. We drove up the Mohegan Bluffs, along the coastline, and then to the North Lighthouse. After lunch, we drove up to the Southeast Lighthouse, and then made it back in time to drop off the moped.

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North Lighthouse
North Lighthouse
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Southeast Lighthouse

Usually I do a pretty good job of researching any place I visit, and yet all of us were unaware that it was a holiday that only Rhode Island celebrates (VJ day)… and it happened to be the weekend we were there. So, I’m not sure if this increased the amount of people, but it decreased our moped time. Thumbs down.

That evening we relaxed on the patio until all of us girls were ready, and then we headed down to a local seafood restaurant. After dinner, we decided to have a nightcap at our neighboring hotel, The Spring House. They have an amazing lawn, with the necessary white lawn chairs, that have a magnificent view over the ocean.

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While it is pretty hard to top a moped ride, on Sunday, Mike, Maria, and I decided to rent bikes and explore the island a little more. We had the intentions of lying on the beach and evening out my tan from the previous day. But, this did not happen. We rode along the coast and made our way to Dead Eye Dicks. Let’s just say those lobstah rolls are heaven. Maria had never had one before, so of course we had to try all three!!! The hot, cold, and the BLT lobster roll. There were no bad decisions and I could not pick a favorite from the three. From there we went to Beachead to have a refreshing beer and work on our sunburns, and then we biked it on over to National Bar and Grille. Their reviews showed a Goombay Smash, and if you know Mike, he is well known for them. So, of course we had to try it… let’s just say, Mike wins.

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Sunday evening was our last night on the island. Mike and I decided to relax on the patio of our Inn and enjoy some wine and appetizers. The weekend vacation was a little too short. I could have definitely stayed longer… and by longer, I mean live there.

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