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Captiva, Florida – The Island with a Special Place in my Heart

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Captiva Island, Florida has a very special place in my heart. From 1993 (the year I was born) to 2011, my family ventured to our condo there like clockwork, taking a week to enjoy the sunshine and bond with each…

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Highlights from The Exumas, Bahamas

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Last weekend in The Exumas was a dream… A sunshiney, tropical dream. If you aren’t familiar with The Exumas yet, they are an archipelago of over 350 islands in The Bahamas. Some of these islands are privately owned, some have…

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Checking In: The Westin Grand Cayman

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I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million more times – There is nothing quite like the Caribbean. The kind people, the delicious cuisine, the rich culture and the clear turquoise water surrounding all of the islands. It’s one…

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Highlights from Acapulco, Mexico

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If you know even just a few things about me, you should already know that I love Mexico! Everything about it – the varied landscapes, the people, the cuisine, etc. etc. I could go on and on. So when the…

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My Favorite Hikes in the Greater Seattle Area

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The Pacific Northwest is without a doubt one of the best and most beautiful places to hike in the United States. But when it comes to selecting the trails you want to conquer, it can be incredibly overwhelming because there…

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A Girls Weekend in the Florida Keys

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Alright, let’s be honest… there are very few things better than a girls trip. Girl talk, great wine, delicious food and relaxation are the main ingredients for a great time with your girlfriends, and were all key factors in making…

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Sayulita, Puerto Vallarta and Punta Mita: Which Should You Visit?

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As a travel blogger, I am often asked what my favorite country that I’ve been to is. Though I could never choose just one, Mexico is and will always be in the top five. It is a beautiful country with…

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Honest Reflections on a Trip to Cuba

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Cuba was one of the more difficult places I’ve traveled to. There, I said it. Not a lot of people openly say this about their trip to the island. They post the colorful photos of the couple blocks in Havana that are photogenic,…

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Checking In: Hacienda San Angel in Puerto Vallarta

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Entering Hacienda San Angel from the cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta is like having been transported into another world… The open-air lobby and courtyard are filled with bright flowers and lush greenery. The trickling of water from the stone fountains has…

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Forget Punta Cana and Head Straight to Dominican Republic’s North Coast

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I will admit that, prior to my recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I did not recognize the country as having much more than Punta Cana, all-inclusive hotels and rowdy beach life. Therefore, I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity…

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