Another Incredible Trip to OBX, North Carolina (Photo Diary)

Well, I can’t say I was ready to leave the east coast after a pretty incredible 16 day trip, but I suppose it feels good to be back home.

In case you’re new around here, I’m originally from New York and my family has vacationed to the Outer Banks for (almost) my whole life! My parents have a home down there that they rent out, but they’re actually putting it on the market very soon. This summer was potentially my last time being at that house while it’s still ours…😳

And as sad as that is, boy am I happy I was able to spend a solid two weeks down there! As I mentioned in my last Friday Finds, we had a super fun first week with my brother, sister in law, a bunch of their friends and mine, plus our parents! But, Hurricane Dorian decided to come and keep things interested – the entire island was supposed to evacuate, but we decided to stay and wait it out since we were in one of the most northern towns in OBX! It rained a TON and was very windy, but it was also kind of fun and we didn’t even lose power. We hung out together, watched TV and did a puzzle!

During our second week, I picked up my boyfriend, and his brother & brother’s gf (who I love!!) also came down mid-week. We all had to work most of the day, but we’re still able to sneak away for a couple hours of beach time.

Ovi was in LOVE with the Outer Banks and our home there – he ran and ran on the beach and in our yard and had all the attention from our visitors!

We ate bagels from Lighthouse Bagels

And donuts from (the one of the original) Duck Donuts

Plus Sangria (recipe-ish here)

And ice cream from Big Buck’s – pb chocolate fudge for me!

We made sure to watch the sunsets each night, which just got prettier and prettier…

Drank pistachio coconut lattés from our favorite coffee shop Duck’s Cottage while shopping…

And soaked up the sun.

I’ll keep it short and sweet today (partly for you, I know Mondays are busy, and partly for me because this year feels extra sad😔). I’m going to be spending the day diving back into work, full force, running errands, going back to the spine doctor, and heading to a yoga event this evening. 

I hope you had the best weekend & here’s to a new week, no matter where we are in the world💗

An Update From NC + Friday Finds!

Hi from North Carolina, where we are potentially in the line of fire for Hurricane Dorian😅

I’ve been a lil MIA because last week, I flew with my from LA –> NYC and then drove down to NC on Friday, when we somehow got the dates confused and realized our beach house was actually rented until SATURDAY…so we all had to stay in a hotel which wasn’t dog friendly but Ovi isn’t very sneaky because he barks at everything.

The two of us “slept” in my car in the parking lot and finally settled in on Saturday for a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, and that’s the gist of it! Always an adventure😂

Other than that, things have been a bit of a cluster fk because I signed on quite a bit of new work and was thrown into that fire. To say I was stressed would be the understatement of a century, but luckily I’m in my favorite place in the whole world and look out my window at the ocean if I need to be instantly calmed!

It’s crazy to think we’ve already been here almost a week, but we’ve had so much fun and Ovi LOVES it here. He’s such a beach boy and was starting to go into the ocean before they shut the beach for the hurricane!

We’ve been eating all kinds of yummy things (my brother and his friends love to cook!) like a shrimp boil/bake, bbq, and bagels – my FAVE. I’m so looking forward to when my bf gets here on Saturday, I’m just crossing my fingers that his flight isn’t delayed or that we can’t get over the bridge to the mainland because of flooding!

Anyway, I hope you all had an amazing LDW and short work week! Figured I’d share just a few of my fave links before I go:

A Cheap & Delicious Miracle One Pan Meal – Why yes, I WILL be making this the week I get home from vacation🙌🏻

Cashew Coconut Oat Milk – ALERT THE MASSES. This sounds insane!

How to Fall Asleep Anywhere in 5 Minutes – Before I had severe back pain that made it impossible to sleep past 5am and I was exhausted by 9pm each day, I had pretty major sleeping issues😅 A sleep mask seriously changed my life (even though I thought I could NEVER sleep with one) and as for the rest? Definitely going to try those next time I’m strugglin’!

6-Ingredient Paleo Banana Blueberry Muffins – Seriously surprised by this ingredients list! Would love to make a version with pumpkin for fall😍

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll be back again soon!!

xo Jordan

Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

Hi friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

The past 10 or so days have been an absolute whirlwind! There was a ton of celebrating (my birthday, seeing family again, and a wedding) and I had an absolute blast.I made it to the Outer Banks in NC on September 1st, aka my favorite place on the planet, and got to enjoy the next week soaking up some much-needed time with family. In between moments of fun were plenty of relaxation on the beach and a bit of work, too. Oh, and I ate like a friggin’ QUEEN. Here’s some proof:

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My favorite ice cream from Big Buck’s – peanut butter cups and fudge on the bottom, coffee cookie on top! 2 scoops because #yolo.

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The most incredible and doughy bagel with pastrami smoked salmon & veggie cream cheese – I kid you not when I say I had 4 bagels in 6 days. What can I say, we just don’t have good ones back in LA!

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Homemade crab cake benedict with hollandaise sauce – I can’t take credit for this one, my dad & bf were some very impressive chefs!

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And Frozen grapes by the pool because literally nothing is better on a hot day!

There was also some blogging involved (did you catch my recipe for nutty whole grain chocolate chip cookies?!) and therefore eating of the props, as well…and I taught my boyfriend how to take photos on my fancy camera! I’d say he got pretty into it 😉

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We also caught the gorgeous sunsets that are characteristic to the island and one of the things I love so, so much about my annual trip there. What is it about rainbow skies that makes us feel happy and grateful and humbled?!

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…And the love my parents have for each other? That’s another thing that makes me feel happy & grateful 🙂 I know this picture is kind blurry, but it instantly makes me smile. These two have been married for 37 years, how incredible is that?!

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One thing that was extra special about this year was that my boyfriend was able to join me. It was pretty wonderful getting to share my favorite place with my favorite person. It just makes me love it even more 🙂

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And then we rounded out our amazing week with a wedding for one of his friends in Minneapolis, a city I’d never been to before. As exhausted as I was, it was so much fun. I also really liked the city from what I could tell, it’s very clean! I’d love to go back someday.

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Now that I’m back, a part of me feels a bit sad that I don’t have this trip to look forward to anymore. I know that’s kind of silly since I had such an incredible trip, but I get so completely blissed out while I’m there that the week just flies by. This trip also always coincides with my birthday (and the start of a new school year), which makes it feel like both an end to the previous year and a kickoff for the one ahead. I like to take advantage of the down time I have while I’m there to check in with myself, re-evaluate my goals, choices, and general path in life. And I guess as much of a bummer it is that it’s over, I without fail always come back with a new perspective. I have so many goals for my 28th year, but here are just a few top-line ones!

Autumn Goals

-Try one new fall recipe each week

-Get back into a fitness routine and aim to workout 6 days a week (I need a serious re-set after all the celebration and vacation this past month!)

-Start bullet-journaling

-Blog 2-3x each (something I’m generally already doing, but want to be more consistent about)

-Carry my DSLR camera  + fancy lens everywhere and take more photos!

-Map out my blog goals both short and long-term, and how I will achieve them

-Spend more time outside (I know this one sounds counter-intuitive because the weather will be cooler, but I’d much prefer the cold over the heat from the summer!)

-Give my beauty routine a re-fresh and upgrade, it is MUCH needed!

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Do you make seasonal goals, too? What are you focusing on as we head into fall?

xo Jordan

Highlights from Cabo [ + My top 5 Travel Tips for Babes on a Budget]

Hey y’all!! I’m baaaaaaack!

Highlights from Cabo [ + My top 5 Travel Tips for Babes on a Budget]

I know every human says this but like, how friggin’ awesome would it be if we could just be on vacation forever, you know? Ugh, it was not easy coming back to reality after 5 days out of the office and playing catch up. Hopefully writing this post will transport me back to my Cabo mentality of lounging poolside sipping mojitos 🙂

Highlights from Cabo [ + My top 5 Travel Tips for Babes on a Budget]

We had such an awesome trip to Mexico that was the perfect combo of exploring and relaxing. If you’ve never been to Cabo before, it’s essentially 2 small cities about 45 minutes away from each other, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. The first is a much more touristy spot with a ton of restaurants and bars, sailing, water sports, and hotels, while the second is farther away from the hustle and bustle and lends itself to a much more laid back vibe (which in my opinion felt more authentic!).

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We rented a car so that we could explore both and split our trip between a hotel in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. If you’re planning on visiting and don’t necessarily want to do the all-inclusive thing where you barely leave the resort, a car is must! Transportation to and from the airport alone can be an arm and a leg too, so we had flexibility and probably spent about the same amount. More on that later!

Highlights from Cabo [ + My top 5 Travel Tips for Babes on a Budget]

I’m going to spare you most of the boring details of our trip and just give you the highlights! Consider this a mini travel guide in case you’d like to plan your trip to Cabo soon 🙂

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Where we stayed…

Playa Grande – Our hotel in Cabo San Lucas was just a 15 minute walk from all of the restaurants and shops, which was amazing! It was also on the beach, had a massive pool area and the food/drinks were delicious. They had great deals each day too, like 2 for 1 specials. We even lucked out with a top floor room and epic view, too 🙂 Our room was huge and had a balcony – I’d highly recommend this place! The only thing was that wifi (and the fitness center) weren’t included, but for $13/day it was worth it to be able to use our tech!

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JW Marriott – I literally don’t even have words for how gorgeous this hotel is. I know it’s more expensive during peak season, but this place was unreal. They re-did just a couple of years ago after a hurricane and it’s got a very modern feel but with warmth to it too, if that makes sense! The service was unbelievable and the rooms feel so luxurious. They all have balconies as well, and the views make you want to jump out of bed in the morning. With about a zillion infinity pools, amazing restaurants, and a swim-up bar, this place was everything we could’ve asked for. We’re already planning our next trip back!

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Where we ate…

The Office – Ok so this place is literally on every Cabo travel guide ever, but it’s kind of just one of those places you have to visit if you’re in the area. The food is classic delicious Mexican food at a decent price, and it’s right on the beach. We actually ended up there on a Thursday night without reservations, and they have a full-on show on Thursdays (as far as I know!) with dancers, contests, and a band. We grabbed margs and guac at the bar while we waited for a table and then ate right on the beach. It was such a fun first night, I’d definitely put this one on your list!

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Romeo y Julieta – Okay so this was one of our favorite meals of the whole trip. If you’re looking for a slightly fancier meal that’s not actually super expensive, this is where you’ll find it. The cocktails were so damn good and the food was incredible. From the caesar salad they make right at your table to the homemade pasta and then gelato to finish, this dinner was a standout. The service was stellar and they had a guitarist playing live music, as well.

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Cazuelas del Don – So good we went twice, this hole in the wall (even though it’s actually sort of outside so it’s not?) was unforgettable. It’s run by the sweetest couple ever and serves the most delicious food. Their tortilla soup is absurd and they make these dishes called “cazuelas” that are essentially clay pots filled with meat, vegetables and cheese that you can fill a tortilla with. I’m honestly kind of hungry again just thinking about it. Don’t even dare judge this place by it’s exterior, it is delicious.

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Habanero’s – Another great find in San Jose del Cabo, I bet this restaurant is absolutely packed during peak season. We margs to start and then split two dishes – the chile relleno and (don’t judge me) chipotle tequila bbq baby back ribs. And let me tell you, those ribs were bomb. I distinctly remember us saying we wanted to have a light dinner, but those two dishes were so worth it!

Highlights from Cabo [ + My top 5 Travel Tips for Babes on a Budget]

Flora Farms – I totally saved the best for last. Flora Farms is another one that’s on every Cabo travel guide, and for good reason. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this place – it’s the most beautiful and colorful farm right outside San Jose del Cabo and everything they serve, they grow or raise. There’s so much more to see and do than just eat at the restaurant like little shops, a pop-up ice cream stand, a farm tour and a coffee bar. I know they’re opening up a micro-brewery and building homes there, too. Like it’s literally my dream to live there after visiting once. The food is so good, I swear all I said was “mmmmm” for about an hour and a half. Also the Bloody Mary! Do not, I repeat do NOT, skip it. Best Bloody Mary I’ve ever had.

Highlights from Cabo [ + My top 5 Travel Tips for Babes on a Budget]

And finally, my top 5 travel tips for babes on a budget ’cause let’s be real, this sh*t ain’t free!

1. Do your research – We did at least a coupe of hours of research on flights and hotels before we booked our trip to Cabo. We searched primarily on Kayak, Booking.com and Hotels.com to figure out which hotels offered the best packages and which flights would fit both our budgets and time constraints. We also learned that transportation to and from the airport can be super expensive, plus the two cities we were staying in were 45 minutes apart, so we opted for a car rental. If you plan on doing the same in Cabo, we recommend Cactus – they give you all of the fees up front (which are all super reasonable) as opposed to competitors which show you a cheap price to begin with and then surprise you with a massive bill at the end.

Highlights from Cabo [ + My top 5 Travel Tips for Babes on a Budget]

2. Pick up basic groceries at a local market – We decided that for breakfast during half our trip, we’d have something healthy and easy – yogurt with fresh fruit and granola. For less than $10, we grabbed 4 bottles of water (definitely do not drink the tap water in Mexico!), 2 croissants, 4 plain yogurts, a bag of granola, a bunch of baby bananas, a 1/4 gallon of milk, 2 mangos and a lime. This lasted us breakfast for two days plus snacks and we used the milk for coffee in the room (a bag of coffee grounds that we also bought!) so we wouldn’t have to buy the $5 cups downstairs at the resort. Plus it was mango season and the mangoes we got were hands down the best ones we’ve ever eaten!

3. Check before you go – I highly recommend doing a quick Google, Yelp or Pinterest search to find out where you want to eat or shop instead of just venturing out and picking the first option you see. One of the best meals we had, and by far the cheapest, was the result of a quick Yelp search that led us to Cazueletas del Don. We loved it so much we actually went twice!

Highlights from Cabo [ + My top 5 Travel Tips for Babes on a Budget]

4. Take advantage of deals – Our first hotel had 2 for 1 drinks that varied day to day. We made sure to check which ones were part of the promo before we ordered, so we ended up getting 2 mojitos for $6 one time and 2 beers for $3 another. We also took advantage of a fixed price menu option at Romeo y Julieta that was 3 courses per person plus coffee all for $65 total. For a nice and delicious meal out, that’s a steal!

5. Know when to splurge – My parents always say, “Who knows if and when you’ll be back? Just enjoy.” Remember that you’re on vacation, which means stressing about petty things like spending some cash here and there for a really delicious dinner or fancy cocktail is a waste of precious time. It also means that if you have the opportunity to take a semi-expensive day trip, like a boat ride around an island where you get to snorkel/kayak/paddleboard/learn about the place you’re visiting, DO IT. One of my favorite memories of all time was kayaking around Lagos, Portugal and I’m confident that if our boat tour in Cabo hadn’t been cancelled this trip due to high seas, it would’ve been a close second. It’s important to be present where you’re traveling and take advantage of the adventure it has to offer.

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That’s all for now, friends! Hope everyone is having a great week!!

xo Jordan

Highlights from Cabo [ + My top 5 Travel Tips for Babes on a Budget]

Colorado Recap.

Hi there! Sorry I disappeared for a second there, I was in Colorado for my family’s annual ski trip and then this week has been absolute craziness catching up!

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After a crazy flight out of LAX (re-routed to Vegas for a medical emergency and then grounded for a technical error), I finally reunited with my family late last Wednesday afternoon! Shoutout to Southwest for killer customer service though, I have to hand it to ’em.

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The drive to Breckenridge, where my family has been staying for the past 15 or so years, takes about 2 hours. We’ve been staying there versus Vail, Beaver Creek or Keystone (which we also love and visit!) because the town of Breck is so stinkin’ cute. They have incredible restaurants, great shops, and the skiing is incredible.

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We’ve always stayed with Vail Resorts, but for the past few years in particular we stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 (highly recommended!). Breck has 5 different peaks you can stay on and a ton of variety in the trails, which is another great reason to go there! Something for everyone 🙂

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Wednesday night we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Hearthstone, which is definitely one of the fancier ones in the area. The food is always unrealI can honestly say that we haven’t had a sub-par experience there in decades! (Also how cute are those Christmas lights?) My mom and I split the salmon and steak, but we all ended up kind of sharing everything anyway because everyone’s was so delicious!

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Thursday I skiied at Breckenridge with my mom and dad. The snow was so perfect and the mountain wasn’t too crowded. We even stopped for hot cocoa and my brother met us outside. It was the best!!

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That night, we went for taco’s at our favorite place, Breckenridge Taphouse. Talk about another place that never lets us down – their tacos are to die for and the drinks don’t disappoint either! If you can make it there for happy hour too, you will not be disappointed!

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By Friday morning, my boyfriend was in town and we all headed over to Vail where the Burton U.S. Open was being held. We skiied in the morning and then watched the competition all afternoon.

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I’ll tell ya, nothing gets me inspired like watching snowboarders absolutely crush it on the half-pipe and those giant ass jumps they carve out of the side of the mountain. I’m a pretty decent boarder, but I’m way too much of a pansy to try any tricks :/ I’m so afraid of getting hurt, but next year I really want to take a lesson to learn some basic jumps. If you’re still reading this in a year, please remind me that I’m saying this and hold me accountable so I can’t puss out again. I really want to look like this guy someday (or never)…

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Saturday it was back to skiing at Breck for another perfect day. I can’t even tell you in words or pictures how beautiful is was, but I will say that it 40 degrees and sunny on a snow covered mountain top with near 360 degree views. Aka the most gorgeous Saturday I could ask for.

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My family had to head out Saturday night back to Denver, but before leaving we all grabbed happy hour at Twist, one of our newer favorites in town! My really parents like to over order and it’s pretty much the best thing ever. Standouts from this meal were hands down the mac and cheese, trout dip and sliders, but absolutely everything was amazing!

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Saturday night was spent with the boy, first by the fire and then in the outdoor hot tub with some hard cider.

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We left Sunday morning after breakfast at Columbine Cafe (a must if you’re in town, but go early ’cause the line gets long!) and drove back to Denver for our flight. We surprisingly didn’t hit traffic, so we had time for Bloody Mary’s before heading back to LA.

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The trip went by so quickly and I was definitely sad to leave and say goodbye, but I’m so happy I was able to spend the days I had with my favorite people.

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As I get older, I realize how precious vacation is and how important it is to use that time to just be with people you love. I’m so lucky to have a family that reunites throughout the year and I’m already counting down until our next trip!

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I hope everyone’s having a great week – promise I’ll post a recipe soon, I’ve been cooking up a storm these days!

xo jordan

Kauai Travel Guide.

Happy Humpday, friends!

I know it’s been a minute, I’ve just been easing back into things after my incredible trip to Kauai, Hawaii. It’s hard to think that just a week ago I was sitting on the beach eating fresh fruit and looking out at crystal waters when LA has been so chilly and rainy lately! Though I don’t totally mind it, I do miss waking up in the gorgeous Garden Isle and planning adventures to see it all. I’m counting the days until I can go back and I hope someday you get to go, as well! Keep reading for some of my favorite spots & highlights from my trip 🙂

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Where to Eat:

Jojo’s Shave Ice (Hanalei) – For shave ice the size of your face, aka a classic Hawaiian treat, you’ll have to come to Jojo’s. Their syrups are all-natural and homemade (legitimately) and the shave ice is so finely shaved it almost tastes like ice cream. Speaking of, make 100% sure you get the macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom. You can thank me later.

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Savage Shrimp (Koloa) – Guys. You have to come here. The garlic shrimp is an absolute must plus the Aloha Shrimp with coconut rice – my advice? Get both and split ’em. You won’t regret it!

Hanalei Bread Co. (Hanalei) – Do yourself a favor and come here for the most delicious Coconut Iced Coffee you’ll ever have. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. The food & pastries also look amazing, though I didn’t get a chance to try them!

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Monico’s Taqueria (Wailua) – If you’re looking for some good old-fashioned mexican food, come to Monico’s. We sat at the bar and had the garlic shrimp quesadilla and tacos before our flight home and it was so good. The service was phenomenal too, you can tell the locals come here!

Kilauea Fish Market (Kilauea) – Two words: Ahi. Burrito. We split one of those and one of their famous ahi wraps on our first day and I couldn’t have been happier. These are so worth the price and are also the size of texas, so come hungry!

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What to Do:

Hike the Na Pali Coast to Hanakapi’ai Falls – A hike through the jungle in the rainiest place on earth? Sign me up. This 8 mile roundtrip hike was quite possibly my favorite thing of our entire trip. I can’t even begin to describe how lush the coast is, how blue the water is, or how beautiful the views are. If 8 miles sounds daunting (though I will say the waterfall at the end is the best reward anyone could ask for), cut it in half and do 2 miles down to the beach and 2 back.

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Waimea Canyon – Whether you hike or not, this unbelievable “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is not to be missed. We did a hike down to Waipo’o Falls, which admittedly kind of kicked my butt, but it honestly didn’t take that long and the views are so, so worth it. Just be wary of stepping too close to the edge!!

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Kilauea Lighthouse – This gorgeous spot on the north shore is also a wildlife refuge. You can see Hawaiian birds in their natural habitat and look out over the turquoise waters of the Pacific and Kauai coast. Keep an eye out for whales – we saw 2!

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Hanalei Farmer’s Market – The fruit and vegetables on Kauai are incredibly delicious and exotic. Though you can get them at the grocery stores, I recommend going to any one of the markets on Kauai (they have them every single day somewhere on the island except for Sundays!). Some of my favorite things to buy – Sarah’s Tropical Granola, taro chips, apple bananas, fresh juices, passion fruit, passion fruit, zapote (these are my new favorite!) and papaya.

Spouting Horn – This is an awesome spot pretty close to Waimea Canyon where you can stop to see the blowhole where water comes up through a natural lava tube. I’ve never seen anything like it!

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Queens Bath – This was one of my favorite spots on the entire island. Located in Princeville, it’s just a short hike down to these volcanic rocks that in the summer create little pools to relax in. The waves were too big to swim while we were there, but you could walk around on the rocks that wrapped around the coast and watch the waves. A bonus? Come for sunset, it’s so beautiful, just leave and hike back up before it gets too dark!

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Beaches to Visit:

Hanalei Bay Beach – This was the beach we went to the most and I wouldn’t have it any other way. From your beach chair you can look out on the Na Pali coast and take in the views that are so gorgeous, it almost looks like a movie set. This is also the perfect spot for surfing since the waves aren’t too big, but if you’re not looking to shred some gnar, dipping in for a swim is pretty perfect, too 🙂

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Shipwreck Beach – Down near Poipu, we visited this one on our way back from Waimea Canyon. Because it’s next to hotels, it’s definitely more crowded, but it’s pretty cool to watch people jump off the giant cliff into the ocean. The waves were also bigger here than other places on the south shore, so it’s a good one for body surfing.

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Tunnels – Another one up on the north shore, this beach is great for snorkeling and a favorite of surfers. You’re at the base of the mountains along the Na Pali coast, which makes it even more epic, but there are also tunnels, or lava tubes, from the underwater caverns that lend themselves to exploring!

Anini Beach – If you’re looking for some good snorkeling, you have to come here! This beach is narrow but super long and super gorgeous. We saw all kinds of fish (including the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a!) and even a sea turtle! The waters here are a bright turquoise and so clear, I’d recommend it in a heartbeat even if you’re not into the snorkeling thing.

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Where to Stay:

I was lucky enough to stay in a condo in Princeville near Hanalei, and I’m so glad I did. Though the resorts are beautiful and tend to be on the south shore where the sun shines a bit more (did you know Kauai is the rainiest place on the planet?!), I think the beauty of this island is that it is less developed than the others. Where Hanalei is on the north shore, it feels more like you’re experiencing Kauai more like a local. I also think the views are a bit better, but I might be partial now! I would also say the a condo or rented apartment is the way to go. There is a ton of fresh fish, vegetables and fruits on the island so cooking homemade meals is an amazing way to taste them!

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Alright y’all, that’s it for now! Hopefully you found this guide helpful if you’re planning your own trip, or even thinking of going to Kauai. Pin this page and return to it later when you’re creating your itinerary 🙂

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Be back soon!

xo Jordan