Cabo Vacation Guide

Oooops, looks like I’m about 2 months late on this one! I could get into excuses like the holiday season being busy, getting caught up with our new house, etc., but I won’t. The point is, I’m finally getting around to a Cabo post now! Let me just preface this with saying I loveeee Cabo. It’s the exact type of getaway we needed in November, when Toronto temperatures really start dipping and all the life is sucked out of people and plants alike. We wanted somewhere we could fly to directly, that would have reliably good weather, and that had lots of nice hotel and food/drink options. Cabo ticks all of those boxes, and this past trip there made me feel like it was really giving Tulum a run for its money in terms of chic boho-luxury accommodations and restaurants, among other things. There are tons of trendy new eateries and boutique hotels, the beaches are stunning (although not usually swimmable), and it’s a Mexican destination that you feel pretty safe traveling to. I literally live to eat so was happy to make that the focal point of our trip. I did a fair amount of research and we had awesome lunch or dinner reservations most days, so you can imagine how tragic it was when I came down with a horrible sinus cold on day 3 of the trip that rendered my tastebuds entirely USELESS. All I can say is, learn from me and be a complete germaphobe on airplanes. There was a sick toddler behind me and I wish I had brought a case of Purell, endless packets of Emergen-C, and a surgical mask. Unfortunately, hindsight is 20/20 so I was stuck being sick and we figured it would be useless to keep a lot of our reservations since I couldn’t taste a thing and it would be money down the drain. I will include all of the places we didn’t make it to as well though, because my research rarely fails me and I’m sure all of the restaurants are amazing! See below for my Cabo recs:

STAY:
-For the first half of the trip we stayed at the Westin Los Cabos. It’s closer to San Jose Del Cabo and is on a hugeeee piece of property. They also have an amazing beach that is for guest use only (surrounded by rocks so can’t be accessed by other parts of the beach). There are many pools and tons of lounge areas so you never have to worry about not getting a beach chair! For our room, we had a decent sized suite with a kitchen and living room. The food and drinks here were pretty good (the poolside nachos were unbelievable) and fairly reasonably priced as well. One thing I really liked about the Westin was that they had an on-site convenience store with a Starbucks counter in it. I still don’t know whether its safe to drink tap water at hotels in Cabo (despite many Google queries), so we were able to stock up on huge bottles of water and snacks. They sold wine and liquor too, so we bought all of our alcohol and mix here and snuck it into the Swell bottles we brought hehe. One more thing—we were there one of the few times a year they release baby turtles into the ocean! They did it at sunset and it was just the most precious and wonderful experience that had me tearing up.
-The last half of the trip was spent at the Cape, part of the Thompson hotel group. The Cape is closer to Cabo San Lucas. From the moment we arrived, everything was PERFECT (aside from my illness :|). Seriously, nothing compares to this place. They have a stretch of beach that is open to the public but just attracts local surfers as its next to a wave breaking point (or whatever they call it in surfer slang). There are two pools (amazing for people-watching and sipping drinks all day), an awesome rooftop bar, and a few great restaurants. Everything about this place is seriously flawless. The most basic room you can book is an ocean view with a private balcony. All of the rooms have funky decor, a standalone bathtub, and come with a complimentary bottle of tequila and treats once you check in. It definitely isn’t cheap, but it’s one of my favourite places I’ve stayed at and I already want to go back for my birthday next year. A couple of other tips: if we do go back, we will most definitely be stopping at a convenience store on the way in and buying like 20 huge water bottles. Bottled water is just not something I want to pay inflated Thompson-hotel prices for, and trust me it is expensive here. Most days we would go to the gym first thing in the morning and fill up huge water bottles from the water dispenser they had there, but I feel like this is probably a frowned upon practice. On another note, their breakfast is just unreal. They have a French toast dish called Cape Toast and I would legitimately go back just to eat it again. ALSO, a heads up that all of their breakfast items are part of their room service menu and are the exact same price as they are in the restaurant. We discovered this on our second last day and ordered one of everything to our room and ate it on our balcony overlooking the ocean. Finally, to conclude our magical stay, there was a wedding on the cliff beside the the hotel on our last night, and they let off some real impressive fireworks which were a nice treat on our final evening.

EAT:
-Flora Farms - a family-run adorably stylish farm with tons of little upscale shops, pretty landscaping, a market, and restaurant!
-Acre Baja - new eco-resort where the accommodations are in treehouses. Went here for dinner and it was one of the coolest places I have EVER been. You drive down a dirt road for a few km, get dropped off at the front which is basically a pathway leading into the jungle, and follow the pathway through to this open-air bohemian-chic haven where there’s a bar and restaurant. The music is amazing, the drinks are fabulous, and the food was delicious. FYI, Acre and Flora Farms are right next to each other and both quite inland from the coast.
-Romeo Y Julieta - the best spot for amazing Italian food in Cabo
-Toro Latin Kitchen - a restaurant by well-known Mexican chef Richard Sandoval. Toro offers “Pan Latin cuisine”, which takes unique flavour inspiration from all of Latin America. The restaurant itself is a super stylish spot with lots of cozy seating, a huge water feature, and lots of lanterns and wood accents.
-The Office - an iconic Cabo spot right on the beach for authentic Mexican food
-Edith’s - run by same people as the Office, another great spot for an authentic Mexican experience under a canopy of trees and hanging lanterns.
-El Farallon - if you wanna ball out, this high-end restaurant is built into the cliffside at the Pedregal resort. The BEST place in Cabo to watch the sun set.
-Sunset Mona Lisa - ok maybe there are two BEST places to watch the sun set in Cabo haha. And the third is the rooftop at the Thompson (Sunset Mona Lisa is next to the Cape)

MISC:
-This was my second time in Cabo, and had already done the boat cruise to Lover’s Beach and the arch. It’s definitely worth doing though, so if it’s your first time, try to make arrangements for it!
-There are two “towns” that make up Cabo as a destination. San Jose Del Cabo is more of the “old town”, it’s closer to the airport, and a lot of the newer hotels are popping up in this area. Cabo San Lucas is the main “touristy” town that is beside the arch/Lover’s Beach. CSL is more walkable and has tons of restaurant and hotel options.
-Taxis are exorbitantly expensive. I’m talking 40USD for a 20min drive. There isn’t really any way around it unless you rent a car, so just make sure to include taxi fare in your trip budget.
-On that note, everywhere takes USD and most places actually list prices in USD as opposed to pesos. There is really no need to bring pesos with you here.

OUTFIT DETAILS:
-Sans Souci lace off the shoulder top (similar), Prem frill shorts (similar), Forever 21 sunglasses, Zara leather slides (similar — well the Zara ones were knocked off from these to begin with haha)
-Zaful white bikini top (similar), Zara snakeskin denim skirt (similar), Forever 21 sunglasses and hat (similar)
-Olivaceous polka dot set via Sundream Resort Wear (similar), Ever New espadrilles (similar), Gucci wallet on chain
-ASTR the Label frill sleeve midi dress via Sundream Resort Wear, Forever 21 sunglasses and hat (similar — and again the F21 version was knocked off from this)
-Forever 21 tortoiseshell button dress with belt
-Zaful olive tie-front one piece (similar), H&M hat (similar), Forever 21 necklace
-Ciao Sea printed one-shoulder bikini
-LoveShackFancy tiered frill dress via Shopbop (sold out in parchment but still available in white)

Beach Combing

forever 21 trapeze blush dress zara black gold plated pool slides

forever 21 trapeze blush dress zara black gold plated pool slides

waves ocean pacific beach mexico travel vacation las brisas

waves ocean pacific beach mexico travel vacation las brisas

ocean pacific rock pools mexico

ocean pacific rock pools mexico

forever 21 black straw panama hat vacation style outfit

forever 21 black straw panama hat vacation style outfit

wide angle lens beach zihuatenejo ocean

wide angle lens beach zihuatenejo ocean

las brisas ixtapa zihuatenejo mexico beach huts ocean

las brisas ixtapa zihuatenejo mexico beach huts ocean

beach mexico vacation blogger zihuatenejo

beach mexico vacation blogger zihuatenejo

karen walker helter skelter sunglasses style beach mexico vacation style blogger outfit fashion

karen walker helter skelter sunglasses style beach mexico vacation style blogger outfit fashion

Here it is… my final post from tropical Zihuatenejo! It pains me to know that I will not have any more sunny content to fill the blog with after these photos. Just more depressing, wintery months with less-than-optimal snowy scenery as a backdrop for outfit posts. Despite the fact that looking good isn't realistic in blizzards and -40 degree celsius temperatures, I have been brainstorming some creative ways to shoot my cold weather wares, because GOSH DARN IT I have so many sweaters/furs/boots/beanies that are begging to be styled! More on that soon… The above photos were taken on our final day roaming the beach, and I chose to wear this breezy trapeze dress, Zara gold & black pool slides, Karen Walker Helter Skelter tortoiseshell sunglasses, and a black straw panama hat. Love the simplicity of this dress and the endless ways to accessorize it… not to mention how ideal it is for comfort and ease!

Shop the look below:

jersey trapeze forever 21 dress

jersey trapeze forever 21 dress

black straw panama hat

black straw panama hat

karen walker helter skelter sunglasses

karen walker helter skelter sunglasses

melissa cream slide sandal black gold plate

melissa cream slide sandal black gold plate

Oceanview Brights

hammock fashion blogger outfit mara hoffman white sandals
hammock fashion blogger outfit mara hoffman white sandals
zihuatenejo mexico fashion blogger style
zihuatenejo mexico fashion blogger style
mini ikat dress buckle h&m heels white
mini ikat dress buckle h&m heels white
mara hoffman mini dress outfit vacation
mara hoffman mini dress outfit vacation
mara hoffman ikat dress mini cobalt
mara hoffman ikat dress mini cobalt
h&m white leather strappy buckle block heels mexico ocean view
h&m white leather strappy buckle block heels mexico ocean view

In my younger days I was a big fan of colour. Not in the sense that I'd be wearing a rainbow of different brights every day, but I certainly wouldn't shy away from purchasing an electric blue skirt when the same one also comes in black. As I have now entered my mid twenties (WAH), my wardrobe has begun to veer more towards neutrals. Yuck, how sensible of me! Now, before we start to mourn the lack of colour in my closet, allow me to bring this issue full circle and say that the one occasion in which I still fully embrace colour is on VACATION! Party confetti emoji!!!!!! Yes indeed, there is something about the sun, sea, and sand (and tropical cocktails) that will always have me reaching for the most colourful of dresses. Enter this Mara Hoffman number! She is the queen of cheerful brights, aztec prints, and vaycay appropriate silhouettes, and I was so happy to be able to don one of her designs during my recent trip to Mexico. Even if I'm in monotones during my daily grind, I can still relish in the fact that my holiday attire will always be the sunny spot in my wardrobe.

 

Royal Palms

forever 21 black straw panama hat mexico jungle outfit

forever 21 black straw panama hat mexico jungle outfit

vintage black pleated midi skirt outfit crop halter straw hat

vintage black pleated midi skirt outfit crop halter straw hat

seychelles black leather buckle strap sandals midi halter top hat mexico style outfit

seychelles black leather buckle strap sandals midi halter top hat mexico style outfit

ixtapa mexico beach outfit vacation fashion blogger

ixtapa mexico beach outfit vacation fashion blogger

sunday best aritzia halter crop top white floral outfit

sunday best aritzia halter crop top white floral outfit

The grounds of our resort were so lush -- these rock walled paths down to the ocean were completely engulfed by palms, cacti, and other greenery. They made a perfect backdrop for this Jane-of-the-Jungle-esque outfit. I have recently been embracing midis with open arms after resenting them for essentially my whole life due to the fact that I thought they would make my legs look shorter than they already are. When I found this pleated basic black version while thrifting I decided to just go for it, cause it was like $4.99 and seemed like it might be versatile. Needless to say, after playing around with the skirt a bit I am totally on board with this whole midi train! I wore it with a great floral halter crop top from Aritzia's Sunday Best label and a black straw Panama hat for a day of exploring our resort in Mexico.

Shop the look below:

black straw fedora brixton revolve clothing

black straw fedora brixton revolve clothing

pardon my french seychelles black sandals

pardon my french seychelles black sandals

asos pleated midi black skirt

asos pleated midi black skirt

nasty gal sideways crop white halter top

nasty gal sideways crop white halter top

Skippin' Town

zihuatenejo mexico streets flags flowers

zihuatenejo mexico streets flags flowers

side slit white zara midi

side slit white zara midi

coconut water beach mexico

coconut water beach mexico

mexico ixtapa jungle road tropical

mexico ixtapa jungle road tropical

mexico ixtapa balcony sunset style blogger

mexico ixtapa balcony sunset style blogger

palm trees fronds leaves jungle mexico

palm trees fronds leaves jungle mexico

ixtapa mexico island beach umbrella ocean

ixtapa mexico island beach umbrella ocean

beach style mexico forever 21 stripe crop jogging shorts straw ballcap

beach style mexico forever 21 stripe crop jogging shorts straw ballcap

baby bananas palm tree jungle mexico

baby bananas palm tree jungle mexico

flower landscape mexico ixtapa

flower landscape mexico ixtapa

black overalls zara beach rocks mexico ixtapa

black overalls zara beach rocks mexico ixtapa

minpin on the beach in mexico puppy

minpin on the beach in mexico puppy

beach grass huts ocean rocks mexico ixtapa zihuatenejo

beach grass huts ocean rocks mexico ixtapa zihuatenejo

linen overalls zara made by dawn tie dye halter bikini

linen overalls zara made by dawn tie dye halter bikini

zihuatenejo mexico streets town

zihuatenejo mexico streets town

mexico ixtapa sunset h&m white block heel strap buckled

mexico ixtapa sunset h&m white block heel strap buckled

architectural stairs mexico ixtapa palm trees

architectural stairs mexico ixtapa palm trees

sirena gorda zihuatenejo mexico fat mermaid

sirena gorda zihuatenejo mexico fat mermaid

ixtapa beach outfit style braid overalls jelly sandals

ixtapa beach outfit style braid overalls jelly sandals

ixtapa resort jungle tropical

ixtapa resort jungle tropical

forever 21 cross front jogging shorts black leather trim

forever 21 cross front jogging shorts black leather trim

mexico beach ocean view pacific

mexico beach ocean view pacific

fruit cart zihuatenejo mexico vendor

fruit cart zihuatenejo mexico vendor

striped black white crop top leather trim dolphin hem shorts

striped black white crop top leather trim dolphin hem shorts

sunspot jungle palm trees mexico

sunspot jungle palm trees mexico

zara white midi slit tank white block buckled strappy heels h&m outfit style

zara white midi slit tank white block buckled strappy heels h&m outfit style

wood mobiles mexico

wood mobiles mexico

made by dawn halter bikini tie dye blue

made by dawn halter bikini tie dye blue

I spent a wonderful week gallivanting around the southern Pacific coast of Mexico... Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo, specifically. The tropical flora, endless sunshine, azure waters, and rugged terrain this part of the country boasts left me completely enamored and thinking this may be one of my favourite Mexican destinations yet. Days were spent on the beaches (as seen above) lounging, kayaking, eating guacamole, scrambling over rocky cliffs to examine tidal pools, swimming, and sipping mai tais and coconut water. We also ventured into the charmingly eclectic town of Zihuatenejo and took in the sights at the market, with vendors selling fruit, crafts, seafood, etc., and strolled through the winding streets off of the main seaside strip lined with many other artisan shops and restaurants. During the trip I got a chance to debut my billowy white side-slit midi tank from Zara, which paired easily with strappy buckled white heels. If you ask me, there's no better time to go white-on-white than in a tropical location! Daytime attire was quite a bit more relaxed, so black linen overalls, straw ballcaps, and striped crop tops fit the bill. Also, I was finally able to showcase my new favourite bikini, a cross back tie-dye halter from Made by Dawn... Such a gorgeous swimsuit! The blue tones and silhouette feel so fresh and now. I was able to wear a few other items I had been saving for sunshine as well... coming up in the next few posts!

Courtyard White on White

fountain courtyard playa del carmen mexico white outfit wrap skort

fountain courtyard playa del carmen mexico white outfit wrap skort

mexico playa del carmen blue diamond riviera maya courtyard

mexico playa del carmen blue diamond riviera maya courtyard

mexico courtyard zara all white outfit skort tank sunglasses

mexico courtyard zara all white outfit skort tank sunglasses

white jacquard zara racerback scoop back tank

white jacquard zara racerback scoop back tank

zara wrap white skort mirrored sunglasses textured tank outfit

zara wrap white skort mirrored sunglasses textured tank outfit

mexico palm trees sun golden american apparel romper

mexico palm trees sun golden american apparel romper

american apparel black white striped romper onesie tshirt mexico

american apparel black white striped romper onesie tshirt mexico

plunge pool villa mexico playa del carmen palm trees

plunge pool villa mexico playa del carmen palm trees

plunge pool mexico playsuit stripe romper

plunge pool mexico playsuit stripe romper

Happy Blogiversary to Good as Gold! It was one year ago today that we registered our domain name and started dreaming up future posts, layouts, and ideas for our little corner of the web. Last spring, summer, and even fall were great for us, but needless to say, old man winter has slowed our blog’s development down this season, with only getaways to Mexico (Kendra) and Costa Rica (Dayle) to break up the icy days and give us opportunities to get outside and shoot. As disappointing as the cold has been, we are hoping for a rapidly approaching spring, because we are itching to get back into the swing of things after posting so sparingly the past few months. These photos were taken around the resort in Playa del Carmen, in the courtyard and backyard (which boasted a fantastic plunge pool complete with bubbles) of our suite. First up was a little all-white getup to beat the heat. Still getting good use out of the Zara origami skort! I paired it with a double layer tank (actually a dress tucked in, but who can tell?) that has a slight sporty feel thanks to the second layer’s racerback, and vibrant blue reflective aviators. Later on, donned a soft striped cotton romper to laze around the backyard in prior to dipping into the PLUNGE POOL! Favorite part of this outfit, though, was my beaded anklet, for making me feel like a bohemian beach bum… what could be better?

Kendra wearing:

Outfit 1: Skirt - Zara (similar here or here), top as dress - Zara (similar here or here), sandals - Mossimo (similar here or here), sunglasses - Nordstrom (similar here or here)

Outfit 2: Striped romper - American Apparel (similar here or here)

Cenotes & Ruins

cenote playa del carmen patterned ikat jacquard shorts

cenote playa del carmen patterned ikat jacquard shorts

jungle palm trees path mexico tropical

jungle palm trees path mexico tropical

cenote mexico swimming hole playa del carmen tulum

cenote mexico swimming hole playa del carmen tulum

mexican blankets lace hammocks market mexico tulum colour

mexican blankets lace hammocks market mexico tulum colour

painted sign mexico coconuts

painted sign mexico coconuts

tulum ruins mayan mexico forever 21 shorts vintage top red white blue

tulum ruins mayan mexico forever 21 shorts vintage top red white blue

vintage crochet white top forever 21 pattern highwaisted shorts

vintage crochet white top forever 21 pattern highwaisted shorts

stairs beach mexico ruins tulum steps

stairs beach mexico ruins tulum steps

beach mexico tulum playa del carmen ruins

beach mexico tulum playa del carmen ruins

tulum sand beach ocean blue palm trees

tulum sand beach ocean blue palm trees

tulum ruins mexico beach ocean palm tree tropic

tulum ruins mexico beach ocean palm tree tropic

crochet white vintage lace jacquard patterned shorts red blue mexico

crochet white vintage lace jacquard patterned shorts red blue mexico

iguana mexico camo reptile

iguana mexico camo reptile

mexico mayan tulum ruins thatched roof stone

mexico mayan tulum ruins thatched roof stone

palm tree stones ruins tulum mexico

palm tree stones ruins tulum mexico

temple mayan ruins tulum stone

temple mayan ruins tulum stone

plants mexico ruins tulum stone green

plants mexico ruins tulum stone green

tropical mexican ruins mayan tulum stone

tropical mexican ruins mayan tulum stone

So.... better late than never right? 2 months after returning from Playa del Carmen, here are my touristy photos (+ an outfit) from the Mayan Ruins of Tulum and one of the nearby Cenotes. The day sure didn't start off on the right foot with a tumultuous thundershower that almost deterred us from visiting the ruins, but the more optimistic ones from the group insisted we trek through the rain. So through the jungle we went, and wouldn't you know that the very moment we passed through the stone entrance of the ruins, the rain stopped. Proof that it pays to have a sunny outlook. After a guided tour that I mostly didn't pay attention to due to the fact that I was using a super fun wide angle lens to photograph the scene, we visited the absolutely breathtaking beach that separates the ruins from the ocean. Following this, we stopped by the Dos Ojos cenote, which is a naturally occurring water hole in the middle of a jungle... Also quite the sight! Instead of diving into the frigid water, I once again took to photographing the natural wonder. For this day chock-full of sightseeing, I wore bright ikat patterned jacquard hotpants with a vintage crocheted blouse. Easy, breezy, and paired with some highly unexciting flat sandals, not pictured. Here's to hoping that us Canadians will be able to trot around in this little clothing soon enough! Happy March!

Kendra wearing: top - vintage (similar here or here), shorts - Forever 21 (similar here or here)