travel guide

Back to → Key West

After spending 72 hours in my bed sick as a dog, I would do practically anything to be back in Key West. The land of crystal clear waters,  Southernmost everything, and a bubble where every Jimmy Buffet song could be seamlessly piped into the atmosphere, Key West is a beautiful, slightly cliché, oasis within the United States. Only going down for the day... it's a long-ish drive btw, I was bummed not to explore more of the Old Town, but my short visit still was able to capture everything the last and certainly not least, Key has to offer.

If you are also missing heavy dosages of Vitamin D (oh and Sea as well!), then I hope these snaps bring a little sunshine to your screen. Or at least help beat the prolonged holiday blues... lord knows we all are still suffering... (-;

 

 

Block Island Photo Diary

I was up in Rhode Island last week for a quick getaway before school starts (today, to be exact). After many, many years of being avid frequenters of Rhode Island, I finally checked Block Island of the map. I find it quite funny that I've seen Block Island from the water more than I set foot on the island itself.

My mom and I just went out for the day via the ferry from Point Judith. Before renting our jeep, we picked up fresh coffees and a smoothie bowl for yours truly via Persephone's Kitchen- 10/10 would recommend this quirky and quaint coffee shop. It's barely a five minute walk from the ferry and they have plenty of vegan options for my fellow plant babies out there. 

We only had a half-day to see the island (it's very easy to do, btw), so a car was the most efficient way to explore. I would honestly go back and rent mopeds, but the parental vetoed the decision. With the roof down, we started at the Southern lighthouse, and then worked our way North side of the island. We finished our quick adventure with lunch at Beachead.

I'll see you soon Rhode Island- you can't get rid of me that quick. (-;

 

 

Sailor's Travels | Anguilla, BVI

Anguilla is one of my favourite places in this world to visit. My family has been frequenting the island since I was six, so I hold plenty close memories with Anguilla. I've seen the island continue to flourish and grow, yet still with all of the same amazing people. It's one of the qualities that makes Anguilla different from other tropical islands, the locals truly create relationships with returning travellers which results in a special bond. Of course, the food is fresh and delicious, the beaches are breathtaking, and my favorite part: the nighttime. At night, the world is so quiet, it is a mix of mystery and magic.  I've been a night owl since I could walk and Anguilla makes it even harder for me to hit the hay. Trust me, go lie on the beach at midnight. 

Now onto the nitty gritty on how to do Anguilla right.

BEFORE YOU GO

Boat or plane? Aha, the great debate on how you're going to get to set foot on Anguilla.  I've done my fair share of both flying and boating. What I do recommend? Well, there is several variables when picking your transport poison- weather, time of the year, and general functioning of either St.Maarten or San Juan. I've done both and neither won ever goes 100% smoothly. Toss a coin. I personally prefer flying to St.Maarten, then taking a private boat over to Anguilla. You bang immigration out of the way whilst still in St.Maarten, which at the end of the day is just one less thing to worry about. 

STAY

When I was wee-tiny, there was only three or four resorts to choose from. Now, you have your choice of small, big, or villa. My favorites are located in Meads Bay- the Malliouhana and the Viceroy. The first of the two is my OG home on the island. The Malliouhana just got a head to toe makeover and has turned into a beautiful corner of Anguilla meets St.Tropez. Think striped yellow umbrellas and mirror tiled floors. The Viceroy is a bigger and more family-centric property with multiple pools and restaurants. Be sure to venture over to the other beach and the Half Shell beach bar. It's quieter and has killer vegan options. Honestly, it comes down to what you want out of your stay. 

WANDER

On my last trip there, my mom and I went out to Sandy Island. It's a tiny island about a 15 minute boat ride from the main island. The second you leave the dock, you're transported to a magical little snippet of the Caribbean. In addition to Sandy Island, there is several other small islands that make great day trips for beach-goers, divers, and all of the alike. Most hotels also offer bike tours which is a unique way to see the island other than car or boat. 

EAT

One of the struggles of eating plant-based is the lingering worry of making sure a restaurant will have some choices. Out of my surprise, Anguilla came in clutch with the eatery. I started each morning with a big bowl of oatmeal and a plate piled high with fruit. For lunch, we stuck with Half Shell and Bamboo (at the Viceroy) and ventured over to the Malliouhana one afternoon... yet, this gal came down with a 24 hour virus, so that day is a hazy blur. As for dinner, Straw Hat, Ocean Echo, Veya are popular for a reason. Veya cost a pretty penny because of the cab ride, but the banana bread alone is worth it. Care for some more options, head over to my ultimate travel guide. 

Sailor's Travels | Miami, FL

Sailor's Travels | Miami, FL

I tend to joke that I'm a walking travel agent. Actually, not really joking. The amount of time I spend researching places around the world (that are on my "I Want To Go To There" list) is slightly concerning, but at the same time very helpful, when it comes to planning a trip, um essentially, anywhere.

In all travel agent jokes aside, I'm finally presenting my Miami travel guide. You've seen the outfits, the vlog, and the views, so it's finally time to close up this party. Let this be a resource to anyone and everyone who is visiting the 3-0-5. Bookmark, screenshot, take notes, whatever floats your boat.

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#1 Views

As we are finally wrap up my Miami posts, what better way to begin the end than with these insane views from 1 Hotels. Nothing, right? Right. 

 

If you know anything about me, is that I’m a sucker for a great view. Whether, we are talking about a skyrise view, hotel balcony, or the coveted window seat, nine times out of ten, I’ll be there. What I find so magical about a high up view is that it always centers me and reminds me how tiny we are in a big world. Plus, it doesn’t hurt when what you're staring at is as breathtaking as the Atlantic. 

Of course, I must now include some random story.

Brb, pausing. 

When I was little, I used to avoid/fight with my brother over having the window seat on airplanes. I, young and stupid Sloane, was all about having the extra leg room that came along with an aisle seat. Let us ignore all the problems with that logic, and rejoice that I’ve moved on from my bizarre fascination of the aisle seat. 

Returning to 1 Hotels.

Perhaps one of the best, if not the best, views on South Beach comes from the rooftop of 1 Hotels. The rooftop pool and restaurant have 360 view of Miami; including downtown in the distance, all of the beach, and serious eye mileage of the Atlantic. If you’d like to see more great views, head downtown in this post here, or stay tuned for my Miami travel guide later this week.

And I’m sorry for the pain these photos have caused you if you the temperature is reading below 30 today. Me too. We can cry together. 

Sailor's Travels | Providence, RI

Sailor's Travels | Providence, RI

The charm of Providence is found between the collegiate realm of Brown and RISD and the industrial downtown. Whilst it doesn't have the hustle and bustle of New York City or Boston, the city.. or as like to joke "town-city", is full of culture, history, and architecture. I'd really suggest adding Providence to your next weekend jaunt.. If you'd like to hear my biased opinion on the best time to visit, I'll say Autumn. Yes, cliche, but nothing is prettier and more quintessential than those crisp November mornings that turn into sun-drenched afternoons. 

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