Travel Diary: Atlantis, Bahamas 2015

Atlantis Bahamas Travel Diary 2015

Ahhh, the Bahamas. Probably one of my fav vacay destinations, I never get tired of visiting Paradise Island. It’s named accurately; Nassau truly is paradise. These last two weeks I’ve been experiencing major vacation withdrawals, but I’m so thankful that I had this opportunity to relax, spend time with my family and reunite with my NY bff Nicole!

My parents, aunt, uncle, sister and her friend Ryleigh excitedly met up at LAX and prepared for our 6 hour flight to Ft. Lauderdale. Even though I don’t usually sleep on planes, I like to dress comfortably and layer in case I get cold. These comfy joggers from Old Navy are like pajamas! Paired with an off the shoulder graphic tee (it seemed fitting) and my hat so it wouldn’t get squished in my suitcase, I was all set to go. Luckily we had a short layover and were off on our next flight to Nassau, which is less than an hour ride away and where Nicole met us at.

My family has a time share at the Harborside resort (see more pool pics here) which is right next to Atlantis. I love staying there because it has a kitchen, washer/dryer, and more exclusive amenities while still having full access to the Atlantis hotel, water park, and Marina. We spent our days exploring the resort, swimming in the pools, tubing in the slides and lazy river rapids of Aquaventure, enjoying the underwater aquarium,  tanning under the palms, and chilling with the locals in the Junkanoo parade. This year I was really excited to experience something new to Atlantis: a huge floating obstacle course with the characters of Adventure Time in the Cartoon Network lagoon! There was 9,000 square ft. of slides, rope swings, and more inflatable obstacles for us to tackle. Nicole and I were crawling across most of the course but after halfway through our time I started to get the hang of it. Any guest can try it out for free once during their stay as long as you make a reservation. Make sure to reserve early because the time slots usually fill up fast and be on time (they charge a $10 no-show fee.)

The beach was literally like a dream. White sand, turquoise waters, and piña coladas: aka, the definition of paradise! Even though I live by the beach, California doesn’t hold a candle to the Caribbean. This beach is right by the Cove and Reef, so it’s pretty secluded compared to the beach over by the Coral/Beach Towers which tends to be a little bit more crowded.

Hanging in Blue Lagoon was the perfect escape. The excursion was pretty reasonable at only $63/person for the day including lunch and a free drink. Most of the other activities we looked at were between $100-$300, so we really booked a steal! There are Dolphin Encounters on the other side of the island which my family did on our first vacation to the Bahamas, and we briefly checked out while exploring. We also had access to more floating water slides and a mini water park on land. Later in the day the local woodcutter opened up some fresh coconuts for me and the girls so we could try the milk, and afterwards we filled them up with our tropical drinks. Definitely one of my favorite days filled with fun and relaxation!

Of course we made a trip downtown for the straw market and souvenir shopping. We stopped by Del Sol store for color changing nail polish and then the Tortuga Factory for free samples and rum cake to take home. I absolutely love Atlantis, but it’s always nice to get a chance to really explore the streets where the real locals live.

One of the nights after drinks and appetizers, the girls and I went out to explore around the Coral and Beach Towers. How gorgeous is the Bahamian sunset?

Basically, we lived off these first three pictures: Ben & Jerry’s, Starbucks, and Goombay Punch. First of all, I have to point out Nicole’s drink name- our new friend at Starbucks thought her order was a little high maintenance! 😉 My mango passionfruit smoothie was so refreshing that I may or may not have ordered it multiple times throughout the week. But seriously, when will it be available in California stores?! Also, I can’t believe I’ve been to the Bahamas four times and hadn’t tried Goombay Punch before! Let’s just say it was definitely worth the wait. On our last night in the Bahamas, we went to dinner at a restaurant we’ve never tried, Chop Stix in the Coral Towers. The next morning, we enjoyed our last breakfast together outside by the Harborside pool.

Well, that about wraps it all up! This vacation was one for the books- I miss island life and Nicole already. We’re hoping to plan another reunion soon, hopefully before two years passes by this time!

Throughout all the slides, pools, beaches, and adventures my sister and her friend brought along their Go Pros to capture it all. I’m no editing pro, but I put together a short video of our trip and it didn’t turn out half bad! Check it out here :)

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Bahama Mama

Coral Romper Tropical Beach Vacation Outfit

Dressing up on vacation is always confusing. A million thoughts are running through your head: should I wear a dress and stilettos, or is that too dressy? But is a nice top and flats too casual? What’s a girl to do! In the Bahamas, dressing up can range from club attire to shorts and a T-shirt. I love to dress up but I also am all for being comfortable, so this romper + 3 inch wedge seemed like the perfect combination for one of our nights out.

Being petite, I’m a big fan of rompers because they normally fit me better than dresses. This gorgeous coral color is flattering on tanned skin and I think really popped against my nude wedges and delicate Kendra necklace. The lace top is detailed and feminine while balancing out the simple chiffon bottom. Plus it reminded me of my favorite island drinks, the infamous Bahama Mama!

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What I’m Wearing // Plato’s Closet romper, Jellypop wedges c/o, ZeroUV sunnies, Kendra Scott necklace via Rocksbox, Gorjana earrings via Rocksbox

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Shopping by the Sea

Nassau Downtown Summer Vacation Outfit

Finally I get a chance to talk about one of my favorite activities- shopping! Strolling through downtown Nassau is a tourist must, which will look especially familiar if you’ve ever seen The Other Woman or Holiday in the Sun (which if you have not yet, you must watch ASAP! It’s a Mary Kate and Ashley classic that I channel every time I visit Atlantis.) We took a cab across the bridge to hit the straw market and local shops right next the harbor. First we visited Del Sol and found the coolest color changing nail polish, then headed over to Tortuga for rum cake and free samples, and finally Starbucks to beat the heat. I borrowed my sister’s mango passionfruit smoothie since it totally matched the colorful walls of this Bahamian building! 😛

Crop tops + cutoffs are usually my go-to when on vacation because it’s a cute and simple look that you can pull off in warmer weather. I found this vintage crotchet halter top at a thrift store in OC and liked that the color combo was a little different than most basic halters. Also, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but these Forever 21 high-waisted shorts have been on major repeat this summer (see here and here.) Walking around outside in the tropical humidity had us all starting to sweat, but I made the best of it and grabbed my cateye sunnies, tied up my hair, and worked on my tan!

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What I’m Wearing // Vintage Roxy halter top, Forever 21 shorts, white Converse, zeroUV sunnies, Forever 21 crossbody

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Hanging in the Palms

Tropical Beach Vacation Palm Romper

It’s not a vacation in Paradise Island without visiting a private beach! The last few years I’ve visited, we went to Sandy Toes but this year my fam decided to change it up and try something new at the Blue Lagoon! What’s funny is during our first visit to Nassau, we swam with the dolphins on this island but never made it over to the beach side. We went over on the 8:00 am boat ride and were shocked to find that everyone else on the boat was there for the dolphin excursion, so we literally were the only ones on the beach! We explored the island, lounged in the hammocks, climbed the inflatable obstacle course, and had a delicious lunch alongside our coconut drinks. If you ever find yourself in the Bahamas, make sure to schedule a trip here :)

Yesterday I showed you how I styled my pineapple case at the pool – now here’s how I paired my palm case on the beach (with more palm of course!) I purchased this romper from Old Navy a few months ago, saving it for vacation and am so glad I did since it matched the island scenery perfectly. My look was completed with my white panama hat, comfy Jellypop sandals, and matching case!

Btw, this palm romper from Old Navy is currently on sale for only $12… it comes in regular, tall, petite sizes and also in the color orange. You have no excuses to pass up such a steal, so shop it now before it’s gone!

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Poolside in Paradise

Poolside in Paradise Vacation Outfit

Summer vacation = you can find me at the pool! We stayed at the Harborside Resort at Atlantis, which I absolutely love because it is pretty quiet and secluded from the rest of the resort. Harborside guests still have access to the rest of the hotel, water park and Marina which are all just a short walk or shuttle ride away. Although the park has about 20 swimming areas, they can get extremely crowded, especially when you add in the cruise ship guests. That’s why it’s so convenient and relaxing to have this private pool all to ourselves!

Like I mentioned in my last post, I brought my new phone cases from Emily Wells Design with me on vacation. I paired my pineapple case with this backless, lace detailed halter, my trusty Raybans and some light wash cutoffs. This sky blue color looks great with a tan 😉 Before my trip, I made a quick run to Old Navy for their $2 flip flops to wear to the pools and water park. They were perfect to slip on and off anywhere without having to worry about them getting lost or stolen.

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What I’m Wearing // Marshall’s tank, Forever 21 shorts, Old Navy sandals, Rayban aviators, Emily Wells Design case c/o

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