July 26th, 2013
Aussie moms are vigilant about sun protection so it's no surprise that summer's ultimate sun shadem the Sombrilla, was designed by two moms from Down Under.
Airier than a tent, shadier than an umbrella and roomy enough for you and a child or two, we tested ours first on a tropical beach in Bali, then rigged it up on a windy beach day at Jericho Beach in Vancouver.
We love the selection of modern prints (we went with Fly Away Blue - turquose with white birds); the fact that you can adjust the sturdy canvas canopy shade to suit the sun's angle all day; and that putting it up is a breeze. It also arrives in a matching carry case and is lightweight enough to shoulder along with your other beach essentials.
$180, ships worldwide from http://www.hollieandharrie.com.au
May 29th, 2013
Straw fedora? Check. Retro swimsuit? Check. Cool towel to make your spot on the beach stand out? Don't worry, we have you covered.
The Art Production Fund has created four different towels by noted artists - John Balderssari, Yoko Ono, Barbara Kruger and Rirkrit Tiravanija - for all your fun in the sun frolicking. Available exclusively at charming west side boutique Rebecca Bree, the prints include I AM BUSY emblazoned on a bright orange towel and an ocean-blue Imagine Peace version (courtesy of Yoko, of course).
Now drop that towel.
Limited edition towels, $110 each at Rebecca Bree, 3680 W. Fourth Ave., Vancouver, www.rebeccabree.com
June 9th, 2012
While we are busy waxing, spray tanning, and sweating on a treadmill to get ourselves beach ready, it is good to know that it is far more simple to get baby ready for the beach. Here's how.
These Kuki Kids sun hats feature a cotton outer with a towelling lining, a strap (so they can’t pull it off every two minutes) and an adjustable head size. $19.99 from Raspberry Kids.
A good suncreen is important for more than just the shoulders, we’re covering their delicate skin from head, shoulders, knees and toes with this Eco Baby Eco Logical Skin Care Sunscreen ($21.50) And while we are protecting their skin, try these Buzz Away DEET-Free insect repellent towlettes ($16). So much easier than accidentally spraying product into their eyes. Both from Lavish & Lime.
A re-usable swim diaper not only saves you money but means your kids aren’t swimiming around in a diaper full of weird, absorbent chemicals. And, these diapers won’t become so heavy they end up at their knees. We love Canadian made Applecheeks, their swim diaper is $19 at Dandelion Kids.
If your beach’s sand isn’t soft and white, you may want to protect their feet with a pair of waterproof Native Howard shoes. These work on the rocks and on deck. And we love that they look like mini boat shoes. $34.99 at Life & Soles. —Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
June 30th, 2010
If it’s good enough for Jennifer Aniston, it’s good enough for us. Mexico’s pristine and serene San Jose Del Cabo on the Sea of Cortes (think Cabo’s sophisticated sister) had us at “Ola.”
At the Mexican-owned Marquis Los Cabos resort, they’re so serious about relaxation, they’ll bury your BlackBerry for you. While pondering the hotel’s impressive collection of art and sculpture, enjoying spacious private casitas and eavesdropping on the international clientele, you won’t miss it a bit.
The resort’s pool is a good metaphor for the pleasures you’ll have: absolutely infinite. If the soft, sandy beaches, crashing surf and grey whale sightings don’t get you, how about baby sea turtles?
Sunrise yoga on the breezy spa deck will get those limbs limber for beach walks. Follow with an all-organic Holistic Breakfast of egg white omelets and celery smoothies and you’ve now earned those margaritas.
Take a trip onto the charming village of San Jose, where the boutique hotel Casa Natalia tucked off the main square offers sublime cocktails in a romantic courtyard, perfect for a marriage proposal. www.casanatalia.com
The stunning arch of the open-air lobby of Marquis Los Cabos mimics the shape of the Baja Peninsula. Could there be a more memorable setting for a sunset wedding?
To view rates and packages, visit www.marquisloscabos.com
May 19th, 2009
You know the saying “First comes loves, then comes marriage.” When it comes to revealing our winter bod on the beach, we’ve got our own: first comes bronzer, then comes Cuché.
The summer bathing suit collection from the beloved Vancouver line is well-suited to every kind of water babe. For the saucy Spanish Banks senorita, there’s Charlie (pictured, $175), with its retro high-waist and pretty bows. For the Second Beach Pool sporty spice, there’s Nova ($185), a sexy one piece that will make you want to play lifeguard with your man. And for the Kits Beach cutie the Copa 84 ($155), a reversible bikini with terry cloth on one side and a sweet print on the other, is sure to get you scoped out.
Of course, if you aren’t quite ready to bare it all, Cuché’s classic striped Boat Dress ($200) has you covered.
December 18th, 2008
In a country where street signs point you to the nearest jewellery store (all of which serve complimentary cocktails), it’s no wonder lovers of the ultra-luxe head to St. Maartens. Divided into Dutch and French areas, the 39 beaches have white sand, crystal blue water, and very few tan lines.
While sunburned tourists bunk down in hotels, we tried a slice of local life in a secluded villa on the French residential side of the island. Private pool, daily maid service, ocean view…just like home. From USD$500/night, www.islandhideaways.com
When you’re this close to decadence, it would be a crime not to hop on a ferry for a day trip to St. Barths. A chair rental on the beach is US$30, but it’s the $13 Diet Cokes and $26 Bikinitini cocktails (coconut rum and pineapple juice) that gave us sticker-shock giggles. Packed with the finest Euro trash in the world and enough designer boutiques to make you dizzy (Hermes, Dior et al.), it’s a true slice of how the other, overly-tanned half lives.
With an abundance of fresh ingredients and gourmet restos, you can have Lai Lai barbeque chicken on the beach by day and a five-course dinner every night. Temptation certainly lived up to its name—the French onion soup ($18) topped with Gruyère is simply the best we’ve ever tasted. www.nouveaucaribbean.com
Getting to the beach may not always be easy (you’ll need a car—and an excellent sense of direction—to make it down the twisty, dirt roads) but the journey is worth it. Most beaches are clothing optional, including the busy and very popular Orient Beach and the quiet and secluded Cupecoy Beach. Pinel Island (a 5–minute boat ride from the coast) is must-see for its natural, untouched beauty. No electricity, no cars, no roads—so leave the BlackBerry at home.
July 24th, 2008
Forget The Hills and hit the OC's Laguna Beach, where beautiful oceanfront cottages, quaint shops and the pounding surf equal boho chic living at its best.
Run by an ex-Vanity Fair stylist, this little gem of a boutique has expertly selected pieces from hipster brands such as APC, Cacharel, Rodebjer and Samantha Pleet. Named after the owner's smartly dressed grandmother, you’ll easily find looks you can sport from coast to coast. 735 South Coast Hwy, Laguna, 949-376-5850, www.shopadele.com
Channel your inner Kate Hudson with gorgeous pareos, sundresses and kaftans at this quintessential beach boutique. While you search for the must-have print, the sound waves breaking against the shore float in through the open doors. How much more Cali can you get? 1145 South Coast Hwy, Laguna, 949-464-9220, www.kerrycassill.com
Montage Beach Resort
At the base of the Montage Beach Resort beautiful blonde men and women expertly sun, swim and gossip LA-style. Do hit the hotel bar for an après-sand cocktail and request a beachside view. 30801 South Coast Hwy, 1-866-271-6953, www.montagelagunabeach.com
La Casa del Camino
Sip classic lime margaritas on the rooftop deck at La Casa del Camino. With nothing but water as far as the eye can see, it's the most relaxing cocktail locale we've ever experienced. 1289 South Coast Hwy, Laguna, 1-888-367-5232, www.casacamino.com
Surf and Sand Resort
To see-and-be seen in Laguna Beach, head to the Surf and Sand Beach Resort. Crawling with the OC's rich and famous, including locals who come in droves for happy hour, this is the California dreaming hot spot. Splurge on an oceanfront suite to see how the beautiful people live. 1555 South Coast Hwy, Laguna, 1-888-869-7569, www.surfandsandresort.com