After the intense snowstorm that hit over the holidays, daydreams of sunnier climes, breezy clothes, and winter destinations have been occupying the top spots in our minds. We know that you've also been dying to get away for a warmer vacay, so we'll help you make that great escape with a list of three Spring Break spots for sunning away those winter doldrums. Of course, we can't leave you hanging, sartorially—we've provided a virtual packing list, so you'll really get the most dash for cash!
1. Todos Santos, Mexico
The Vibe: A laid-back hideaway from the maddening Cabo crowd
Getting There: Fly to Cabo San Lucas (one-way flights from New York begin at $223 for travel on March 7), then rent a car or hire a service for the 1.5 hour drive to the town.
Where To Stay: At the stylishly comfortable Rancho Pescadero, room rates start at $185, but the hotel offers unique specials such as a dinner for two in exchange for a professional haircut or a preloaded thumb drive of cool music.
What To Do: Whether you're a newbie or a pro surfer, the beaches have appropriate swells for every level. For first-timers, the hotel can hook you up with an instructor or enroll with local Mario Beceril (a one-hour lessons costs $60). If you're a fan of wildlife, you can volunteer to dig up and transfer turtle eggs for safe incubation, or simply enjoy the premier view of migrating gray and humpback whales right on Rancho's beach front.
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What To Wear: Above, from left: Mara Hoffman Embroidered Story Strapless Bikini, $265, available at Net-a-Porter ; Shakuhachi Charcoal Twist Maxi Dress, $188, available at Bonadrag; J.Crew Summer Straw Hat, $34.50, available at J.Crew; Dannijo Friendship Bracelets, $48, availabel at Dannijo; Frederic Fekkai Wave Creating Spray, $20, available at Sephora; Park Lane Animal Sandals, $31.03, available at ASOS.
2. Port Antonio, Jamaica
Disclaimer: We contacted Hotel Mockingbird who assured us that it's safe to fly to Jamaica via Kingston. You also have the option to fly in via Montego Bay. The hotel recommends flying in to Kingston because it is a two-hour drive to the hotel as opposed to four hours from Montega, but the choice is, of course, up to the traveler. You can check travel options at the hotel's website. As with any traveling, there are always risks to be considered, and as a precaution, we recommend that you check travel advisories for where you will be traveling.
The Vibe: An eco-hip spot blended with Caribbean charm
Getting There: Fly to Kingston from New York (one-way flight starts at $112), then rent a car or hire a taxi. The drive is long but scenic.
Where To Stay: Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, a 10-room boutique eco-hotel amidst the tropical hills of Port Antonio. The environmentally friendly hotel features solar energy and a chlorine-free pool, practices rainwater harvesting, and does not use insecticides or pesticides in its gardens. Economy room rates begin at $190 for the spring season.
What To Do: Strap on your boots and take a hike to explore the flora and fauna among the Blue Mountains. If your up for more adventure, board a raft on the Rio Grande river, explore the Nonsuch Caves, or take a zipline canopy tour over the jungle. Then, cool off with a dip in the stunning pools of the Reich Falls or the turquoise waters of the Blue Lagoon. Don't forget to satiate your appetite with a lovely meal at the hotel's Mille Fleurs resto, which serves dishes made with organic, locally sourced ingredients.
What To Wear: Above, from left: Keds x Loomstate Hi Lug Boot, $110, available at Barneys; Kimchi Blue Printed Weekender, $78, available at Urban Outfitters; Chinti and Parker Organic Cotton T-Shirt, $100, available at Net-a-Porter; Shady Day Spray Sustainable Sunscreen SPF 30, $24, available at Organic Bug; Levi's Polka Dog Bandana, $12.50, available at Levi's; Gar-de Linen-Blend Shorts, $56.87, available at The Outnet.
3. Marfa, Texas
The Vibe: An oasis of modern art
Getting There: One-way flights from New York begin at $160 for travel on March 7. Once you land at the El Paso airport, it's a 200-mile drive to Marfa.
Where To Stay: Check-in at Hotel Paisano, where James Dean once stayed (room rates range from $99 to $210). If you go with a group of friends, we recommend renting a house. House on the Hill features two bedrooms (good for four people), an indoor and outdoor fireplace, and WiFi for $300/night on holidays for a three-night minimum. Traveling for two? Book the Casita on the El Sueño property, another rental that boasts Victorian design with Spanish adobe architecture, which will set you back $150/night for a two-night minimum.
What To Do: A visit to Marfa would not be complete without the requisite gallery hop. Arm yourself with a list from the Marfa Chamber of Commerce website. Don't forget to visit the Chinati Foundation museum, which houses large installations of its founder, minimalist artist Donald Judd, and make a stop at the Ballroom Marfa cultural space. Take pictures of the Prada Marfa store, a permanent sculpture resembling the designer boutique that's stocked with Miuccia-supplied shoes and bags by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, located off U.S. Route 90. At night, view the Marfa ghost lights, which can be seen near U.S. Route 67 on Mitchell Flat.
What To Wear: Above, from left: Kimchi Blue Cummerbund Trouser, $59, available at Urban Outfitters; Low Luv x Erin Wasson Crystal Cuff, $186, available at Revolve; Moscot Moss Ginger Retro Sunglasses, $296.38, available at Liberty; La Roche Posay Anthelios Moisturizer WIth Sunscreen, $29.50, available at CVS; See By Chloe Chunky Cardigan, $460, available at La Garconne; Jeffrey Campbell El-Cajon Beige Wedge, $120, available at Lori's.