TRAVEL | SUN, SURF + MORE SUN

Travel is my favorite thing to do. Lately I've been trying to focus on Central America as it's so close and there's a lot to see.

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Most of what we do involves surfing, but one of my favorite non surf-related things we've done recently was sailing on a Catamaran through the San Blas Islands in Panama. There are couple of boat charter companies but we went with San Blas Sailing. The food was amazing and we loved our captain (even though he was a nudist and hung out in a banana hammock the whole time) and first mate who was from the Kuna tribe that owns the islands.

We also went to Bocas del Toro to surf for a few days and stayed at The Firefly Bocas del Toro on Isla Bastiamente and it was really lovely and super fun surf.

If you fly into Panama City, spend a night or two at the American Trade Hotel. It was designed by Commune and it's an Ace property. It's in the heart of the old city, and there is some incredible Spanish colonial architecture as well as foodie destinations in that area. Try to get a reservation at Donde José — we actually didn't get a chance to eat here, but have heard amazing things and really wanted to.

Another place I love to go is the Harmony Hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica. This is where I go when I need a break and don't want to have to plan to much but want yoga, healthy food and good surf at my fingertips. There is plenty of exploring but you can also just chill at the hotel because it has everything you need. The spa treatments, juice bar and yoga are amazing, and you can kind of give yourself your own yoga retreat.

If you do want to go on a real yoga retreat, though, check out my friends Heather and Kaitlin from Yoga For Bad People. They are awesome people, great instructors  really stylish and have great taste, so their retreats are always in phenomenal locations.  

One of our favorite hotels we stayed in recently is the Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu. It is stunning and I loved Nepal. I went for work shortly after the earthquake and I urge anyone to go there — it is so beautiful, the Nepalese people are wonderful, and the food is phenomenal.