The time has come for the mass exodus of Aspenites to southern beachy waters, otherwise known as offseason. With rain and muddy terrain, it’s the perfect time to catch some sun before the glorious summer sets in. I myself happen to be writing this from Sayulita, Mexico, or “Little Aspen,” as I like to call it.
The once quiet surf town seems to attract shoulder season travelers like a local to a powder day. When transitioning from ski boots to sandals, it’s always good to be prepared. Here are few beach picks that I’ve been enjoying on my Mexican respite:
1. Ugg Surf Stripe Beach Blanket: With Turkish cotton on one side and soft terry-loop towel on the other, this blanket is a luxury. The cotton side is soft and cool for when you’re catching rays, and the other side is absorbent for drying off. It’s bigger than a typical towel, so it can be used for several friends to gather on as well. It rolls up with velcro closures and has a carrying strap for easy transport. This is the best beach towel I’ve ever had. $98
2. Smith Westgate Sunglasses: What’s a trip to the beach without a new pair of sunnies? Smith puts a little spin on the classic aviator with a unique geometric shape. With Smith’s signature ChromaPop technology, these are polarized and anti-reflective. I chose the rose gold lenses for some summer pizazz, but they come in five additional lens and frame colors if you want something more toned down. $169
3. Faherty Brand Baja Poncho: What’s Mexico without a poncho? Faherty Brand has upped the ante with its line of brushed cotton ponchos. They’re lightweight and perfect for chilly nights on the beach or breezy boat rides, and they come in great colors. This particular pattern has a bit of a western vibe that will carry this piece right back to the mountains for summer nights. Men’s styles also available. $158
4. Fjallraven Totepack No. 1: I never travel without a good tote, and this one steps it up a notch. With Fjallraven’s strong, waxed fabric, the Totepack is durable and water-resistant. Strong, short leather straps adorn the top for hand carrying and long canvas straps are available for the shoulders. A convenient webbing system converts the tote into a backpack for hands-free ease, and a zippered top keeps items secure. Available in 20 different colors, it’s great for the plane, the beach and will transition nicely to everyday use. $110
5. Title Nine Mirage Dress: A good dress is invaluable during tropical travel. Title Nine has always been a go-to for quality travel attire, and this dress doesn’t disappoint. With dri-release, wicking fabric, the Mirage is great for casual days around town or for throwing over a swimsuit, but can transition just as easily to a spur-of-the-moment hike. Ruching on the side adds a flattering fit, and a back cutout adds extra venting. $85