The BEST Of Cannabis Spring Break travel
West Coast Cannabis spring break travel
Spring break has long been associated with beaches, booze, and bikinis in iconic destinations like Daytona Beach or Cabo San Lucas. But, what if tacos and tequila are not your thing? With March destination travel in mind, the team at JADEO wanted to take a closer look at cannabis friendly places Canadians can travel to this time of year to get away. While the world is still a complicated maze of permissions around medical travelers, the cluster of recreational states from California to the Pacific Northwest makes us want to fly west and follow the sun. Below we explore a few special places to check out along the cannabis trail of the West Coast.
Toted as the “Hawaii of Canada, Vancouver Island is known for its milder winters and early springs, with daffodil and crocus sightings as early as January. An hour ferry ride from Vancouver, the heart of “the island” would arguably be the Cowichan, known for majestic forests, crystal clear lakes, slow food, it’s beautiful bay, and the home of the first female-focused cannabis magazine The Her(b) Life. We wanted to highlight this stunning region because there are more sunshine hours in the Cowichan than anywhere else in B.C. In fact, the Cowichan means land warmed by the sun in the Coast Salish First Nation language. This region of Vancouver Island has the country’s warmest mean year-round temperature and is said to be Canada’s only Mediterranean climatic zone.
Across the island - along the western coast, Tofino attracts surfers from around the globe and conjures up ideas of VW vans and adventurous nature lovers with it’s Canadian West Coast lifestyle. Tofino is a perfect place for outdoor exploration, ocean, and cozy lodges. In contrast, Victoria is a busy little city a few hours south, on the southernmost tip of the island. The capital of B.C. attracts millions of tourists a year, many from cruise ships heading to or from Alaska. A great place to visit on a west coast getaway, Victoria boasts a plethora of dispensaries in its downtown core where visitors can purchase flower and follow along a guide known as the “weed walk,” by Hotel Zed. This a cannabis-friendly motel just north of the downtown core and promotes getting high exploring Victoria. Want to trip-hop over to Washington state? Small hovercrafts and ferries leave Victoria’s downtown harbour almost hourly heading to its sister city, Seattle.
While the entire state boasts attractive places to visit with dispensaries aplenty, we wanted to feature the sunniest part of the state for a winter getaway. With cannabis available recreationally across California, there is no need to get a medical license or bring it in from outside the state (remember it is illegal to fly outside of Canada with cannabis). Since Southern California spans from Santa Barbara to San Diego, there are hundreds of tourist attractions from Hollywood to Disneyworld to the San Diego Zoo. In recent years, places that are lesser known have been coming into greater popularity, like Ojai, a small city north of Los Angeles that offers travelers a quieter place to getaway to, attracting bohemian millennials with its art galleries and new age shops.
Then there are places like Malibu or Palm Springs which offer more upscale accommodations with local dispensaries making posh pot accessible to tourists. Various portfolios of products such as oils, tinctures, resins, consumables, and strains have entered into the marketplace to offer a wide range of selection to tourists as well as locals. With the current state of legalization creating harsh restrictions on huge categories of products available in Canada, this type of variation and availability in California makes for a huge draw for the canna-tourist.
A much-loved region for viticulture and homegrown, Oregon has become known as a hot destination for cannabis travel since the state legalized in 2014. Home to dozens of dispensaries and Instagram famous brands like @ladiesofparadise, cannabis have helped to put Portland on the map for travelers looking for cannabis experiences. Also, home to our recent Women in Cannabis Wednesday, Savina Fierro, Portland has been breaking the stigma and trailblazing with destination travel designed around this new scene.
A few favourites include Portland’s Japanese Gardens, the inner city hiking trails of Mount Tabor, Living Room Theaters, the legendary Voodoo Donuts, Pittock Mansion and the Portland Saturday Market.
Want to book somewhere special? The Jupiter boutique hotel in Portland made our worldwide list of canna-getaways for offering the first ever cannabis-friendly package in Oregon. This optional add on to your stay includes a munchie kit, a vape pen, Dope Magazine swag, and coupons to nearby dispensaries to buy your own cannabis.
Hawaii and has made news as of recent for relaxing laws for medical cannabis patients visiting as tourists. While in Hawaii, patients can now pay a fee to be able to use their cannabis prescriptions to obtain the plant safely and legally for medical purposes.
This round up of beautiful and fun destinations is sure to guarantee you an amazing spring break!