With the ever-increasing legalization of marijuana sweeping across the US and Europe, there’s no better time to plot your pot-friendly vacations. Think about it – you get to do all the normal fun luxuriating stuff you do on holiday (surfing, hiking, brunching, jacuzzi-ing, etc.), but with a big fat (legal or at least semi-legal) blunt in hand.
And now, thanks to 420-specific travel agents like Bud & Breakfast – who are essentially the AirBnB of the weed world – you can forget pokey hammocks and tie-dye sheets. These guys offer the full package, with holiday rentals ranging from weed-friendly, 15,000 square foot mansions in Colorado to tropical beach-side bungalows in Hawaii.
Here’s where to enjoy the best nature has to offer.
Although you’d probably think this is the most obvious place to add to the list, weed was only officially decriminalized in February 2015. Meaning you can now raft down the rivers with up to two ounces of cannabis freely.
Located just off the southern coast of Morocco, the Canary Islands are a small cluster of beautiful volcanic islands surrounded by crystalline blue sea. A strong cannabis community has thrived across the islands since the 60s, and now thanks to Spain’s increasingly lax and liberalized laws on cannabis, you can smoke then go hike the ancient forests of the Anaga Mountains and swim in the rock pools of Garachico.
2013 saw Uruguay become the first country outside of the US to fully legalize the recreational purchase and use of cannabis – for residents at least. Tourists should be warned that buying weed is technically illegal still, but smoking it is fine. While you’re there take a trip to Montevideo, the art-deco laden port-town surrounded by white sandy beaches. It’s home to some of the country’s best restaurants.
As long as you’re 21 or over, you can legally carry one ounce of weed in the state of Colorado. Which is great because Colorado is beyond beautiful, with or without weed. Drive out to the eastern plains in El Paso County to stare in amazement at the Paint Mines Interpretive Park – Colorado’s tripped out colourful sand and clay geological formations that are about 9,000 years old.