By Skye Sherman
March 22, 2019
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Judging from Instagram, Reese Witherspoon’s taking a well deserved break at the beach for her birthday, and her dreamy tropical posts have us yearning for summer. The successful actress, author, producer, and entrepreneur has a lot to celebrate as she turns 43, and spending a weekend in the islands with family sounds like the ideal way to do it.

She announces she’s “off duty” with an Instagram Story from a boat, with nothing but the sea in sight. She hasn’t shared her specific location, but we’re pretty confident she’s in the Bahamas: there’s swimming pigs, gorgeous beaches and a vast ocean in breathtaking shades of blue.

Based on her Instagram post (and posts from her nieces, Draper and Abby James), Witherspoon and fam appear to be in the Abacos, part of what’s called the “Out Islands” of the Bahamas — islands that are farther out and thus more secluded than heavily populated hotspots like Nassau. Her photo pictures the distinctive pink pier at Treasure Sands Club — an upscale beach club decorated in pastel pink and blue, with indoor/outdoor dining plus beach access and a pool — located in Treasure Cay.

She also pays a visit to the swimming pigs of the Bahamas, which were originally concentrated in the Exumas, but in recent years they’ve migrated to the Abacos as well. The closest place to Treasure Cay with beach pigs is No Name Cay, a quick 15-minute boat ride away. By the way, you don’t have to be rich and famous to island hop in the Bahamas: Albury’s Ferry Service runs between several islands in the Abacos seven days a week, and most rides only take half an hour or less. You can purchase 10 trips for $118 ($57 for kids).

Of course, what we really want to know is what someone like Witherspoon brings for a trip to the islands. (And whether she packs like her mother, who’s been known to bring a shot of vodka for her Ensure shakes.) Fortunately, Witherspoon spills all in an Instagram Story showing the contents of her beach bag.

In addition to staples like sunglasses and a hat — hers is straw, like what you can purchase at Bahamian straw markets — she also includes sunscreen in the form of Elizabeth Arden’s PREVAGE City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Hydrating Shield ($68 for 1.3 fl. oz.), a blue floral V-Neck Flutter Sleeve Dress by her own clothing line Draper James, and the newly released book “Daisy Jones & The Six,” her March Reese’s Book Club pick (it’s also a Book of the Month March selection).

Leave it to Reese to find a gripping beach read for spring break. She writes, “The book centers on the meteoric rise of a rock band in the ‘70s and its lead singers Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne, whose connection is as electric as the music they make together. It’s sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, people!!”

She also announced that her media company Hello Sunshine — responsible for movies like “Wild” and “Gone Girl” and the hit HBO series Big Little Lies — is turning the book into a TV show with Amazon Studios, so you may want to make like Reese and read it before it hits screens.

 In her sentimental birthday post, she reflects, “I am so lucky to walk through this world with you all.” We’re thankful for you too, Reese, but next time we’d like an invite to walk with you along the beach.

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