Are you thinking about doing a Palm Springs babymoon? Palm Springs may be more associated with retirees and golfers but actually Palm Springs makes a fantastic babymoon destination. If you want to know the best things to do in Palm Springs when pregnant and the best babymoon packages on offer keep reading!
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Is Palm Springs a good babymoon destination?
Although many people go to Palm Springs for golf, as retirees and for the famous Coachella Music Festival, Palm Springs actually makes a fantastic California babymoon destination.
The reason for this is because of the sheer volume of things to do in Palm Springs for adults from outdoor activities, great dining and some amazing world class restaurants.
And perhaps most importantly ups can visit Palm Springs and as of time of writing is a guaranteed zika-free babymoon destination. Zika is a disease carried in Mosquitos that has been known to cause north defects and is found in many traditional babymoon beach destinations. Therefore Palm Springs is a great safe alternative.
Note: Please always check the latest NHS and CDC advice before booking to ensure that information is up to date.
So now you know we think that Palm Springs is a good babymoon destination we will turn our attention to our favorite places to stay for a babymoon in Palm Springs and what to do in Palm Springs when pregnant.
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When is the best time for a Palm Springs Babymoon?
When considering the best time to do a Palm Springs Babymoon there are actually two timeframes you need to consider:
- the trimester you wish to travel and best time in pregnancy to travel for a babymoon
- the best time to visit Palm Springs in terms of crowds and weather.
So firstly let us consider the best time to travel to Palm Springs while pregnant.
For me the best time to travel in pregnancy for a babymoon whatever the destination is Palm Springs or somewhere else has to be the second trimester. The reasons for this are:
- during the first trimester you are more prone to morning sickness (unless you are like me and are unlucky enough to suffer throughout your pregnancy). If you are flying with morning sickness be sure to check out this guide.
- you tend to, though not guaranteed, have more energy during your second trimester
- you aren’t as big as you will be in your third trimester when you might be more uncomfortable traveling.
Note: Obviously you should always check with your doctor before travel wherever you are going, and follow all their advice about pregnancy travel.
Now as I said above you will need to consider both the trimester of travel for a babymoon and the time of year. Now, I think the trimester is more important as your body is going through such big changes that you will need to pick the best time for you.
But you must remember that Palm Springs is in the desert and therefore can be a very hot destination for a babymoon especially in the summer. Therefore you also need to consider the time of year you travel.
I am normally a person who is constantly cold but in pregnancy I felt the heat much worse so is worth bearing in mind when visiting Palm Springs when pregnant.
I would prefer to do a Palm Springs babymoon as a Winter babymoon or shoulder season babymoon, but if you are used to warm weather and Arne’t concerned then Palm Springs can be a babymoon destination 52 weeks a year.
What to Pack for a Babymoon in Palm Springs
Firstly the most important things to take on a Palm Springs Babymoon are medication and ointments that you require such as:
- Medicines, Folic Acid and PreNatal Vitamins that you take – no one wants to have to dash to a pharmacy to stock up on essentials
- Medical Notes and Documents – no one wants to need these when traveling but it is always worth carrying them with you.
- bio oil / Coconut Butter – or any ointments or lotions you use on your tummy to try and prevent stretch marks
- sunscreen – you skin is more sensitive when pregnant so be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF factor.
- Anti-Chafe Balm – for your thighs in the heat
- Panty Liners for sweat
And for the heat we recommend packing the below:
- hand held fan and also a water mist spray which is great for an immediate cooling sensation.
- reusable water bottle
On top of this remember to pack appropriate clothings such as:
- Comfy shoes – for walking especially if you are thinking about visiting places such as Joshua Tree National Park.
- Maternity Swimwear – we love to relax and Palm Springs hotels are renowned for having amazing pools. BE sure to pack some lovely swimwear so you can use them.
- Maternity dress – for cute pictures and also if you plan to eat in some of the higher end establishments or for going to shows. And don’t forget to check out our post on the best babymoon instagram captions and quotes.
- compression socks – if you are flying into Palm Springs.
Be sure to check out our Babymoon packing list for a more detailed breakdown of things to take on a Babymoon whatever the destination.
Where to stay in Palm Springs for a babymoon
When looking for where to stay in Palm Springs for a babymoon we recommend looking for a hotel that offers a babymoon package if you aren’t doing a babymoon on a budget.
This way you can ensure that it has the right atmosphere for relaxing on a babymoon and isn’t a party hotel, and usually means there is a spa with prenatal treatments on the menu.
Westin Rancho Mirage Resort and Spa
The Westin Rancho Mirage is in the Rancho Mirage area which is personally my favorite area in Palm Springs to stay in. It is really close to some great Palm Springs attractions such as the Living Desert and also close to some great restaurants.
This hotel has multiple pools which are great for those prioritising relaxation and an amazing spa for pregnancy massages.
Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa
This resort has not one, not two but a whopping SEVEN pools. Note: if you are visiting over the India Well Tennis Week this resort gets very busy and very expensive.
Of course you could also look at AirBnB or VRBOs with pools however we tend to opt for hotels over these as we feel there is more luxury in a hotel for a babymoon.
Note: if you get lots of amazing photos on your trip be sure to check out our favorite desert captions for instagram.
However if you are on a budget you could consider staying in a nearby area that is good for exploring the Palm Springs area.
Some areas we would consider staying for Palm Springs are:
- Cathedral City
- Rango Mirage
- Indian Wells and
- Palm Desert
Best things to do on a Palm Springs Babymoon
Downtown Palm Springs
Downtown Palm Springs – what to do on Palm Springs BAbymoon
Downtown Palm Springs is a must see. It is a great place to go for some leisurely shopping as well as great restaurants and the walk of the stars.
Our favorite thing about Pal, Springs is that it isn’t really full of chain stores so you can really pick up some great things you won’t find elsewhere.
There is also the Marilyn Monroe Statue in the downtown area which is fun to pose.
Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium
We love botanical gardens and always try and visit one when we travel and Palm Springs is no exception. The Moorten Botanical Garden is a great place to go for a walk but out favorite thing there was the Cactarium/.
The Cactus Green house is a great place for a babymoon photoshoot.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree is full of amazing trails that are relatively short in length and that are perfectly doable when pregnant.
Just be sure you pack them shoes with a good sole to protect your feet and pack plenty of sun protection as it is a desert after all.
We recommend getting to the park for sunrise. Not only will you be rewarded with spectacular views but also it will keep you out of the worst of the desert heat.
Some of our favorite places in Joshua Tree include:
- Skull Rock
- Heart Rock
Pioneertown is not in Palm Springs but is somewhere we combined a visit to on the day we did Joshua Tree. Pioneertown actually isn’t a real town at all but was established by Dick Curtis in the 1940s as a replica 1880s old West Town for the movies.
We stopped in at PioneerTown for a late lunch early dinner after a day at Joshua Tree and headed to Pappy and Harriet’s, a Pioneertown institution famed for hosting amazing music acts.
Palm Springs Art Museum
If you are looking for an indoor thing to do in Palm Springs the Palm Springs Art Museum is a great choice. Well air conditioned, this museum has some amazing pieces and is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Also this is not something I would recommend doing with Palm Springs with toddlers or baby so is a perfect babymoon activity.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Another must for any visit to Palm Springs babymoon is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It takes roughly ten minutes to reach the summit and again for the descent.
At the top you will be rewarded with some amazing views of the Coachella Valley but that is not all. There are two dining options at the top of the tramway and some short trails.
The tramway runs every 30 minutes but is very popular so I would recommend booking your tickets in advance.
Note: The temperatures at the top of the tramway are much cooler than in the downtown area. Therefore make sure you pack plenty of layers to make up for the temperature differential.
Have you been on a Palm Springs Babymoon? Let us know where you stayed and what you did below