October Recap-Week 3

Morning beach walks.

Current read: A Long Way Gone

Dinner at Romeo, an Italian restaurant with well-deserved great reviews. We will be back for sure.

Joined the organization Mar Amor to help keep the beaches clean.

Upping my color booking game.

My latest horror film find: Suspiria (the remake). I watched it because I knew the cinematography would be good, but I had no idea I was entering bizarro scary world.

Bathroom tiles bought for the Sandy Toes 2.0. The first one is a 3D tile and will be white, not salmon. The “star” tile will be in the half bath downstairs.

Images below are the kitchen design. All light wood cabinets with white quartz countertop. At least that’s what I have planned for now.

October Recap-Week 2

We went to a post-hurricane and current-covid wedding in Cancun. Yes, it really happened. The poor couple had already postponed once and now it was Go Time. (While most of Cancun is still without electricity, the big beach hotels have their own generators.)

Sam wasn’t invited to this wedding, so she stayed at a doggie hotel.

Grass time equals party time, and Sam is leading the way!

Latest Youtube find that scares the s*** out of me are the videos of scary doorbell cam footage. These are SO creepy!

The room additions to Sandy Toes 2.0 have begun with the hope that this first phase is completed by the end of November. I also had iron put on the windows and doors.

Locals here call September/October/November, “Septhambre/ Octhambre/Novhambre”. Hambre=hunger in Spanish. These months have the lowest tourism due to the rainy weather, not to mention it’s the hurricane season. Regardless, there’s still this….even more clear, clean, and beautiful after the hurricane.

The latest “show” at the stoplight near Sandy Toes.

Binge watched Emily in Paris. It’s kind of a modern Sex in the City meets Mary Tyler Moore with a lot of cuteness.

September Recap-Week 5

Inspired by all of the vegan, yoga, chakra lifestyles here in Playa, I made some Yogi tea. It’s made from cloves, peppercorn, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, and black tea. You can add honey and/or milk to taste. Spicy goodness.

Checked out a doggie daycare/hotel for Sam. These little dogs were having the time of their lives.

Cruising down the carretera.

My once a week paddle board morning.

And just some slow living and rainy days happening.

A Visit to Aktun-Chen

Sr. Elizondo and I went to Aktun Chen for their famous cave walk and to swim in an underground cenote. They also have a zip line, but we decided to pass on that. The visit was so worth it, especially since we went first thing in the morning and were one of five people total.

The caves were amazing. I tried to not let the bats freak me out too much. I also now know why helmets are so important while caving. I bumped my head into the ceiling more than once.

The cenote was beautiful with the light coming through the rock holes and lighting up the water like a flashlight.

They also have a few animals, and a lot of deer roaming freely.

(FYI: The hotels give their left over fruit to the park for the animals to eat. Unfortunately, the pandemic has caused the park to struggle with food.)

Paddle Boarding in Playa

This morning Sr. Elizondo and I went paddle boarding. The instructor/owner was from the Netherlands. He was super informative and just plain cool. By the end of our hour, both Sr. E and I were successful paddle boarders. I can’t wait to go again.

It feels so good to be back at my happy place.

See these two sink holes? There is actually a Cenote underneath the beach. The fresh water bubbles up from the underground cave into the Caribbean.

Playa del Carmen Recap

It was hola/adios this visit. All was well at Sandy Toes. I found some new restaurants and stores, and was sad to see that others were gone.

I love Playa del Carmen, but for those who would like to come visit this beautiful town, I would suggest maybe next year. Unfortunately, the gorgeous beaches that PDC normally has is overrun with seaweed and algae. I heard more than one disgruntled tourist. I personally went to the beach once, never set foot in the ocean, and had no desire to hang out again. Hence, all the shopping and blogging I did.

My Playa Purchases

“I wasn’t planning on buying anything this visit, but…”, are famous last words, at least for me. You already saw my Old Navy haul. Well, aside from that I also bought:

This great big fringed beach towel from Oysho which was on 50% sale.

I also got these sandals from there for 30% off. (Notice how I reference the sales to justify my purchases.) I’m hoping they’re as comfortable walking around as they were in the store.

This blouse from Stradivarius called my name…in stripes and in black…

Along with some of their on $10 perfume since I didn’t bring any this visit.

Just when I think I have the shopping madness under control, I found Dine n Dance women’s clothing store and had to purchase this linen coverup and dress.

This cover up has gray metallic ribbing which you can’t really see in this pic and side pockets. Perfect for walking around 5th after the beach.

And isn’t this the sweetest linen maxi dress you’ve ever seen? I love the pale pink color. It’s my favorite purchase from this visit.

Obviously, Sandy Toes took a back seat to this visit.

Chic Shops in Playa del Carmen

Here’s a few of my favorite quality boutique stores for women that you can find on 5th avenue.

Silvia Suarez (behind Bodeguito del Media on 5th)

Traditional Mexican women’s clothing, but with a modern feel to them. (If that makes sense…) They also have some cute accessories too.

Biuriful

This is a newer store in Playa.

I had high hopes for this store based on their advertising, but didn’t really see anything that was for me. They did have some chic hats and alot of cool sunglasses.

Touche (5th & 10th)

Upscale beachwear with an upscale price. This store had lots of items I wanted. The coverup in the window was so pretty. I’m still debating it….

***Now for the boho chic/Tulum-esque shops:

La Troupe (5th between 38th & 40th)

This store is boho chic at it’s best. It has both women’s clothes and home textiles.. A must visit.

Bedouin  (Next door to La Troupe)

Another cool boho shop with alot of their clothing artisan made.

Mira (5th between 38th & 40th)

This is a new store that has the boho vibe, but with a higher end commercial feel.

 

Jula Luma 

My favorite boho chic shop in Playa. I loved everything about this store and I could not find it. I was hoping they had just moved, but they simply closed.

However, when one store closes, another opens…

Dine n Dance (corner of 28th and 1st)

This store is adorable and if you’re a linen lover like I am you should come here. They also have some really cute hats.

 

Looking at these pics again, I might go back before I leave.

La Bikineria (5th ave between Constituyentes & 20th)

This is a really small store selling bathing suits, some boho beachwear, and a few miscellaneous items as well. It may be small, but I like what they sell.

PDC New Restaurant Finds and Restaurant Busts

My Playa del Carmen intel continues…

RESTAURANT FINDS:

Salade at the corner of 10th & 15th. For a good BIG salad, this is the place. Fresh veggies and friendly service.

La Mission on 10th between Juarez and 2nd. This is a good typical Mexican restaurant.

Yala on 10th between 5th and 10th. I walked by this small restaurant earlier in the day and the smell of curry was divine. I went back later that evening and had falafels. It was pretty darn good.

 

RESTAURANT BUSTS:

Romeo’s Italian restaurant is supposed to be really good. They were temporarily closed.

Cafe Antoinette had great reviews and menu online. I should have checked the dates because now it’s only a bakery and coffee place. (The pastries and breads did look good, but I wanted an actual meal.)

La Brioche is a French restaurant that also had great reviews. I looked on 10th and it was nowhere to be found. Again if I had researched a little more thoroughly, I would have known this restaurant has moved and I’ve already been there! It’s on 5th ave and 38th. I’ve been to it a few times and yes, it’s an excellent place to eat.

What I’ve learned: Make sure the info you are googling is current!!!