Beach Condo Decor Progress

Nesting, Playa Living

I”m on visit number two to Sandy Toes. The condo upgrades/decor are very much in progress and I’m so pleased with the results. This is the kitchen so far. Light and bright.


My next visit will be painting the cabinets white and hopefully finding some wall decor for below, but no ideas are coming yet. If you have any, let me know!

I’ve also been struggling with a color scheme for the sala (living room) sticking basically with white/cream/gray/black for the furniture.


And then I saw her.


Accent colors have been solved. Now the search for pillows is on.





My Beach Condo-It’s a Start

Nesting, Playa Living

I’m so excited that I will have a place near the beach again! This condo (or depa in Spanish) is a work in progress, but I think I’m doing pretty good so far. Construction wise, I knocked out a wall making it a 2 bedroom instead of 3. Air conditioning, ceiling fans, propane gas, internet, all checked off.

Now for the fun stuff. In place of a kitchen table and chairs, I added the marble tile bar which I’m loving so much. And the bathroom tile that I was nervous about, came out perfect.

The end tables are from Home Depot and work perfect for me. The macrame stool can be used both as a sofa table or seat. Stuck on what to do with the far corner. It needs something tall for sure.

Bar stools also from Home Depot. There was a big gap between the kitchen cabinet and refrigerator, so I bought the wood shelf from a guy on the street, and added the marble tile to the top. It’s okay for me…at least for now. Open shelving will be happening soon.

So happy with how this looks.

I can’t wait to return next month! Adios depa!

Inti Beach Club Playa del Carmen

Playa Living, Travel

If you’re in Playa del Carmen and looking for a beach club that’s not party central, Inti Beach Club is it. It’s a beach club with a laid back vibe. It’s on the smaller size with mellower techno music and great food. Don’t worry, there are cocktails too.

The bar…always important.

Umbrellas are available too.

The only downside is the beach right in front of the club looked a bit rocky, but plenty of people were in the water just to the left of us. Also, there was a shower, but it was in the back with the bathrooms.

Inti Beach Club is between 4th and 6th streets. It’s 500 pesos with food. I had salad, quinoa risotto with shrimp (one of these dishes would have been sufficient), a morning fruit beverage, and two cocktails. Cost $750. (usd $40). Not bad for all day at the beach.



Riviera Maya on the Horizon

Playa Living, Travel

I will be in Playa del Carmen in less than two weeks!!!  I am fortunate that the Riviera Maya is a quick and economical trip from Monterrey, not to mention the unbelievable beaches. I know it’s early, but I’m already thinking of what I will be bringing for this six day vacation.


Since I have been there before, I know this for sure: It’s humid no matter what time of year. Cotton, linen, and gauze reign supreme.  I also know that most days will be hanging out on the beach, and evenings will be spent strolling down 5th Ave for drinks and dinner.  A day or two spent in Tulum is mandatory, and maybe a trip to Valladolid/Chichen Itza. With this in mind, here is my preliminary packing list.

  • 2 bathing suits
  • 2 cover ups
  • 1 pair jean shorts
  • 3 tops (at least one with short/long sleeves in case of sunburn)
  • 1 cotton dress (for the interim period between the beach and evening)
  • 5 casual dresses for nights
  • kimono & tank top
  • flip flops, black sandals (possibly sneakers too)

Let the countdown begin!