Before leaving Sandy Toes today, I took one last walk along 5th Ave, but this time starting at the CTM end. I prefer this side of 5th. It’s a little less crowded, and the restaurants and shops seem a little more upscale.
I see the future. This is 5th crossing CTM.
Here are the decor updates I made to Sandy Toes this visit.
Pillow decisions made.
The moving of my armoire from the “dining area” to the living room.
A meditating cat is always a good idea.
My sister’s housewarming present. Sandy Toes wine glasses. The best!
My bedroom is somehow morphing into the color lavender. Not sure how this is happening since I don’t consider myself a purple person. I’ll be rethinking this for sure.
Making it happen little by little.
Driving in PDC is not as scary as you might think. Here’s a list of some driving tips to help.
- Street lights work differently here. They have the same colors, red/yellow/green, but the timing is different. Green is go, but then it will start blinking. I think of the blinking green light as an American yellow light. When it starts blinking, it will change to yellow and VERY quickly it turns to red. I consider the yellow and red almost the same.
- At the gas station, check the gas amount on the gas pump before letting the person pump your gas. It is not unheard of for there to be money left on it and added to your bill.(I actually benefited from this tip on my last visit).
- Those HUGE speed bumps are called Topes. They are not only meant for you to slow down, but pedestrians use them as a crosswalk as well. Be sure to check both ways for people trying to cross.
- There are also small silver bumps in the road to slow you down. They seem small, but they are mighty. Don’t ignore them.
- If you come back to your car and there is some type of window guard on it to keep the sun out, it’s not by accident. There is someone waiting for a tip for keeping your car cool. Help a local out.
- I am the worst parallel parker, and PDC near 5th is a nightmare. I have 3 spots to park if headed to the beach: CTM, 34th, and Walmart. And all are free.
- In general, if parking by 5th, the earlier the better when it comes to parking spots. I never have problems finding spots on the above reference 3 locations if I go by 10:30am.
Instead of working on Sandy Toes, I decided to hang out on 5th. August is incredibly humid here, but it didn’t seem to stop the tourists. They were out in full force.
I ate at a new restaurant called Leaf Bar on 8th between 10th and 15th. It serves sandwiches and salads all geared toward health. The veggies were fresh and the healthy spreads for the sandwich were delish. They let me try all 3: beet, hummus, and eggplant.
I took in a quick view of the ocean. It didn’t seem right to be so close and not take a look. This was early in the morning and still a little gloomy from the rain. A lot of seaweed happening.
It also didn’t seem right not to buy anything on 5th, so I did. A new sundress to help get me through these temps!
I hadn’t been to Sandy Toes in 3 months. The anticipation of what I might find was always on my mind. As most things in life, it wasn’t as bad as I thought.
First fear: Mold. Minus 2 wooden spoons, no mold was to be found. That being said, the rainy months in PDC are September through November. I suspect if mold is going to happen in Sandy Toes, it will be during these months. (Side note: I’ll be switching to rubber kitchen utensils.)
Second fear: Jungle creatures. Sandy Toes did not disappoint in this area. While there were no huge spiders, snakes, or scorpions to be found inside, I did walk into a floor full of dead centipedes. I was at Home Depot getting bug spray before I even opened any luggage. This was just from one area of my depa!
Third fear: Break in/theft. This fear doesn’t actually exist for me, but I thought you might be wondering. Sr. Elizondo made sure Sandy Toes is barred up and locked like Fort Knox!
On the positive side, the construction in the area of my condo is complete and it looks great. I was one of the first owners to occupy their condo, so it’s nice to see my building now populated with people enjoying their new homes.
Almost right after I booked my flight for summer vacation #2 going to my apartment in PDC, a neighbor sends this photo of a boa constrictor near her front door! Gulp…
I’m a little nervous to see what might be living inside or outside Sandy Toes!
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.
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!
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.
I found this store Kokko in Playa del Carmen. If you need some boho chic inspiration for your home, I found the place.