“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.
There are plenty of condos (one might even say, “saturated”) in Playa del Carmen and many of them are on the “other side” of Playa. By that I mean west of the carretera, not in the touristy Centro. Sandy Toes is one of them and I’m slowly finding the good places to eat. Here’s a few recommendations.
Most importantly, there is Lo Nuevo El Fogon. I was so happy to find this restaurant not far from Sandy Toes. It’s on the corner Colosio, one street before Chemuyil. I’m inclined to agree with those on Trip Advisor and say El Fogon tacos are some of the best in Playa. Their trompo is a must. You can see below just like in the two in Centro, El Fogon is always packed with people from the moment it opens.
Another great place to eat is Bak Dune on Colosio. It’s a really small restaurant and can be easily missed. If you’re driving from the carretera, it’s before Chemuyil, on the left hand side. It’s a Mexican/Lebanese restaurant, but I have only had the Lebanese food. The falafels and the tabouleh are definitely worth ordering.
A solid choice for pizza is Adornetto’s in Plaza Real Ibiza. There menu isn’t huge, but what they offer is good. They also have huge salads served with bread that I’m a fan of. I probably order their Caesar salad that comes with rosemary focaccia once a week when I’m here.
On my last visit I discovered Mr. Dog for hamburgers and hot dogs. There is one in the Centro too. I’ve only tried their grilled hamburgers and I’m a repeat customer. Two thumbs up for Mr. Dog.
It’s been a few months since I’ve been to Sandy Toes and it’s time to check on my little beach pad. It’s fully equipped now and I can literally get my purse and hop on a plane. No packing necessary. Nada.
Here’s to everything being pristine at Sandy Toes, giving me 5 full beach days. PDC posts coming soon!
Have a closet or using an alcove as a closet, but don’t want the eyesore? Do what I did. I didn’t have enough room for a door in the hall closet, I opted for a window blind instead. People don’t even notice it at first.
Riviera Maya goes from slightly humid to “Omgawd, I can’t breathe” humid. So I chose to start the blind not quite at the top and have it pulled up slightly at the bottom. Circulation is key.
Eventually, I will have built in shelves and nicely organized, visually appealing storage. Until then, I’m totally okay with this.