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.

Sandy Toes “Almost Finished” Decor

Movin’ right along with my Sandy Toes beach condo. Here’s the final result from this visit. (No changing/rearranging anymore. Additions only!)

My “No Entryway” entryway

The sala

The kitchen

The desk zone

1 of 2 bedrooms

The 2nd bedroom is not worth looking at yet.

I’m leaving this time with Sandy Toes beginning to actually feel like a home.

Small Condo Hack-No Door Space

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.

The Crash and Burn of My Patio Decor Hopes

When I got the keys to Sandy Toes, I had big plans for my patio. Specifically, a tiny zen space. Something like this:

And then this happened:

Living in Playa, there are certain realities:

  • Dryers are not that common. There was the possibility of a stackable, but then they were few and far between to find. Not a popular item I guess. So, like most of the other “Playanese’s”, you will find me line drying my clothes.
  • Central air is also not that common and I wanted air in each room. Therefore, I have 3 air conditioners beautifully stacked in front of my bedroom window. Air conditioning is worth it.
  • Aesthetics are not always a priority in Mexican construction. You can see the tubes to my air conditioning units and the add on wall my neighbor did, but didn’t finish on my side. Do I really want to pay to make this more visually appealing? Nope.
  • Caged patios are common. This is a necessary evil aesthetic, especially when you are not a full time resident. The bars are on the windows are not my favorite either. Bars=Investment Protection and I’m okay with that.
  • Grass is a no-no as it’s a welcome mat for critters. That’s all a local has to tell me. No grass, check.

I have now accepted that my patio is for utilitarian purposes only. It provides my safety and comfort just like a zen garden, just in a different way. Plus the benefit of clean clothes.

Desk vs. Dining Room Table

I had a decent size bar built into the kitchen of Sandy Toes. I love this bar and have no regrets. However, it did leave me with an incredibly small dining space.

Instead of a small bistro set, I decided on a desk. The deciding factor being the bar is not that comfortable for extended periods of time on my computer. I needed a desk more than I needed a bistro table (which in reality, I would probably never use).

The usable space was 80 inches long by 38 inches wide. Because the space is so small, I knew I didn’t want any heavy looking furniture. I found a glass and metal desk and it’s perfect.

I might switch out the chair, but for now it’s fine.




Bracing Myself for What’s Inside

It’s been almost 6 months since I’ve been to Sandy Toes. Last time I had only a few months in between visits to Sandy Toes and the bug/worm population exploded inside. Well, maybe I exaggerate. You can look up the past post and see for yourself.

Sandy Toes was closed up from August through December and I was nervous to see what I would find inside. Would there be mold on/in the couch and beds? Scorpions somewhere, anywhere? My neighbor found a huge one in her condo, so the fear is real. There we were at Sandy Toes. The moment of truth.

And it was mostly fine. A few things were showing some mold.  A wood coaster I had in the bathroom and the wooden spoons in the kitchen. A couple of creepy crawlers dead on the floor, but that was it.  This was success in my book.

Here are the precautions I took before leaving Sandy Toes the last time:

  1. Thorough cleaning of the entire condo.
  2. Laundered bedding was not left on the bed, but folded on the side.
  3. Windows cracked open.
  4. I have a small condo, but I used large amounts of DampRid in every room with the exception of the bathroom.
  5.  I sprayed outside and inside the condo (including around the windows & doors) with Home Defense 6 month bug spray.
  6. I blocked the bottoms of the doors shoving cardboard underneath to prevent bugs.

Regardless of how long I am away, this will be the routine I use against bugs and mold. Now onto enjoying Sandy Toes.