Carmen - Mexico
The one where we stayed on the coast of Quintana Roo, being taken in by the magical charms of Playa. This is a city full of creative energy, entrepreneurial travellers and new businesses. We enjoyed staying right on the beach, with Tulum, Cozumel and Playacar beach right on our doorstep.
Dates: 2nd December 2017 - 12nd December 2016
7 American, 3 French, an Italian, an English
Where do we stayed?
Hotel, Playa del Carmen
Why Playa del Carmen?
We took off to the Yucatan Peninsula to spend the lead up to Christmas in Playa del Carmen. We were joined by entrepreneurs, freelancers and creative digital nomads looking to explore Mayan ruins, get productive and network in an inspirational (and beautiful) space.
We stayed in the centre of Playa, a city full of life and a burgeoning start-up scene. The city had just hosted Start Up Weekend, so it was the perfect destination for digital workers. We spent most of our days working off our rooftop, making our way through the menu in Cafe Chou Chou, and doing creative workshops by the pool.
During the week, we'd take time off work at 4pm to devote ourselves to problem solving for each other's businesses: whether it be a creative marketing strategy or developing the new face of a website. We also spent a lot of time revising what it meant to be on a Retreat with others, and how we can improve Nomad House in the future.
When it came to taking time off work, we dived into Playa's social scene - you can't avoid it. There are restaurants set in cenotes, beautiful beaches and the sun shines almost every day. The team took to morning meditation, Muay Thai and yoga during the day, and rooftop sundowners once 5pm came around.
During the weekend, we spent time in Tulum, Quintana Roo's cenotes and exploring Cozumel Island. Cozumel is dotted with beaches, snorkelling reefs and tiny beach bars decked with hammocks - and there's no signal once you leave the main town. It was the perfect place to digital detox, if only for a few hours.
We left the trip feeling like locals within Playa, and looking forward to the next adventure in Costa Rica with bright new ideas, tanned skin and a certain penchant for ceviche, tequila and tacos. Mexico was good to us.