Friday, September 24, 2010

Life Begins And Ends For The Tortugas On Coco Beach

Okay...... you can call me a slacker. It's not like I'm not busy doing things , I'm just not busy doing them here lately.

A couple of days ago, I was walking along the beach just in front of Natz Ti Ha and I saw a small group of people gathered 20 yards or so from the shoreline. Being the nosey type I am, I wandered over to see what was going on.

What I found was a sea turtle nest that was being examined by what I suppose were a couple of sea turtle experts given that they were crawling around in the sand and sticking their arms into the nest and writing a lot of things down in a notebook and on a clipboard. Plus, they were wearing badges which is always a giveaway.

They sorted and counted unhatched eggs and lined up little baby turtles that had died before they could get out of the nest. It was sad. They also very politely answered lots of questions from the small group of people that were standing by. I learned a few things about the turtles that I didn't know, which wasn't much to begin with. It was a good experience and I am happy to have been there to witness it. There is a bit of a happy ending to this story and if you click on the photo above, you'll find out why.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thanksgiving In Paradise

Looking for a break from the traditional Thanksgiving week at home? This year, why not take advantage of a very special Thanksgiving week in Playa Del Carmen at Condominiums Natz Ti Ha.

Arrive at Natz Ti Ha between Thursday November 18th and Saturday, November 20th. We’ll have a gift pack awaiting you upon your arrival.

On Sunday the 21st , attend the annual Taste of Playa. Last years inaugural event was one the best planned and best attended events in many years in Playa. This year’s event looks like it will be even bigger and better. The food is great, affordable and a portion of the proceeds goes to community service efforts in Playa Del Carmen. Learn more about it here:

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are yours to enjoy. If you need help arranging activities from parasailing to horseback riding, just let us know. Tours to Tulum or Chitchen Itza, no problem. Of course one of the best ways to spend the day is just relaxing on the beach in front of Natz Ti Ha. Everything you’ll need to do that will be inside your condo.

Although Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Mexico you will find a number of Playa’s restaurants offering a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in honor of the day on Thursday. Or, if you prefer you can prepare your own Thanksgiving dinner in your condo. Yes, turkeys will be available! There is even cranberry sauce these days in Playa.

And last but not at all least, the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival kicks off on Thursday the 25th with four days of free entertainment on Coco Beach just a short stroll along the beach from Natz Ti Ha. This year’s event includes among many others, the Manhattan Transfer. See more here:

If this isn’t already enough to get you in the mood to come to Playa we’ll up the ante just a little bit more by offering an additional discount off of our regular low season rates at Natz Ti Ha. From Thursday, November 18th to Tuesday, November 30th. Our featured 2 bedroom condos will be priced at only $150.00 per night and our 3 bedroom condos at $180.00 per night each with a minimum 7 night stay. This is a limited time offer and cannot be used for any other dates.
To reserve your dates visit us at or email us at See you in November! Gobble, Gobble!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I can't help it.... I really love this stuff. Maybe it's because I don't have to remember the words. Put on your headphones and listen in. more...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Playa Del Carmen Beach Restoration January, 2010

So .... after much anticipation and numerous false start dates, Playa Del Carmen is now getting a new beach, or at least a beach makeover, if you will.

With little or no notice, boats and equipment started showing up just offshore a couple of weeks ago. Within days a giant pipeline was laid along the ocean floor about 400 yards offshore and extending onto the beach near Constituentes. At first further progress was slow but when the heavy earth moving equipment showed up things really got going. In a little more than a week the beach has now been extended from Constituentes to almost Juarez a distance of more than half a mile and the pace of the work seems to be increasing. From east to west the beach width has increased about 35 to 45 yards.

Large tracors transport new pieces of pipe down the beach and connect them to the existing pipeline as the beach restoration moves steadily southward. The sand, mixed with water is pumped from the ship offshore through the pipeline under very high pressure and is then spread and leveled by bulldozers. The process is impressive to watch although it is difficult to get very close.

The sand is coming from a point just offshore from Cozumel, nine miles away. The container ship makes 2 or 3 trips a day to raise more sand from the ocean floor. The sand is sucked up into the ship vacuum cleaner style and then is pumped back out onto Playa's beach when the ship returns from Cozumel.

Not everyone is pleased by the new beach, especially many tourists who are vacationing in Playa at the moment and will not get a chance to even sit on it while they are here. Of course the little man who used to clean the little beach each day is a little overwhelmed as well. Hi sworkload has just increased a hundredfold.

The beach is entirely closed from Constituentes south as the restoration moves in that direction and that area of beach is entirely off limits. The area north of Constituentes is still open but a bit of a walk if you are staying downtown.

There also seems to be some confusion as to who is actually doing the beach work. At first it was said that a Belgian company, Jan De Nul, was doing the work with very high credentials for this type of project. Later the local newspapers said it was a Mexican company. I have a feeling if the project is a success it will be reported to have been done by a Mexican company and if it is a failure it will have been done by the Belgian company. Life expectancy of the new beach is estimated at 3 to 5 years at a cost somewhere around 90 million dollars US.

The project will continue 4.5 kilometers south of the ferry dock to the south end of Playacar with a terminus around the Sandos Hotel where a stone jetty has already been constructed to help keep the new beach where it belongs.

This video was taken down around 10th and the beach. The final frame showing the people on the beach is a futuristic projection that I thought was necessary. Within a few days, it should be a reality. Enjoy!

As a follow up, here is a photo of the new beach taken on January 23rd. Click on it for a bigger, better view.

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