Travel Diary: Tulum + Playa Del Carmen

March 17 2015 – Jennifer Rossi

Last December, my mama, 2 friends and I, took a quick trip to the Yucatan Peninsula to visit some of the people behind the production of Jen's Pirate Booty. We have a handful of workshops spread throughout Mexico. They are all run by local artisan families. It warms our hearts to be able to bring continuous work to so many villages in Mexico and allow the artisans to use their craft. To be able to work, doing something you love, is an incredible joy. A joy that I experience every single day.

A lot of the production we do in Mexico is done by hand. The Gauze that we use is a very delicate and tricky material and doesn't do well when mass produced. It requires specialty cutting, sewing and dying techniques. All of which the local artisans have mastered over many, many generations. 

This trip, we put a lot of focus on Mexican embroidery techniques for our upcoming Summer and Fall seasons. They are all done by local artisans and can take many days, upon weeks to create one piece. We have such an appreciation for this type of craftsmanship and are so honored and excited to be able to incorporate them into the collection. 

After we got some work done, we were able to escape to magical Tulum.  A place where neon aqua waters meet an endlessly, breathtaking, stretch of white sand beach. Adorning the beach are a ton of swanky little bungalows, tucked in to the trees. There is food from all over the world. The drinks are refreshing and ever flowing. The people exude fashion, style and grace...and there is an unexplainable vibration, that just keeps alluring you back. 

A quick list of a few of our favorite stops while in the Yucatan Peninsula...


Los Aguachiles - mouthwatering tostadas - find them in Tulum and Playa!

Caguameria de Esquina - same owners as Aguachiles and muy bueno

La Perla - refreshing mezcal cocktails + ceviche

Hotel La Semilla - a little oasis away from all the touristy resorts

La Cueva del Chango - breakfast spot 


Coqui Coqui - a hotel/castle on the beach in Tulum

Posada Margherita - an unexpected Italian Restaurant/hotel

CoCo Tulum - an inexpensive beachside hotel made up of thatched roof huts

El Tabano - a menu of endless interesting dishes using local ingredients

Urge Taquito - a taco shack in town with the biggest topping station I've ever seen



  • Kira: April 30, 2019
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    I’m going to Tulum next week & would love to know where the pink bar is! I would love to go ? Thanks!!

  • Michelle: April 30, 2019
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    Where did you buy those white flowey shorts with the colorful waistband?


    Thank you.

  • Jen's Pirate Booty: April 30, 2019
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    Hi Jessica, The pink swing was taken at the hotel next to Coco Tulum (wear we stayed for a few nights). I believe it is a bar on the beach!

  • Jessica Rudloff: April 01, 2016
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    Where is the picture of on the pink swing? Looks amazing I want to go there when I go! Thanks

  • Diana Orizaga: January 06, 2016
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    Wow, Nice photos. It seems you had so good moments on your mexico tour at Tulum beach. However my family also planning for a trip there. Already started arrangements for our trip. Recently my husband done booking a private vechile from a transport agency like “Nasttransfers”. Hope we will have unforgettable trip like you.

  • Jeanette : April 14, 2015
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    If this doesn’t resonate with cultural immersion what does! Beautiful pictures of beautiful people.

  • michaela: March 20, 2015
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    Wonderful trip and wonderful handmade…I admire people who produce these incredible clothing.Best regards from Slovakia Michaela.

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