The secret has long been out on the special magic that is Mexico's absurdly idyllic, Instagram-ready town of Tulum. Somehow, the greatness of the destination has not been diluted despite growing popularity.
However, recent news suggests there may in fact be trouble in paradise. As reported by Condé Nast Traveler, some 20 hotels, restaurants, shops, and homes were raided this week due to so-called land violations. What exactly does that mean? According to the travel magazine, "Mexican law does not allow foreigners to own oceanfront property outright—a third party or financial institution is required to be landlord." The evictions were in response to an alleged breach to these property agreements.
Popular destinations such as the much-adored Coqui Coqui Boutique Hotel (pictured above) and Uno Astrolodge are among the properties seized and temporarily closed. Guests were turned out and relocated while hasty barbed-wire fences have been erected over the course of the last few days. Meanwhile, a #freecoquicoqui hashtag has emerged on social media, with friends of the involved establishments expressing hope for future good news.
For all the parties involved, here's hoping for a peaceful, fair resolution to these rumblings of instability.
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