Keep up with this story and more When Caro arrived here 30 years ago, however, there wasn’t a hotel in sight: It was just a stretch of vacant land about 40 miles from the nearest city.
She built a house on a small beachfront property and lived there with her family until three years ago.
Tulum has become so popular with young American tourists that it’s been referred to as “the Williamsburg of Mexico,” after the hipster neighborhood in Brooklyn.“We’ve had CEOs and millionaires from Berlin, Paris and New York,” says Henning Schaub from Design Hotels, which manages the Papaya Playa Project hotel.
When contacted by phone and told he was speaking with a journalist, he said, “You’ve got the wrong number” and hung up.) “For evictions of this size, you need everything to work like clockwork,” says Pedro Hernandez, who owned a hotel that was seized in 2014.
“No one but a governor has that kind of power.”The Schiavon family from northern Mexico has laid claim to much of the beachfront land for years and reportedly instigated the latest evictions—signs outside many of the evicted hotels claim the land is their property.
“They told us to get out, that they were taking our house.”The police declared her house had been built illegally and the state was repossessing it.
Caro’s home was one of 14 properties the authorities took control of that day, including several hotels from which tourists were thrown out on the street, luggage in hand.
“I’m not taking deposits for reservations, because I don’t know if I’ll still be here in December.”Others feel frustrated that Tulum’s rampant growth has led to this.