Each year Pantone selects a "Color of the Year", and we think this year’s Classic Blue hue could have been plucked straight from the landscape of Mexico’s Riviera Maya! The “dependable and stable” blue tone was reportedly inspired by our collective desire for calmness and clarity, because Pantone says it “re-centers our thoughts.” Whatever the inspo, we couldn’t help but notice that Pantone’s 19-4052 Classic Blue is found throughout the Mexican Caribbean, from the beaches of Playa del Carmen to Tulum, also making a regular appearance in the velvety night sky over our pristine tropical jungle.
About the Color of the Year
Described as “a deep blue shade that is at once comforting and relatable,” the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is both elegant and timeless in its essence. As with the sky at dusk or the waves of the clear Caribbean Sea, Pantone’s Classic Blue tone hearkens to our collective desire to build a strong foundation as we head into a new era.
“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith”, stated Leatrice Eiserman, who serves as Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication".
Here are just a few of the places you can expect to find Pantone’s Classic Blue 2020 Color of the Year in Mexico’s Riviera Maya:
Diving in the Caribbean Sea
As one of the world’s top diving destinations, the Riviera Maya is the perfect place to snorkel or dive, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional. The clear turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean Sea also have deeper blue-toned ribbons of color woven among the crystalline waves, with the world’s second largest barrier reef located just offshore and endless miles of soft white-sand beaches where you can soak up the sun.
Mexico’s entire Yucatan Peninsula is dotted with cenotes (pronounced “say-note-tays”), which are freshwater limestone caverns that contain underground pools and rivers, which are often connected. Again, a true diver’s paradise, there are cenotes to suit virtually every age and skill level, whether you are a real adventure seeker or totally new to the idea. Still, Pantone’s Classic Blue color doesn’t have anything on the incredible range of blue and green tones you will find in the cenotes of Mexico’s Riviera Maya!
Interior Design and Accessories
Even the Riviera Maya’s best luxury boutique hotels have unwittingly incorporated accessories and other design elements that mimic Pantone’s Classic Blue tones! Just take KASA Hotel Parota in Tulum and KASA Hotel Riviera Maya in Puerto Aventuras as examples; both have used this rich, peaceful tone on everything from accent walls to the infinity-edge swimming pool and a variety of furniture pieces, creating a tranquil, resilient, serene atmosphere throughout both properties.
Whether you are enjoying the incredible view from atop one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s amazing ancient pyramids or while dancing the night away on the beach in Tulum, the sky over Mexico’s Riviera Maya pays daily homage to Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, taking their Classic Blue to new heights of splendor over the vast tropical jungle.
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Want to see more? Read, Riviera Maya Road Trip: Beautiful Beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula.