Playa Del Carmen Tourism

Playa del Carmen, or simply Playa is a lovely vibrant city located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo of Mexico. A popular tourist spot, this town is located south of Cancun and is a location for PGA Tour golf tournaments and has featured in many shows and movies.

When here, Quinta Avenida or the 5th Avenue is the place to be. Filled with many interesting touristy spots like clubs, souvenir shops, and cute little cafes, this pedestrian-only, tourist thoroughfare is always bustling. Lined with palm trees on its beaches, take a walk along this street that runs parallel to the beach.

And the beaches? well everyone comes to Playa for its beaches. There are so many beaches to choose from. There is the iconic Parque Fundadores, the hip Calle 10 Beach, the controversial Mamitas Beach, the brilliant Mamitas Beach, and the beautiful Coco Reef beach.

Essential travel information and Playa Del Carmen tips for your visit

  • Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)
  • Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)
  • Electricity: The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. In Playa Del Carmen, the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B.
  • Languages: Spanish, English, Mayan (rarely)
  • Internet: While almost all hotels have Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G connectivity in Playa Del Carmen is pretty good.
  • Security: Police - 999; Ambulance - 997; Fire - 998; Traffic police - 993
  • Tipping: Tipping in Playa Del Carmen is very similar to tipping in the United States. You can tip in US Dollars as well as in Peso. The typical tip for food service is 10% to 20%, $1 per person per room for each housekeeping visit, and cab driver depending on the extra duty they do.
  • What to wear: Light clothes, sunscreen, a hat, sandals
  • Be ready to walk more. The easiest way to get around town is on foot
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers. And make sure you are in groups when venturing out late at night.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Playa Del Carmen

  • Know the pollution level of Playa Del Carmen before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 15.63 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 84.38 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 59.38 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65.63 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 78.57 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 68.75 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 34.38 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Playa Del Carmen for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Playa Del Carmen.

    • Burglary and Theft 46.51 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 45.35 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 48.84 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 85.26 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 33.72 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.21 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 43.6 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 66.03 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 82.74 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 63.95 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 28.85 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 19.87 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 52.91 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Playa Del Carmen is 119.44 (High)

    • Safety Index 52.2 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 82.12 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 51.57 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.33 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 37.92 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 66.67 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 19.61 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 28.12 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Playa Del Carmen

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.44 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 27.8 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 75.33 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 43.05 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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