How Safe Is Playa del Carmen for Travel?

Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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Playa del Carmen is a coastal resort town in Mexico.

It is a perfect place which offers tourists a relaxed holiday.

Tourists are attracted by adventure parks like Xcaret, Xplor and Xel ha, beach clubs and perfect beaches.

For those who are interested in shopping, there are various designer shops and luxury items that can be found there.

One of the attractions is playful spider monkeys at The Jungle Place sanctuary. 

Playa del Carmen has experienced extreme development nowadays and new luxury buildings, restaurants, and boutiques were built, to meet tourists’ needs.

Warnings & Dangers in Playa del Carmen

Overall Risk


Playa del Carmen is a safe place, but that should never be taken for granted. Tourists tend to be fully protected since tourism is the main source of economy. They need to be aware that they can easily become victims of express kidnappings, and people who are traveling on the metro and public transport might become targets of thieves.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Playa Del Carmen is not so huge, and you can walk to the most-visited parts of it, but sometimes you may have to use public transportation or a taxi. A taxi has no meters and the prices vary. If you decide to drive, be aware that traffic signs are not respected. Crime levels on buses and highways are high, particularly after dark.

Pickpockets Risk


When it comes to less serious crimes, pickpocketing is the most common. The only way to protect yourself is to watch for your belongings and be aware of your surroundings since thieves often work in cooperation with taxi drivers. Travelers should never use taxis hailed from the street.

Natural Disasters Risk


Besides the hurricane season which lasts from June to November, Playa del Carmen is prone to flooding and earthquakes. Severe weather and tsunamis, as well as several active volcanoes, are all possible natural disasters.

Mugging Risk


Unlike pickpocketing, kidnapping and mugging are very rare. The instances of express kidnappings were reported and victims were forced to withdraw money from ATMs. Tourists are the least attacked, but they need to remain careful.

Terrorism Risk


When it comes to the terrorism threat, Playa del Carmen is a safe city and the possibility of attack is low.

Scams Risk


There is a high risk of drink spiking, so never leave your food or drink unattended. You should not reveal your personal information. Credit card fraud is very frequent, so watch your surroundings when withdrawing money from ATMs, or use ATMs that are inside a bank.

Women Travelers Risk


Women traveling on public transport should be particularly vigilant, but overall, Playa del Carmen is not dangerous for solo women. There have been some reports of sexual harassment in bars and nightclubs.

So... How Safe Is Playa del Carmen Really?

The sunshine that lasts almost all year round is attractive to people all over the world.

Beautiful sandy beaches and turquoise blue sea are a paradise on the Earth.

Even though it has not such perfect beaches as some other destinations, Playa del Carmen is developing rapidly and thus attracts even more tourists.

The Mayan Rivera is considered a safe area and Playa Del Carmen generally is considered a safe place, compared to other tourist destinations.

Like in any other tourist place, there are things to watch out for.

Pickpockets operate on beaches and your possessions should not be left unattended while in water.

If you are a tourist who has an all-inclusive booked holiday, then you will not be affected by the crime and your vacation is considered extremely safe.

Do not let anyone discourage you from coming and experiencing a perfect vacation in Playa Del Carmen since it is for sure worth visiting.

Useful Information

  • Visas - A visa is not obligatory if you come to Mexico as a tourist and stay less than 180 days. Still, you need to make sure your passport is stamped by Mexican immigration officials on arrival. You might need to complete the FMM in advance online or on arrival in Mexico since all visitors to Mexico will be issued a traveler’s permit upon arrival.
  • Currency - The Mexican Peso is the official currency in Playa del Carmen. Mexico is not too expensive, but luxurious resorts are not so cheap. The USD is widely accepted while Australian currency and travelers' cheques are generally not accepted for exchange. ATMs can be found everywhere.
  • Weather - Playa del Carmen is the place that is most frequently visited during the peak season. It has a tropical climate, with the hot weather all year round and the dry season from November to February. However, it can be rainy from June to October. From August to October, there is a risk of Hurricanes in Playa del Carmen.
  • Airports - When coming to Playa del Carmen by plane, you can use any of the main international airports in Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Tijuana. However, the nearest one is the Cancún International Airport, which also has the cheapest flights.
  • Travel Insurance - It is very important to possess a travel insurance policy when coming to Playa del Carmen and if you happen to ride a motorbike, your policy must cover you when using a motorcycle in case an accident occurs while using it.
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Playa del Carmen Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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Feb 25° C
Mar 25° C
Apr 27° C
May 28° C
Jun 29° C
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Sep 28° C
Oct 27° C
Nov 26° C
Dec 25° C
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7 Reviews on Playa del Carmen

  1. If you are all-inclusive and go into playa del Carmen for the day you will be plagued by men pretending to be a staff member of your hotel on his day off. They try to get you to go with them to their relatives’ shop. They know all the wrist bands for each hotel.

    1. Same here but they did sell me nice jewelry! Did not feel in danger at any time!

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    Anonymous says:

    years ago this happened to me wasn’t aggressive or anything but almost made me feel like we had met at the resort I was staying at .

    1. Dangerous

      I was robbed of my money in my jewelry. It is no longer safe. The police robbed me! Very dangerous! Do not go there!

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        Anonymous says:

        how recent was your visit, Sandra?

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    Anonymous says:

    Do not go to Cancun or Playa Del Carmen. The police are corrupt and will rob you you are not safe. My money and my jewelry was stolen by the police.


    I’ve been to Cancun 6 times now. Never had a problem with safety. I feel safer there than some places where I live in the U.S. People treat you like royalty and thank you for coming because you keep them employed. Mexicans are very humble people and they come to the U.S. to do the work that Americans will never do. I hate to see how people treat them here.

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