When traveling to Mexico, many people worry about safety. Mexico has gained a certain bad reputation, mostly because of sensational news coverage. The media tends to paint the whole country with a broad brush, and people expect drug wars and crime.
But luckily, the reality is different. Mexico sure has its hot spots, and like anywhere else, there are areas to avoid. The Riviera Maya however, with its big resorts and many tourists visiting, is free of most dangers. Playa del Carmen is probably the safest city in Mexico, much safer even than many northern American cities. Simply use your common sense – just as you do at home.
The nightlife in Playa del Carmen is considered safe. Use your common sense, and apply the same safety precautions you would at home – don’t leave your drink unwatched or keep an eye on your belongings. Just unwind and have fun at one of many clubs in the 12th street, or visit a bar on the 5th Avenue or watch the moon shine over the Caribbean Sea at a beach bar!
Safety at the beach
During the day, the beach is a very safe place to stay at. Of course, just as anywhere, keep an eye on your belongings. If you want to go to the beach at night, stay downtown, and make sure there are crowds close by. Otherwise, you might be an easy victim for robbery. At Playa Palms Beach Hotel, we have a night guard on the beach side.
Safety using public transportation
The public buses here are very safe to use. There are the ADO buses that bring you to the airport, to Tulum or to any other city in Mexico, and the smaller microbuses that bring you to places within the city. Also, the colectivos that run between Playa del Carmen and Cancun or Tulum are safe to use – once you get used to their driving style. Taxis are normally safe too, you might want to order a taxi with your hotel’s staff. Most hotels can help you arrange a transfer to and from the airport.
Safety while driving
If you don’t feel comfortable driving a car, Playa del Carmen is very easy to get around on foot or using taxis. Having that said, if you don’t leave bags or any belongings visible inside the car, it’s safe to park them on the street side. When driving, just be aware that some people here might drive a bit more careless than what you’re used to.
Safety on tours
Usually, tours are safe too. We recommend, however, if possible, to book tours through your hotel. This way you make sure to have a certified guide, and they know where you are at and with whom. At Playa Palms Beach Hotel, our concierge or the front desk staff are happy to consult you on tours and book them for you.