When visiting Playa del Carmen you really don’t need much. To help you avoid carrying too many things, here are the essentials you need on your vacation in the Riviera Maya.
Playa del Carmen has an average of 340 sunny days and the sun is strong, so be aware that you may get burned easily when you’re of lighter skin type. But while conventional sunscreens protect your skin, they damage the underwater environment when washing off. To prevent this, buy an environmentally friendly, biodegradable product. Cenotes and eco-parks, such as Xel-ha or Cozumel’s marine parks, require the use of biodegradable sunscreens.
Especially from May to August the sun in very strong. If you’re visiting Playa del Carmen then, better bring a hat or something to cover your head.
After Sun Lotion
Alternatively you can look out for the Aloe Vera plant itself. They grow everywhere here. Its sap applied directly to the sunburn soothes and heals better than anything else! Try first on a hidden part on your body, to make sure you aren’t allergic.
Flip-flops, Swimsuit, Beach Bag and Sunglasses
In other words everything you need for a relaxing day at the beach. Bring more than one swimsuit; because of the humid climate they take a while to dry. Flip-flops are also useful on rainy days – the streets here can turn into rivers.
There aren’t too many mosquitoes in Playa del Carmen, but they’re here, especially around cenotes and on some archaeological sites. You might want to use a DEET-free repellent since the chemicals can damage your skin when used often.
In Mexico the power sockets that are used are of type A / B (the same as in the US and Canada) and the standard voltage is 127 V. Check the voltage label on your electrical appliance. If it states “Input: 100-240V, 50/60 HZ”, it can be used in all countries. Talking about electrical device, don’t forget to bring your charging cables!
If you have a headache or are hangover you probably don’t want to go out seeking a pharmacy. They don’t take up much space or weight in your luggage anyway.
Money to Tip
Carry on some cash. Single dollar bills, twenty- or fifty-peso bills do the job. In Mexico it’s standard to tip not only at a bar or restaurant, but also the bell boy, tour guide, drivers… it’s considered rude if you don’t. Unless the service was really bad, of course.
Bring some in your carry on to fill out the migration papers in the plane.
If you’re visiting Playa del Carmen in the winter, bring a pair of jeans, a sweater, maybe a scarf and you’re good. From July to November there is a higher chance for heavy rain – a rain poncho can come in handy.
What You Don’t Need to Bring
The Hotel Playa Palms team wants you to enjoy your vacation without having to carry a lot. In your room you will find shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and a hairdryer. Upon request a flat iron will be brought to your room and at the front desk we hand out beach towels.