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Welcome to PlayaDelCarmen.com!

This site will take you through all the steps from how to get to Playa del Carmen and what to expect while you are here.

We have information and reviews on where to stay in the Riviera Maya, whether it’s an all inclusive resort or condohotel.

We also have a list of things to do while you are here in Mexico, from the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen, to activities to do with kids, excursions and local events.

We want to show you the best of what Playa del Carmen has to offer.

And, of course, locals always get the best prices so we offer discounts on tours, transfers, hotels and packages.

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The Basics, at a glance...

WHEN TO VISIT/WEATHER

The high seasons in the Yucatan occur in the "winter" months from December through April and again during summer vacation in July and August. The peak seasons in Playa del Carmen are Christmas and Spring Break (Semana Santa) which is the week before and after Easter. The weather varies a little, but has an average of 40 days of sunshine per year and a year-round average of temperature of 27°C / 80°F.

CURRENCY

Mexican money is the peso. Exchange rates vary but count on about 12.5 pesos for 1USD. You can exchange your money at most hotel receptions and at exchange booths located across town. USD will be accepted almost everywhere, but at variable exchange rates. 

PEOPLE

The population of the Yucatan is a combination of Maya and Spanish mestizos. 

VISA

No visas are required for US and Canada, but tourist cards are a must. Stays are good up to 180 days.

CLOTHING & ELECTRICITY

Pack light.
110 volts. Same as U.S.

TIME ZONES:

-6 hours GMT. Daylight savings is observed. Fall back on the last Sunday in October. Spring forward on the first Sunday in April.

FLIGHT TIMES (HOURS) TO CANCUN

New York (3.5); Miami (1.5); Los Angeles (4.5); Vancouver BC (6); Toronto (4.5); Denver (4); and Europe (12). Playa del Carmen is 45 minutes south of Cancun airport.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Most hotels and restaurants offer purified tap water, but when outside your hotel drink bottled or seltzer water (agua mineral) to be sure. Qualified English-speaking doctors are available for health emergencies. Crime in the Yucatan is limited to a rare pick-pocketing or overcharging for drinks. Use common sense.

LANGUAGE

Spanish, Mayan and English are spoken in major cities.

SMOKING

There’s far too much. Cuban cigar smokers will be pleased: they’re legal here.

THINGS TO BUY

Silver jewelry, pottery, hammocks, honey, coffee, embroidered dresses, Panama hats, men’s guayabera shirts, wood carvings and blankets. Tequila, mezcal and hot sauce.

DRIVING/CAR RENTAL

Rental cars can be expensive, and you should buy all the insurance they offer. Roads are excellent but night driving is very dangerous for a variety of reasons. Buses are a good alternative and very reasonable.

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