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So you're planning to visit Playa del Carmen? We've got you covered.
You'll find everything you need, from how to get to Playa del Carmen to what you can expect while you're here.
Get information and reviews on where to stay in the region (Riviera Maya), whether it’s an all inclusive resort or condohotel.
You'll have a blast in Playa because there's something for everyone. Eat at great restaurants, discover tours and activities, have fun at local events or just go shopping.
This is your guide to experiencing the best of what Playa del Carmen has to offer.
And because locals always get the best prices, we offer discounts on tours, transfers, hotels and packages.
The high seasons in the Riviera Maya/Playa del Carmen 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 340 days of sunshine per year and a year-round average of temperature of 27°C / 80°F.
Mexican money is the peso. Exchange rates vary but count on about 16 pesos for 1USD. You can exchange your money at some hotel receptions and at exchange booths located across town. USD will be accepted almost everywhere, but at variable exchange rates.
The population of the Yucatan peninsula is a combination of Maya and Spanish mestizos.
No visas are required for US and Canada, but tourist cards are a must. Stays are good up to 180 days.
110 volts. Same as U.S.
-5 hours GMT. Daylight savings is no longer observed.
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.
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 area is limited to a rare pick-pocketing or overcharging for drinks. Use common sense.
Spanish, Mayan and English are spoken in major cities.
There’s far too much. Cuban cigar smokers will be pleased: they’re legal here.
Silver jewelry, pottery, hammocks, honey, coffee, embroidered dresses, Panama hats, men’s guayabera shirts, wood carvings and blankets. Tequila, mezcal and hot sauce.
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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