Whether it's frequent visits to the bathroom, insects, water quality or crime, we've got you covered. Here are a few tips to keep you healthy and safe while visiting Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Mexico has a bad reputation for being a dangerous country, but just like any other city, there are areas to avoid. The Mayan Riviera is generally a safe area, with very little for the tourists to worry about.
Many people want know, is Playa del Carmen safe?
Wouldn’t you follow these same guidelines at home?
Some tourists do get stomach troubles, which can interrupt a vacation.
It is easy to blame the water, or food, but there are a few things to keep in mind. Vacationing in a tropical climate is typically a change in temperature, humidity, and exposure to sun you're used to.
You'll generally eat more (buffets!) and different types of food. Some visitors tend to drink a lot more alcohol. All of this combined may cause a stomach upset.
It may not be the water or the food, but simply just your body reacting to all the changes.
Bring along your favorite medication for upset stomach or try a natural and very effective alternative called activated charcoal.
The sun in Playa del Carmen is very strong. Combined with the time spent in the water, this can be the perfect combination for sunburn and sunstroke.
Wear high factor sunscreen, reapply often, and try to stay in the shade during peak hours.
Certain tours actually require biodegradable sunscreen. This type of sunscreen uses minerals instead chemicals. Chemicals damage the coral reef, pollute the water and your body. You can find biodegradable sunscreen at your local pharmacy, Amazon.com and it's also readily available for sale at your resort.
You may also want to consider sun-protective clothing in order to avoid sunburn. This type of clothing is extremely recommended, especially for children.
All inclusive resorts as well as local restaurants will ALWAYS serve filtered water and ice and make their coffee, tea and soup from this water. Some of the bigger all inclusive resorts even have their own water filtration units.
Fruits and vegetables are generally washed with tap water but with a product that contains an iodine based disinfectant.
You can use the tap water to brush your teeth, however, do not drink the tap water.
Drink water and lots of it. The myth that the water in Mexico makes people sick is outdated. There is a better chance of you getting sick from not drinking enough water and ending up with sunstroke and dehydration :-)
On the beach you will notice flags, that work like traffic lights.
Green means it is safe to swim. Yellow means proceed with caution. With a yellow flag, some water activities such as catamarans and kayaks will be suspended. Red light means no swimming and water sports will be canceled.
There are not always lifeguards on the beach even in the all inclusive resorts. The currents can be quite strong and can change quickly. Please stay safe and pay attention to the flags.
Playa del Carmen and the Mayan Riviera are a tropical climate and surrounded for the most part by lush vegetation and jungle. Insects come hand-in-hand.
Although many of the all inclusive resorts do spray for mosquitoes and fumigate on a regular basis for other insects, you may want to wear bug repellent especially at dawn and dusk.
Some resorts have a lot of tropical vegetation and you may be participating in excursions that take you into the jungle. Wear biodegradable bug repellent.