Playa del Carmen Safety Guide

So everyone has heard some or other horror story about Mexico, and yes many of them are true. But you are planning to go on vacation and the popular vacation spots are usually safe and well-protected by the Mexican authorities. Here are some important issues that you might want to familiarize yourself with to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trip.

General safety

Playa del Carmen is generally a safe town. As anywhere, use your common sense in order to avoid trouble.

  • Don’t wander around drunk (and/or alone) after dark
  • When out at night, watch your drink
  • Make sure you cannot be pick pocketed easily
  • Talk to strangers, but trust your instincts
  • Always wear your seat belt
  • Don’t do anything illegal
  • Don’t hang out with people who engage in illegal activities

In the sun

The Caribbean sun is very strong. If you are not careful this strong sun combined with time spent in the sea could cause sunburn or sunstroke. Wear high factor sunscreen, reapply often, and try to stay in the shade during peak hours. Certain tours require biodegradable sunscreen. This type of sunscreen uses minerals instead of chemicals. Chemicals damage the coral reef, pollute the water and your body.

You can find biodegradable sunscreen at your local pharmacy, on Amazon and in most of your hotel resort shops. You may also want to consider sun-protective clothing in order to avoid sunburn. This type of clothing is especially recommended for children.

Drinking water

You can never drink enough water! Remember that you are spending time under the sun or at the very least in a tropical climate. You need to drink at least 2-3 liters of water per day in order to avoid dehydration. All inclusive resorts as well as local restaurants 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 on site. Fruits and vegetables are generally washed with tap water combined with a product that contains an iodine-based disinfectant. You can use tap water to brush your teeth, but do not drink the tap water as it has a very high mineral content.

Stomach troubles

Many visitors have stomach troubles while on vacation. Do not blame the water!!! You are in a new environment that your body is not necessarily accustomed to and radical changes in temperature, amount of food eaten, types of food eaten, alcohol intake and hours spent in the sun are all factors that could result in intestinal problems.

Enjoy everything but be sure to drink 2-3 liters of water per day. Remember that if you are going to have a party that their will be a price to pay! Be prepared by bringing all your favorite medicines with you on vacation.

It’s a bug’s life!

Playa del Carmen is located in the Caribbean, a tropical vacation spot. Tropical means hot, humid climate, coastal mangrove swamps and lots of lush, jungle vegetation. This is an insect paradise! The major all-inclusive hotels do fumigate on a daily basis.

It is highly recommended to use biodegradable insect repellent especially around dusk and dawn. Also most tours that travel the island will inevitably visit attractions in the jungle so take your biodegradable insect repellent with you on all tours.

Playa del Carmen Tours and Activities

Experience a sun-bathed Caribbean coastal destination graced with endless white sand beaches, turquoise blue seawater and a wide range of exciting tour activities. Please review selected highlights below and contact us to help you create an unforgettable experience in Mexico.