Local Tips

















Local Tips

Playa del Carmen or just “Playa” as it is also commonly referred to by locals, it is at the center of the Mayan Riviera and offers a more relaxed atmosphere, smaller boutique lodgings, and a distinct Mexican and International flavors.


Playa is blessed with a perfect climate of an average year-round temperature of 78 degrees. Our wonderful destination has become world-class known and it offers sophisticated accommodations, spectacular sport fishing, unique scuba diving, superb restaurants and a renowned nightlife. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here!



Mexico as the rest of Latin America is a Spanish speaking country; although since Tourism is the largest source of income, almost everybody speaks English in a fluent way.



Even though the currency in Mexico is Pesos, most places will accept USD. Approximately $1.00 usd = $12.00 pesos


Credit Cards

Most major credit cards (Visa, Master Card and Amex) are widely accepted. In restaurants, it is best to ask before ordering, not every business accepts credit cards. Banks give cash advances and they all have ATM machines at their locations, for after hours cash.


Drinking Age

The legal drinking age is 18.



México uses the same voltage as the United States and Canada. If you are coming from Europe, or any country that uses 220 volts, you will need the proper adapters.


Cellular phone

Some cellular services will allow you to roam in Mexico. Most cell phones will work, but they must be reprogrammed by the local service provider (Movistar, Iussacel or Telcel).



Do not drink tap water. In hotels and most restaurants, you will get purified water. Buy bottled water to be on the safe side.

Walking at night

It is safe to walk around the 5th av. at night. There is very little crime in the Playa del Carmen but uses your common sense, and be careful. As elsewhere on the beach, do not leave money or valuables unattended in public areas .This applies only to Playa del Carmen; the mainland of Mexico is another matter.


Taxi rates

Taxi fares are determined by different zones, outlined in this rate sheet. Traveling within one zone costs fourteen pesos, and rates rise as you travel between zones. To travel to an adjacent zone generally costs 20 pesos (except to Zone 5/Playacar, which is more expensive), and then the rate increases incrementally as you travel into additional zones. To go from zone 3 to zone 4, for example, costs 25 pesos, as it is necessary to travel through zones 2 and 1 to reach zone 4. Taxis in zone 5 cost 40 pesos. Zone 1 is the area between Calle 7 and Calle 34, and east of Diagonal 85. Zone 2 is north of Calle 34, with zone 3 being farther north. Zone 5 is the area west of diagonal 85, and zone 5 is the area known as Playacar


Hospitals and doctors

There is a nice hospital and several English speaking doctors.



Swimming in the Riviera Maya is safe because it is home to the second largest coral reef in the world, protecting the coast. Still, there might be some dangerous current, but if it respects the flag system and not be afraid to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean.


  • Green Flag – completely safe for swimming, but always use common sense
  • Yellow Flag – Mar slightly agitated. Swim with caution.
  • Red Flag – Sea very rough. Swim with extreme caution. Stay close to the coast.
  • Black Flag – No swim. Too dangerous.

Topless beaches

They are illegal in México although the practice is tolerated in Playa del Carmen.


Tips indicate that you were satisfied during your stay. Porters: a tip of one or two dollars per bag is appropriate. Maids: at the end of your stay, a fee of one dollar per day will be appreciated. Taxi drivers: Tipping is given only when holding an additional service to transport. In bars and restaurants: a tip of 10 to 15% of the total value of consumption is usual. Always check that the tip is not included in the bill.