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Is Playa Del Carmen Safe? What are the dangers and is there crime in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico that you should be worried about for your vacation? What is the low down on Playa Del Carmen crime? Since we are in the area, we can tell you everything you need to know here so you can have a safe time vacationing Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico has been safe place especially compared to other tourist destinations or even where you might live. There are things however, to watch out for and know what are areas of concern. In general tourists have few issues with safety in Playa Del Carmen. Below we mention some safety concerns and general things to look for and our top tips. In a Covid time or post quarantine times, we are seeing a rise of some crime in Playa Del Carmen. As lack of jobs and desperation often causes a rise.
We often see similar situations after major hurricanes when many people are without work. What we are seeing now is a rise of theft and street crime. While most tourist do not experience anything different, we like to keep readers informed of increases or changes to safety in Playa Del Carmen.
To avoid increased chances, it is better to not be out walking late at night by yourself or as a couple in remote areas. If people appear to be drunk Playa del carmen prostitutes tipsy, these people are often targets for crime at night. Be aware of your surroundings and try to avoid late night drinking and walking home.
These situations heighten your chances of running into bad characters. If you are coming to an all inclusive resort in or near Playa Del Carmen, they are not affected at all nor is travel to and from the airport. This type of vacation travel is extremely safe and safer then most touristic destinations in the world. Resorts are very safe places for vacation in the Riviera Maya.
We try to take a balanced approach to keeping visitors aware of what the situation is here with crime. Safety is the upmost concern on our mind. That is why we have written this guide. While the rise in crime is sad to see we also do not want to be alarmist. Most everyone that has recently came, has enjoyed themselves and has not been effected by crime. In we have seen less crime Playa del carmen prostitutes Crime peaked in early and even though some violent crimes happen, it is receding for now.
Mexico in general gets a bad reputation for crime. The first thing to remember is, Mexico is a BIG country and what is actually the truth may be different from exaggerated or focused reporting. For example, if something happens on the east coast of the United States do people cancel their trips to the west coast? Or if something happens in the north of Europe do people cancel their sunny vacations in Spain? No, not at all! That is because in both examples these places are large and localized events do not effect most other places that are so far a way.
The second thing we have to consider are the facts. Here in Mexico the news loves to publish gory stories about car crashes complete with photos and other shocking stories. It grabs your attention and has shock value. How many people would read about a family that goes to Mexico on vacation and they had nice sunny days, amazing food and a good time with nothing bad happening?
Increasingly in other countries media outlets they report shocking news to grab attention. Reporters increasingly outsource writings or only jump on the band wagon to write about the current popular topic that sells Playa del carmen prostitutes to make a profit. With this being said, there are always people that will take advantage of other people and crime can happen anywhere.
But with a little caution and knowledge, you can eliminate the risk of something happening to you that will distract from your vacation. Pickpocketing on 5th Avenue is hardly ever heard of and quite frankly surprising due to the thousands of tourist that walk that pedestrian street daily. You should be normally careful on 5th Avenue.
There are however two places to be a little more alert, restaurants and supermarkets. This is something new we have had to add to the list. Starting around the second half of we have heard of a few reports of people getting things stolen out of purses at restaurants. It is easy to sit down and enjoy a meal and forget your open purse on the floor or back of your chair. Be especially cautious at tourists restaurants. There have been some reports of pickpocketing at grocery stores. This happens while a purse in in a cart or someone bumps into you while someone else takes your wallet.
This can happen to both men and women. This is not frequent, but we do hear of it happening. Men should have their wallet in their front pocket or not in a loose pocket. Women should not have an open purse and do not leave your purse in your cart while you are shopping. This is the one time people target people for theft.
This is not a major issue since everywhere tourist go, they often pay more for things even without knowing it. Here are some tips on how not to overpay in Playa Del Carmen. There are three aspects we will look at:.
While shopping, look around. A good rule to have when traveling is, never buy anything the first day. It is good to see what is out there and what a good price is. If you are shopping in Playa Del Carmenbargaining is pretty much not done. Yes people pretend to give a discount but they are really just offering the real price. Prices are really fixed here, it is just a matter of knowing what the real price is.
Most stores already offer the real price, you get into a little negotiation with smaller street sellers. If things are not marked with a price then often the seller will size up and come up with a price that they think they can ask. Then when you try to get a lower price they might come down. To avoid this just look for items to be priced. Many stores on 5th Avenue will offer tax free shopping for tourists. This means that the tax added is returned after you file the claim at the airport. There are different programs and readers have gotten different from buying things.
Some have never gotten the refund see our article here on tax free shopping and the comments. Buy things you want and expect to pay the price. The last aspect is taxis. Taxis in all countries get a reputation for their schemes and over charging people.
Here in Playa there are no meters but a chart Playa del carmen prostitutes rates based on the area you are going to and from. Check out our taxi information in the Tourist information here on our website for a chart. At night when you might have been out drinking, taxi drivers can ask or say an even higher price. Not all taxi drivers do this and in general, just knowing the price helps to avoid paying more for the cab. So be prepared Playa del carmen prostitutes some Spanish.
At least know your destination in Spanish or Hotel name. Taxi drivers usually do know s in English if that is the only English they know. Taxis to Cancun Airport are safe but since there is no set price it can be more that what is normal. The best is booking a private transfer with a discount for a round trip rather than a taxi from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen. Alternatively, you can also see our guide on all transportation options from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen here. Tip: Taxis hailed on the street are cheaper from taxi stands.
They really are the same taxis, they are just more convienent at taxi stands. Yes this can be a safety issue.
We see tourist all the time jay walking and thinking they have the right away while crossing a busy street. Not all intersections are four way stops and traffic flows at different speed and there are drivers with all levels of skills on the road. Taxi drivers are notorious for driving fast to get to the next fare and with an influx of people moving to Playa Del Carmen from other parts of Mexico, drivers here are sometimes just as unfamiliar with the local road rules as a tourist. There are raised crosswalks that can be found on 10th Avenue, Juarez, 30th Avenue and a few other streets.Playa del carmen prostitutes
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Dangers and Safety in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico