Is Playa del Carmen Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Playa del Carmen is moderately safe for solo female travelers. Like any other tourist area, it's crucial to take standard safety measures. This includes avoiding lonely areas, especially at night, not flashing valuable belongings, and using reputable transportation services. There's been some crime reported in the city, but typically tourists are not the primary targets. Take precautions and you should have a pleasant trip.

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How safe is Playa del Carmen?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Moderate

Playa del Carmen generally maintains a relaxed and tourist-friendly atmosphere. However, it's always crucial to take standard safety measures while walking alone at night, regardless of the location. The main tourist areas are well-lit and lively, with plenty of people around, making them relatively secure. However, areas outside of these tourist hotspots can be quieter and potentially less safe. It's always advisable to use secured and known modes of transport after dark rather than walking alone. Lastly, always remember to trust your instincts. If something makes you feel uncomfortable, it's better to err on the side of caution.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Playa del Carmen, is generally reliable and safe. Colectivos, the local shared minibuses, are a popular choice for getting around and are commonly used by both tourists and locals alike. Taxis are numerous and usually safe too. However, it's imperative to agree on the fare before departure to avoid disputes. Public buses are also available and connect to nearby cities and attractions. As always, stay vigilant and mindful of your belongings, especially during peak hours.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Playa del Carmen generally demonstrates a respect for visitors, with minimal reported instances of street harassment. Majority of the locals are polite and helpful. You might encounter vendors trying to entice you into their shops or restaurants, but these instances are typically more persuasive in nature than inappropriate or threatening. As always, it's crucial to stay aware of your surroundings and use common sense, particularly at night. A comprehensive travel insurance is recommended for any unfortunate incidence.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

Playa del Carmen has a moderate risk of petty crime. Small thefts, pickpocketing, and bag-snatching are occasional issues, particularly in crowded places, on public transport, and in tourist attractions. However, remaining vigilant and taking basic safety precautions can largely help in avoiding such situations.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

The tap water in Playa del Carmen is not typically recommended for drinking by visitors. While the locals consume it, travelers' bodies may not be accustomed to the microbes in the water which may result in upset stomach or more severe gastrointestinal problems. To stay safe, it is advisable to drink bottled or purified water, which is easily available throughout the area.

Is Playa del Carmen safe to travel?

4 /5

Based on 8 experiences

Monica

Monica (40)

United States

Group travel experience

I loved PDC and will be returning September 2024. I stayed at the reef 28 and I can't express how great they were! It's an adult's only AI and it's surprisingly inexpensive. It was a 5-minute walk to the beach, one block away from 5th avenue, I didn't feel unsafe walking around at night, lots of music and nightlife. Make sure to check out Xcaret! It's an Eco Park, we were able to float throughout an underground river, saw multiple animal, swam with dolphins, relaxed on the beach, watched native performances, I 100% plan to go back again! I was there for 5 days, not including flight and hotel, I spent about $700 (almost $200 of it was the price of swimming with the dolphins, which I highly suggest, it was a very spiritual experience)

Posted: June 30, 2024Experienced: September, 2023
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Solo travel experience

Second time staying in PDC. Stayed in accommodation on 20th near the Alterna bus station. Feels very safe and quieter than staying between 5th-10th, with great food options that are cheaper than on 5th, while still being close to the beach and shops. Recommend taking the Ado bus to & from the airport it’s inexpensive & convenient.

Posted: April 23, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I stayed in Playa Del Carmen for a week and felt relatively safe walking during the day. At night it gets a bit chaotic on the main street, which I wouldn't go to by myself.

Posted: May 31, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I enjoyed my solo trip to Playa Del Carmen. Lots of excursions and cheap (safe) places on Airbnb to choose from. Quite a lot of places to walk around. Taxis everywhere. Excellent food. Beautiful beaches. Cheap buses that run from town to town and can also take you to the Mayan ruins.

Posted: March 11, 2023
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Is Playa del Carmen safe for women?

Penelope

Penelope

I’ve been living in Playa Del Carmen as a single woman for the last 2 1/2 years and I feel safe here in the center area. I’ve never had any problems and there is a lot of police who patrol around. People are very friendly and respectful

Posted: June 13, 2024
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Is Playa del Carmen safe right now?

Before your visit to Playa del Carmen, it's essential to check travel advisories for Mexico, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Mexico due to high levels of criminal activity and kidnapping. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 15, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

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Last updated: July 8, 2024

Is Playa del Carmen worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 8 experiences

Okarina

Okarina

Mexico

Family travel experience

This is gonna be a long one lol I've been to Playa several times and love it Beautiful and generally quiet town in the middle of the "Costa Maya". The best part is how close everything is: Cancun is around 1 hour away, just like Tulum; Puerto Morelos is around 40 minutes away; if you wanna try snorkeling in Cozumel, just go downtown and head to the port to book a ferry; if you want to swim near sea turtles, Akumal is about 25-30 minutes from the city center, the Xcaret parks are also nearby (around 20 minutes by car from the city). If you want to have a less packed day, the Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) is bursting with bars and restaurants to try. I'd totally recommend "Taco mx" on 10th Avenue for some real mexican flavor, "Rolandi's" for some italian, "Nikkori" for Japanese, and for an insta-worthy dessert, there are rose shaped gelatos at "Amorino" (there's two of them on 5th av). If you're looking for something more lowkey, there's also a really nice gelato place over 45th Av and 8th street, called chelatto. About accommodations, there's something for every budget and type of traveler: from all-inclusive luxury hotels, like Hilton, Marriot, Xcaret, Velas, and Wyndham, to hostels all over 5th and 10 Av, to airbnbs in the quieter areas (DM if you want more info on this one! I know a few property managers and could try to make finding a place to stay so much easier). Depending on where you stay, renting a car would usually make things easier, but it really depends on your schedule. For budget... eating out at restaurants is usually around 60-70 USD for two people (this includes non alcoholic drinks, entrees and main meals) and going to the grocery stores and buying food for 4-5 days, is usually around 80 USD. Feel free to DM me if you want more tips! I could even help with your schedule if you're having questions about it

Posted: May 2, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

This place is a hub for digital nomad and expats. Plenty of groups and easy to meet people as a solo traveler. This city is also located between Tulum and Isla minutes which makes awesome day trips! Check out the local cenotes!?

Posted: March 5, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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