Solo Female Travel in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, located in Mexico's sun-drenched Riviera Maya, is recognized globally for its breathtaking natural beauty and vibrant cultural offerings. Renowned for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, dazzling white sand beaches, and the famous Fifth Avenue, a pedestrian walkway filled with exciting shops, authentic Mexican restaurants, lively bars, and local artisans showcasing their crafts. A haven for water enthusiasts, it offers scuba diving experiences among the awe-inspiring coral reefs, while those interested in the rich history can explore the nearby Mayan ruins. Whether you seek tranquility, adventure, rich history, or the vibrant nightlife, Playa del Carmen is an idyllic tropical paradise that caters to all.

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Is Playa del Carmen good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

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.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Getting around Playa del Carmen is quite user-friendly. Most of the city is walkable, especially the popular tourist areas. Buses and taxis also seem to be prevalent for longer journeys or late-night transportation. For those wanting to explore some of the amazing surrounding areas, there are numerous car rental locations as well. Always keep safety in mind and use the same precautions you would in any urban area.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Playa del Carmen is a vibrant city with a wide variety of activities. Aside from its pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters, you can also enjoy its bustling shopping district at Quinta Avenida, filled with local boutiques, high-end luxury stores, and unique eateries. For history and culture lovers, it's strategically located close to ancient Mayan ruins like Tulum. Wildlife enthusiasts can appreciate the sea turtles in Akumal, the birding in Sian Ka'an Bioreserve, and underground cenotes ready for snorkeling or diving. It might not be for those looking for total tranquility, but for anyone seeking an active and culturally rich travel experience, Playa del Carmen has plenty to offer.
Food:

Food:Excellent

From traditional Mexican cuisine and sumptuous street food to international gastronomic experiences, Playa del Carmen offers an incredibly diverse array of culinary delights. Seafood lovers will be thrilled with fresh from the sea offerings, while the adventurous can savor regional Yucatecan dishes enriched with unique flavors. What makes this destination truly special is the mix of high-end dining options and delicious local eateries that allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture and food-scene, satisfying not only your hunger, but also your wanderlust.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Playa del Carmen is moderately budget-friendly. Accommodation, food, and fun activities can be found at reasonable prices, especially compared to other popular tourist destinations. However, costs can escalate if you choose higher-end experiences or dining options. Bargains can be found, especially off-peak. It's definitely not the cheapest place for a vacation, but it's not prohibitively expensive either.

Is Playa del Carmen worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 8 experiences

Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

4/5

Food

4/5

Budget-friendly

3.5/5
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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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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

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
Things to do: 4/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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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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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I went to Playa del Carmen for my first solo trip. I was 2 blocks away from the beach and about 3 blocks away from La Quinta (5th Avenue). I had a nice time on the Avenue and went on a few excursions.

Posted: April 10, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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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
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Couple travel experience

I just got back from an all-inclusive trip to Playa del Carmen and it was absolutely beautiful! We stayed at the Royal Haciendas and we liked everything there. It was a rather calm, relaxed vacation, but it was exactly what we were looking for, so it was perfect. And the food was amazing!

Posted: February 25, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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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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Meet locals in Playa del Carmen

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Penelope

About Me

Art, nature and adventure lover,epicurean, artist and designer, spiritually inclined NLP student. Healthy lifestyle. Student of life forever! Canadian living in Mexico!

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Isabel

Isabel

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I love traveling by myself and talking to fellow travelers, looooove to hear memories you gathered in this trips, I like reading, dancing. I love local food recommendations.

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Local tips

Penelope

Penelope

Mexico

Playa Del Carmen is an awesome place to visit. It’s very safe and fun as well as easy to get around. It’s very walkable if you’re here hit me up I have a whole Google Maps to share with you with all of my favorite recommendations. 😍

Posted: June 15, 2024
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Stay with locals in Playa del Carmen

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Penelope

Playa del Carmen

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Art, nature and adventure lover,epicurean, artist and designer, spiritually inclined NLP student. Healthy lifestyle. Student of life forever! Canadian living in Mexico!

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Isabel

Isabel

Playa del Carmen

Can host for:

3 days

About me

I love traveling by myself and talking to fellow travelers, looooove to hear memories you gathered in this trips, I like reading, dancing. I love local food recommendations.

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