Playa Del Carmen is a safe place compared to other tourist destinations or even where you might live. However, there are things to watch out for and know what are areas of concern. In general, tourists have few issues with safety in Playa Del Carmen.
Organized crime is in most places in the world. While it has been there for a while, most of the crimes took place out of resident’s and tourist’s view. Unlike some parts of the world where crime is random, in Playa del Carmen it has not been targeted at residents and tourists.
If you are going 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 than most touristic destinations.
Overall, it’s safe to travel to Playa del Carmen right now. However, you should be aware of some situation that might represent some danger or make you have a bad time.
Pickpocketing at restaurants
This is something we have had to add to the list. Starting around the second half of 2017 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 cautious at tourist restaurants especially.
The crime of paying too much
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:
- Shopping and not paying too much.
How to prevent the crime of paying too much shopping
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 Carmen, bargaining is pretty much not done. But you will say “Hey Mr. Yucatan, I see it all the time”. 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.