Playa del Carmen Travel Blog
OVERVIEW: Playa del Carmen began as a more chill answer to Cancun, which is only an hour away. However, in recent years word got out. It's now nearly as filled with obnoxious tourists as Cancun. Still not quite as bad, but getting there. The plus of Playa del Carmen is that the tourists tend to be much younger and much more attractive. Unlike Cancun, which is mostly Americans, in Playa you will see tourists from Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Sweden etc, etc. The tourists are an eclectic mix of showboaters, snobs, hippies and druggies. If you can relate to any of the above categories, you should slide pretty well into a niche here.
WEATHER: Hot and humid most of the year (30-40 °C).
SAFETY: Not as safe as most people think. Where there are tourists, there is crime. I know a Colombian girl who was robbed after being pushed down a flight of stairs, and I met 2 people who have been drugged here. Scary stuff. But those who don't get too drunk and stick to well populated tourists areas normally won't have any issues. Also worth mentioning: as of 2018/19, drug cartel violence has erupted. Now, this won’t effect you too much as a tourist, but what I will say is not to go looking too far off the main drag for a bar or strip club. There have been shootings in nightclubs. The main drag is pretty much OK, but all bets are off once you wander off it. I wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to you!
MUST DO: Beach.
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN: 8/10
Suuuuuper easy. But the competition is stiff. You got people here with a ton of money. You also dudes who live here with nothing else to do but tan and go to the gym. A lot of tourists obviously means you won't have any exotic factor. But all of this shit is negated by the fact that 95% of people who go to Playa del Carmen do so to let loose and fuck strangers. If you have trouble hooking up here, you might need to seriously reevaluate your physical appearance or social skills.
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ARE GIRLS HOT IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN?: 7.5/10.
Yeah. There's a lot of good ones. Mostly the non-American tourists. A lot of Argentine girls here. But they're hard to crack so I suggest going after Mexican or European tourists. Girls here are better looking than you'll find in most beach cities in Mexico. Much better than Puerto Vallarta and Cabo. Much better than Cancun.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN: $600. Despite it being filled with foreigners, property prices in Playa del Carmen are rather reasonable. $600 should be enough to get you into something private and near the beach. Airbnb is the most straightforward option here, although not the cheapest.
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HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT: You can find hostel rooms for as little as $10 a night.
NIGHTLIFE IN PLAYA DEL CARMEN: 7.5/10
Full of clubs. Clubs that can get pretty wild! This is a good place to come if you need to get the poison out and bang something. It's an all out party here. People are here to drink and hook-up. You'll be able to get yours. Like in any vacation spot in Mexico, expect to be offered cocaine at least 5 times a night.
I recommend: The busiest club on the strip.
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
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GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.10 Tortillas (1kg)= $1.00 Eggs= $1.90 Water (1.5L)= $1.00 Cigarettes= $3.50
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: You could probably work in a hostel, but do you really want to? It's better not to make the type of thing that goes on here into a lifestyle.
TAXI: Should be around $4.00 or $5.00 for anywhere you'd care to go to in the city.
NOTES: Likely the 'sexiest' vacation city in Mexico. You'll see plenty of scandalously dressed, sexy young women here. If you're looking for that sort of thing, it's worth checking out. Personally, I'm getting too old for this kind of party. I'd rather hit a bar or club in Mexico City any day. But that's just me. For what it is (read: hook-up beach town full of drugs), Playa del Carmen is among the best in the country. But don't expect anything beyond the obvious.
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10
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