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Is Playa del Carmen safe?

Playa del Carmen is a popular destination for tourists from around the world and is a safe destination for travellers presenting no more risk than cities in the UK. Unfortunately there are always people that will take advantage of other people and crime can happen anywhere. Visitors should exercise the same caution as they do at home. Leave valuables in the safe at your hotel. Agree the price of a taxi journey with the driver prior to the journey. There is a list of set rates based on your destination ask at your hotel or check on the internet in advance so you have a good idea of the price you should be paying. Carry a card from your hotel with you can show to the driver in case they do not speak english. For up to date information on the country as a whole visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/Mexico.

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Where are the best places to snorkel in Playa del Carmen?

Playa del Carmen
One of the best snorkelling spots in Playa del Carmen is the Moche Reef. A guided tour is probably the best option to visit this location as a short boat ride is needed to get to the reef. The reef has much to offer, tropical fish and other marine life are abundant. The water is usually calm and clear, allowing for great views of the multicoloured coral. The tour guides will help you spot elusive sea creatures such as the moray eel and the spotted eagle ray. Tours usually last around 2 hours. Another interesting snorkel spot is Inha Reef. Located 15 minutes south of Playa del Carmen snorkellers will see dog face puffer fish and sea turtles. After snorkelling you are taken to a deserted beach where you can relax and enjoy the peace, quiet and beauty of Mother Nature.
Akumal
Half Moon Bay is home to the amazingly beautiful sea turtles, an endangered species that until today comes to the shore of Riviera Maya to lay their eggs. Just swimming out for about 100 meters you will have the unique possibility to snorkel with those fabulous creatures,as well as with stingrays and other multi coloured tropical fish. At the end of the village there is a beautiful inlet called Yalku Lagoon which is a fabulous place to go snorkeling. The place charges a small entrance fee and there is
snorkel equipment and life jackets for rent. You can also rent a palapa and spend the entire day here.

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How do I travel from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen?

Cancún International Airport is the main airport to reach the Riviera Maya. Cancun is the second-largest airport in Mexico and itserves more than 10 million passengers per year. The airport is located 50 km from Playa del Carmen and 112 km from Tulum.

Address: 50 km from Playa del Carmen & 112 km from Tulum.
Phone: +52 99 8848 7200
Internet: http://www.asur.com.mx/asur/español/aeropuertos/cancun/cancun.asp
Coach transfers are available and are often included in package holidays.
Car rental is available with all major car rental companies represented and 3 days car hire starts from as little as £40.
The ADO bus service runs from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen with a brief stop in Puerto Morelos from 10.00 to 22.00 every hour and costs around $116 pesos (around 10 USD). The terminal is located at the southeast corner of terminal
2. A shuttle service runs every 10 minutes between terminal 2 and 3. Payment is accepted in Mexican pesos and US Dollars. (Euro is NOT accepted). Buses are painted red and they will be marked with Playa del Carmen. The ADO airport bus will take you to the bus station on 5th Avenue in downtown Playa del Carmen. There is a taxi stand located in front of the bus terminal for transportation to your hotel. For more information please see the websites below: www.ado.com.mx

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What is the cheapest way to travel around Playa del Carmen?

There are several ways to travel in the Riviera Maya:
The ADO bus runs between the main cities and according to a timetable. The buses have air conditioning and video on board. Buses to Cancun run every 15 minutes and to Tulum every 30 minutes.
It is safe, easy and cheap to travel around the Riviera Maya. The main highway (307) along the coast is a decent long straight road and all destinations will mention their location along the 307 in their address to the nearest KM.
One of the cheapest ways to travel is by colectivo. Colectivos are minibuses that run along the 307 from Cancun to Playa del Carmen then from Playa del Carmen to Tulum and back (and stops along the way), all-day, every day from around 5am to 10pm and operate every 5-15 minutes depending on the time of day. Colectivos are used by locals and tourists and have set prices to each destination. The whole journey from Playa del Carmen to Tulum currently costs around $4pp.

Car hire is also easily available with pre bookable rates in the Uk starting from around £40 for 3 days.

If you prefer not to explore independently as you would expect there is a long list of organised excursions.

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Where can I eat in Playa del Carmen?

The Mexican cuisine is known for its varied flavours and the great variety of spices and ingredients that are used, most of which are native to the country. Many of the recipes are based on a tradition that dates back thousands of years, passed on from generation to generation. The Riviera Maya is a hot spot for the up and coming restaurants, the latest foodie trends and new cuisine. Playa del Carmen is a vibrant district with its own style and flavour serving as a hub for Riviera Maya’s nightlife, shopping and dining scene.
Oh Lala
The cuisine at Oh Lala is a refreshing change from that of other, more conventional restaurants. Guests are treated like good old friends in a relaxing atmosphere coupled with personalized service and good food.
Address: 14th North Bis Street, between 10th av. & 15th av. #147
Opening hours: 18:30 – 23:00 hours
Phone: +00521 9841274844
Internet: http://www.ohlalabygeorge.com/
La Cueva del Chango
Serves natural Mexican food from breakfast to dinner and all juices are made from fresh fruits. The restaurant is located in a tropical garden with abundant vegetation and trees.
Address: 38 Street Between Fifth Avenue and the Beach
Opening hours: 08:00- 23:00 hours.
Phone: +52 (1) 984 147 0271
Internet: www.lacuevadelchango.com
Maiz de Mar
Famed Mexico City chef Enrique Olvera has partnered with Grupo Kampai to open Maíz de Mar. The restaurant takes inspiration from the popular cuisine of Mexico’s coast. Maíz de Mar extends Olvera’s culinary philosophy where quality takes precedence over luxury and where the highest quality local ingredients are essential, all amid a specially designed ambience that brings to mind everything you love about restaurants at the beach.
Address: Plaza Cacao 5a Avenida between 30 and 32. Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo.
Opening hours: tuesday to sunday from 12:00 hrs to 24:00 hours
Phone: 01 (984) 803 1808
Internet: maizdemar.com
More Info: Info@maizdemar.com
Imprevist
Imprevist is a Catalan word which means the “Unexpected“. Dining here and experiencing these wonderful dishes will be surprisingly unexpected every time. The restaurant is situated in a quaint street in the Heart of Playa del Carmen. After several years of experience and learning from European chefs, Chef Juan Diego Solombrino is well known for his incredible combination of Mediterranean and Asian inspired cuisine. Preparing dishes of unique flavour, creating art within each presentation. He personally hand picks the products, focusing on the menu to provide a wide variety so that everyone can enjoy their meal, from vegetarian options to oriental, excellent sea bass or steak, ending with the delight of a chocolate fondant berry sorbet.
Address: 1 Avenida Norte Entre Calle 14 Norte y 16 Norte Bis SN
Phone: 984 141 66 25 or 984 168 70 26
Internet: http://imprevistpdc.com/
Aldea Corazón
This magical piece of Mayan culture sets itself in a sacred garden located right on the 5th Avenue yet invisible from the outside. Whether you would like to enjoy the view at 5th Avenue while savouring a frozen cocktail, or be surrounded by dream catchers, tropical greenery, old leaf trees and underground cenotes. Pamper the most discerning palate by enjoying mouth-watering dishes of fresh local fish with hibiscus flower sauce or a tender beef fillet filled with huitlacoche (Mexican corn fungus) covered with spicy poblano chile sauce. Aldea Corazon serves a fusion of Mexican cuisine with a Mayan twist.
Address: 5ta Avenida entre Calles 14 & 16
Opening hours: 8 am—12 am, Mon—Sun.
Phone: 01 984 803 1942
More Info: facebook.com/aldeacorazon
Yaxche
Award winning restaurant that serves Maya- Fusion food combining ancient and cosmopolitan ingredients.
Address: 5th Avenue Corner 22nd Street, Playa del Carmen
Phone: +52 984 87 33011
Internet: www.mayacuisine.com

DiVino
Divino by Glassbar offers delicious Italian food and an extensive Italian wine list.
Address: 5th Avenue, corner 12th Street, Playa del Carmen
Phone: +52 984 80 31270
Internet: www.theglassbar.com