La Quinta, also known as Fifth Avenue, is parallel to the beach, and it is mostly for pedestrians. Here you can find small hotels, small stores, outdoor cafés, bars, restaurants, and day spas among others.
PlayacarPlayacar is to the south of downtown Playa del Carmen. It is known for its large traditional and all-inclusive resorts, a golf course, designer shops and luxury residential and timeshare properties.
Starting at the Zócalo, all the way to Highway 307, this street leads you to the more authentic Mexican areas of Playa del Carmen. You won’t find many tourist strolling down this avenue unless they are leaving town. However, it is considered a safe area.
North of DowntownIf you are looking for some quiet time with less crowds, solitude, and the best beaches like Xcalacoco are found here.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Overall, Playa del Carmen is safe. Non-narco-related crime varies in nature and regularity, but it is generally low. As tourism is the main source of economy in the peninsula, local authorities keep the streets safe and welcoming for all its visitors.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
Pickpocketing is the most common crime, so always keep your wallet in your front pockets and keep your pocketbooks close to your body.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Kidnapping for ransom are rare. “Express kidnappings,” in which the victims are taken for a short time and are forced to withdraw money, are more frequent, but still uncommon.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
There is a high report of telephonic extortions and frauds in the peninsula of Yucatan. Be careful with the personal information you reveal. Be cautious with your cash transactions on the streets. A hurried transaction for merchandise has often left clients with counterfeit goods or fake money. When withdrawing money from ATMs, always go inside a bank as there have been reports of organized groups cloning ATM/credit cards.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Although everything is within walking distance, you may have to use public transportation or a taxi depending on where you are staying. However, drivers can be untrained and do not always follow driving rules, so accidents are common. There are two types of public transportation: “Collectivos” which are small vans and are found on 30th Avenue and large buses that will take you to other areas of the town. If you are grabbing a taxi, it is important to know that there are no meters. The prices vary from zone to zone, and it is best to agree on a price before getting on the taxi. You can find more information here, to avoid getting overcharged.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
As Playa del Carmen is located in the Yucatan peninsula, it falls within the Atlantic hurricane season from June-November. Storms have caused flooding and interruption of utility services.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Playa del Carmen is a safe city in respect to terrorist threats.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Overall, it is safe for women to travel in Playa del Carmen, but it is important to stay alert at all times, especially on public transportation. Reports of sexual harassment occur mostly in bars and nightclubs, and the predators target intoxicated travelers. Women may hear some cat calling from street vendors on 5th Avenue, but it is mostly to catch your attention to shop at their store. It is best to ignore them.