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Key information about Playa del Carmen

Population

259,453

Country
Mexico
Money
Currency
MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Exchange rate
1 USD = 19.89 MXN
ATM fees

20 - 30 MXN per transaction (plus your own bank's fees)

Credit cards

Accepted almost everywhere

Tipping

10-15% for restaurants

Airport
Main airport

Cancun International Airport (CUN)

Airport to city center

Taxi (~1000 MXN), Bus (~208 MXN), Shuttle (~1354 MXN)

Other options

Cozumel Airport (CZM) - receives some flights from the US, requires 1 hour ferry ride to reach Playa del Carmen

Transportation
Taxi apps

N/A

Public transportation

Taxi: 35 – 100 MXN per ride within the city
Colectivos (mini-buses): 7 - 10 MXN per ride

Getting around

Getting a taxi at an official taxi stand will usually be more expensive than hailing one in the street. Tickets for colectivos should be paid for onboard.

SIM card
Best options

Telcel, Movistar

Expected cost

60 - 80 MXN for SIM card, 350 - 500 MXN for 5GB of data valid for 1 month

How to buy

Oxxo shops, official network shops. 15 minutes needed to activate. Bring ID.

Language
Official language(s)

Spanish

Level of English

Moderate

Food
Tap water

Not drinkable

Overall cuisine

Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices

Local food specialities

Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole

Eat like a local

Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's

Vegetarian / vegan options

72 listings on Happy Cow

Food delivery apps

Uber Eats, Rappi

Supermarkets

Walmart: Only two locations, late closing hours, megastore with wide range of products, good prices
MEGA: Standard large supermarket, fresh meat, bakery and café, great selection of products, affordable prices
Chedraui: Standard large supermarket, normal prices, less convenient locations
Local fish shops: Fresh seafood, good prices, found in many neighborhoods
Fruit/vegetable shops: Great deals on produce, can be found all over town