Helpful Travel Tips
In addition to brushing up on your Spanish, it is important to know some travel tips and other information when traveling to Playa del Carmen. Here are some to help you get started:
Hold on to your tourist card or visa. This must be returned to immigration officials when you leave the country. Since it is not necessary to have with you your personal documents all the time, keep them in a safe place at your hotel.
Speed Limits & Bumps
In towns, the limit is generally 40 km/h (approx. 25 MPH). In highways, it’s 90 km/h (approx. 55 MPH) and 100 km/h (approx. 70 MPH). Speed bumps are a popular way of keeping drivers within the speed limits; look for them when entering or leaving small villages or towns.
Tours & Car Rentals
Our travel agents will be glad to help you arrange tours or make reservations for other special events.
Gratuity and Tips
The average tip for waiters is from 10% to 15%, depending on the service. Hotel maids get a couple of dollars a day, while bellboys and porters at the airport can expect from USD$0.25 to $0.50 per bag.
In Mexico, it is not common practice to deliver the bill to your table until you ask for it. When you’re ready, just say “La cuenta, por favor” (loosely translated as “the bill, please”) to your waiter. The service tax is not always included, and it is usually 10%.
From December to April, the peak season, the temperature can vary from 30°C during the day to 20°C at night. The onset of May usually signals the arrival of the summer season and the temperature can rise a bit. For people who want to spend their holidays without the tourist crowd, this is the perfect time to visit Playa del Carmen. July and August are the hottest months temperature wise and also among European tourists. The months of September, October, and November have the same temperature as June and August, but with more showers.