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Playa Del Carmen Increasing Security Measures To Protect Tourists 

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The Easter holiday season is upon us once again, which means one thing for the Mexican Caribbean—lots and lots of tourists. 

As many emerge from the cold winter months in search of some well-needed sun and respite, popular tourist hotspots like Playa del Carmen begin to ramp up security measures in an attempt to give visitors peace of mind and deter criminals from taking advantage of the influx. 

tourists enjoying sunset on popular Playa Del Carmen beach

What Security Measures Are Increasing?

Busy seasons like spring break are golden for hoteliers and businesses in the Mexican Caribbean, offering them the chance to do good business and increase job opportunities for locals. 

This would not be the case, however, if crime rates began to grow exponentially, deterring visitors from wanting to come to the destination if it was deemed unsafe. 

Many tourists take reports from the U.S. State Department as a good indicator as to whether or not they should travel to places like Mexico, and that is why officials often increase security measures in popular hotspots. 

police and lifeguard patrol on Playa Del Carmen beach

Playa del Carmen, in particular, is ramping up its security measures in the beach areas and Fifth Avenue, with police patrols at the city’s entrances and on its most used roads.

An increase in lifeguard personnel will also be introduced to protect tourists on the beach and prevent incidents that pose a threat to them. 

There was a problem last month with the Portuguese Man o’ War being spotted in the waters of some Playa del Carmen beaches, causing some tourists to be stung by the creatures and needing medical attention. 

Thankfully, more lifeguards mean more help to those arriving at the beach, enabling them to give out daily warnings and information to prevent such incidents from occurring. 

lifeguard post in Playa Del Carmen

Playa Del Carmen Green Destination Top 100

This is another win for Playa Del Carmen, which is now in second place on the “Green Destinations Top 100” list as a sustainable tourist destination. 

As sustainability becomes an increasingly important factor for tourists when deciding where to vacation, Playa del Carmen boasts new sustainable-friendly resorts, tourist attractions, and investments that are certainly enticing.

A perfect place to visit is Xcaret Park– a theme park dedicated to eco-tourists. 

With an endless list of fun things to do for everyone in the family, you can experience cultural sites, adrenaline-chasing activities, watersports, encounters with spectacular wildlife, and so much more!

xcaret park in playa del carmen with blue water

If you want to travel further afield, visiting the Sian Ka-an Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is an absolute must, whether you are an eco-friendly tourist or not. 

Whether you want to kayak through the jungle marshes, swim through the lagoons, or explore the ancient Mayan ruins on foot nearby, this tourist attraction is the perfect place for solo travelers, couples, and families who are conscious about sustainability. 

Though sustainability might not be at the top of every tourist’s list, visiting a place like Playa del Carmen could help the environment in more ways than you realise. 


Other Need To Knows About Playa Del Carmen

One issue that continues to affect the Mexican Caribbean more than ever is the arrival of sargassum on its beautiful, white sandy shores. 

Sargassum is essentially smelly seaweed that arrives in huge masses from the ocean, disturbing the beautiful landscapes of the Riviera Maya and beyond, much to the dismay of hoteliers and tourists alike.

Luckily, the smelly algae on the beaches of Playa del Carmen has greatly reduced compared to the same time last year. 

sargassum truck collecting seaweed in playa del carmen

Along with the cleaning efforts of volunteers and the Navy, who have installed anti-sargassum barriers in an attempt to stop the natural phenomenon from ruining the beach landscapes, Playa del Carmen might just be safe from total sargassum takeover, which is great news for tourists!

There is also no news about when the planned Cancun to Playa Del Carmen Maya Train route will begin operations, having been delayed even further from its start date at the end of February. 

Tourists had hoped to use the service, which would allow them to travel between some popular destinations in the Mexican Caribbean for an extremely affordable price while still being able to choose Playa del Carmen as their hotel base. 

An announcement is expected to arrive in the coming days, giving tourists more information about when the route will become operational. 

the new maya train tracks in the Mexican caribbean

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