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This Popular Destination South Of Cancun Is One Of The Safest In The Mexican Caribbean This Year

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Safety is one of travelers’ main concerns when visiting popular resort destinations in the Mexican Caribbean.

But in Playa del Carmen, those worries are noticeably less present than elsewhere, thanks to new government measures to tackle crime.

chairs by the beach in playa del carmen

Situated an hour south of Cancun, Playa del Carmen has skyrocketed in popularity to become one of the leading resort destinations in Mexico. With more law enforcement patrolling busy city streets to deter criminals, Playa del Carmen is one of the safest destinations in the country.

As more travelers than ever flock to the Mexican Caribbean this year, here’s why this sunny destination is safer than ever. 

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More Patrols And Surveillance Cameras Give Playa del Carmen Security Boost

Travel to Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean is growing at record speed in 2023. Although the recent summer season was the busiest on record, winter is expected to be even more heating, with millions of travelers pouring into the region.

Even as the sun-drenched region grows vastly in popularity, security-related concerns remain ever-present. But with new measures to crack down on crime, travelers can generally look forward to a safe and enjoyable vacation.

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That’s especially the case in Playa del Carmen, where the local government, led by the popular mayoress Lili Campos, has implemented extensive measures to bolster safety ahead of the high season. 

Officials in the popular resort destination have deployed hundreds of law enforcement personnel to patrol the city’s most touristy locations, including its public beaches and main avenues

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Police officers and heavily-armed troops are a common sight across the Mexican Caribbean, but in Playa del Carmen, they have been deployed permanently to deter criminals. 

Among other measures, authorities have also installed new surveillance cameras in areas prone to petty crime. Although much less serious than organized crime, theft and scams remain a significant issue across the region. But with new measures intended to catch criminals before they commit wrongdoing, law enforcement agencies are aiming to stop all forms of crime in the popular hotspot.

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Playa del Carmen is also home to a growing number of Centros de Atención Inmediata (CAI, or Urgent Assistance Centres), where travelers can report crimes and seek the help of law enforcement. The coastal hotspot now has eight such centers, located along 5th Avenue as well as in Xcalacoco, among other key locations. 

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Travelers headed to Playa del Carmen this year are advised to opt for accommodations in the city’s downtown area or the resort districts by the coast. 

Playa del Carmen Attracts Growing Number Of Digital Nomads

One of Playa del Carmen’s biggest strengths is its vibrant culture and internationally-minded lifestyle. Home to thousands of digital nomads, Playa del Carmen is a magnet for expats. 

Aside from boasting some of the cleanest and most environmentally friendly beaches in the Mexican Caribbean, Playa del Carmen is a modern and safe destination. Travelers can find dozens of co-working spaces – such as Nest Coworking and Work Zone Coworking – and hip cafés that cater to a growing international clientele.

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With the busy winter season approaching, officials are implementing measures that will ensure that Playa del Carmen remains a safe and welcoming destination for millions of travelers.

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