Tulum, Playa and Riviera Maya information
Time: Central standard time, Day-light saving time is observed during summer months.
Climate: Semitropical with an average annual temperature ranges from 77°F (25°C) to 86°F (30°C).Cenote water temperature for snorkeling or diving is around 76°F (24°C) year-round. Offshore water temperatures range from 78°F (26°C) in January to 84°F (29°C) in August. May through November is the rainy season.
Safesty: Riviera Maya and the Quintana Roo area is very safe to visit, due to the rapid growth of this Destination, unemployment is not an issue. Worldwide renown Mexican hospitality applies to the area, the majority of the people in the service area are bilingual. Like any other beach resort, do not leave money or valuables unattended on public areas.
Hyperbaric medical center: Playa del Carmen and Cozumel have Hyberbaric Chamber for your safety.
Families: If you are traveling with children, you will be pleased to know that all the All inclusive resorts have playgrounds, miniature golf courses and mini theaters with special kids-only entertainment programs. All the tours welcome children while accompanied by their parents.
Mayan Archaelogical sites: Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba are the most visitated Archaelogical Sites visited in the Riviera Maya.
Eco-Theme parks: Lush jungle, underground rivers that lead to the ocean and the flora and fauna of the region.
Xtreme action: sky diving, kite surf
Wide range of tours and activities are available in Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya
Golf: an 18 hole, par 72 championship golf course. This course is carved through the lush Mayan jungle where it awaits any golfer to come and tame it. Driving range and putting green. Located in Playcar, Puerto Aventuras, Cozumel.
Watersports, Cavern and Ocean scuba diving and snorkeling.
Currency: Our official currency is the Mexican Peso (MXP), although the U.S. dollar is accepted almost everywhere. Exchange rate is approximately 10 pesos to 1 USD, depending on the fluctuations of the foreign exchange rate. Credit cards are widely accepted except in smaller establishments, so it is best to travel with travelers' checks and some cash.
Banking: Most Banks are located on Avenida Juarez in Playa del Carmen. Banks are usually open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm. Many now have Automatic Teller Machines for 24-hour cash withdrawals in Mexican pesos. Sometimes ATMs are out of service, so plan ahead. American dollars and travelers checks are accepted in many places.
PIN accepted cards at bank machines: Cirrus and Plus systems
Credit card and bank card cash-advance service is available inside the banks.
ATM Machines may be found on the outside of the banks, the cash will come out in Mexican pesos based on the bank exchange rate at the day of the transaction.
Telephones: The area code for Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya is 984. All local numbers have seven digits, and all numbers begin with 8. If a number is written (984) 873-1234, when in Riviera Maya you must dial 873-1234. International code while calling from the US dial 011 + 52 . While calling home from Mexico dial 001 before the area code and US phone number.
Internet Access: There are plenty of coffee internets in town. All the large hotels offer internet service.
Newspapers: Most hotel gift shops and newsstands carry English-language magazines, and Mexican newspapers in English.
Post Office: The main post office is located in Playa del Carmen on Juarez between 20th and 15th. Open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5pm and Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm
Electricity: 110V/60 Hz with North American-style outlets
Language: Spanish is the official language and Mayan is the local language, but English, French, Italian and German are also widely spoken.
Measurements: Speed limits are posted in kilometers. Dive operators generally use both feet/psi and meters/bars when communicating dive data.
Entry requirements: Proof of citizenship is necessary to cross the border into Mexico. Either a current passport, birth certificate or voter's registration will suffice (for citizens not arriving from USA and Canada please check with your local consulate or embassy). Minors traveling alone or with one parent need notarized consent from their parent(s) indicating that the parent(s) who have legal custody knowingly approve of the child's visit to Mexico. Upon arrival, visitors are given a Tourist Card that must be turned in upon departure at the airport. At that time, a departure tax is charged and payable in U.S. dollars or Mexican pesos.
Taxes and service charges: A 10% value-added tax called IVA is added to all goods and services within the State, including hotel rooms and rental cars. Be sure to ask if the tax is included in the quoted price on the menu in restaurants.
Tips: It is customary to leave 10 to 20% in tips, depending on service.
Transportation: Taxis, buses, motobike, bikes, there are plenty of ways of transpotation in Playa del Carmen and all along the Riviera Maya. All are affordable.
Ferry to/from Cozumel island: The Ferries depart daily from Cozumel Island to Playa del Carmen & Viceversa, and the trip takes about 45 minutes with a fare around 20.00 usd roundtrip per person, depending on the navigation company (children under 12 years old 50% off, 0 - 3 years old free of charge).
The departure schedule starting at 5:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Driving: Rental cars and taxis are available. Driving is on the right. There are several car rental companies, rates will depend on availability, size and type of car. You will be expected to pay for any gas, insurance, taxes, or extra equipment.
Getting there: Several air carriers and charters offer direct services to Cancun.
Dress: Casual dress is the norm for the Riviera Maya. Cover-ups are required when leaving the beach areas. Some restaurants have dress codes that prohibit sandals and require men to wear long pants. During the winter months (December. through march) temperature may drop at night. Light Sweaters are recommended and comfortable shoes while going on tours.
Pets: In Playa del Carmen's beaches, it is not allowed to have pets.