Playa del Carmen Tourist Traps

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  • Crowds in front of the Castillo
    Crowds in front of the Castillo
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  • More of the masses of tourists
    More of the masses of tourists
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  • Mayan Warrior God (2007)
    Mayan Warrior God (2007)
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Most Viewed Tourist Traps in Playa del Carmen

  • 1. 5th Avenue

    The vicious feathered warrior-god beckons to you because you can't help but look his way. "Come, come! It's okay, have your picture taken with me." Excited, you go and stand beside him. The god...

  • 2. Tulum is very crowded

    One of the major drawbacks in a visit to Tulum is that it is very crowded here. This is because of the abundance of tour groups coming in from Cancun and the...


    Went to Starbuck on 5th ave. Bought a coffee at 70 pesos. Gave her 500 pesos, she gave me back 130 pesos. Told her I gave her 500 pesos, not 200.... She argued...

  • 4. BEWARE OF CAMBIO (money exchange boot on 5th)

    Cambio exchange on 5th avenue, make your own calculation and count your money !!!I excahnged 160.00 CAN for 12 pesos, the guy went in the back and came back...

  • 5. Excursions

    Beware of the excursions that take you to Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba or the theme Parks like Xcaret. You can catch a public bus (ADO) that is even more...

  • 6. Taxi Cabs - like everywhere

    To take a cab from the airport to Playa Del carmen - they will charge $90.00 USDHowever, to take tyhe cab back to the airport - you will pay $50 or...

  • 7. Book and Bait

    Booked the trip through Apple Vacations and when we arrived at our scheduled resort we were told at check in that they were over booked and sent to another...

  • 8. La Quinta - Spoiled by commerce & Macdonalds

    Playa is basically a scaled down version of Cancun. I spotted a Starbucks, Subway, Haagen Dazs, Wal Mart and the first thing I saw when I arrived.. Macdonalds!...

  • 9. Eat local!

    There are so many great options for food in Playa del Carmen, there should be no reason to go to places like McDonald's, Burger King, TGIFriday's or Johnny...

  • 10. New Ferry Dock on North Side of Town

    All the ferry's used to come to a ferry dock near the main plaza. Now one ferry company is moving to a new ferry dock around Av Constituyentes. I don't...

  • 11. Downtown Playa del Carmen

    Playa del Carmen is a nice little place - if you like being harassed by store owners, street vendors, and taxi drivers. Everytime my sister and I stopped to...

  • 12. Day Excursions at Paraiso del mar

    When you get tired of being at the hotel, day excursions are an option. However, some of these things can be quite pricey. It also is kind of lame because your...

  • 13. time shares

    When you enter the airport after going through customs, there is an information booth. They will try to get your attention to come over to the booth. They will...

  • 14. Cozumel

    Cozumel island nice from the ferry.... dirty tourist trap once off. Shop keepers are a nice lot but, the place has so much junk stores selling the same garbage....

  • 15. Capitalism and Tourism

    Alas, paradise is a bit tarnished by the capitalism imprints in the main tourist avenue of Playa del Carmen. Do not let this steer you away. At least it's not...

  • 16. Wild beaches

    Not a long time ago, the eastern flank of the Yucatan Peninsula was a virgin beach, its long stretches of white sand overlooked by nothing more than coconut...

  • 17. Shops in PDC

    Along 5th Ave and the side streets, you can find hundreds of small shops. You can try to bargain, but some shopkeepers won't go for it. Shopping must be more...

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