Here are some Playa del Carmen facts that you need to know before packing your bag and travelling to this beautiful Caribbean city:

Visas: Citizens of some countries, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile Japan, and almost all countries in Western Europe, do not need a visa to enter the country as tourists.

Entry Requirements: You will need a birth certificate with an official state seal or a valid passport. Bring a valid photo ID in case you do not have a driver’s license.

Currency: The Mexican peso is widely used in Playa del Carmen, although the US dollar is also widely accepted.

Currency Exchange: The city has many banks and ATMs. If you are looking for currency-exchange houses, go to the area  along Quinta Avenida at Calle 8 or close to the pier.

Seasons: Mid-December to Easter is the major high season. There is some kind of mini high season in the month of August. Low season is the rest of the year.

Transportation: There are many cars, taxis, mopeds, and bicycles for rent. As in the US, driving is on the right. Mexico does not require visitors to have an International Driver’s License.

Crime: Playa del Carmen is generally safe and peaceful. But take extra care when you are in a tourist area. Just like many other cities, there are pickpockets who victimize tourists.

On the beach: Swimming in the beaches of Playa del Carmen presents a serious danger from undertow. Just follow the flag system when swimming in the alluring glasslike water.

Inoculations: No inoculations are needed to enter the country, although it is always a good idea to consult with a medical practitioner for current requirements.