You can easily find taxis in Playa del Carmen especially when you are staying in the city center. It is this easy: hail one down in the street, use a dial-a-cab service, or go to a taxi rank. Taxis make a good Playa del Carmen transport mode since you can always find them outside major hotels. If you are staying at a hotel, the reception will find a taxi for you. But if you go out during peak time, prepare yourself for a long wait.
Taxis in the city have a basic charge even before you start your travel. If you get around the city by taxi, you must be aware that the cab driver has a taxi meter and that the meter starts only after the driver is sure of your final destination. Again, the meter starts running when the taxi starts to move. Do not hesitate to be insistent about this. Also, be very aware that many cab drivers do not turn on the taxi meter past midnight because they know you really need their service as there are no more buses available.
Be prepared to negotiate your fare by asking locals or at the hotel desk about fair fares between common places. Your hotel can arrange cabs for you. Some hotels post taxi rates on a board in the lobby. Usually, taxi hotel rates are higher than taxis you hail off the streets of Playa del Carmen. So if you are in a super tight budget, consider hitting the streets for taxis..
Speaking Spanish will give you a unique advantage over other tourists who do not speak even basic Spanish. This is because it allows you to negotiate fair a price with the cab driver. But if you do not speak the language, make sure to have a Spanish speaking person by your side when negotiating taxi fares as it will make things much easier.
Overall, taxi travel in Playa del Carmen is very affordable relative to taxi services in other cities in Mexico, as well as in the United States, Canada, and some European countries. And so, taxi provides a viable means of public transportation in Playa del Carmen. Not to mention it is the best way to save time and energy and to avoid the summer heat.