Specifically, I'm staying at the Blue Bay Grand Esmeralda. Is there anything I need to know when traveling to this area? Any laws that aren't apparent to a traveler? Anything I should do?
Playa del Carmen has a great location - about mid-way between Cancun and Tulum - both big tourist destination. Though, it can hold it's own...
We were there for a wedding recently, and can't wait to go back. Here's a list of things we enjoyed and highly recommend -
With regards to safety, a lot has been made out about the drug wars. We found it extremely safe, with no issues. Just exercise common sense - don't venture out needlessly after hours. Eat hot food from established restaurants. If you plan on shopping at the city, make sure you are well aware of the exchange rate. We bought some art pieces, which we negotiated in US$, only to be charged in Pesos. Needless to say, on coming back we realized the exchange rate was ridiculous.