Playa del Carmen is a Mexican resort town popular with American and European tourists not far from Cancun. Recently, though, the town has been the subject of bad press about its safety.
How safe is Playa del Carmen? The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City issued a travel warning for the community on March 7, 2018 not long after an explosion at a popular ferry that takes tourists to Cozumel injured multiple people. You can see video of the ferry explosion below. It’s not clear whether the warning is linked to the ferry explosion, which happened February 21, 2018, though. Some of the all-inclusive resorts have also had issues with bootlegged liquor.
The Canadian government has also issued “a safety and security warning for travellers visiting Playa del Carmen in Mexico,” according to The Star.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen Was Closed After a Threat
GettyView of the US consular agency in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, on March 8, 2018, after it was closed indefinitely due to a security threat.
Although the nature of the threat was not revealed, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City revealed that one was received. “On March 7, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City received information about a security threat in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico,” the embassy wrote in a travel warning on its website.
“Effective immediately, U.S. Government employees are prohibited from traveling to Playa del Carmen until further notice. The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen will be closed until further notice.”
The embassy advised that travelers stay “aware of your surroundings and exercise caution. Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance. Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.”
2. An Explosion Rocked a Popular Tourist Ferry
The State Department has issued a travel warning advising Americans to avoid Playa del Carmen in Mexico. The resort city on the Caribbean coast is a popular spring break getaway. Mark Strassmann reports the warning comes after an explosion on a ferry. https://t.co/JXZo171lj8 pic.twitter.com/OYRcms6DQr
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 8, 2018
Twenty-six people were injured in a February 2018 explosion on a tourist ferry that shuttles people from Playa del Carmen to Cozumel.
The explosion occurred as the ferry was unloading passengers in Playa. Seven Americans and three Canadians were among the injured. No one was killed in the blast.
An explosive device caused the blast. A drug gang took credit for the explosion, Reuters reported, adding that the ferry line is “owned by the father of former Quintana Roo state Governor Roberto Borge, who is facing corruption charges.”
On March 6, 2018, more explosives were found. “…undetonated explosives were found on a ferry that runs between the Caribbean resorts of Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel,” CBS News reported.
“…the boat was anchored 500 yards (meters) from the Cozumel dock and …read more