How safe will you be when if you buy Playa del Carmen real estate? When reading the news for Playa del Carmen, we constantly see reports about new investment into public security, re-training of police officers, hiring of more police officers, etc. If you weren’t familiar with the area, you might think something like, “They must trying to fight all of Mexico’s crime problems.”
The exact opposite, is really the truth. Playa del Carmen is one of the safest communities in Mexico and beyond, and these efforts that we read about being carried out as preventative measures – i.e. to keep it this way before problems do arise.
Whether you choose a Playa del Carmen condo for sale in an upscale, gated community, or a fixer-upper Playa del Carmen homes for sale in a gentrifying low-income community, you will find that you can walk the streets comfortably and with confidence that you are safe. (The latter of these may not “look nice” yet, but will still be perfectly safe.)
You may wonder, then, if Playa del Carmen is so safe, why so many people buy in gated communities. There are many motivations and benefits to buying in gated communities that do not mean that the surrounding area is unsafe. One is exclusiveness; a gated community which only allows residents and their guests to enter and leave is more exclusive, and will tend to hold higher real estate values. Another point is that a growing number of gated condo complexes are being operated as resorts; these are gated in order to protect the business (i.e. so not just anyone can walk in and enjoy an all-inclusive without paying!) Gated communities also limit traffic to local traffic, meaning that the roads are physically safer and it’s easier to arrive home.
As for downtown, the area is very safe. Many tourists spend their visits in the famous Fifth Avenue shopping, dining and nightlife district, and walk across downtown to the Walmart or other similar stores. Many Americans, Canadians and Europeans buy homes and condos downtown, and enjoy a walk-everywhere lifestyle.
While the low-income communities aren’t an option for most buyers, a couple of these that are right next to the beachfront are beginning to gentrify; expats who walk around in these areas tend to feel quite safe, and some buyers are beginning to take interest in investing in low-priced homes, just because they are so close to the beach.
To answer the original question; no, Playa del Carmen does not need more security – but we can be glad that they are constantly investing to keep things the way they are!
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