KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO MEXICO


Welcome to our essential guide on „Know Before You Go to Mexico.“ Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a seasoned explorer, this comprehensive resource is designed to equip you with vital information, tips, and insights for a seamless and enriching experience in Mexico. From cultural nuances to travel essentials, we’ve got you covered. Join us as we unravel the treasures of Mexico, ensuring that your journey is not only memorable but also smooth and informed.

 

Ready to embark on a Mexican adventure? Let’s dive into the details you need to know before you go!

Table of Contents

  1. Documentation
  2. Visa
  3. Currency Exchange
  4. Diving & Travel Insurance
  5. Medication
  6. Water
  7. Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent
  8. Weather Overview
  9. Clothing
  10. Electronic Devices
  11. Transportation Tips
  12. Airport transfer
  13. Dietary Accommodations
  14. Diving – what do I need to bring
  15. Packing list
  16. Rental gear available
  17. Diving in cenotes & Camera in cenotes

 

1. Documentation

When traveling abroad, your passport is your official identification, as is common in most situations. Therefore, it is essential to keep it securely stored, as you will require it during entry and exit from the country.

We strongly advise having a printed copy in your wallet or a screenshot on your phone, while the original should always be kept in the hotel-safe.

 

2. Visa

Your passport must be valid for at least six months before you plan to return home from your trip.

Here you can find resources for visa requirements. 

You are responsible for reviewing and meeting the visa/immigration requirements for Mexico. 

Pro Dive International is not responsible for changes in entry requirements to a country. Consequently, customers do not have the option to cancel or seek reimbursement if their travel plans are affected by updates to a country’s entry requirements, airline schedules, or similar situations. Please refer to our cancelation policies.

 

3. Currency Exchange

Given the widespread popularity of Riviera Maya as a tourist destination, many establishments accept various currencies, with the Mexican peso (MXN), the US dollar (USD), and the Euro (€) being the most commonly used.

Onsite purchase at the dive center: our prices are in USD; if you pay cash, it is best to pay in USD; payment by card will be charged in MXN. We do not accept Amex.

If you need to exchange your currency, options are your hotel lobby, reputable currency exchange points, the airport, or banks in major towns like Playa del Carmen & Cozumel. 

 

4. Diving & Travel Insurance

It is strongly advisable to secure dive and travel insurance before your vacation to ensure coverage in case of emergencies, such as the need for medical assistance and other unforeseen circumstances.

 

5. Medication

If you have a chronic illness or require daily medication, it’s essential to consult your doctor before your trip. Ensuring you have an adequate supply of prescription medicine for your stay is crucial. Finding specific medications in Mexico can pose challenges, so being well-prepared is advisable.

Always keep your medication in its original packaging, particularly in the event of customs inquiries about its use. This precaution ensures a smoother travel experience and helps you manage your health needs effectively while abroad.

Additionally, it’s advisable to bring essential medicines for common issues such as headaches and allergies, along with any other specific medications you may require.

 

6. Water

We do not recommend drinking tap water in Mexico due to many factors. You may experience diarrhea and vomiting if you accidentally drink the tap water. It is highly recommended always to drink bottled water.

 

7. Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent

Before your journey, ensure that your sunscreen and mosquito repellent are environmentally friendly, with a 100% biodegradable or reef-safe formulation. Opting for these options is essential in minimizing our impact on the environment and the ocean in the Riviera Maya.

 

8. Weather Overview

The Riviera Maya boasts a tropical climate with four distinct seasons, maintaining an average temperature of around 27ºC/ 80.6 F and basking in approximately 300 days of sunshine yearly. It’s noteworthy that the climate undergoes variations throughout the year.

From May to November, there is an increased likelihood of rainfall. However, given the tropical nature of the climate, if it does rain, it typically only lasts for a short period, and prolonged rainfall throughout the day is exceptionally rare.

While the hurricane season spans from July to November, the likelihood of these storms affecting the Riviera Maya is minimal.

Persistent humidity is a characteristic of the Caribbean, with the summer months (June to August) experiencing the highest levels. Staying well-hydrated is recommended to ensure a comfortable experience.

 

9. Clothing 

Light Clothing: Pack breathable, lightweight clothing suitable for the tropical climate. Remember swimwear, hats, a light rain jacket, a light sweater for winter months, and comfortable walking shoes.

 

10. Electronic Devices

Mexico operates on a 110V electrical system. A power converter is essential if your electronic devices are designed for a different voltage. Additionally, the electrical outlets in Mexico typically have two flat-pin configurations.

To ensure compatibility with local outlets, we strongly recommend packing a universal plug adapter for a hassle-free experience with your electronic devices.

 

11. Transportation Recom’s

Navigating the roads in Mexico presents a unique experience, often characterized by more aggressive and less regulated driving than in other places. Traffic rules may be less strictly followed, potentially leading to a more stressful journey. If you rent a car independently, being extra vigilant and attentive to your surroundings and fellow drivers is crucial.

Our top recommendation is to opt for a private transfer or excursion service from a reputable, law-abiding company, such as Pro Dive International. This ensures a smoother and more secure travel experience, allowing you to focus on enjoying your journey without the added stress of navigating unfamiliar road dynamics.

 

12. Airport transfer

If you purchase an airport transfer with us, please find information here.

 

13. Dietary Accommodations

Resorts offer various dietary needs. When booking an excursion, kindly inform our staff of any specific dietary requirements you may have. This enables us to cater to your needs effectively and ensure your culinary experience aligns seamlessly with your preferences.

 

14. Diving – what do I need to bring

  • Diving Certifications (highest level + Eanx if applies) and Logbook
  • Ensure you are fit to dive, and if you must provide a medical clearance, here are our medical policies.

 

15. Packing list

  • mask & snorkel 
  • wetsuit/rash guard: Pack an appropriate wetsuit or dive skin, depending on the season and water temperature. 3 to 5 mm wetsuit for ocean dives & 5 mm for cenote diving is recommended. The average ocean temperature is 28 degrees Celsius / 82.4 Fahrenheit; in cenotes, it is 24 degrees Celsius, or 75.2 Fahrenheit.
  • BCD, REG, Fins & diving boots (ensure BCD&REG are in working condition)
  • Surface Marker Buoy 
  • Dive computer (check the battery level is sufficient for the trip) 
  • Dive lamp
  • Reusable water bottle
  • dry bag/mesh bag 
  • Camera and accessories 

Important: Options to buy and repair diving gear in our area are limited.

 

16. Rental gear available 

Please check our rates: 

 

17. Diving in cenotes & Camera in cenotes 

If you want to bring a camera, please be aware that some Cenotes owners charge an extra fee of up to MXN 1000 in cash or strictly do not allow cameras. 

Please consider that a local reef dive is required before doing cenote dives to ensure you have good buoyancy and diving skills for your safety. 

The minimum age to dive in cenotes is 15 years old.

 

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