Who doesn’t like discounts! Saving a little here and there can improve your day in Playa del Carmen a little. So what local discounts are there and who gets them? Here’s a list of places where locals can save money, just make sure you can show proof with a local ID.
What constitutes local and local identification?
Generally, a local is someone who lives in Playa del Carmen for at least half of the year. They may be locals born and raised or foreigners who have made Playa del Carmen a home. It tends to lean towards those who have permanent residence visas or at least a temporary visa. As the old saying goes “membership has its privileges”. For those who have taken the plunge and done the work to get local documentation, there are some benefits. So what constitutes local identification?
It varies from place to place in terms of what kind of local identification is accepted. Then comment that there is a specific type of ID that sites ask for a discount. Generally, a local ID is a Quintana Roo State driver’s license, INE card (which is only for Mexican citizens), or your temporary or permanent visa. Some people try it with their CFE bill, but it’s not really a good identification, as that means you don’t have a residence visa or a license. Most people in this category are people who own property in Mexico, but they rent it out most of the year and visit it only for a few months or weeks at a time.
Why do residents have discounts?
In many parts of the world, locals get some discounts at popular tourist destinations. It can be very difficult for locals (real locals, such as those born and raised in the area) to go out and enjoy many of the things in the same place where they live. Many local governments and businesses are helping to make things accessible so that locals can enjoy life more in the popular destination. Businesses also know that locals help them get into business when it’s low season, so these are valuable customers to have as a regular.
Tip: Often only the Spanish version of the websites includes local discounts.
Locals Vs. Locals
In this article, “premises“, Refers more to foreigners living in Mexico 6 months or more a year. There are, however, a second type of premises, those born and raised in the area. Some of the local discounts are aimed primarily at them, such as now cultural attractions and bus travel.Other local discounts are more for foreigners frequenting businesses such as restaurants.In any case, both types of venues can benefit from these discounts mentioned below.
Eating in Playa del Carmen
Many of the restaurants on 5th Avenue and downtown Playa del Carmen offer local discounts. You can have a 10-15% discount on the check. So how do you know if they offer a local discount? Well, some post on Facebook from time to time or even post about it. For the most part, most do not advertise it. We don’t even mention it in our restaurant articles even though it’s a restaurant policy. The reason is that we have half tourists and half locals using our website, and while it is reasonable to have local discounts, we do not want others to be left out or feel that they are paying more.
Most places that frequent places will often have an automatic discount. If you visit certain places or just want to see if they offer a local discount, ask first. You often get a nicer response before you sit down. Be sure to ask your host or waiter, but not a runner or a bus manager because even if they say there is a discount, they do not have the authority to back up. the claim.
Xcaret Park and other tourist discounts
Some of the most important attractions of the Riviera Maya are the parks of Xcaret. For locals who want to visit, it is a very expensive ticket to get, but there is a big discount that locals can get. The annual ski pass in Xcaret Park is a great option for locals. You pay once and have access all year round plus other discounts within the park. This means you can go swimming in one of the rivers if you want and go. For the price of approximately one ticket, you have unlimited access during the year. This is one of the best local discounts you can get. Below are the benefits you get from your annual subscription.
- Free tickets for one year at Xcaret Park *
- Free admission to the Festa Major and the traditions of life and death.
- Free admission to the Sacred Mayan Crossing event.
- 20% discount on dinners. *
- 50% off Swimming with dolphins.
- 2 × 1 in Optional activities.
- 20% discount in restaurants.
- 25% discount on Photo modules inside Xcaret Park.
- 15% discount in stores.
- 10% discount on tickets to Parc Xcaret for a maximum of five companions.
** To guarantee your access, it will be essential to book at least 24 hours before your visit to 998-883-3143, because we will work with reduced capacity in our parks, in accordance with our safety and hygiene protocols.
** It is essential to book on 01 800 2 922 738 to insure yours
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For other discounts at other Xcaret parks, follow their Facebook page to receive notifications of promotions and local discounts.
all TOURnative discounts
allTOURnative is a great local sightseeing and parks company that has multiple places to visit and visit. Often, in the low season, you can get 2 × 1 deals on tickets for the venues. These are real 2 × 1 deals, not fake 2 × 1 deals offered on 5th Avenue. One of the best places to see if there are any discounts on the allTOURnative Facebook page. allTOURnative offers tours of ruins, Mayan communities, an eco-park and an all-terrain vehicle fleet.
Archaeological sites on Sundays
Did you know that all archeological sites are free on Sundays for locals? Nationals and residents of Mexico can visit them on Sundays for free! This is a good discount especially because the prices of places like Chichen Itza are close to 30 USD to enter. Most large ruins also accept temporary residents for Sunday’s day off, but some smaller ruins, people have had to pay if they only have a residence visa. It is up to the people who work there to make the decision. If they say you have to pay, most smaller places are 100 pesos or less, so no big deal.
If you know neighborhood kids and have a good relationship with families, taking local kids to the ruins on Sundays is a great way to share the story with the local youth. Many have not been to some of the larger places, so a trip would be easy and cost very little.
To get an idea of what ruins are near the Riviera Maya, check out our guide to Mayan ruins here.
All-day hotel season tickets included
As a local, you may not want to spend time in a local hotel, but you may want to enjoy the day in one. Or maybe you have friends visiting and staying at the hotel and you want to spend the day with them. One-day hotel passes can be expensive. Most of the time they are at the discretion of the hotel and its occupancy. With over 100 large hotels up and down the coast, there are many options. Most have daily subscriptions around $ 100 USD – $ 125 USD per day. The best thing to do is to call ahead and ask if they have day passes available and if they have a local discount. It is also good to ask which ID they accept. If they offer local discounts, they are often 15 to 20%.
ADO bus discounts
Some local ADO bus routes offer local discounts. The largest is from downtown Cancun to Playa del Carmen. You can save some money and enjoy the trip as a local. They usually ask for a driver’s license or local identification.
Thanks for reading our article on local discounts. If you know of a good local discount that is always available, please let us know in the comments below. We’d like to add more to this guide.