Playa del Carmen is considered a security threat to USA citizens, with US officials issuing a travel alert after undetonated explosive devices were found on a ferry that operates between the Mexican resort town and Cozumel a week after a ferry explosion in late February.
A February 21 explosion on a ferry that runs between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel injured 19 Mexicans and at least five US citizens.
The ferry explosion last month in Playa del Carmen injured 19 Mexicans and at least five USA citizens.
The State Department official said Wednesday's security alert for Playa del Carmen is different from a travel advisory and is meant to inform USA citizens "of specific safety and security concerns in a country, such as demonstrations, crime trends, and weather events".
The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo was closed until further notice. It said the US consular agency there "will be closed until further notice".
All tourism and economic activities in Playa del Carmen continue in a normal manner and hotel occupancy at the resort city was at 80 percent, said the statement. One week later, at least one explosive device was found on another ferry.
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While these groups don't usually target tourists, the advisory says "armed clashes" between criminals and security forces can occur without warning and Canadians could be "caught in the crossfire".
Canada has issued a new travel advisory for the popular Mexican tourist destination Playa del Carmen.
"Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution", the alert states.
There were 25 people injured in the explosion, the director of Civil Protection for Playa del Carmen told ABC News.
The travel advice for Mexico was updated Wednesday near the same time the USA embassy in Mexico issued an alert for the coastal region. State prosecutors say the ferry incidents are under investigation.
Last week four gunmen burst into a hospital in Cancun and shot to death a drug gang suspect and his wife.