cancun car rentals

Renting a car in a foreign country is something that many people are not overly keen on, but when you’re in Cancun renting a car can be a really great way to have more freedom and flexibility when you’re on vacation.

Here’s a short guide to Cancun car rentals;

How to choose a Cancun car rentals company?

If you have a brand that you already use and it’s available in Cancun, using this one should be your go to. Most international car rental companies can be found in Mexico, though, so if you can’t find your usual rental company you can find another one. Check reviews and compare prices, but stick with big companies as the smaller “mom and pop” stores may not have the services you are used to.

 

Things to remember when choosing Cancun car rentals

  • Check online to find the best prices for Cancun car rentals, but do keep in mind that online deals may not include the costs associated with insurance coverage.
  • Remember to opt for full coverage to ensure you’re covered for all eventualities.
  • When you receive your car, check the inside and outside for damage, and take photos where necessary. After all, you don’t want to be blamed for dents and scrapes that were caused by previous users. Take the time to dot your i’s even when you’re in a rush.
  • Some highways do have tolls, but the price is well worth the ease that comes with driving on modern asphalt roads.
  • Use Google earth to see what the road ahead looks like.

 

Where to go with your Cancun car rentals?

There are so many great places to go around Cancun: Tulum, Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen, countless small towns and villages, and magical cenotes are all within easy reach when you rent a car.

Go anywhere and everywhere that interests you!

Safety

There are some basic safety protocols you should follow when you’re driving in Mexico (these apply even if your are not using Cancun car rentals but have your own car), and they’re by and large the same as those for driving in any foreign country. For example you cannot use a mobile phone, drive while drunk, drive while on drugs, or use the phone whilst driving, and you must wear a seatbelt at all times while driving.

More specifically you should keep the doors locked when you’re in the city and unlocked when you’re on the highway. You should not pick up hitchhikers, and should you come to a military or police check-point we recommend that you are polite and obliging, but that you stay in your car when possible.

Mexican Road Signs to help you when using Cancun car rentals

Below we have listed the most common and important Mexican road signs for your consideration:

Alto – Stop
No Hay Paso – Road Closed
Despacio – Slow
No Rebase – No Passing
No estacionarse – No parking
Curva Peligrosa – Dangerous Curve
Ceda el paso – Yield
Conserva su derecha- Keep right
Topes – Speed bumps
Desviación – Detour

At the end of the day the most important thing is that you remember to have fun; renting a car on vacation should set you free to squeeze every ounce of fun and magic from the experience!