Getting around Mexico in Cancun and the Yucatan Peninsula is quite easy, even if you don’t speak Spanish. While public transportation is efficient and taxis are affordable, renting a car offers so much more freedom of movement and comfort. Here is a short guide to renting a car in Cancun, Mexico.
How to choose a car rental company?
If you are familiar with a particular brand and would like to keep earning program points, stick to the brand you are most comfortable with. The majority of international companies operate in Cancun, Mexico. Smaller “mom and pop” shops lack the service many are used to so you are recommended to stick with your preferred, reputable car rental brand. Read reviews before renting a car in Cancun, Mexico and compare prices.
Things to remember:
- Booking online can save you money and give you access to the best deals; just be aware that the prices quoted online do not always include the costs for obligatory insurance coverage. You are also recommended to opt for full coverage.
- Make sure when receiving your vehicle you do a complete inspection for imperfections inside and out. Take photographs where necessary. You do not want to be blamed for dents and scrapes that were caused by a previous driver. Do your homework, even if you are in a rush to hit the road.
- Some highways have tolls, but the price is well worth it to enjoy modern asphalt roads versus the older, more rugged free highways. Use google earth to navigate the terrain prior to getting behind the wheel. This can give you a good idea as to what lays ahead.
When renting a car in Cancun, Mexico, you are advised to take caution, keep to the speed limits and respect traffic lights. As in many countries, using a mobile phone or texting while driving, drinking under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving without a seatbelt are illegal in Cancun, Mexico.
For your personal safety, you are recommended to avoid picking up hitchhikers in Cancun and to travel only during daylight hours. If you encounter a police or military checkpoint, answer questions cordially, follow instructions, but we recommend to avoid getting out of your vehicle if possible. While driving around town and while stopped at traffic lights, you should have the doors of your car locked (on highways, keep them unlocked).
Mexican Road Signs to help you when renting a car in Cancun, Mexico
Here is a short guide to familiarize yourself with Mexico’s Road Signs:
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
Most importantly, relax, take your time, and stop and explore enchanting towns while making new friends. There is always a friendly Oxxo convenience store or family run store to grab staple items like coffee, snacks and toiletries on your way. Time to hit the road and explore Cancun, Mexico!