Taxis are very easy to find in Akumal, and although they can be pricey, they are very reliable. This service is best used by tourists who are staying on resort properties and don't have much use for a rental car, but as you'll quickly discover, the friendly drivers are more than happy to take you on tours of the area that can last all day long.
Taxis in Akumal are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so if you choose to make this your main way to get around you'll never have to worry about getting a ride no matter what time of day or night you'll need transport. They are also always on the move, to be found driving around outside of resorts, by the beaches, at shopping centers, popular restaurants, and anywhere else tourists commonly congregate. Where you will not find taxis is at the airport in Cancun because they are prohibited from being there.
Most taxis in the area are actually compact cars that are unable to hold more than three passengers at a time. If you have a big group traveling with you, be prepared to take several taxis, or call around to local companies and see if they have a van available to pick you up. Do be aware that most drivers here speak Spanish. To avoid any confusion, you may want to write down the location that you are headed to and give it to your driver.
View the following chart to help you contact a local cab company whenever you are in need of transportation.
|Akumal Transfer||(984) 875-9031||Akumal|
|(998) 206-6246||Puerto Aventuras|
...confirm the price with your driver...
The cost of taking a cab in Akumal is not one that you can negotiate. Rates have been set in advance by the local taxi union, and each driver will have a list of prices on hand to show you when you get in. Even with the prices right in front of you, make sure you confirm the price with your driver to make sure you are both on the same page. In general, taxis that pick you up directly from your hotel with charge you more than those you hail while you're out an about.
This table lists a few cab fares for this area.
|Typical Cost (USD)||Location A||Location B|
|$ 14.50 - $ 20.00||Tulum||Playa Akumal|
|$ 80.00 - $ 92.00||Cancun International Airport||Akumal|
|$ 79.00 - $ 91.00||Cancun International Airport||Grand Bahia Principe Tulum|
Drivers also make great tour guides. If you meet a driver you get along with, ask how much he or she charges to take you around town. On average, it is 250 pesos, or about $23(USD) an hour, but a tour that takes you throughout the Riviera Maya could cost 3500 pesos or $350(USD) for a whole day.
Whether you just need a quick ride or you spend a full day being shown around by a cab driver, a tip of just 10 pesos is what your driver will likely expect. That comes out to be about $0.90(USD) Feel free to add to that if you experience exemplary service, and especially if they've given you a tour.
If you don't feel that renting a car is the best choice for you, taxis are a great option for when you crave a little bit of privacy and one-on-one service.
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