Some vacation destinations can happily be explored without the use of a rental car, while others are better served with a vehicle at your disposal. Chetumal is one of those locations thanks to its location far away from the coastal cities which offer much in the way of public transportation. While other options exist which allow tourists to get from place to place without the aid of a rental, not having to rely on them makes a huge difference here.
There are no rental car agencies in Chetumal at this time, which means you'll have to pick up your rental when you arrive at the airport in Cancun. When you rent a car in Cancun you'll find most rental agencies to be split between ones located at the airport and ones that are operated out of local hotels. If you're one of the people that will rent a car and drive from Cancun, you'll find it easiest to rent from an agency at the airport, but they are also available, and less expensive, around town.
One of the first things to do is determine which type of car you'd like to rent. Chetumal's visitors typically have visits to many on their list and should plan to have a vehicle with four wheel drive and good suspension at the ready. If you'll be sticking to highways and want to save a little money, and economy model one a little better may be what you're drawn to. This decision will also affect the price of your rental.
Regardless of which type of vehicle you rent, it is highly recommended that you purchase the personal liability insurance offered by your agency. This is because if you get into an accident and are found to be at fault, you will be taken to the police station and expected to pay for damages right then and there. Credit cards will not be accepted, nor will international insurances. Unless you plan to carry large sums of money on your person, the insurance with your rental agency if the best way to stay out of any trouble.
With regards to any age restrictions and the like, every agency in Chetumal and Mexico is different. Some places may require that you be over 21, while others will want you to be over 25. Likewise, you may be required to have an International Driver's License with some agencies, while others will say that the license from your home country will suffice. Always call your preferred agency to find out what their specific rules and regulations are.
Take a look at this table for some rental agencies located in this area.
|Europcar Chetumal||(983) 833-9959||3 Bahia Boulevard - Chetumal|
|Europcar Chetumal Airport||(983) 108-3021||Chetumal International Airport - 1.5 mi. (2.3 km) South West of Chetumal|
Most tourists will rent their vehicle in Cancun then drive to Chetumal. The cost of renting from the airport there is anywhere from $20 to $105(USD) depending on the vehicle model, where you rent from, and the time of year your visit. Prices do not vary much if you choose to wait until arriving in Chetumal to pick up your rental.
The Yucatan Peninsula is split in half by the north and the south, with the southern states being the less frequented by tourists. This divide begins at Ucum. It is also where you'll begin to see that the roads are much less well cared for, and despite the fact that Chetumal is considered to be the capital of the Yucatan Peninsula it is located in this underdeveloped region. While you'll find some of the major highways such as Federal Routes 186 and 307 to be paved and well-kept, many other roads you come across seem primitive, riddled with pot holes, and sometimes even teeming with livestock.
After you pass Ucum on the road, gas stations become much less frequent, so it is recommended that you fill up whenever you have the opportunity, even if you are not yet on empty.
If you have plans to cross from Chetumal over the border into Belize, there are a few steps to take. As you approach the border, you'll park your car and enter the building with your passport to have stamped. There, you will pay $15(USD) for permission to cross. There you will be permitted to drive through a guarded gate.
On the other hand, if you are returning from Belize, you'll drive through the border zone then stop at the building just after the bridge but before customs gates. You'll bring your passport inside with you where you will get a tourist card if you don't already have one. Then, you will drive over the border, stopping at the gate to pay about $26(USD) per person. You will also need to pass through fumigation and have your vehicle sprayed for about $10(USD).
Keeping this information in mind you'll find the process of renting a car in Chetumal to be less of a daunting one, and allow you to go in knowing in advance how to handle any situation that may arise.
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