Transportation Options for Costa Maya

Arranging for transportation in the Costa Maya is an easy feat

In Costa Maya and within the area that surrounds is a landscape typified by numerous sites which give us insight into the ancient Mayan culture.  This makes it a popular destination for those looking for both a beach getaway and a cultural experience.  Thanks to this area is also a very popular cruise port, transportation iis plentiful. 

Air Travel

Although there are three major airports in some of the popular towns surrounding Costa Maya, none of them are less than two hours drive away.  Chetumal is home to the nearest airport, but because of the high number of available flights, Cancun is the top choice.  Still, that airport is located over four hours away and many people do not revel in the idea of making the drive.  For this reason, chartered flights are often booked to get tourists to their final destination.  


Costa Maya is considered a top yachting destination, especially by those who are able to spend the bulk of their sailing time in typically calm Caribbean waters.  Ports of entry in this region include (from north to south) Isla Mujeres, Puerto Juarez, Puerto Morelos, Cozumel, Majahaul, and Chetumal

One of the bonuses of sailing here is the ease with which pleasure sailors are able to gain entry.  Each person traveling aboard the boat will need to register for a tourist card, which means presenting a valid passport.  The captain, meanwhile, will need to show customs and immigrations an up-to-date crew list and a list of the ship's stores along with the boat's registration of Coast Guard documentation.  Finally, the captain will need to sign an Importation Form. 


Whether cruisers are hoping for gorgeous tropical beaches or the chance to explore mysterious , they seem to choose cruises to Costa Maya more than any other destination in the Caribbean.  The three major cruise ports are Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel, and the one located right in Costa Maya. During the high season, nearly 100 thousand cruisers visit this region on a weekly basis, so the cruise ports are always busy and as a result some of the best in the Caribbean.  This port in particular features a number of shops and easy access to transportation to top attractions. 

Rental Cars

One of the best ways to see the Costa Maya region at your own pace is to rent a car, but there are a few things you should be aware of before heading off on your own. The first is that the road conditions vary greatly.  Main highways that snake along the coast connecting one town to another are generally in good condition and drivers will be able to handle them with ease.  However, roads within each town, especially further inland, are known for lacking upkeep, and many roads are comprised only of dirt.  This is why it is highly recommended that you rent a sports utility vehicle with good suspension and four wheel drive.  

As far as price is concerned, you could spend anywhere from $20 to $150(USD) a day.  Airport agencies tend to have the highest prices, while locally owned establishments are typically willing to cut the best deal – but you may not necessarily get the protection you would receive if you rented from an international chain. 


Taxi services are available in Costa Maya, especially right around the cruise terminal.  You'll have a harder time hailing a cab on the streets, so your best bet is to get the number of the driver who you originally road with and give them a call when you're ready to return.  Rates will vary by location, though they are generally low, and drivers only expect $1(USD) as a tip.


The bus system in Mexico is probably much nicer than you've heard – at least the inter-city buses are.  There are several different coach bus services that are considered to be luxury vehicles that transport passengers in major cities up and down the coast.  For less than $10(USD), you can travel from one city to the next.  Within each town may be a different story.  Larger cities have their own local bus system, though not nearly as nice as the coach buses, but they do tend to be very inexpensive.  


Although there is no ferry service directly in Costa Maya, there are a few services that those planning on traveling up the coast can take advantage of.  Three different ferries that travel between Cancun and Isla Mujeres on a daily basis, one of which even transports vehicles, as well as one that goes back and forth between Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel.  Although Cozumel is home to its own international airport, these ferries are the most common way for tourists to travel to the islands in the Mexican Caribbean because they are such money savers. 

With an entire coastal region of Mexico to potentially cover when you visit Costa Maya, one of the most important things to consider is which forms of transportation are available, as well as what works best for you.  Planning how you'll get there and how you'll get around in advance will save you time and stress, allowing for a much more peaceful getaway.  


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