Car Rentals on Isla Mujeres

Golf carts are the main rental option on Isla Mujeres

Photo credit: © Claudio Paz Torres - cpaz@telsur.cl
 

Renting a car for your stay on the small island of Isla Mujeres is not necessary. Not only can you walk to get around to most places, but taxis are so inexpensive that when you do need a ride it won't break the bank. Still, the independence that comes with having a vehicle at your disposal is something that many tourists crave.

Renting a Vehicle

On Isla Mujeres, rentals agencies specialize in golf carts and scooters rather than cars. In fact, there is no car rental agency on the entire island. This is because these small, efficient vehicles are perfect for the tight downtown roads and they help keep the price of gas on the island low. Golf carts are the recommended form of transportation because the roadways are not easy to manage by scooter, but those who feel they are up for the challenge can certainly give it a shot.

Do note that in order to rent a golf cart or scooter, most agencies will require that you leave your driver's license with them until you return the vehicle.

Take a look at the following table which shows the various area rental agencies.

Vehicle Rental Companies
Name Phone Location
Cardenas Golf Cart Rentals (998) 877-0079 105 Guerrero Avenue - Downtown Isla Mujeres
Ciro's Golf Cart Rentals (998) 183-9971 Guerrero Avenue - Downtown Isla Mujeres
Gomar's Rental -- 2.0 mi. (3.1 km) North-Northwest of Isla Mujeres
Pepe's Rental -- 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) Northwest of Isla Mujeres
Ppe's Moto Rental (999) 877-0019 19 Hidalgo Avenue - Isla Mujeres
Prisma Golf Cart Rentals (998) 183-9971 Rueda Medina Avenue - Downtown Isla Mujeres

Rental Costs

Golf carts can be rented for the day for around $40(USD), but if you'd like to keep the vehicle overnight, the price increases by $10(USD). The longer you rent for, the cheaper the daily rate will end up being, and some places will offer a deeper discount if you can speak Spanish.

While the different companies may have a few different options, you can expect the chart below to give you a good prediction of what you can generally expect on the island.

Golf Cart Rentals Daily Rates
Golf Cart TypeRate (USD)
Regular Cart (2 Seater) $45.00 to $54.00
Large Cart (4 Seater) $48.00 to $65.00

It is not uncommon for companies to have discounted rates when you rent the carts for a week or more. The chart below shows the kinds of rates to expect for a full week rental.

Golf Cart Rentals Weekly Rates
Golf Cart TypeRate (USD)
Regular Cart (2 Seater) $270.00 to $375.00
Large Cart (4 Seater) $288.00 to $445.00

Driving

Isla Mujeres is not known for having the best road conditions; however, they are maintained well enough that driving should not be an issue. You will experience traffic most of the time and parking can be hard to come by.

Boat Gas Station happens to be the only gas station we were able to get for which we have information.

Actually renting a full-sized car is not possible on Isla Mujeres, but that doesn't mean you can't experience the independence that comes along with a rental. Golf carts, scooters, and even bicycles take the place of cars and do the job just fine.

 

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