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.
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.
|(998) 877-0079||105 Guerrero Avenue - Downtown Isla Mujeres|
|Ciro's Golf Cart Rentals||(998) 183-9971||Guerrero Avenue - Downtown Isla Mujeres|
|--||2.0 mi. (3.1 km) North-Northwest of Isla Mujeres|
|--||2.0 mi. (3.3 km) Northwest of Isla Mujeres|
|(999) 877-0019||19 Hidalgo Avenue - Isla Mujeres|
|Prisma Golf Cart Rentals||(998) 183-9971||Rueda Medina Avenue - Downtown Isla Mujeres|
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 Type||Rate (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 Type||Rate (USD)|
|Regular Cart (2 Seater)||$270.00 to $375.00|
|Large Cart (4 Seater)||$288.00 to $445.00|
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.
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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