Renting a car in Puerto Morelos gives tourists the opportunity to get out and explore the area on their own time schedule without having to rely on a taxi driver or the local buses to get you around. Cenotes, ecoparks, and ruins are quite popular sites to see, and having a rental car at your disposal will most certainly make doing so easier.
The most important thing to know in advance of renting a car in Puerto Morelos is that purchasing personal liability insurance from your rental agency is highly recommended. If you are unfortunate enough to get into an accident when you're driving around in Mexico and found to be at fault, you will be taken to the nearest police station and not be allowed to leave until you pay out of pocket for the damages. International insurances and credit cards will not be accepted, so unless you happen to have insurance with a Mexican operated company, you could end up in jail until you find a way to get cash. Insurance from your rental agency will prevent this from happening.
With this in mind, you can take the time to think about the less serious side of renting a car in Puerto Morelos. The type of vehicle you'll request when you reserve a rental is one such topic to consider. The type of activities you plan to participate in should lead you to your answer. If you're sticking to main highways and the roads in town, you shouldn't need much more than an economy model, or maybe something a little bigger if you're aiming for comfort. Those who have big plans for exploring the countryside, where roads are more rugged and you could find yourself driving through the jungle you may find it to be a better idea to rent a sports utility vehicle which are better equipped to handle the roads.
Check out this table which identifies the various area vehicle rental agencies.
|Avis Cancun International Airport||(998) 886-0221||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun|
|(998) 886-2950||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun|
|(998) 281-0264||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun|
|Executive Puerto Morelos||(877) 389-0789||Puerto Morelos|
|Executive Villa Morelos||(998) 206-9056||Cancun-Tulum Federal Highway - Villa Morelos|
|Hertz Cancun Airport||(999) 911-8040||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun|
|Hertz Mayan Palace||(800) 405-7000||Grand Mayan Riviera Maya - 7.5 mi. (12.0 km) South West of Puerto Morelos|
|(800) 979-2000||Puerto Morelos|
|National CUN||(998) 881-8760||Cancun International Airport - 9.0 mi. (14.5 km) South of Cancun|
The best thing to do before reserving a vehicle is to call around to a few local agencies, whose numbers you can find listed below. They can answer all of your questions, especially regarding the personal regulations. There is no blanket set of rules about who can rent a car here. Some places have large age restrictions, others do not; some require you to have an International Driver's License, others need only your driver's license from your home country.
As shown below, rates will vary with the season. The lowest rates displayed are typically only available from the lowest cost firms when plenty of cars are on hand. The high end of the range is what you may be quoted at one of the busier agencies during the high season.
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 10.00||$ 75.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 13.00||$ 85.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 19.00||$ 192.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 80.00||$ 250.00|
|Rental Type||Low Rate||High Rate|
|Compact Car||$ 60.00||$ 450.00|
|Mid Size Car||$ 78.00||$ 510.00|
|Full Size Car||$ 114.00||$ 1152.00|
|Standard SUV||$ 480.00||$ 1500.00|
Your first taste of driving in Mexico will likely be from the airport in Cancun to Puerto Morelos along Highway 307. Puerto Morelos is actually the first major stop heading away from Cancun, about 25 minutes outside of the busy town. As you approach Puerto Morelos you'll see an overpass and take the access road on the right heading east, then continue straight into town square. Highway 307 is one of the best roadways in the region. It consists of four lanes, two heading in each direction, and is kept very well maintained. What you have to realize is that this is not indicative of the rest of the roads in the Mexican Caribbean. Within small towns, near beaches, and close to the forests and jungles you'll often run into roads that are very poorly maintained, and have tons of cracks and pot holes making for a bumpy ride.
When you are driving around the Yucatan Peninsula, it is important that you obey local driving laws and speed limits. Speed limits often change quickly, and local police are always out with radars ready to catch people who are driving even slightly over the posted speed. Getting a ticket here is very easy, and an abundance of officers will try and get you to bribe them which makes for a very uncomfortable situation.
What you will notice as you drive around is that there are gas stations every few miles; however, they rarely all have gas. Shortages are common, so you should avoid letting your car get under a half a tank of gas.
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If you've got places to be and sites to see, take matters into your own hands and rent a car to get you around. This will allow you to come and go as you please, drive in the privacy of your own vehicle, and travel at your own pace. There are plenty of reasons to recommend renting a car in Puerto Morelos, but is it the right choice for you? Only you can decide.
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