The vast majority of tourists visiting Xcalak will first arrive at the airport in Cancun, which is approximately five hours away, then drive. The best way to do this, of course, is to rent a car directly from the airport. Not everyone fits in to this same mold, which is why it is helpful to know about all of your options.
When you rent a car for your stay in Xcalak, there are a few things to be aware of. First, you want to make sure to inspect the rental with a fine tooth comb to ensure you are not given a damaged vehicle that you will later be deemed responsible for paying for. Second, when you get in an accident in Mexico and deemed responsible you will be taken to the police station and expected to pay for damages then and there – and your international insurance or credit card will not be accepted. What will be accepted is the personal liability insurance sold to you by any Mexican rental car agency. The added cost of around $15(USD) a day is definitely worth it for peace of mind.
With these tips out of the way, you'll find renting a car in Cancun and Xcalak to be fairly easy. The one problem you may run into is the differing rules between each agency. The best thing to do is to call individual agencies and ask questions about rules and regulations such as how old you have to be to rent a car, as well as what type of driver's license you'll be required to have.
The cost of a rental will vary greatly depending on a number of variables. These include the size and power of the vehicle you rent, the number of features you add on, where you rent from, and when you rent. You can bring the cost down by renting during the off-season of tourism, and possibly even if you book it as part of a package deal. Overall, you can expect to spend anywhere from $20 to $150(USD) a day, and this does not include the recommended insurance, or any added taxes or fees.
To get to Xcalak from Cancun you take Route 307 South from the airport, which is one of the better roadways in the Yucatan Peninsula, a sometimes four-, sometimes two-lane highway that is paved and well maintained because it runs through all of the main tourist areas in the region. You will remain on this road for most of the trip, though as you get closer to Xcalak you willbegin to encounter less well-maintained roads and at one point will even pass through a military checkpoint in which your vehicle will be checked to ensure you are not carrying anything illegal into the next town.
The most important thing to remember about this drive is any time you get close to a half a tank of gas, top off your tank if you encounter a gas station. The further south you go, the more space you will have between gas stations, and the peninsula is known for running out of gas regularly. You'll protect yourself from winding up stranded on the side of the road after having run out of gas.
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Planning a getaway in Xcalak can be difficult thanks to its remote location, but knowing the rules of the road and what it takes to get on the road in the first place is helpful to anyone considering the option.
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