Playa del Carmen car rental

Jan 27th, 2005, 01:08 PM
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Playa del Carmen car rental

My wife and I will be in Playa del Carmen at the end of March and would like to rent a car to go to Tulum for the day. Anyone have any experience with car rental places there?
Any other thoughts or advice is appreciated.
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Jan 27th, 2005, 02:22 PM
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PDC is a nightmare to find parking in and drive around, so unless you are staying in an area with plenty of parking, plan to rent your car and drive it the same day to Tulum and return it the same day.

Another option is to take the bus tours to Tulum. The price would end up about the same or not much more, the buses are huge and modern with glacial A/C and beer, soft driks and water in a cooler up in front, and you can relax and let them do the work. They also stop on the way back for a little shopping break.

If you do want to rent a car, go EARLY in the a.m. while it is still cooler and beat the crowds, and then stop in Akumal on the way back for a nice lunch on the beach and maybe a snorkel or a relaxing stroll on the pretty beach there. Neat little town. (All of the rental car places are about the same.) CHeck out for more info.

Have fun!
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Jan 27th, 2005, 02:32 PM
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If you only need the car for one day, I'd look into taking a bus tour instead. We rented a car for a week, which was great, but we also only had to deal with parking in PDC for part of 2 days.

If you visit Tulum, go early and avoid the crowds. I might have enjoyed it more had we arrived a few hours earlier. The ruins are still pretty cool though.

After visiting Tulum, we drove to the visitors center for the Sian Ka'an Bioreserve, on the bumpy dirt road to Punta Allen. You can climb an observatory tower and see for miles on clear day, or rent a kayak and check out the lagoon. Enjoy.
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Jan 27th, 2005, 02:52 PM
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We were in Cozumel and took a ferry to Playa Del Carmen and rented a VW bug for about 50$US. WE had the BEST time! We drove to Tulam and didn't have any problems.
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Jan 28th, 2005, 05:52 AM
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Thanks all.
Any specific car rental place that you had a good experience with? Did you get the "full boat" zero deductable insurance?
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