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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Cancun Airport
Mini
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$16.61 / per day
Cancun Airport
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$19.34 / per day
Cancun Airport
Compact
Renault Kwid or similar
Renault Kwid
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Flexways
$20.17 / per day
Cancun Airport
Intermediate
Chevrolet Aveo or similar
Chevrolet Aveo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
NUCarrentals
$22.11 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Cancun Airport
Standard
Volkswagen Vento or similar
Volkswagen Vento
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Firefly
$25.45 / per day
Cancun Airport
Full-size
Chevrolet Cavalier or similar
Chevrolet Cavalier
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Dollar
$29.53 / per day
Cancun Puerto Juarez
Economy Elite
Chevrolet Onix or similar
Chevrolet Onix
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$32.77 / per day
Cancun Airport
Premium
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$38.05 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 07:59 on 2024-04-20. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Spanish, Mayan
Currency
MXN
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+52
Average car rental price
$26 per day
Average car rental length
9 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 50 km/h or 19 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 120 km/h or 50 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
8.8 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.36 per liter or $5.15 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.29 per liter or $4.86 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$1.46 per liter or $5.53 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Cancun?

Cancun is a popular beach resort destination for North Americans, but also for Central and South Americans and Europeans. While lounging on the pristine beaches and partying in the nightclubs is certainly what the city is known most for, many travellers prefer the resorts on the coast near the city for a more peaceful vacation. Of course, the best way to reach these resorts is in a rental car. 

The city also serves as a gateway of sorts to the Mayan ruins that are scattered across the Yucatan Peninsula. Some of the ruins are easily accessible, with a car, while others are still covered by jungle requiring more of an adventure to reach. In any case, if a traveler wants to more than just relax on the beach next to their chosen hotel, a rental car would be a major benefit. 

Cancun

One-Way Car Rentals in Cancun

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Cancun and drop off in another city include:

  • From Cancun to Chetumal - 71 offers from $38.63 per day
  • From Cancun to Playa del Carmen - 139 offers from $19.95 per day
  • From Cancun to Tulum - 157 offers from $25.53 per day
  • From Cancun to Merida - 159 offers from $31.41 per day
  • From Cancun to Mexico City - 202 offers from $72.86 per day

Top ways to enter Cancun

Almost all visitors arrive in Cancun at the Cancun International Airport. The airport has flights from Central America, Bogota, and Lima in South America, many Canadian and American locations, and Europe. It is located south of the city and is directly connected to the Hotel Zone via Boulevard Kukulcan. Rental cars are available at the airport, with major suppliers having desks inside the terminals, others being located on the airport grounds, and even more with meet and greet services. 

Having no deepwater port, Cancun does not have cruise ships docking in the city. Some cruises may anchor offshore with passengers being tendered to land. Most cruise ships include Cozumel on their itinerary, from where a ferry to the mainland is available.

The more adventurous may arrive in Cancun via a private boat. The main marinas are located between Downtown and the Hotel Zone and north of Downtown. For those wanting to venture inland to see the Mayan ruins, rental cars can be picked up at the rental providers’ offices downtown or at some hotels in the Hotel Zone.

City facts

Cancun was built in the 1970s in what was then a very rural, but beautiful area. The city is split into two areas, the Hotel Zone where all of the hotels and tourists stay and Downtown where the locals live. The city, being entirely new, does not have much in the way of cultural attractions and nothing in respect to colonial architecture. The Downtown area, perhaps a welcome escape from the tourist world, has typical Mexican restaurants and shopping for the local residents but little else to offer.  

Hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the months between August and October having the highest likelihood of activity.  Major hurricanes have hit Cancun in the past. Hurricane Gilbert hit the city directly in 1988 and washed away a significant portion of the area’s beaches. The ocean had to be drudged to reform the beaches to keep the tourists coming. Most recently, the eye of Hurricane Wilma passed over Cozumel and Playa del Carmen and very near Cancun. The city would again need to rebuild afterward. 

The hurricane season coincides with the low tourist season. This has more to do with the general weather than hurricanes, specifically. The summer and fall months are the rainy season in the Yucatan, with almost daily storms and very high humidity. If you seek a quieter vacation and can cope with the rain and humidity, very good hotel deals can be found during the offseason. One shouldn’t avoid traveling in this season due to the threat of hurricanes, but instead, keep an eye on the forecast and perhaps have travel insurance in the case that the trip needs to be canceled or cut short due to a storm.

The water temperatures in Cancun hover between 79°F and 84°F, pleasantly warm. Travelers should be aware of the riptides on Cancun’s oceanside beaches. These depend on the wind and are sometimes deceptive, with a calm-looking sea having a strong undercurrent. Be sure to either check with your hotel’s staff or look for the lifeguard's flags to find out the current situation before swimming, particularly with children. 

Be prepared for the fact that “tourist information” pretty much means a sales pitch. The typical method of selling timeshares, offering free tours or activities if you attend a high-pressure sales pitch, is very popular in Cancun. Unless you are prepared to spend your time to get something for free along with being well-grounded to resist the pressure of purchase, it is best to avoid these people altogether. If you are interested in purchasing a timeshare, you are best served doing your own research, comparing prices, and finding one independently.  

Top destinations and activities

  • Beaches - The prime reason travelers flock to Cancun and the Mayan Riviera in general is to lounge on the Carribean beaches. Cancun’s Hotel Zone is built on a long beach shaped like the number 7. On the northern end, the beach can get crowded. The crowds tend to die out further south. There is also a beach with parking south of Punta Cancun near El Rey. Traveling south of the city or north to Isla Blanca, travelers can find lush, lonely beaches on which an entire day or days can be spent. Do note that the island that the Hotel Zone sits on gets hot, particularly in the wet season, with little shade which relief from the heat can be found. 
  • Partying - The other thing Cancun has become known for is its partying. While at other times there is always a party atmosphere, things get particularly busy during the American spring break weeks from late February to mid-April. During this time tens of thousands of college students descend on the city to spend a week getting sunburned and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. The bars and clubs are centered around Punta Cancun. For a more family-friendly atmosphere, it is best to stay further south of this area at one of the more expensive and newer resorts. 
  • El Rey - Though most of the archaeological sites in the Yucatan are located elsewhere, one site exists in the middle of the Hotel Zone. The Mayan name for the village is not known, but the site is named after one of the sculptures as it looks like a king (rey, in spanish). The site consists of 47 structures and is well worth exploring. Afterwards, head to the Mayan Museum of Cancun which is just one and a half kilometers away. 
  • Diving - Though Cancun is known as a party place, seasoned divers also know the city and surroundings offer a world-class diving experience. Many PADI dive centers are located both in the city and along the Riviera Maya where novice divers can take Discover Scuba Diving or Open Water courses. The highlight for diving in Cancun is the Cancún National Marine Park in which the Underwater Museum, a group of structures submerged beneath the water along the reef. Of course, diving in the area’s cenotes are off of Isla Mujeres is also a highlight. 
  • Interactive Aquarium - One of the most popular family attractions (of which there are not that many in Cancun), the Interactive Aquarium showcases the varied marine fauna of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico regions, allowing visitors to communicate with and learn about such truly marvelous creatures as dolphins, starfish, and several species of sharks. 

Traffic and parking

There have been numerous reports of police officers asking for bribes in both Cancun and the entire Yucatan area. If you are stopped by the police, insist on going to the police to pay the fine along with keeping record of any details to be able to file a complaint. One particularly heinous scheme is to stop tourists as they are returning to the airport as it is known that they will not have time to go to the police station nor file any form of complaint. There have been reports of this happening near the Puerto Juarez ferry terminal. The best defense in this case is to return to the airport even earlier than you otherwise would to leave plenty of time in case anything like this were to happen. 

In regards to legitimate police stops, note the changes in speed limits and follow them as speeding fines are common. While tourists used to be able to drink and drive without impunge, nowadays there is no tolerance for drunk driving. Many checkpoints are often set up in and around Cancun. Do not drink and drive unless you want a stay in a Mexican to be part of your vacation stories. 

Mexico has a program called Angeles Verdes (Green Angels) which provides trucks that patrol the tolled highways to assist drivers of broken down vehicles. The operators of these trucks can fix basic problems or tow your vehicle and will do it for free. You can call the Green Angels toll-free at 01-800-987-8224 or dial 078 in an emergency. Do be sure to keep your receipt from the tolls, as this is funded through the tolls. 

Parking is not much of a worry in this part of Mexico. Every hotel in Cancun and the surrounding area provides free parking for guests. Shopping centers also offer free parking (though it may be time-limited). It is also possible to park near the Punta Juarez ferry terminal. If traveling to Cozumel without your car, two paid parking lots and an underground parking garage are located near the ferry terminal in Playa del Carmen.

Though Mexico is famous for cartel violence, the Yucatan area is not among the hotspots for this (though there has been an increase in violence in Cancun itself). Tourists are not usually the targets of this violence. It is advisable to avoid driving at night, particularly  on rural roads. Bandidos are rarer now, but can still be a problem at night. 

Toll roads

Mexico has an extensive system of toll roads due to a government program that started in the 1980s to update the country’s road system. The Mexican toll road system is called Cuota. Toll booths are located along the highways at the end of sections of the road, therefore, on a long ride, you can pass through multiple toll booths. While credit cards used to be accepted, drivers can now only pay with either cash or an electronic tag placed on the car’s windshield. The electronic tags are unlikely to be provided by your rental car provider. If it is available, it usually comes with a fee. However, the fee is usually just a one-time fee for the tag, not a daily fee as in other places like many places in the United States. ATMs are few and far between along the highways, so be sure to keep plenty of cash to pay for the tolls. 

Compared to other countries, Mexico’s tolls can seem rather expensive. It is possible, however, to avoid most toll roads as Libre (or free) roads usually go alongside them, though they are much slower to travel on due to going through many villages along the way. This may make for more scenic travel on short trips but would certainly hinder progress on any long trips.

Ideas for day trips

  • Chichén Itzá - The world-famous Mayan archaeological site must not be missed when traveling to Cancun. Located just two and a half hours from Cancun (if taking the tolled highway), the city is centered upon El Castillo, which unfortunately can no longer be climbed. The site was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Having a tour guide to tell you about the people that inhabited the city between 600 and 1200 AD is highly recommended. Be prepared for the tolls on the way to and from the ruins. As of 2019, the total for reaching the site is about 380 pesos (one way). Credit cards are not accepted and ATMs may not be found along the way, so be sure to bring enough cash. 
  • Isla Mujeres - Isla Mujeres (Island of Women) is an island roughly eight miles of the Yucatan coast. Ferries to Isla Mujeres leave from three different places in the Hotel Zone (Playas Tortuga and Caracol and El Embarcadero) and Puerto Juarez. The ferries that depart from the Hotel Zone cost a little more and run a little less often. A parking garage is located near Puerto Juarez where, for a small fee, you can leave your rental car for a day or more. Scooters and golf carts can be rented to get around the island. The Island is a beautiful place that is a perfect place to get away from the tourist mecca that is Cancun. 
  • Playa del Carmen - Another famous resort town, Playa del Carmen is just an hour’s drive south of Cancun. The center of the Mayan Riviera, Playa del Carmen has a more relaxed atmosphere with high-end resorts and a European feeling. Ferries to Cozumel depart from the town. 
  • Tulum - Further south of Playa del Carmen, around 130 kilometers from Cancun, Tulum was a former Mayan port and is now the only archeological site located on the coast. Similar to Chichen Itza, a large pyramid called El Castillo dominates the site and is located on a 12-meter high cliff. This seems to indicate that it used to be a lighthouse. For anyone interested in Mayan ruins, this location is a must-not-miss one. 
  • Cozumel - The island of Cozumel is another famous destination. It can be reached by ferry from Playa del Carmen and is also a common port of call for cruise ships. A plethora of water-based activities can be enjoyed on the island, including fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and sailing. The coral reefs surrounding the island host a trove of tropical fish and make for the perfect diving or snorkeling experience. 
  • Isla Blanca - Though often visited by locals, many tourists don’t bother to venture to Isla Blanca north of Cancun. This is one of the trips that can only be done with your own car, as getting a taxi back to town is probably not possible. You can take either Avenida Bonampak or Car. A. Punta Sam which will meet eventually. The paved four-lane road will turn into a sand road which leads to a parking lot which is as far as you can drive. Take a picnic and enjoy the lonely beach, or if you are lucky enough, try some of the fish in the few restaurants located near the parking lot. 
  • Parque Natural Ria Lagartos - Due to the lack of a road along the coast, it takes approximately three and a half hours to drive to this national park from Cancun, requiring drivers to go through Valladolid. In addition to seeing the salt flat and pink lagoon, it is possible to take a boat tour during which you will see unique wildlife up close.  
  • La Ruta de Los Cenotes - The route of the cenotes, which are pits that were formed after the limestone bedrock collapsed and the groundwater beneath was exposed. Though it is not the only place where they occur, cenotes are particularly associated with the Yucatan Peninsula. The sinkholes were regarded by the Maya as a way to the afterlife and were therefore treated as holy. Many Mayan cities were formed around cenotes, as they made it easy for the inhabitants to get water. Although cenotes can be found across the peninsula, La Ruta is a route with many cenotes along one road. The route begins just south of Puerto Morelos which itself is south of Cancun. From there, travel west towards Leona Vicario, stopping wherever you find a great cenote.   
  • Cenotes X'kekén and Samula - Though not on La Ruta de Los Cenotes, these two cenotes are also worth visiting. They are located just outside of Valladolid, making them a perfect pitstop on the way to or from Chichen Itza. Both of these cenotes are enclosed with small holes in the top that let in sunlight. This creates a stunning place that you would regret not taking a dip in. 

Further destinations

Note: Cars rented in Mexico, in most cases, are not allowed to be taken to any country other than the United States. It is, of course, highly unlikely that anyone renting a car in Cancun would want to take the car to the United States. Belize and Guatemala are both much more reasonable destinations within reach of Cancun. It is not possible to take a rental car across the borders if you rent from one of the major international suppliers. It is, however, possible to travel to Belize if you rent from either American Car Rental or Adocar. It is also possible to travel to Guatemala for a hefty fee (180 USD at the time of writing) if you use American Car Rental. 

  • Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve - Taking up a portion of the Eastern Yucatán, Sian Ka’an is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most notable nature preserves in Southern Mexico. Made up of tropical swamps, marshes, and waterways, the area is home to jaguars and tapirs and is very rich in water fauna, but it also has some pre-Columbian architecture. Sian Ka’an can be reached either by car or by joining an organized tour, but to get around the reserve itself, you’ll need to rent a boat with a guide.
  • Belize - Anyone spending more than a few days on the Mayan Riviera shouldn’t miss also going to Belize. An affordable ferry exists from Chetumal to the town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. In Chetumal, you can leave your rental car in a secured parking lot called Estacionamiento "Del Centro.” They are not open on Sunday, but will probably meet you to let you get your car, especially if you arrange this in advance. From San Pedro, it is possible to travel further to Caye Caulker and Belize City by ferry. Flights on small aircraft are also an option. Note that immigration procedures will take place upon arrival in San Pedro and when you return to Chetumal. 
  • Guatemala - Though part of Guatemala is also located on the Yucatan Peninsula, it is not possible to travel to the country with a rental car. However, flights are available from Cancun to Guatemala City. To reach Guatemala by bus would probably involve transiting through Chetumal and Belize.
  • The Yucatan Peninsula is in many ways more similar to Guatemala and Belize than the rest of Mexico. Guatemala, Belize, and the Mexican part of the peninsula share a common Mayan culture. Venturing further, to the North American part of Mexico would certainly make a great road trip for any travelers that have the time (driving time can be lengthy). 
  • Campeche. Still building its reputation as a tourist destination, the neighboring state of Campeche remains unexplored territory for most visitors. Noticeably more traditional than Quintana Roo, it offers the chance to get off the beaten tourist path and explore colonial architecture, impressive rain forests, nature preserves, and yet more Mayan sites. The capital city, also called Campeche, is about a five-hour drive southwest of Cancun.

Car Rental Prices in Cancun

  • Station wagons - from $40 per day
  • Large cars - from $17 per day
  • Medium cars - from $17 per day
  • Vans - from $74 per day
  • Premium cars - from $29 per day
  • Small cars - from $17 per day
  • SUVs - from $19 per day
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators.

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Fact checked by
Hannah Lukaszewicz
Edited by Hannah Lukaszewicz, a US citizen who runs the international travel blog Getting Stamped. Hannah and her family have traveled to over 85 countries with a never-ending bucket list! Her travel blog hopes to inspire you to travel the world and help you plan your trip too. She has rented cars all over the world and has driven in over 30 countries. She believes that renting a car gives you such freedom and is the best way to experience a destination.

Top 20 Cities near Cancun

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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Cancun?

Car rental prices in Cancun vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Cancun
$32.08
January
$29.44
February
$35.98
March
$32.31
April
$26.84
May
$27.74
June
$34.68
July
$31.74
August
$25.23
September
$26.32
October
$30.05
November
$52.74
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Cancun is September (when prices average $25.23 per day). This is 21% cheaper than the yearly average and 52% cheaper than renting in December (when prices average $52.74).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Cancun?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in January, the average renter keeps their car for 10 days, and in April, they keep their car for 8 days.
Average number of rental days in Cancun
10
January
9
February
9
March
8
April
8
May
8
June
10
July
9
August
8
September
8
October
9
November
9
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Cancun?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Cancun is January, and the least popular is September.
Monthly searches in Cancun by pick-up date relative to the average
140%
January
138%
February
98%
March
71%
April
84%
May
76%
June
110%
July
108%
August
63%
September
73%
October
103%
November
136%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 18
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers MEX RENT A CAR, Europcar, Avis, Dollar, Keddy
Popular car categories Large cars, Small cars, SUVs, Medium cars
Lowest price $17 per day
Cheapest supplier MEX RENT A CAR

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
MEX RENT A CAR Volkswagen Polo 4 1 Small cars
Europcar Chevrolet Aveo 5 2 Large cars
MEX RENT A CAR Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
MEX RENT A CAR MG 5 5 2 Large cars
Avis Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs
MEX RENT A CAR Kia Forte 4 3 Large cars
Keddy VW Gol 4 2 Medium cars
Europcar Chevrolet Beat 5 1 Small cars
Europcar Chevrolet Beat Sedan 5 1 Medium cars
MEX RENT A CAR Chevrolet Onix 4 2 Medium cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Jeep Renegade
April 14, 2024
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Australia
Chevrolet Aveo Aut.
April 11, 2024
Yucatán and Quintana Roo had amazing sites, excellent restaurants and friendly people.
Canada
Nissan Kicks
April 5, 2024
everything you cited
Sweden
Chevrolet Beat
March 19, 2024
All the Mayan ruins, food beaches but above all, all friendly people we have meet on all occasions in Mexico!
United States of America (USA)
Kia Forte
March 7, 2024
We drive across the Yucatan and saw the man ruins and stopped in a little town for lunch, after that we found a cenote and had a refreshing dip. Lovely!
United States of America (USA)
Chevrolet Beat
February 29, 2024
I did not get screwed. That was a BIG thing for me. I did what I needed to to protect myself in all possible ways with paperwork and verifying and documenting the condition of the car when picking up and dropping off. The agent when picking up was efficient and did not try to upsell me or anything like that.
Netherlands
Chevrolet Aveo
February 26, 2024
Yucatan is definitely worth a trip if you love beach and Maya culture.
Canada
Volkswagen Vento
February 26, 2024
We only used it to run short errands and trips to town.
Canada
Volkswagen Vento
February 24, 2024
was just okay
Canada
Chevrolet Aveo
February 18, 2024
Always good we enjoyed everything
Austria
Kia Forte
February 15, 2024
The roads were either under repair or in need of repair, so driving speed limit or slower should be expected, but important and beautiful places are easy to find in that area, and the people are nice and friendly. And no matter what your plans are (nature spots, sports, activities, restaurants) everything is there.
United States of America (USA)
Chevrolet Aveo
January 11, 2024
3 weeks in the jungle and the beach on a solo trip. I drove all over the peninsula and saw some amazing things + experienced things that will be lifetime memories.
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Canada
Chevrolet Aveo
January 3, 2024
A car gets you to grocery stores, ruins, cenotes, or to pick up other travellers at airport.
United States of America (USA)
Chevrolet Aveo
December 28, 2023
Overall the family enjoyed stay and places visited in the great country of Mexico. It is really a lovable country and the people are very nice. Our only bad experience was discovercars rental
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Vento
December 21, 2023
I explored cenotes, swam with turtles, attended yoga/meditations, explored villages and frequented the beach.
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Beat Sedan
December 8, 2023
Nature spots were excellent. However, food was surprisingly expensive in the hotel zone and there were problems with police targeting rental vehicles entering the hotel zone.
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Grand Cherokee
November 18, 2023
Dune Boutique Hotel in Tulum was a highlight of the trip. We spent two different days there for a beach pass. I am excited to return to Tulum and stay here!
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Corolla
November 8, 2023
The Yucatan is amazing as far as history is concerned. While several online reviews highlighted the quality of the roads from Cancun to Merida what isn't mentioned is the relative lack of notice or warning around construction related issues like lane changing or ending. Also, you need to have pesos before you start your drive as tollbooths do not accept dollars or credit cards. We had $1,000 pesos and this covered the cost.
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark
October 29, 2023
Yucatán Peninsula is a wonderful place to visit.
Turkey
Nissan Kicks
October 18, 2023
got to see Yucatan
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Elantra
October 17, 2023
The cenotes and beaches were nice, food was okay some were good.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Polo
August 24, 2023
Renting a car through Discover Cars was well worth it. You'll definitely want to rent a car to get to various Cenotes, ruins, and all the other things Mexico has to offer rather than depending on taxis, scooters, bikes, or buses. We spent less than $200 for 8 days on a rental car, and had ZERO headache. Honestly, you'll spend more on the things I mentioned and have a migraine by the end of your trip by not renting a car. Discover Cars was, hands down, the cheapest and best option we found. Definitely rent through them!! Sidenote: If you do not have kids or would like to have some romantic "adult time", then avoid the big attraction spots like Xel-Ha and places like that. Also be aware that most of the cenotes that are NOT open air (caves, semi-caves) will require you to wear a life vest. If you do not want to get stuck being required to wear a life vest and just want the freedom to swim freely, find open air cenotes. Cenote Carwash and Cenote Corazon del Paraiso were amazing and didn't require them. Also be aware, if going to Tulum, that there's a ton of construction and traffic happening all the time there... If we could do it all over again, we would've stayed in Akumal.
Netherlands
Chevrolet Aveo
August 14, 2023
The car was fine, even great considering the value for money. The roads are reasanably OK, hardly any potholes on major roads. The smaller the roads, more potholes you have to bypass. Fuel prices are much lower than in Europe. Driving around the Yucatan peninsula to see all the highlights and more is great!
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Vento
August 4, 2023
Hotels were amazing
Belgium
Chevrolet Aveo
July 24, 2023
we made a complete tour of Yucatan, from Cancun to Bacalar, visiting temples, beach, cenote, jungle, city trip.
United Kingdom
Chevrolet Spark
June 14, 2023
Went to see the pyramids, highly recommended!
United States of America (USA)
Kia Sedona
May 24, 2023
We stayed in Akumal which I would recommend because it is small and friendly, and close to Playa and Tulum. We shopped in Tulum and went to Coba. We swam in the Lagoon in Akumal and went to Cenote Azul. We went to Xenses which my kids said was their favorite. It was a really nice vacation overall.
United States of America (USA)
VW Gol
May 20, 2023
Cancun is beautiful and the people are genuine and friendly.
Canada
Chevrolet Spark
May 15, 2023
We hated Cancún - it’s way way too touristed out and you are constantly targeted as a tourist. We went where locals live and loved it. We travelled all the way to Tulúm - off the tourist trap places and LOVED it. We never feared our security the Mexican people are amazing!
Canada
Volkswagen Vento
May 9, 2023
Great beach club vibes Great excursions, recommend the zip lining and Cenote dives. Great food and shisha!
South Africa
Chevrolet Spark
May 7, 2023
All denotes and beaches amazing
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Vento
April 18, 2023
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United States of America (USA)
Chevrolet Aveo
April 16, 2023
Swimming in the ocean, spending lots of time on the beaches, snorkeling in local Cenotes around Tulum and Akumal, eating fish/shrimp tacos
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Canada
VW Gol
April 11, 2023
By having a rental car we were able to have more freedom regarding our schedule/trip and also moving away from the crowded spaces full of turists. We also didn't need to book tours as we went by car to all the beaches and attractions
United States of America (USA)
Kia Forte
April 9, 2023
Vidanta resort was beautiful
Canada
Chevrolet Captiva
April 5, 2023
We picked up the car in Cancun, and spent 3 nights there. Drove to Bacalar for 4 nights, then on to Progreso for 9 nights. We then returned to Cancun where we dropped the car. Again, Aurora was amazing. She helped to pre-arrange a taxi the morning we dropped the car, as we were going back to our air bnb before heading to Isla Holbox.
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United States of America (USA)
Chevrolet Aveo
March 26, 2023
We went touring to Tulum Ruins, Chichen Itza and Xplor. Beach at our resort was gorgous. The food we had was great at the resort. Great handmade gifts for cheap. We want to go back.
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Canada
VW Gol
March 25, 2023
we went to so many places. highways were really good. we did our own excursions. we didn't have to rush.
United States of America (USA)
Mitsubishi Mirage
March 24, 2023
The highways in the Yucatan are all under construction. Tolls are high and conditions precarious. Back roads are narrow and bumpy. We had a great visit, but are very grateful to have survived the driving.
Canada
Nissan March
March 23, 2023
We love Tulúm it is a magical place. The beach was covered in seaweed but we didn’t let it ruin our trip.
United States of America (USA)
VW Gol
March 22, 2023
Sargassum weed a major factor why I will go to Mazatlan next year
Canada
Dodge Grand Caravan
March 21, 2023
We drove 5 hours away from Cancun. Saw lots of sights and ate at great restaurants. The van was in good shape and we did not have any issues at all with the van. The return was quick and easy and the refund of deposit on the credit card was easy and explained well. We were taken back to the airport quickly and on time.
Canada
Chevrolet Captiva
March 12, 2023
We decided to rent a car in order to be able to explore all the beaches around Cancun during our ten day stay. We went to Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Akumal beach. Also went to the Tulum ruins, a Cenote close to the EkBalam ruins. Which is apparently the biggest one. It was a total highlight for our kids. The EkBalam ruins were so much better then ChichenItza. We were able to climb the pyramid which is even higher then the temple in ChichenItza. Tulum is fun to do some shopping. Amazing restaurants, pubs and clubs on carretera Tulum boca paila.
Estonia
Volkswagen Vento
March 12, 2023
We had a long trip in Mexico about 2000km. We saw Bacalar, Chetumal, Coba, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Valladolid, Ek Balam, Rio Lagartos, El Cujo, Cancun. We visited Mayan home, Mayan arceological sites, different beaches and cenotes. The trip included two states of Mexico. Quintana Roo and Yukatan. Best food was in Rio Lagartos, seafood restaurant run by Emmanuel and panuchos on the main town squere.
Switzerland
Volkswagen Vento
March 12, 2023
Nice nature
United States of America (USA)
Nissan March
March 11, 2023
I visit every month for work
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Gol
March 7, 2023
Being able to drive to the cenotes was the whole reason we decided to get a car and the cenotes are totally beautiful, really a unique amazing experience.
Spain
Volkswagen Vento
January 2, 2023
Mexico is a fantastic country!
Belgium
Toyota Avanza
November 29, 2022
same comment as above
United States of America (USA)
VW Gol
November 19, 2022
You should provide a map-especially during the road construction to make it easier to find turn arounds that are not blocked in order to return the car
Canada
VW Polo
November 8, 2022
Able to have a lot of freedom driving to all the tourist attractions.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Versa
November 2, 2022
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United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Vento
July 31, 2022
We had a great trip
United States of America (USA)
VW Jetta
March 15, 2022
Tulum was great. We very much enjoyed the area - the beaches, the cenotes, the ruins, Sian Ka'an Refuge, etc. Renting a car is a great way to see some of the wonderful spots that are not as easily accessible.
Czech Republic
Hyundai Elantra
February 22, 2022
To have the car is worth. A lot of nice place to visit.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
February 19, 2022
The Yucatan peninsula is absolutely beautiful.
Portugal
Hyundai Elantra
January 7, 2022
We totally recommend Car if you want to visit different places. Taxis are expensive in Tulum, for example!! We visit Tulum and Bacalar by ourselves and we use the car every single days.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan March
November 16, 2021
Rented the car in Cancun and explored Akumal, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, Coba ruins and Cancun. Would defo recommend renting a car for this kind of exploration.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Vento
April 13, 2021
Reserve your car with enough time to account for the extra time to get through customs/security. Our flight landed at 2:30pm, I booked pick-up for 4pm, you are given a 59min grace period, so reservation is good until 4:59pm. If you arrive after your reservation has expired, they cancel automatically. Don't give into the pressure from the rental car agent to buy additional coverage. Once you get to the rental car office, anticipate 1-1.5 hours to wait and get your car.
United States of America (USA)
Jeep Renegade
April 11, 2021
Make sure they keep the reserve car for the price u book
United States of America (USA)
Nissan March
March 14, 2020
Many places to see in the Cancun area by bus and guided tour. But if you want to create your own adventure, rent a car! Go find a cenote! Stop at all the craft spots! Watch out for those blasted speed bumps!
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai Elantra
January 26, 2020
It’s better to drive to Chichen Itza and other ruins but beware of the highway shortcut because the toll is around $266 peso just to get out
United States of America (USA)
Dodge Attitude
July 21, 2019
Cancun was amazing!!!
Spain
VW Gol Sedan
January 9, 2019
Lots to see. Traffic busy at times.
Colombia
Toyota Yaris
January 8, 2019
you have to get out of the hotel, theres a lot to see
United States of America (USA)
VW Jetta
January 7, 2019
Overall a good experience.
Mexico
Kia Rio
December 18, 2018
always cancun the best place for vacations
United States of America (USA)
Kia Rio
August 12, 2018
If it's your first time driving in Mexico, be very careful and get insurance. It's better to be safe and kind then aggressive and impatient.
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