Car Hire in Cancun
This information is correct as of July 2015
There's plenty to see in the coastal city of Cancún, also known as The Mexican Caribbean. It is located on the Yucatán Peninsula, home of the Maya civilization, hence there are many fascinating archaeological sites and ruins in the surrounding areas. A great way to get around Cancún is by renting a car at the airport or from the other locations in the city. Renting a car is so convenient that it is even possible to arrange pick-up at the airport or at your hotel! Make sure to make reservations in advance with the help of Skyscanner to get the best deals.
Where to hire a car in Cancun
There are plenty of car rental companies operating in Cancun, including, but not limited to the following: Avis, Budget, Advantage, America, Alamo, Cancun Rent a Car, Dollar, Europcar, Hertz, Ventura, Mastercar, Payless, Thrifty, and Ximba. Car rental agencies usually have locations at the airport, in the city centre, and at resorts.
What to expect when hiring a car from Cancun
Fortunately, the streets of Cancun are easy to navigate. The roads in the Yucatan Peninsula are always undergoing improvement, hence the roads to many of the tourist attractions are paved and well-maintained.
However, you should be careful at all times, as the police have a tendency to pull over driving tourists for minor violations. On your part, make sure that you follow all road rules. Also make sure that all the lights of the rental vehicle work before taking off. Many police officers in Mexico are underpaid and some will accept and even coax out of you a small bribe to just leave you off with a warning.
Getting to your destination
Tulum is notable as the only major Maya archaeological site to overlook the Caribbean Sea. The site itself is not very large compared to others, but its location by the sea gives a unique ambience and a picturesque backdrop. The best day to visit would be on a clear day. Other attractions include the Tulum Sports Festival, kitesurfing, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
Tulum is accessible via México 307.
Chichén Itzá is the largest archaeological city of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization in the Yucatan Peninsula. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. It is a popular day trip from Cancun as well. Landmarks of the Chichén Itzá include The Pyramid of Kukulcan, the Interior Temple, Temple of the Warriors, and the Great Market.
There are two ways to get to Chichén Itzá from the airport. Either take México 180D, or take the route via Cancun - Valladolid/Carr. Costera del Golfo/México 180.
Valladolid is a small city providing an alternative base for the Chichén Itzá ruins. It is about a 45-minute drive from the east entrance of the ruins. It has its own attractions, too, such as the central town square Parque Fransisco Canton Rosado, the Catedral de San Gervasio, Calzada de los Frailes, and Museo de San Roque.
Valladolid is accessible from the airport via México 180D, or via Cancun - Valladolid/Carr. Costera del Golfo/México 180.