We are planning on renting a car in Cozumel so that we can check out several places without having to worry about cabs. A car from Hertz is $40 (5 people traveling) including the insurance that's required. I might even be able to get it for free through work.
Is this a good idea? Is it hard/dangerous to drive yourself in Cozumel? We plan to go to the San Gervasio ruins and a hotel beach after and maybe some snorkeling at Chankanaab. Is Chankanaab open again? Any recommendations for good snorkeling at a hotel beach?
I don't think I would care to drive in Cozumel. A cab isn't that much. Snorkeling is good almost anywhere in Cozumel. Chankanaab is a great place for that, plus the walk through botanical is awesome. Chankanaab is about a 10 minute cab ride from the dock. Here are a few pictures CHANKANAAB
I really wouldn't want to drive in Cozumel either. The roads and the drivers can be a challenge if you aren't used to it, especially when I'm there just for 8 hours. It would be different if I was staying there at a resort. I would have time to get used to things and the traffic flow. Cabs are everywhere and cheap.
I had read (here or somewhere else, I can't remember) that a trip with a cab to San Gervasio can be around $40-$50. If that's so, it'll cost us a fortune in cab fare to go there and then to Chankanaab and maybe a hotel beach too. Or was I mistaken? Any idea of cab fare to San Gervasio? (especially if I get the car for free)
Thanks, Ian. I was hoping you'd respond to this thread. I'm just one who has always been cautious with driving in other countries. I agree that driving is more relaxed once you get away from town. But in-town driving really could try my patience!
Scooters are always a bad idea. I have almost 30 years of motorcycle experience and I'd never rent a scooter.
Xanana - Ian will probably disagree but San Gervasio didn't impress me whatsoever.
I grew up on the Mexican/Texas border and I'm Bi-lingual so driving "on the other side" came easily for me.
With that said, I would NOT recommend it for anyone in a tourist area and particularly if you are not familiar with the traffic laws. Don't know if things have changed but the "law" used to be "El que pega, paga!" He who hits, pays.
Xanana - yup, taxis ain't that cheap - if you plan on travelling out of town (e.g. to the beaches or San Gervasio) then a rental car will probably be cheaper.
Dave56 - actually I agree! San Gervasio is worth a visit if you are really interested in archaelogy, but otherwise it's not that exciting - especially if you've been to any of the bigger Mayan ruins on the mailand like Chitzen-Itza or Tulum.
To drive or not to drive?
I guess it comes down to individual confidence/experience, if you're even thinking twice about it then it's probably best not to drive.
There's little chance you'll end up in jail (unless you're drinking and driving or doing something equally irresponsible). More likely is that someone hits you, it's their fault, but you'll have to pay. Even if you have insurance you'll have to pay and claim the money back. If you can't pay you could end up in jail I guess, but this is unlikely - the police will be more interested in your money than in spending time on paperwork and taking you to jail.
In theory, all this could delay you and make you miss your ship, but I've never heard a case of this happening first hand...
My best advice would be: if in doubt - take a cab!