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5 Things you Should Know BEFORE Renting a Car in Tulum

We think the best way to see Mexico and especially the Yucatan Peninsula is to drive it yourself. Without a car, you’ll be confined to overpriced, basic packaged tours with hordes of other tourists. Follow this guide on how to rent a car in Tulum and Cancun and other places in the Yucatan Peninsula for the best trip to Mexico of your life. Don’t worry renting a car in Mexico is easy and safe – and here’s how to do it and avoid the scams and hassle.

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO RENTING A CAR IN TULUM

The process of renting a car in Tulum can be confusing and that’s why we have put together this guide. We have tried to answer all of the typical questions and give 1st hand insight on how to avoid all the common pitfalls and scams.

IS IT SAFE TO RENT A CAR IN TULUM?

This more depends on your driving ability more than anything else. The first question everyone always has about renting a car in Cancun is ‘Is it safe?’. To rent a car to drive around the tourist destinations in Cancun and the Yucatan is safe. Whenever we suggest renting a car, there is always someone on Facebook claiming ‘you’re going to get kidnapped by the cartel’ or something crazy, these are the uninformed people that you need to unfriend. This is just not a thing! Unless you are involving yourself in illegal activities, the chances of something like this happening are just ridiculous.

Q: Is it safe to rent a car in Tulum in 2022?

A: Yes, it is safe. We have been renting cars in Tulum and the Riveria Maya since 2012 and have already rented cars from the Cancun airport and are excited about the new Tulum Airport. We have driven well over 12,000 km over more than a dozen trips and have had no problems and never once felt unsafe.

IS IT SAFE TO DRIVE IN TULUM & THE YUCATAN?

Driving in a foreign country can be overwhelming, but in Mexico, we find it not too difficult. Inside cities like Playa del Carmen and other larger cities the traffic can be a bit busy, but outside the cities, there are surprisingly few cars on the road.

The road signs will be all in Spanish, however, with even a little bit of Spanish knowledge they are pretty easy to figure out. Speed limits are frequently marked and road signage is generally easy to follow, however, it’s a good idea to use GPS or Google Maps if you have cell service, or load them while you are on wifi.

WHAT SIDE OF THE ROAD DO THEY DRIVE ON IN MEXICO?

In Mexico, they drive on the right side of the road and the steering wheel is on the left side of the car, just like it is in the USA and most parts of Europe. This would be the opposite of the United Kingdom or Australia.

DO I NEED INSURANCE FOR RENTING A CAR IN MEXICO?

This is not an easy yes or no question, but here we will try to explain it in detail. Technically, when you rent a car in Mexico it typically includes the legally required liability insurance. Confirm this in the fine print before booking, every company is different. Past that, insurance coverage is at your discretion. If you choose to decline additional coverage at the rental counter a large hold will be placed on your credit card.

We ALWAYS recommend having additional insurance like the Collusion Damage Waiver insurance (CDW). Whether that is being covered by your credit card travel benefits, an outside travel insurance company, or purchasing extra car insurance through the rental company. You never know when you’ll need it.



Don’t forget travel insurance! You never know when you’ll need it. We suggest getting travel insurance with World Nomads. Not only will this include car rental insurance but also medical, trip cancellation, your belongings from theft or damage, baggage, car rental coverage, and much more.

Safe travels and if you’re looking for a place to stay, we recommend TulumApartmentRentals.com as a good place to start.