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12 Nov 2021
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Read This Before Committing To A Car Rental 

Among the most popular questions, Akumal Direct Guests ask about their upcoming trip is whether or not they need a car rental to get around town. The answer is based on three factors: skills, expectations and location.

Ready to put your international driving skills to the test?

Basic driving skill sets in Mexico apply as they do in North America and most of Europe, like the stearing wheel is on the left and turn signals are ALWAYS required. However, there are some action items to consider about driving from Cancun to Akumal. The highway that connects Riviera Maya is pretty much a straight shot but signage will be in Spanish and not always very marked. Plus, this highway which is not iluminated at night is also the main artery for employees to get to work so pedestrians are constantly popping out of nowhere to cross the road.  

What are your vacation goals?

If you're looking forward to hanging out on the beach by your vacation rental, taking short strolls into town for groceries, shopping, and dining, and visiting nearby beaches then you probably don't need a car rental. Even if you do have a sightseeing tour to a nature park or visit Mayan ruins renting a shuttle service for the day is often the best way to go. Especially, when you take into account the cost of gas, insurance, and valuable vacation time wasted figuring out where you're going and where to park. However, if you're on an adventure mission to explore Riviera Maya every single day of your trip from sunrise to sundown then you'll definitely want to consider a car rental. 

Where exactly are you staying?

One of the many reasons why travelers prefer a vacation rental in any of Akumal's bays is the unique experience of having a private home during your stay. Guests staying anywhere from Yal Ku Lagoon to Akumal Bay can easily walk, bike ride, rent a golf cart to and fro downtown from their beachfront condo or villa. Now, if you're staying on Jade Bay or South Akumal you'll have the luxury of being on a practically isolated beach but still close enough to town to do without a car.  These two beaches are only a 25 - 35 minute walk on the beach to Akumal Bay where you can grab a taxi to head back should nightfall catch you. Having your own villa on any of the more exclusive beaches such as Soliman Bay, Tankah Bay, Aventuras Akumal, including Jade Bay and South Akumal will ensure one of the most peaceful vacations where you won't need move a finger once you've unpacked. Most guests choose to have their groceries delivered or hire cooking services to avoid the hassle of wasting time grocery shopping and cooking themselves. 

Still not sure if you'll need a vehicle?

Our local experts are more the glad to share with you their inside knowlege to help you decide if a car rental is the right choice for you. Contact us today and we'll help you navigate through Riviera Maya the way you most want.