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Driving #18535
02/07/2013 03:17 PM
02/07/2013 03:17 PM
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PHILA. PA, US
JIMC1 Offline OP
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Hey Gang - got a trip to Cancun planned and was wondering what your thoughts were on driving from the airport and up Kukalcan Blvd. to Imperial Fiesta/Casa Maya.

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Re: Driving [Re: JIMC1] #18536
02/07/2013 03:55 PM
02/07/2013 03:55 PM
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Just watch out for the police officers!! <img src="http://www.traveltalkonline.com/forums/images/graemlins/cloud.gif" alt="" />

Re: Driving [Re: LBI2SXM] #18537
02/07/2013 04:36 PM
02/07/2013 04:36 PM
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Lancaster County, PA
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Why would you drive only from CUN to the Hotel Zone? If you have a rental for a whole week, then that would be the easiest part of your trip. Just exit the airport and follow the road, it becomes Kukulcan after the 307 overpass. Otherwise a total waste of money.

Use the buses to get around the Zone. Easy, cheap, no worries about drinking or parking.

Re: Driving [Re: bugambilias] #18538
02/07/2013 05:18 PM
02/07/2013 05:18 PM
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PHILA. PA, US
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Guess I should've made myself clearer. Plan on renting the car for 10 days (only $150) and just bracing myself for driving in Mexico - I noticed the ease of driving from airport to hotel, just wanted to get a feel for "are you nuts - the driving in Mexico is CRAZY" similar to the response that I got when exploring driving in Dominican Republic. By the way, in DR we drove out to Luepron and beyond without a problem despite being warned that it isn't safe for travlers to drive (although have to admit I've never seen 5 pasengers on a 125cc honda motorcycle prior). Thanks for the response by the way.....

Re: Driving [Re: JIMC1] #18539
02/07/2013 06:39 PM
02/07/2013 06:39 PM
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Lancaster County, PA
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Yo, you are from Philly! Me too. They are way more polite here. You will have no problem.
Buy the insurance or get your credit card company to send you a paper, god forbid.
FYI Rental cars and taxis have red digits on the licence plate, private vehicles have black letters and numbers.

Re: Driving [Re: JIMC1] #18540
03/17/2013 10:21 AM
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During your 10 days of driving be prepared to be stopped by the policia at least once and have an extra $50 on ya to get your DL back. Driving in Mexico is stressfull, but there are many neat things to see. Be sure to get a map from mapchick.com. They are only 10 buck, but packed full of info.

Re: Driving [Re: gkh56] #18541
04/12/2013 03:26 PM
04/12/2013 03:26 PM
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NY and Mexico
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Never encountered any problems on Yucatan or Cozumel, there are checkpoints like anywhere so just be prepared with all required paperwork and make sure you have full insurance coverage.


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Re: Driving [Re: crmoores] #18542
10/09/2014 07:48 PM
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drove there several times, including inland to chichen itza Coba and Ek balam . came back from Coba at night...
anyway, never got pulled over, never had an issue at all. just pay attention to the traffic signals/signs!!!
i think most people get into trouble driving there because they don't know where they are going, and because of that, they are not paying attention.

the worst part of driving there , imho, is the simple fact of not knowing where you are going/ not many street signs once you leave town smile
heck the car rental place we rent from serves you cold beer as your signing the contract. (technically, they were out of beer the last time we were there and gave us tequila instead....just sayin)
good stuff- you'll be fine
(one thing- i ALWAYS carried a copy of my license and passport along with a $20 bill in my front pocket. never had to use it though. better safe than sorry!)

Re: Driving [Re: mayjong] #18543
10/10/2014 04:12 PM
10/10/2014 04:12 PM
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I have driven many times from Cancun south to Puerta Aventuras and Tulum. Never had any problems with police or traffic.
One thing I would suggest is if there is any existing damage to your rental, even though they document it on the rental agreement, take pictures with your phone with the representative in the picture. They tried to stick me with $700 damage that was already there one time and I had a photo with the guy pointing at it. Nice try though.

Re: Driving [Re: crmoores] #18544
11/25/2014 05:16 PM
11/25/2014 05:16 PM
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Arizona
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be sure to buy the mandatory Mexico liability insurance. No matter what your credit card company says - they do NOT cover that! be prepared for the charges.


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