Cancun is a popular tourist destination in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula, and driving can be an excellent way to explore the area. Here's what you need to know when collecting a hire car from Cancún International Airport (CUN):
To Cancún City & Hotel Zone:
To Playa del Carmen:
While Cancún and its surrounding areas are generally considered safe for tourists, always exercise general caution, especially at night.
Be wary of local drivers, as driving standards may differ from what you're used to. For instance, flashing headlights can mean a vehicle is coming through, not that they're allowing you to go.
It's advisable not to drive at night outside of urban areas because of lower visibility and the risk of wildlife or unforeseen road hazards.
Coba: An ancient Mayan city, around 80 miles from Cancún.
Chichen Itza: One of the most famous Mayan ruins, about 120 miles away.
Puerto Morelos: A quieter beach town about 18 miles south of Cancún.
Akumal: Known for its beach and clear waters, great for snorkeling, located around 60 miles from Cancún.
The highway between Cancún and Playa del Carmen (and further to Tulum) is a toll road known as the "Autopista". Ensure you have Mexican Pesos, as credit cards might not always be accepted.
Secondary roads, free of tolls, are also available but might be slower due to multiple stops and varying road conditions.
Roads leading to and from the airport can be busy, especially during peak tourist seasons and rush hours.
The Hotel Zone in Cancún can also experience heavy traffic, especially in the evenings.
In conclusion, driving in and around Cancún can offer a richer experience of the Yucatán Peninsula. As always, familiarize yourself with local driving customs, stay cautious, and enjoy your trip!
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