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Old 01-06-2005   #1 (permalink)
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To taxi or not to taxi? Please HELP!! Do we really need to rent cars?

I'm arriving in Cancun on 2/18/05 and staying for the week in Playa del Secreto (and not PDC). We plan on hanging out a decent amount in Playa del Carmen and doing some hiking/exploring/snorkeling/fishing throughout the week up and down the coast. Any sense of what the most practical and cost-effective means of transportation is for 9 people staying 15 minutes north of PDC? Does it make sense to rent a large vehicle (for group trips) and a smaller one or could we do everything we want and need to do with cabs? What are we talking for money for a weekly car rental v. using cabs to get to and from the airport in cancun, travelling around a bit, etc.?? Thanks for the help!

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9 people would need a full sized van, about $120-$130 per day to rent, two cars would run about the same, unless you're going to do alot of traveling & sight seeing on your own it will probably be cheaper to use the taxis,busses & collectivos. Getting everyone to the pick up points together may be a hassle, so there seems to be pros & cons either way you go. We are a group of 7, that's pretty much what we've decided on, we can always rent a mini van if it doesn't work out for us
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We are going in a group of 8 and staying in a hotel right in PDC.

We plan on taking the bus and colectivos pretty much everywhere. We don't mind walking a bit though, when they drop us off at the highway.

The scary driving I see in Mexico makes it too nerve wracking for us to want to drive on our vacation! We let others drive for us.
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We will be in Playa with a group as well and have decided to go the taxi/collectivo route. Would be interested to hear about Playa del Secreto on your return, we looked at a villa there as a possibility for a future trip...
Agree with the "let someone else drive" idea.
We may rent a van/driver for a trip to Chichen Itza though.
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the problem we have is that we aren't in PDC....we're in Playa del Secreto and so it seems we'll need taxis to do absolutely everything. Can anyone comment on this aspect of my questions? sorry to be such a pain--i guess there are worse things to worry about than how i'm going to be getting around with 8 friends on vacation!
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As the way I see it. Although I am not a huge drinker I do plan on sampling some of the flavors of taquilla and Marguarittas and Modelo Blancos. I'd rather put up with a little bit of inconvenience of a taxi then taking a chance of getting into an accident just to rent a car in Mexico.

Plus I think that it is easier to enjoyu the sounds and smells of Playa del Carmen while walking then driving.

Just my opinion.
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Just a thought...understand you will be in Playa Secreto and really not sure of the economics but keep in mind you might not want to be with your friends every waking hour...on a previous group trip to an island we rented a vehicle and purposely went small so that it forced the group to break up/mix up and do different activities...with a van to accommodate all sometimes people feel they have to join in even if they're not 100% crazy about the day's destination or plan. Remember seeing one villa advertised there which had vehicle available, seemed an ideal solution. have fun
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the problem we have is that we aren't in PDC....we're in Playa del Secreto and so it seems we'll need taxis to do absolutely everything. Can anyone comment on this aspect of my questions? sorry to be such a pain--i guess there are worse things to worry about than how i'm going to be getting around with 8 friends on vacation!
If that is just an area along the Mayan Riviera (??) then the answer is the same. Walk out to the highway to catch a passing bus or colectivo. They come by frequently and stop to pick anyone up- just flag them down.

With that big a group I agree that doing that would be the easiest and have the least amount of arguing and logistical planning involved (unlike renting a car).

People can do their own thing and you then don't have to plan every detail of every day.
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my understanding is that playa del secreto is just north of PDC (maybe 15 minutes) along the coast. the woman i've booked the house with (who has been nothing but wonderful) had this to say in response to the same question (rental v. taxi)...i just wish i could trust her objectitivy, but i'm a pain in the a$$ and just assume everyone is out for my money. what do you think:
This is definitely not practical due to the location of the villa. You will need a car to grocery shop as well as get anywhere.A round trip transport for 2 different groups of 4-5 would be $160 each.If you would like a quote on a car rental let me know and the dates. I think the most practical would be a Suburban that would hold all of you. Then you could shop the first day, go to pick up the second group the next day and be ready to relax.Taxis are not readily available in that area. I suppose you could call for one but it would be at least $10 each time each way to Cancun or to Playa del Carmen to shop.
We do offer shopping service- minimum in your case would be $300 due to your location.
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Well, she may be right, as I said I am not familiar with that location. And pre-reserving rental cars saves you money I think?

But everything along that coast is about a mile from the highway...so really not that bad to hike out to the highway to catch a ride with either a colectivo or bus.

I guess it comes down to how often you will be venturing off the resort.

Is it AI or are you going to be making trips into town about every day? and will you be wanting to explore the area a lot, or just a little? If you rent one vehicle and you can all share it and split the cost, it likely IS a good idea to rent one.
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It can be one hell of a walk in the sun down a long dusty trail with no shade before you get yourself out onto 307 and even start to flag down a taxi. (….more likely a collectivo van). People do it, but the ones that I’ve seen did look a little haggard (very sweaty, with red faces and shortness of breath) by the time they hauled their sorry butts out to onto 307. Rather you than me. Bring water and leave the aged and infirm back at the house.

This does appear to be what the woman you’ve booked the house with has already told you. My suggestion, a suburban from Executive. Or make one monster shopping trip, and stay in secreto the rest of the time.

(from Secreto you'll need a taxi to take you to the nearest taxi)
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my understanding is that playa del secreto is just north of PDC (maybe 15 minutes) along the coast. the woman i've booked the house with (who has been nothing but wonderful) had this to say in response to the same question (rental v. taxi)...i just wish i could trust her objectitivy, but i'm a pain in the a$$ and just assume everyone is out for my money. what do you think:
This is definitely not practical due to the location of the villa. You will need a car to grocery shop as well as get anywhere.A round trip transport for 2 different groups of 4-5 would be $160 each.If you would like a quote on a car rental let me know and the dates. I think the most practical would be a Suburban that would hold all of you. Then you could shop the first day, go to pick up the second group the next day and be ready to relax.Taxis are not readily available in that area. I suppose you could call for one but it would be at least $10 each time each way to Cancun or to Playa del Carmen to shop.


We do offer shopping service- minimum in your case would be $300 due to your location.
If you don't rent a car I think you should check with someone like Cancun Valet regarding transport from the airport. I think they could do it cheaper and they also offer a grocery shopping option. I have only used them for transport and would recommend them. As far as $10 each way to Playa that looks right for a taxi. Taxi's run small so you would only be able to squish 4 people in one so you would need 3 for 9 people. That would only be $60 for that day to locations like Playa or Cancun vs the $120-$130 Birdman says it costs to rent a big enough vehicle for all of you. I would do the taxis because, like Stogey, I like to have a cocktail on vacation and not have to worry about driving. Are you planning on going as far south as Tulum or other areas? Do you want flexibility to drive and stop when and where you want? How many days do you plan to "tour" vs just stay at the hotel and relax? You might want to consider the car/s. You do get a better deal by reserving your car in advance online.
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People do it, but the ones that I’ve seen did look a little haggard (very sweaty, with red faces and shortness of breath) by the time they hauled their sorry butts out to onto 307. Rather you than me. Bring water and leave the aged and infirm back at the house.
Oh come on! It is a little walk! No wonder we north americans are so bloody fat....
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When David and I stayed at the IB Quetzal, which is only 1.5 miles from Playa, we never considered walking it. It was too darn hot!!

And no, Rissask, not all North Americans are "so bloody fat". Many of us don't tolerate that kind of heat very well (me included), and the last thing I want on my vacation is heat stroke!
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