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Old 01-04-2017   #1 (permalink)
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Travel to Paamal/Akumal /tulum

Other than renting a car $80 Usd, what's the best cost effective way to visit the above in one day from playa?
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In one day? Why?
Ok..colectivo but there will be a lot of waiting and walking involved.
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Other than renting a car $80 Usd, what's the best cost effective way to visit the above in one day from playa?
That seems very high. How big a car do you need ?
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Other than renting a car $80 Usd, what's the best cost effective way to visit the above in one day from playa?

As the others said, renting a car for less! I think I paid something like $35 for a full size sedan, and people say I overpaid.
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1952BSA, are you familiar with the colectivos here? Are they something you would use?

The fare from PdC to Tulum is something like 40 pesos (from my failing memory).

If you want to visit all those places in 1 day, I'd suggest an early morning start so you get to the Tulum Mayan site around 8am before the tourists start showing up in large numbers. The site is only about 800 m from the highway -- an easy walk. Then walk along the beach as much as you want. If you end up at the other road back to the highway, and find that you need a taxi back to the highway, find another person to share the fare.

Find a colectivo heading back to Playa and ask to be dropped off at Akumael (maybe 20 pesos or so). The beach is about 600 m from the highway.

Go back to the highway & wait for another colectivo. They run very frequently, so you shouldn't have to wait more than 15 minutes. Ask to be dropped at Paamul (maybe another 20 pesos). The beach is about 700 m from the highway.

Back to the highway and head back to Playa. The colectivos terminate on Calle 2 (2nd Street).

If you want to see only Tulum, the ADO bus is a comfortable & relatively cheap way to go. I think the fare is around 60 to 70 pesos, but you can check the fare and the schedule on the ADO website. The ADO buses do not stop at Paamul & Akumal.

Here's the ADO website...
https://www.ado.com.mx/ado2/#/
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As the others said, renting a car for less! I think I paid something like $35 for a full size sedan, and people say I overpaid.
It's the insurance that drives the price up (Budget quoted)
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I'd spend a day in Tulum and a day in Paamul and skip Akumal altogether! Bus to Tulum. Colectivo to Paamul
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It's the insurance that drives the price up (Budget quoted)
No, it is a rental place over charging you and in USD no less, that drives the price up.
Not sure what you are looking at renting but I have rented many a car down there with full coverage and never ever paid anywhere close to 80 USD per day. I am looking at renting a VW Gol for one of the weeks I am there next month and it is 3360 MXN for a week. Approx $30.00 CDN per day. Now a full week gets a bit better per day rate, but I think you get the picture.

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It's the insurance that drives the price up (Budget quoted)

Here's a tip: don't rent from Budget. The big name places you're familiar with have some of the worst reputations and have no affiliation with the companies. They license the name only.

Suggest you look at a local company, such as Avant Car Rental.

You can easily have fun at all 3 of the places you mentioned in a day, with an early start. I've done it. Not too much to see or do in Paamul, Akumal - skip Akumal Bay entirely and proceed to Half Moon Bay or Yal Ku lagoon, Tulum for the ruins and a walk. Check out Zamas for a drink.

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I'd spend a day in Tulum and a day in Paamul and skip Akumal altogether! Bus to Tulum. Colectivo to Paamul
That breaks my heart. We haven't been to Akumal in 4 or 5 years, but spent many a day under a shady palm napping. Time marches on.
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It's the insurance that drives the price up (Budget quoted)
collectivo, split it, and yes avoid akumal if you can
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That breaks my heart. We haven't been to Akumal in 4 or 5 years, but spent many a day under a shady palm napping. Time marches on.
The masses all flock to Akumal Bay, and judge *Akumal* by it. Most miss the quiet and better side, and never even experience the better half of Akumal, HMB.

OK, words out...

We're traveling out of our way to return to Akumal to enjoy Que Onda.
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The masses all flock to Akumal Bay, and judge *Akumal* by it. Most miss the quiet and better side, and never even experience the better half of Akumal, HMB.

OK, words out...

We're traveling out of our way to return to Akumal to enjoy Que Onda.
Amen. Beautiful area...not sure why all the hate.

I've watched whats going on in the bay, but Akumal is much more than that.

Nice to see the collectivos out near the highway finally waiting to take those back to Playa, Cancun...etc.
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Thanx everyone for your advise/responses
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Just spent two days in Akumal on half moon bay. Ate coconut shrimp 3 times at la Buena Vida, snorkeled Yal-ku and half moon bay, had tacos in the Pueblo. Never went to Akumal Bay to swim with the turtles....been there done that too many times. Collectivo'd diwn and back 35 pesos each way.
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