Bike Rentals Playa Del Carmen
… A great way to see the city and get some exercise all at once…
Before I came to Playa Del Carmen I thought bikes were just for the extreme sport dudes. (I was always more the booze cruise kind of guy.)
Then I spotted three sets of long legs riding around on two wheels.
Better looking and more tanned?
But these were chicks.
I tried casually following them, but I couldn’t keep up.
These girls could go anywhere quickly and easily avoid unwanted advances from the likes of me.
So I investigated.
In Playa Del Carmen it’s really easy to rent a bike.
And when you have one it’s just a leisurely ride to a different beach or different part of town.
Seriously, it is (by far) the fastest way to get around town!
Where To Rent A Bike In Playa Del Carmen
However, finding a reasonably-priced bike rental is what’s hard.
Here I’m going to tell you EXACTLY where to find the cheapest bikes for rent around the city.
There’s no need to even go looking for a bike.
Heck, I’ll even make it so easy for you to contact this guy it will make your head spin!
All you have to do is fill out the form below.
He will be emailed automatically!
Here’s the best place to rent one in this city:
What Kinds Of Bikes Can You Rent?
If you want to look like the macho sports man, then you can rent a mountain bike.
Just remember there are no mountains here.
I’ve seen dudes riding along the beach on their mountain bikes.
They thought they looked cool.
I think they looked exhausted.
I’d rather rent a beach cruiser.
It’s only got one gear, but hey, what more do you need if you’re not heading into the jungle.
Most places offer cruisers and NOT mountain bikes.
But there are two other reasons for this:
- Cruisers are much cheaper than mountain bikes (because they’re simpler)
- Bikes often get stolen here – and, yes, it’s the Mexicans who steal them. Do you think vacationers are into stealing bikes?
So, if you’re a bike rental center here, which type of bike would you buy knowing you may have to replace it?
That’s right, and that is exactly what they do.
Where Can I Go On My Bike?
Most people just use bikes to cruise around Playa Del Carmen.
Most point-to-point destinations are no more than 15 minutes, and you get a nice tan while riding.
But you can’t ride a bike along 5th Ave.
It’s illegal – although not strictly enforced (as is usual with Mexico) during the slow times of the year.
Better to take 10th Ave which has a dedicated path for those on two wheels – but beware, a lot of people walk on it, too. So you really have to be careful.
I think the best journeys are in the northern part of Playa Del Carmen, going up and down and checking out different beaches.
Although, I have one recommendation: don’t try riding in the sand; you’ll probably do a faceplant like I did.
What If I Want To Get Out Of Central Playa Del Carmen?
If you go on a longer mission away from Playa Del Carmen, then get a good map first.
You don’t want to end up on a highway full of Mexican traffic.
But it’s a great adventure, and you can get a long way from the tourist crowds.
Ride down to Xcaret and find out exactly why everybody raves about it.
Or head into the jungle and explore natural paths through the forest and some spooky caves.
Is It Safe To Go By Bike?
Playa Del Carmen isn’t anything like that.
But you do need to use some common sense.
Here is some simple, yet good advice while riding:
- Firstly, follow the road directions. Mexican drivers won’t look both ways, so if I see someone riding the wrong way, I get nervous.
- When cycling near the beach, remember to watch where you’re going. I saw one guy riding along just staring at this chick playing volleyball. He rode straight into a palm tree. I just laughed. It could have been me.
- Helmets aren’t required by law, but wear one if you’re going anywhere with lots of traffic.
- Use hand signals, yell, scream, shout, and do any other thing possible to attract the attention of Mexican drivers. Mexican drivers are complete idiots, and believe me, they are not going to shed a tear at night if they run you over. Also, taxi drivers are the worst, and they love when it rains so that they can drive quickly by puddles and splash bikers.
- Also, remember the sunscreen and a hat.
I’m not pretending to be your mother, but the Caribbean sun is quite punishing.
Will You Rent A Bike?
And I’m not just talking to you women with tanned long legs.
I’ve noticed that everyone on bikes kind of greets each other as they ride. There is camaraderie.
They give a little wink to say “Ah, we also know the secret.”
Bikes are cheap, make it easy to go everywhere, and they’re incredibly simple to rent.
I’m sure I will see you biking around Playa in the near future!
Lots of love,
Now it’s your turn. Do you have any experience, tips, or suggestions about renting a bike in Playa? Please share them in the comments section below!