Scooter Rental Playa Del Carmen

…lots of fun, and a great way to see the city…

Renting a scooter is something that seems to divide opinion in Playa Del Carmen.

There are those that say scooters are impending death traps and to be avoided by everyone other than the clinically insane.

But there are a whole host of scooter rental companies and a huge number of visitors who enjoy renting a scooter everyday here.

Renting a scooter is a great way of freely visiting everything in the city.

But you should know what you’re doing.

And not be like the girl I watched drive straight into a post the other day.

A Great And Cheap Way To See Playa Del Carmen

Scooters are probably the second cheapest and definitely the easiest way of seeing everything in Playa del Carmen (the cheapest being renting a bike).

It works out to be a much better value than renting a taxi or van – and allows visitors to fit lots of different attractions into a single day.

With a scooter you’re free to set your own itinerary and go as you please.

The roads aren’t jam packed with traffic, and the city is yours to freely explore.

When I first arrived here, I regularly rented a scooter in Playa del Carmen, and some of my favorite days in the area have involved a scooter.

For economical reasons (and the fact that I live downtown and close to everything anyways), I ended up buying bike, so I stopped renting them.

What About The People Who Say A Scooter Is Dangerous?

Would you rent a car if you couldn’t drive?

Probably not.

But renting a scooter has a bad reputation as some people jump on the back of them without any driving experience.

I’ve seen scooters crash into palm trees, buildings, market stalls, and sidewalks.

Every single time it was because the driver had absolutely no idea what s/he was doing.

If you don’t know how to ride a bike, or if you are so drunk that you can hardly stand up, then it’s probably best you stop reading now.

And whatever you do, don’t rent a scooter – or for that matter, a bicycle, a car, or jet ski!

You are obviously a disaster waiting to happen!

Where Is The Best Place To Rent a Scooter In Playa Del Carmen?

Oh, my dear visitors, if you only knew all of the trials and tribulations that I go through in search of the best this city has to offer.

In the blue box below I’m going to tell you about an interesting person that I met.

I’m also going to give you a SIMPLE method of  contacting him so that you can reserve a scooter easily and quickly.

Make sure that you reserve your scooter as early as possible – especially during high season!

Like the hotels and resorts, many of the scooter rental companies sell out during peak times of the day/year.

Here’s some more info and a simple contact form that will forward a message to my favorite scooter rental guy  in the city. He actually works with a rental company here, but he’s a pretty cool dude.

 

 

What Should I Bring?

There are three essential items when renting a scooter (by the way, Brits will say “hiring a scooter”):

  1. First, you need some sunglasses. And not just those scratched to death fake types that allow the sun to burn your retina.
  2. Second, bring a map or make sure you’ve downloaded this area to you smartphone. It’s very easy to save an offline map using Google Maps. Obviously getting lost isn’t going to much fun. But knowing where to get gas is also important. Furthermore, the last thing you want to do is take a wrong turn and end up on highway 308. Highlight this mental road on your map and make sure your route avoids it.
  3. Finally, and most essentially, you’re going to need a credit card (or a bunch of cash) for a deposit AND an ID. The credit card is probably best. But DON’T USE A DEBIT CARD/CHECK CARD! If you are overcharged on a credit card, it is easy to file a fraudulent charge. Filing a fraud claim and getting a refund on a debit card/check card is almost impossible. Also, I would not leave your ID with the scooter rental company. Ask them for alternatives options.

How Much Does Scooter Rental In Playa Del Carmen Cost?

I’ve seen a huge number of different companies and one man bands rent scooters in Playa del Carmen.

My advice is stick to the ones that have an office and avoid the local guys looking to make a bit of cash on their vehicle.

For a single day with helmets, tax, and insurance, the price will be around $30 – $40 USD/day.

Obviously, negotiating is possible…this is Mexico.

The prices go down with multi-day rent.

If someone offers a scooter for less than $30 USD/day, think twice.

There could be several reasons for this:

  • There’s either some extras that will end up on your credit card bill.
  • Or the scooter is about to fall apart.
  • Or there’s no insurance.
  • Or all of the above.

So, Should I Rent A Scooter In Playa Del Carmen?

YES –  if you know how to ride a scooter, then this is a great way to see the city.

And it’s cheap.

NO – if you have no idea what to do.

And also, NO, if you think you’re Colin Edwards (he’s an American ex-Superbike World Champion)

Don’t forget to wear your helmet, and I will see you here soon!!!

Lots of love,

Rufus

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Do you have a scooter rental story, or some advice about renting a scooter here? Leave a comment below!

8 comments on “Scooter Rental Playa Del Carmen

    • Frenchy Fernand,

      I translated your message – as I don’t speak French. However, the price you should pay for a scooter is around $25 USD per day. Most people don’t rent a scooter for an entire month, so the price would be negotiable at that point.

      I hope this helps, Fernand!

      Take care, and enjoy your vacation here!!

      Au Revoir,

      Rufus

  1. Hi Rufus I have email Caesar above but I thought I would email you also I’m in mexico in Sept with my brother and our Wives. My bRotherham and I like to get about on scooters seeing the small villages and heading out of resort the Wives on the other not so keen but hey how,. Can you advise us of some places to rent scooters near the Now Saphire hotel and possible places to visit within scooter distance is playa carmen or cancun to far.
    If you get 5 minutes we would love to hear you advice cheers Rufus

    • Jansen,

      Thank you for the comment. It sounds like you and your brother want to do some serious exploring on scooters while you’re here. There are many places that you can go to do this.

      The Now Sapphire Resort is on the North End of the Riviera Maya in between Cancun and Puerto Morelos. You’re not as central as you would be if you were staying in Playa Del Carmen, but you are still close to everything.

      Although the freeway/expressway is primarily for cars, trucks, motorcycles, I don’t think you will have a big problem riding a rental scooter – but trust YOUR judgement, not mine. One of my visitors recently rented a scooter and drove up and down all the freeways here without a problem, but your experience may be different.

      Unfortunately, most of the attractions here will require some sort of payment for entry. Despite this, there are many places that are cheap and easy. For example, you are free to check out some of the local Mayan Villages, but the people there are going to look at you quite strangely if you don’t come with some sort of food tour or Mayan ritual group.

      If it were me, I would start by investigating all the major towns in the area – Puerto Morelos, Playa Del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Tulum, etc.

      I would then search for the most beautiful beaches (there are several “hidden” beaches in the area en route between these destinations). Look on Google maps (satellite view). You will see small roads that run from the highway to the beach. Some of these are pure gold and unbelievably serene. Mark them on a map.

      Next I would began searching for cenotes in the area. There are many. Look for photos, videos, reviews. Again, write a few of them down, and mark them on a map.

      Next, search for some cool Mayan ruins. See photos, videos, reviews. Record them on a map.

      Get here. Immediately fill out the form above to make sure there are scooters available. Take a shuttle to Playa Del Carmen. Rent a scooter from the person you contacted via the form above. Start driving around to the places on your map. Talk to everyone. This will lead to even more cool places to visit. Rinse and repeat the last several steps.

      Finally, if you get some pictures of you in front of the sign welcoming visitors to a town called Poop (yes, it does exist), you’ll get all kinds of bonus points and have pictures that you and all your family, friends, and co-workers can laugh at for years to come.

      Explore, explore, explore – and dont forget to send some pictures of your travels to the sometimes humble narrator of this site (me).

      Take care, and drive safe.

      Rufus

  2. Hola Rufus, en una semanas voy a estar en playa del carmen y me interesa la opción de arrendar una scooter para movilizarme durante 4 días, tu sabes cuanto me saldría este servicio, de ante mano muchas gracias y saludos

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