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?
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.
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”):
- First, you need some sunglasses. And not just those scratched to death fake types that allow the sun to burn your retina.
- 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.
- 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,
Do you have a scooter rental story, or some advice about renting a scooter here? Leave a comment below!