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.
Want To Reserve Your Scooter Quickly and Easily?
Meet CAESAR, the SCOOTER GUY!
If any of you have read many pages on this website, you know that I am always on the search for helpful and reliable people.
Believe me, I know how difficult it is coming to a new city – not knowing who to talk to and not knowing who to trust.
So, when I was out one day looking for information about scooter rentals, I ran in to a guy named Caesar.
Not only was he helpful, but he seemed like a straight shooter.
He didn’t talk b*llshit; he just told me the facts. That’s rare here for tour sellers.
So, before making a final decision about putting him on this page, I returned to Caesar and bombarded him with a load of “moral integrity” questions:
“Are you honest with customers?”
“Do you try to take advantage of tourists?”
“What would your former clients tell me if I asked them about you?”
“Are you a good person?”
“Have you ever fantasized about sexual relations with a married woman?” (Joking. Didn’t ask him that question.)
He must have thought he was in a job interview – or worse. However, after passing the questions with flying colors, I asked him if he wanted to be on my website.
Thus, you can see a photograph of him here.
Caesar is an interesting guy.
Before coming to Playa del Carmen, Caesar lived in the United States – California to be precise.
In the US, he had a job as a mover for number of years. (It didn’t surprise me at all when he told me this. As you can see from the photo he is quite a hulk.)
After a friend of his told him about Playa Del Carmen, he decided to take a vacation here.
That was around five years ago.
Like so many people who visit here, he never returned to the United States.
In order to survive, he took a job as a tour provider and has been doing that ever since.
Needless to say he knows a lot about this city, the best tours, and all the things to do here.
Moreover, he knows a lot about renting scooters in Playa Del Carmen – and even gave me a few tips.
Caesar’s scooter rental tips:
Wear a helmet at all times – Wearing a helmet is mandatory by law. The police will pull you over and harass you for money if they see you not wearing a helmet.
Look for and respect all signs that you see – This isn’t just to protect you from being harassed by the police. It’s also so that you don’t have an accident!
Don’t ride a scooter in the rain – If it’s raining outside, or begins raining when you are riding, the roads get very slippery, so be extra careful! Better yet, pull over somewhere and wait until it stops.
Reserve your scooter early – If it’s high season, or even when it’s hot here, renting a scooter becomes very popular. Many of the scooter rental companies can sell out, so make sure that you reserve your scooter early in order to guarantee that you will have one waiting for you when you arrive.
Caesar’s advice about coming to Playa Del Carmen in general:
Make sure you buy a round-trip ticket when coming to Playa Del Carmen, and also be 100% certain that you will leave at the end of your vacation. If you are not 100% certain, there is a good chance that you may stay here forever – just like Caesar did!
Read and review suggestion #1 again.
So, now that you know a little bit about Caesar.
In order to make it as easy as possible, you can contact Caesar by simply entering your information below.
All you need to do is fill out the form. All information provided is forwarded to Caesar.
He will contact you ASAP in order to help you reserve your scooter.
NOTE: ALL MESSAGES SENT HERE ARE AUTOMATICALLY FORWARDED TO CAESAR AND HIS BUSINESS PARTNER OSCAR.
INFO FOUR FOR IDIOT’S
What Tips Do You Have For Renting A Scooter In Playa Del Carmen?
Nobody wants to see an accident happen.
Let’s face it, riding a scooter can be a bit dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Also, the people in Mexico are less careful because the police here are so lax.
So, when deciding to rent a scooter, it really is caveat emptor (buyer beware).
However, if you take the following precautions, you stand a much better chance of surviving the streets of Playa Del Carmen on your new-found toy:
Wear your helmet – Duh! It’s for safety – and is also the law here. THE POLICE WILL HARASS YOU IF YOU DON’T WEAR YOUR HELMET ON A RENTAL SCOOTER. Did I really need to mention that one?
Look out for taxis – Taxi drivers here are some of the biggest jerks around! The taxi union union they work from is a filthy prison-like hideout where they all meet to scheme about how to take as much as possible from tourists. Remember, most of them are high school dropouts, could care less about hurting you, and would love to teach you a lesson the hard way. Really, taxi drivers do not like other people on the road – it slows them down, which cuts into their profits. The more traffic, the slower they have to drive and the less money they can make driving people around. Stay out of the way! They would love to hurt you!
Drive sensibly – There is a definitive correlation between how likely an accident is and how much the rider thinks they’re competing in the World Superbikes. Take it easy, and enjoy your trip. There’s absolutely no reason to be in a hurry here.
Watch for pedestrian traffic – There are not only a lot of tourists here, but there are people who rely on public transportation and walk the distances between bus stations, their homes, and businesses where they work. Consequently, there is a lot of people walking around here. DON’T RUN INTO ONE OF THEM! The police will blame you no matter what. And, if you’re drunk, you’re probably going to max out your credit card with cash advances for all the bribes you will have to pay the police, judges, etc…
Drive defensively – Mexicans often don’t abide by the same traffic laws as we’re used to. For example, they don’t use their blinkers (Why? I don’t know!). Also, they don’t usually stop at a stop sign unless there is traffic. Because the police don’t enforce the local laws, they are used to bending them anytime they want – until someone gets rough. Only then does it become serious. Moreover, insurance is not required on vehicles here. Thus, if you get in an accident, the medical bills are 100% yours to pay!
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!