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The Top 5 Jeep Rentals on Cozumel

jeep rentals on Cozumel

Here are the top 5 Jeep Rentals on Cozumel.

1.      Ernesto’s Rental: Carretera costera sur km4 Zone hotelera sur. (Right Across Park Royal hotel)

2.      HTL Rental: 5 Avenida entre calle 2 y Calle 4 , Centro

3.      SharkRider Rental: 5a Av. Norte 41, Centro

4.      Fiesta Car Rental: Calle 11 sur 598 entre 25 av. y 30 av.

5.      Darth Car Rentals CZM:

There are many ways to travel to Cozumel, whether you are going on a cruise or exploring the beautiful island for a few days. There is no crowd and the freedom of driving your own car while in Cozumel will make your stay one to remember.

The island is quite small, so transport options aren’t great, and can be very expensive. Make the most of your vacation by avoiding the high-priced tours and making your own day trips. Follow these simple tips when renting a jeep in Cozumel.

bicycles on cozumel

Things to be aware of while renting Jeeps

You need to understand that even in a Jeep if you leave the paved road surfaces you will void all of your insurance coverage for the Jeep. To take an off-road trip you need to be on a tour. There are Jeep, ATV, and buggy tours available if that is what you are looking for.

In 2020, Cozumel introduced a dedicated, two-way bicycle lane along the main coastal road. The primary avenue running through the downtown area is Melgar, which starts from the southern end of downtown and goes to the south hotel district, passing the International and Puerta Maya ports.

These bike lanes are for bicycles only. Motorized vehicles (including scooters) are not allowed in them. You also may not pass cars on the bike lanes.

It is only on this stretch of the island that we have this bike lane, but that is a very busy stretch. If you find yourself slowing down behind some vehicles in that lane, just wait it out and avoid being tempted to pass.

Please pay careful attention to where the cyclists are #1. Many people bike to work, but for those who don’t have to, it’s great to use bikes for recreation and competition in the tropics. Slow down to help everyone–including yourself! You should also look both ways when crossing the street near the bike lanes. Bicycles move fast and you do not hear them coming.

getting pulled over in Cozumel

What happens if you get pulled over in Cozumel?

First, don’t panic and stay calm. The police officers are not the bad guys. Even though they may look for a bribe from time to time, they’re still here to help the public.

The best thing you can do when the police officer speaks to you is to let them know if you know Spanish and how much.

The current procedure seems to be that an officer will ask for your driver’s license. He’ll then communicate what you did wrong.

That was easy. Here’s where it gets tricky: deciding whether what you did warrants a fine. If it does, the procedure is they will take your driver’s license to the local police station and you will pay there.

How do you tell whether the police officer is looking for a bribe? Just my feelings, but if the officer holds onto your driver’s license while talking to you and does not write anything on his ticket pad, he wants to talk to you about something off the books.

This is less likely if other officers are around, but not unlikely. Obviously, a bribe is frowned upon, but it happens.

parking on Cozumel

Parking on the Island

Most places you want to stop outside of the city have very few parking restrictions and you can park on the beach as long as you respect the rules.

Inside the city, there are more rules. Follow all the posted signs, and also look at the curbs. DO NOT PARK in front of those areas that have no parking signs or where the curbs are painted yellow.   

Written by Stingray Villa – the newest Airbnb in Cozumel Mexico.


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