Puerto Morelos taxis cheat tourists, higher rates
Oct 24, 2013, had two very unpleasant experiences with Puerto Morelos Taxi Drivers arguing about fares into the colonia (Puerto Morelos). Having made the same trip into the colonia (jungle side) of the highway many times, today two drivers tried to charge me 50 pesos instead of the normal 30 pesos from the highway into the colonia. One driver told me point blank that the overcharging driver 'probably thought that you were a tourist!' It seems now that if you don't live in the colonia or you are a tourist, then the driver wants to charge you more. This position is probably not management mandated. Instead, cab drivers want more money because there are simply too many cabs covering such a small area. Most drivers spend most of their day sitting at the three major cab stands waiting in queue for a walkup, or a radio call. Now they want the tourists to subsidize their wasted time. Tourists beware.
- Road Trip
Bus from Cancun
Take the R-1 from the hotel zone 65 pesos/.65 cents, tell the driver bus station. Try to stay in the front so he can call to you. go across the street. Nice clean bus station with immaculate bathrooms ( according to my wife, which is high praise ). 3 pesos plus 1 peso tip, a dime. Go to the leader board and find your destination on the Adobus. Puerto Morelos is 19 peseos/$3.04 round trip, get round trip ticket. When you get there go to the right for a taxi to the beach 20 pesos/$1.60. $2.00 us includes tip. You pick up a cab at the same place he drops you off. When you get out, just to the left is where you pick up the bus. If your the only one there just raise your hand out when the bus comes, he may blink his lights to ask if you want to be picked up. Raise your hand like your hailing a cab.
These de luxe or pullman buses are equivalent to Greyhound with reserved seats and baggage check. They also have toilets and TV although the TV's sometimes are not used or the TV show is in Spanish. Bring your own TP.
- Diving and Snorkeling
we are renting!!!!
We decided to rent a car to get around the area. We looked at many companies and picked econocarrental.
We are supposed to pay $49/day + 10 % vat. .... $380 for a car for a week......that is more than we paid in Greece or Spain....but hey.....it is Mexico
We were picked out from the airport by a young, nice mexican guy with good english.
We went about 5 min drive to the office where we filled out all the paper work. We were offered additional insurance (covering $1000 deductible) but we denied. We got our rollerskate - Hyundai ATOS.
The car was very slow, we were not able to drive faster than 110 km/h.....everybody in Mexico drives double the speed limit, so we felt like losers in our little slog.
The company ECONOCARRENTAL was very nice. On the end they drove us to the airport and helped with the bags.
I would definitely recomend the ECONOCARRENTAL but I would pick bigger car like VW LUPO.
Getting to or away from Puerto is easy pezzy. Bus Lines ADO or Mayab service the area. The ADO line is a bit more expensive but they do offer toilets on the bus. Mayab is th eless expensive line and doesn't offer toilets. They are on different schedules, so that may be a concern as your traveling.
You will be dropped off at the highway and you can catch a taxi the two Kilometers into town, walk or take a mini bus for a about 10 pesos. It varies.
- Budget Travel
- Adventure Travel
To get to Puerto Morelos from Cancun or Playa del Carmen it's easy and inexpensive. Just hop on a colectivo heading that way and ask the driver to let you off at Puerto Morelos.
of course, being a shared minivan service, it will not take you directly into Puerto Morelos, but it'll leave you along the main road, at the junction with the Puerto Morelos road for about 20 pesos.
The town is about 2-3 kilometres away - but there are always taxis waiting at the junction, to take you into town for a small fee (again about 15-20 pesos).