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Playa del Carmen is small enough that you can walk everywhere fairly easily. However, should you need a taxi, cabs are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. Taxi fares are determined by different zones.Most tourists will travel between zones 5 , 1 and maybe 2. Zone 5 is Playacar. Zone 1 is north from Playacar to Calle 34 and south of the highway to the beach, Zone 2 is north of calle 34 to Calle 96 south of the highway to the beach.To travel in zone 5 or from zone 5 to zone 1 is 70 pesos , to zone 2 is 50 pesos. To travel within zone 1 or 2 is 20 pesos and between these two zones is 25 pesos. Anywhere that there is a que (sito) for a taxi's are subject to a surcharge usually 5 pesos. A taxi from 5th ave or from the bus station will have a 30peso surcharge.
Several car rental agencies are located in the town, with additional agencies at the airport. Agencies will usually have you sign an open credit card slip to insure themselves against damages. Before renting a car, be aware that driving in Mexico can be an ordeal, as drivers frequently disregard rules and speed limits. Also, be advised that some U.S. chains are not actually associated with the U.S. company, but franchise the name. When travelling, they can run out of cars and don't provide assistance in finding a car. Before signing the contract, thoroughly inspect any cars for scratches and damage, including things you would not consider, ie. whether there is a spare tire in the trunk, and make sure all items are noted on the contract in writing.