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renting a car? then going to Puerto Escondido

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renting a car? then going to Puerto Escondido

does anyone have any advise on renting a car and then driving to puerto escondido for the day? weve been to huatulco twice now and going again in jan. weve always been curious about seeing the country side and puerto escondido, is this a good idea? any suggestions on things to see on the way??

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1. Re: renting a car? then going to Puerto Escondido

For info on the area see tripadvisor.com/Travel-g150789-c128364/Huatu…

Yes, it is a great idea. No issues driving or renting a car, but I'd be more inclined to negotiate a taxi or a driver for the day. It will add more info, free one of your team from driving and make it more memorable. You can go with a local taxi who may or may not speak any English or book a fluent driver with an A/C car. I'd go the taxi route, but if you require the other ask here and some folks will advise who they used.

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2. Re: renting a car? then going to Puerto Escondido

Also could consider taking the bus? We did that a couple of years ago - very inexpensive.. although you can't really stop along the way.

We rent a car (or scooter) everywhere we go (other areas of Mexico, Jamaica, Honduras, Cuba)... I know we looked into it in Huatulco and just decided that taking the bus was a better idea, can't remember why exactly, but I'm thinking it might have been cost and insurance?

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3. Re: renting a car? then going to Puerto Escondido

If you rent do so in your home country for pick up here. Bring your contract here. The insurance is expensive and check to make sure you are covered for unpaved roads. When picking up the car take photos of any existing damage.

That said, really suggest you follow Alegre's advice. Gabriel Ruiz, gabriel11791@yahoo.com

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4. Re: renting a car? then going to Puerto Escondido

thanks, any thoughts on stops on the way, whether we drive or have a driver.

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5. Re: renting a car? then going to Puerto Escondido

Zipolite is fun for beach beers and a must for people watching. San Agustinillo has some really good beach restaurants and some fine swimming spots. Mazunte has the turtle museum. All are within minutes from each other. These three towns are located about 40% of the distance to PE. Pochutla is a service centre with a market that is off the tourist route. I'd be inclined to stop for a beer and beach stroll at Zipolite, then go for a lunch and swim at San Agustinillo ten minutes down the road.

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On the way back suggest a stop in Puerto Angel at either Cordilios (Sol) or Susie's (Corona). They are side by each. Susie's has great fish tacos. Both have good food and reasonable prices.

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7. Re: renting a car? then going to Puerto Escondido

were so excited to check everything out, thanks for all the help :)

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have rented a car a few times in huatulco, at the airport hertz, book it online it is much cheaper, no troubles driving around gives you freedom for day trips

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9. Re: renting a car? then going to Puerto Escondido

Just don't drive at night...

And be aware you will be required to stop for military inspections coming and going....

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10. Re: renting a car? then going to Puerto Escondido

In all the years we have been up and down the coast we had never been stopped at a checkpoint. (other than on buses which is the norm) A couple of weeks ago coming back from Salina Cruz we were stopped just outside of Salina and questioned as to why were we here, and where we were going. Officer was very polite, no ID asked for and after a few minutes we were on our way again.

Luvhux brings up a good point. When you are going somewhere that will pass a check point best to carry your passport and tourist card or at least copies of them.

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