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Why Taxis May Not Be The Best Way To Get Around During Your Mexican Caribbean Vacation 

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When arriving at any vacation destination you have to have transportation to your hotel and to get around the city, and the common choice is a taxi service.   

This option is available at Cancun Airport and throughout the Mexican Caribbean, as are other transportation services like Uber and private transfer providers.   

There are a few reasons why taxis, specifically, may not be the best way to get around during your Mexican Caribbean vacation though.   

Taxis Parked Under Trees on a Road in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

High Prices Everywhere 

It’s a pretty well-known fact that taxi prices are high in Cancun, costing travelers as much as $65 or more each way to and from the airport.   

It isn’t just Cancun where the prices are high, though, but throughout the Mexican Caribbean.   

New reports of taxi prices from the new Tulum Airport, too, are proving that high taxi prices seem to be the norm in the region.   

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Sample Taxi Prices For Mexican Caribbean Destinations  

You’ve already seen what a taxi from Cancun Airport to the Hotel Zone can cost, but what about getting around Cancun?   

While not as expensive as getting from the airport, it is still pretty pricey.   

Taxis just within the Hotel Zone start at around $5 a trip each way, and to get to the downtown area you can expect to pay at least around $15 each way.   

Recent reports have shown that a taxi from the new Tulum Airport is pricey too, with a ride to the Tulum Hotel Zone coming in at around $100 and a ride to Playa del Carmen more than $200. 

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Lack Of Regulation Enforcement 

Another factor to consider is the lack of enforcement of regulations regarding taxis.   

Not all taxis in the Mexican Caribbean have meters, so they can basically charge what they want, and some do exactly that.   

Another thing to consider is that there are fake taxis that officials are trying to crack down on but still having a problem with.   

These pirate taxis may not only overcharge you but some can be unsafe as well.  

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More Comfortable Options 

Another reason taxis may not be the best option during your Mexican Caribbean vacation is because there are more comfortable options.   

Private transportation offers a range of vehicle options, from vans that can shuttle large groups to luxury SUVs, and the prices range considerably.   

A private shuttle, for example, can be as little as $40, and a luxury vehicle as much as $90 or more.   

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Affordable Transportation Available 

There are also more affordable options for transportation in the Mexican Caribbean, both for getting from the airport to various destinations and getting around.   

The cheapest option is the ADO bus service, which costs around $6 to get from the Airport to downtown Cancun.   

The thing to remember with buses though, is that they don’t drop you off at your hotel, but rather at the nearest bus station.   

Uber is also a more affordable option for getting around the city, but it cannot pick up at the airport.   

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Taxi Safety 

Taxis are typically safe in Cancun, aside from the rare few that have aggressive drivers.   

There are plenty of legitimate, professional taxi drivers and the majority of travelers have a good experience taking a taxi in the Mexican Caribbean.   

You do have to consider the illegal taxis, though, because they’re difficult to spot and may not be as safe as real taxis.   

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Tips For Taking A Taxi If You Are Going To Use Them 

If you do decide to take a taxi during your Mexican Caribbean vacation there are a couple of things that you can do to avoid being overcharged.   

The most important thing to do is agree on a price before getting in the taxi.   

You can also pre-book a Cancun Airport taxi, which means you’ll know what you’re paying upfront.

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Cherie O'Reilly

Tuesday 12th of December 2023

So true I was scammed last year going from excaret to airport charged 160 on credit card. Use cash only for taxi, always ask price b4.