A popular form of transportation on Isla Mujeres is the electric golf cart, available for rent at many hotels or rental shops for $49 for 24 hours. Prices are set the same at all rental locations. Ciro’s Golf Car Rental, Av. Guerrero 11; tel. 987/877-0568), copies Chevy fenders on their carts, giving them a fun flair. The golf carts don't go more than 30kmph (19 mph), but they're fun. Anyway, you aren't on Isla Mujeres to hurry.

Many people enjoy touring the island by moto (motorized bike or scooter). Gomar (tel. 998/877-0604), at the corner of Madero and Hidalgo, rents reliable scooters. Fully automatic versions are available for 100 pesos per hour, 250 pesos for 8 hours, or 350 pesos for 24 hours. They come with helmets and seats for two people. There's only one main road with a couple of offshoots, so you won't get lost. Be aware that the rental price does not include insurance, and any injury to yourself or the vehicle will come out of your pocket.

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Bicycles are also available for rent at some hotels for about 200 pesos per day, usually including a basket and a lock.

Tricycle taxis are the least expensive and easiest way to get to your hotel if it's in town. From the ferry pier to any of the downtown hotels will cost about 20 to 30 pesos. If you ask the guys, they'll say "Oh, whatever you care to give." I will let them haul my bags and lead the way while I walk.

If you prefer to use a taxi, rates are about 25 pesos for trips within the downtown area, or 50 pesos for a trip to the southern end of Isla. You can also hire them for about 100 pesos per hour. Regular taxis are always lined up in a parking lot to the right of the pier, with their rates posted. The number to call for taxis is tel. 998/877-0066.

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Neighborhoods in Brief

The main neighborhood is the compact Centro, or downtown area, at the northwest end of the island. The few streets are lined with shops, restaurants, hotels, dive shops, and other businesses. Travelers, expats, and locals wander throughout this area during the day and night. The main plaza, church, and City Hall are located at Hidalgo and Morelos. Playa Norte, the most popular beach, is at the north end of downtown and is lined with beach bars and hotels. A seawall runs along the northwest side of downtown. More hotels and attractions can be found in the Laguna Macax area southeast of town, the southern tip around Punta Sur, and the La Gloria neighborhood northeast of town.

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.