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Need advice re Merida car rental and driving there

Need advice re Merida car rental and driving there

Old Jan 29, 18, 11:32 am
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Need advice re Merida car rental and driving there

As part of our trip to Yucatan next month, my wife and I will be arriving and departing from Merida. We arrive late on a Thursday night and overnight in Merida, will be in Yucatan for about 10 days, and then overnight in Merida again on a Sunday night before departing flying home from there mid-afternoon the next day. I could really use some advice about car rentals there:

1. I've read that driving around Merida can be difficult and confusing. Despite the schedule I've outlined above, which involves overnighting there our first and last nights of the trip, would we be better off simply picking up the car at the airport the day after we arrive and dropping it off there the day before we depart? For what it's worth, we've driven in several foreign countries before and have traveled in many developing countries, including Mexico (and I realize driving varies a lot among countries), and have driven in a few (but not Mexico).
2. We're still finalizing our hotel(s) in Mexico, but options include Luz en Yucatan, Rosas y Xocolate, the Hyatt and the Intercontinental. While opinions on these are welcome, for the purposes of this post I'm particularly interested in whether any are well-located near car rental outlets.
3. Is it possible with rental car companies in Mexico to pick up the car at an outlet in Merida and then return it at the airport, without lots of extra hassles and charges?
4. I'd welcome any recommendations on car rental companies, including ones to avoid.

Thanks for any help!
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Old Feb 1, 18, 3:07 pm
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I’ve not replied because it has been some time since I rented in Méruda. The last couple of times I did Mérida without a car, took a taxi to MID airport and rented there for our various travels. We then dropped there on the return for our departure flights.

It has been our habit to weekend in Mérida and then Travel on. Sunday’s in particular, many streets are closed to auto traffic and the city denizens come out to play. From the central square to the public music, outside displays, families in their rented quad ycles, it’s great.

But it may well be Hotel desks and other locations offer or can arrange car rentals.
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Old Feb 7, 18, 8:29 pm
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A belated thanks, JD.
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