Driving in Cozumel
For those of you who are not familiar with the streets of Cozumel, here
are a few bits of information which may help you avoid a problem or accident.
Streets going to or from the waterfront are called "Calle".
Streets going parallel to the waterfront are called "Avenida".
ALL STREETS ARE ONE WAY
Every other street goes in the opposite direction.
Ave. 10 runs north.
Ave. 15 runs south.
Ave. 20 runs north
Calle 2 runs toward the waterfront.
Calle 4 runs away from the waterfront.
Calle 6 runs toward the waterfront.
In Town Speed Limit is 30 km per hour / 20 miles per hour
On Open Road the Limit is 50 km per hour / 30 miles per hour.
FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND
It is very easy to figure out where you are on the Cozumel streets.
Avenidas start on the waterfront with R.A. Melgar and go back
in increments of 5.
Calles are divided into odd and even numbers with the street Benito
Juarez as a center or starting point.
Odd numbers are south of Benito Juarez.
Even numbers are north of Benito Juarez.
Example: If you are on Ave. 25 and Calle 3,
then you should know that you are
5 blocks from the waterfront and
approx. 3 blocks south of the center of town.
Example: Ave 35 and Calle 6 would place you
7 blocks back from the waterfront
and 3 blocks north of the center of town.
Typically, Avenidas have the "right of way".
At this time, the city is in the process of installing street signs on all corners.
STOP AT ALL STOP SIGNS. - PROCEED WITH CAUTION.
EVEN IF YOU HAVE "Right of Way", PROCEED THRU AN
INTERSECTION WITH CAUTION.
There is one main road around the island.
This road is 2 lanes and is not a high speed road.
There are lots of dips and bumps and occasionally a TOPE (a tope is a speed bump).
Everyone uses the same road, including large trucks loaded with construction materials.
*** SCOOTER SAFETY NOTICE ***
Your chances of having an accident while driving a scooter in Cozumel are significant.
If you do not have experience driving a scooter, BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS !!!
The type of scooter used for rentals in Cozumel is very low to the ground.
It has very small wheels and does not handle well on wet streets or unpaved roads.
*** IMPORTANT ***
Make note of the scooter number and license plates and check it thoroughly for any damage.
It is highly recommended to take the insurance. You may regret not doing it
if the scooter is stolen or damaged.
* READ THE RENTAL CONTRACT
Cars & Scooters for rental are only permitted on paved streets and roads.
If you leave the paved road to venture off on a unpaved road, you do so at
your own risk and you will be violating your rental contract.
WEAR A HELMET
Don't leave the rental shop without a helmet for yourself and one for any passenger
you might have. It may be hot and may be uncomfortable, but
it will save your life!
You may also find yourself being stopped and fined by a policeman for not
using a helmet.
Do not expect other drivers to respect you while driving a scooter.
Taxis and large trucks can be a major hazzard.
Just the force of wind from their vehicle passing you can cause you problems.
If you do not already have experience on a 2 wheel motorized vehicle,
please take extra care while driving on the streets & roads of Cozumel.
There are significant numbers of tourists injured every year while driving
a 2 wheel motorized vehicle.
- USE THE HELMETS
- OBEY ALL STREET SIGNS
- DRIVE DEFENSIVELY
& Have A Safe And Wonderful Vacation In Cozumel !