Month: December 2020

The Ultimate Car Rental Checklist For Your Next Rental

You’ve decided to rent a car, that’s great! We’ve prepared a detailed car rental checklist of all the important things to keep in mind during your rental period. That way, you can focus on making the most of your trip!

For maximum convenience, consider saving the infographic below.

This car rental checklist is divided into four sections:

Let’s dive into our insightful car rental checklist!

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Before you collect your rental car

Booking your rental car may be overwhelming. Afterall, there are thousands of different rental stations to choose from, various suppliers, and types of rental cars.

You can learn more about the booking process in this blog post.

This section of our car rental checklist is useful prior to making your booking.

Make sure you meet the driving requirements

First, double-check that you meet all of the driving requirements. They are specified by the rental company.

These requirements vary depending on the company and the rental location. Make sure you check the ones relevant to the country you’re visiting.

Most rental companies require the renter (as well as any additional authorized drivers) to have a driving license that’s held for at least 1 year. Drivers younger than 21 may not be able to rent a car at all. 

The requirements can be found in the rental company’s terms and conditions.

Check the local traffic laws

Double-check the speed limits and other traffic regulations in the country you’re going to. If you are a young driver, make sure you are eligible to drive at your destination.

Make sure you know who has the right of way at a junction, for example. Save the phone numbers for local emergency services.

Don’t forget to check which side of the road you’ll be driving on. Otherwise, you might get surprised at pick-up.

Review the rental company’s terms and conditions

I cannot stress this enough, it is crucial to read through the rental company’s terms and conditions before even finalizing your booking.

Pay extra attention to the fine print. The T&Cs are lengthy and boring to read through, though you will find important details regarding your rental car booking within this document.

Still not convinced? Check out this blog post to see why you should always read the terms and conditions when renting a car.

Don’t forget your International Driving Permit (if necessary)

Whether or not you need an International Driving Permit depends on the country’s regulation, as well as the rental company itself.

If an IDP is necessary, you will have to obtain it before leaving your country of residence. Click here to learn all you need to know about IDPs.

Some companies can require an International Driving Permit, even if it is not obligatory in that country.

Make sure to check the terms and conditions before leaving on your trip.

Valid credit card with enough funds for the security deposit

When picking up your rental car, you will be asked for a valid credit card in the name of the renter.

If you booked a car via Rentalmoose, remember that you have only paid a fee to reserve the vehicle and will have to cover the rest at the rental desk.

Keep in mind that you will need enough funds for the security deposit as well. The amount varies depending on the company, refer to their T&Cs for more details.

Additional drivers

Don’t forget that only you can drive the rental car. Unless you have additional drivers noted in the rental agreement, don’t let anyone drive your rental car. Doing so is a serious breach of the rental agreement.

Every additional driver has to be mentioned in the agreement and approved by the car rental company.

Rentalmoose tip: Additional drivers are subject to a daily additional driver fee.

Note: Additional drivers have to meet the same driving requirements as the renter. Don’t forget to get an IDP if necessary. Make sure you have enough driving experience to be eligible to drive a rental car.

A rental car that’s driven by an unauthorized driver is considered a serious breach of the rental agreement. In effect, all of your insurance will become invalid in case of any damage. You will be responsible for covering 100% of the damage costs.


Make sure you know what kind of protection package is included in your car rental booking.

If you want to opt for additional coverage, you can do so before setting off on your trip. You can also purchase insurance from a third-party company.

Remember that adding insurance at the rental desk will be more expensive than purchasing the same package in advance. Refer to the rental company’s T&Cs for more details.

Remember that rental cars in the US and Canada often don’t come with a Collision Damage Waiver!

Learn all you need to know about rental car insurance in this blog post.

Prepare your voucher

Lastly, get the voucher for your rental car ready.

If you’ve booked your rental car with Rentalmoose, you can find the voucher in your inbox together with the booking confirmation, or under the My Account section on our website (click at the top right corner to log in).

Download the voucher on your phone (make sure you can access it when offline), or print it out.

You will be asked to present it at the rental desk during pick-up.

It looks like you’re ready to go! Save your car rental checklist and get to your destination 🙂

At pick-up

Once you arrive at your destination, it’s time to head to the rental desk and pick up your rental car!

You can check out this blog post to learn more about the pick-up process.

This section of our car rental checklist is useful during pick-up.

Arrive on time

Are you running late?

Be sure to contact the rental desk and let them know if you can’t make it on time.

If you don’t notify the car rental company in advance, you risk being charged a no-show fee and losing your booking.

Note that a surcharge may be applied for late pick-up. If the delay will extend to the out-of-office hours, another charge may be added to your bill.

Present all the necessary documents

During the pick-up process, you will be asked to present all of the necessary documents.

Make sure you have your:

  • driver’s license
  • credit card
  • photo ID/passport
  • voucher
  • IDP (if necessary)

Once again, ensure that you have enough funds on your credit card to cover the security deposit.

Additional Extras?

Right before receiving your rental agreement along with the keys to your shiny rental car, you have the chance to add any additional services.

Some of the extras, depending on the rental company, can include:

  • premium coverage of elements of the car that are not covered by the basic insurance
  • ski racks
  • child seats
  • additional driver added to your booking

Keep in mind that all these services and items are subject to availability, it is best to book them in advance.

Planning to cross country borders?

Don’t forget to inform the rental company.

Otherwise, your insurance may become invalid. A cross-border fee may be applied.

Roadside assistance

Ask the rental desk staff what kind of roadside assistance (if any) is included in your rental package.

You may want to add roadside assistance, as breakdowns can happen and they are often impossible to predict.

The last thing you want is to be stranded on your holiday.

Write down the contact number to call in case of a breakdown, too.

Read the rental agreement & terms and conditions

If you haven’t already, be sure to thoroughly read through both the rental agreement, as well as the terms and conditions.

Don’t feel rushed and take your time to make sure you don’t miss any details.

If you’ve read the documents already, have another look as a recap.

Make sure that the rental quote matches the offer you saw online.

Point out any mishaps immediately.

Inspect the condition of the rental car

Checking the condition of the rental car before driving off is an absolute must. 

Rentalmoose strongly recommends taking check-in photos of the condition of the car both inside and out. If you booked your car with Rentalmoose, you will receive a reminder to take check-in photos.

Rentalmoose insider tip: It’s best to take check-in photos with your smartphone. They are tagged with the current time, date, and location and can serve as evidence in case of unfair damage charges.

Pay attention to any existing damage and make sure it is noted in the check-out form. Don’t forget to check the tire wear, too. Photograph the car’s current odometer reading to avoid disputes over mileage.

Any damage found at drop-off that’s not documented on the check-out form will be considered to be inflicted during the rental period. In this case, the renter is subject to pay for the repair costs, as well as an administrative fee to the rental company.

Check if the car’s safety and comfort features work

Get familiar with the rental car and its features.

Make sure that all of the lights are in order, check if the A/C works, the powered mirrors, and all of the gauges.

Make sure that there aren’t any warning lights when the engine is on.

Check the fuel gauge, the rental car should come with a full tank of gas. Double-check if your car is powered by diesel or gasoline.

Contact the rental desk staff if anything is out of the ordinary before you leave.

Once you’re sure that everything is in order, you can begin your adventure. Have fun!

Before drop-off

As your rental agreement is coming to an end, get ready to return your rental car at the desired location.

This section of our car rental checklist is useful right before dropping off your car.

Ensure the rental car is clean

Most car rental companies will allow reasonable wear and tear during the rental period.

However, it is rarely specified what that means.

Imagine the rental car was lent to you by a friend and ask yourself whether you’d give it back in its current condition. If not, you may want to visit a car wash before drop-off.

If the car is too dirty at drop-off, you may be charged a cleaning fee. Note that there will be a service fee added on top of the charge. It’s going to be cheaper if you clean the car yourself prior to drop-off.

You can add a paid cleaning service at pick-up, that way you can return the car dirty. Generally, the upfront cleaning service is cheaper than the cleaning fee.

Check the rental desk’s opening hours

If you’re returning the car outside of the rental company’s business hours, you may be subject to an additional fee.

Fill up the gas tank

Your rental car will come with a full-to-full gas tank policy unless you’ve pre-purchased another package that allows you to return the car with less gas.

Try to find the time to fill up the tank before drop-off.

Take the receipt with you, just in case.

If you return a car with less fuel, the rental company will refuel it and charge you for it.

A service fee will be added to your bill on top of the refueling fee. Once again, it’s cheaper to do it yourself.

If you know you won’t have the time to refuel the car before returning it, consider purchasing a full tank of fuel at pick-up. That way, you won’t have to worry about the fuel level when dropping off the rental car.

Check the return procedure (self-service return)

If you’ve chosen a self-service drop-off, make sure you are aware where to drop the keys off.

Where will you leave the car? Is it a safe environment (look below for details)? If you’ve added optional equipment, where should you drop it off?

Your rental agreement will have details for the self-service return process.

At drop-off

Arrive on time

Check the rental agreement to see the drop-off time. Make sure you arrive on time, similarly to the pick-up.

Inform the car rental company if you’re running late, or if you want to extend the rental period for another day or two.

Generally, car rental companies offer a grace period for late drop-off. It is up to the company how long it lasts, and it is mentioned in the T&Cs.

The grace period for late drop-off is usually 29 minutes.

Document the rental car’s condition

Once the car is returned, take another set of photos documenting the condition of the rental car inside and out.

Take a picture of the mileage, too.

If you’ve booked your rental car via Rentalmoose, you will receive a reminder to take check-out photos of the car’s condition. The check-in and check-out pictures will be stored with us in case of any disputes.

If there are any disputes regarding the damage, you can use the check-in and check-out photos as evidence, along with the check-in and check-out forms with any existing damage written down.

Check the car for your belongings

Once you’re ready to leave, check the rental car thoroughly for any belongings that you may have forgotten to take. Have a look inside of the glovebox, in the center console, under the seats, in the trunk, and in any other compartment in the car.

If you rented any additional equipment, such as a GPS satnav, return it to the rental desk.

If you’ve selected self-service drop-off, enquire about the return process for additional equipment in advance.

Consult your rental agreement for details.

Ensure the rental car is left in a safe environment

This is crucial if you’re dropping the car off outside of the desk’s business hours. In the terms and conditions, it is stated that the renter is responsible for the rental car until it is inspected by the staff the next business day.

In practice, this means that you have to leave the rental car in a safe environment (ideally a car park monitored by CCTV cameras) when dropping it off outside of business hours.

It is your responsibility as the renter.

Return the car keys and check the final bill

Lastly, don’t forget to drop off the key(s) to the rental car along with any additional equipment.

In some countries, you may be asked to return the car’s documents too, while in others the documents should be left in the glove compartment. Consult the rental agreement for details.

When receiving the final bill or invoice, make sure that the price matches the one you were quoted.

Consider that additional charges may be added to your final bill, click here to find out about the most common extra fees when renting a car. Inform the rental desk staff if there are any mishaps.

It may seem like a lot of points to remember, though I can assure you that the rental process will be smooth and simple if you follow the steps listed in our car rental checklist.

Don’t forget to get your next rental car from Rentalmoose, and check out our blog section for curated travel guides to explore your destination.

The Best Mexico Road Trip Itinerary

Anyone should visit Mexico at least once in their lifetime. Afterall, this fascinating country truly has it all. Attractions range from postcard-like sandy beaches to Mayan ruins hiding deep in the jungle. Mexico will amaze any kind of traveler no matter if you’re going with your family, a group of friends, or by yourself.

If you’re planning the ultimate Mexico road trip itinerary, you have come to the right place!

Road Trip Overview

total driving distance: 2350km (1460 miles)

Cancun to Tulum- 130 kilometers (80 miles) 

Tulum to Lake Bacalar- 200 kilometers (120 miles) 

Lake Bacalar to Palenque- 650 kilometers (400 miles) 

Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas- 220 kilometers (140 miles) 

San Cristobal de las Casas to Campeche- 570 kilometers (350 miles)

Campeche to Merida- 270 kilometers (170 miles)

Merida to Valladolid- 160 kilometers (100 miles)

Valladolid to Cancun- 160 kilometers (100 miles)

This curated travel guide will take you on a 2300-kilometer long (1460 miles) loop starting in the paradise resort town of Cancun. For the best experience, we strongly recommend renting a car for this road trip.

Hesitant about renting a car for a road trip? This blog post will change your mind!

These are some of the beautiful spots you will visit during this Mexico road trip:

What is the best way of getting around Mexico?

Unless you’re planning to stick to just one city, the best way of getting around Mexico is by car. Click here to find the best rental car deals for your Mexico road trip.

That way, you’ll get to see scenic drives and see areas that you’d never get to visit otherwise. Not to mention the irreplaceable freedom of altering your itinerary on the go, whenever you please.

Rental Car Insurance in Mexico

Check out this informative blog post to learn all you need to know about rental car insurance in Mexico. It’s not as complicated as it may seem!

Contrary to popular belief, driving around Mexico is safe for tourists. Nonetheless, it’s best to come prepared and read through our rental car tips before the journey.

Book your car via Rentalmoose, a worldwide car rental platform with over 15 000 locations around the globe. Check out our website to compare rental car deals in Mexico.

Cancun- Your Mexico Road Trip Begins Here

Beautiful seaside resort in Cancun, Mexico. Pristine sandy beach, turquoise water and an empty pool. Enjoying the beach is one of the best things to do in Cancun.
Photo by Baumhan

Your Mexican road trip begins in the spectacular coastal city of Cancun! For maximum convenience, we recommend picking up your rental car directly from the Cancun International Airport as you arrive.

Remember to check Rentalmoose for the best deals on rental cars in Mexico.

Cancun is home to some of Mexico’s best beaches, make sure to spend some time in town before setting off on your Mexico road trip.

What to do in Cancun

Cancun is most famous for its pristine sandy beaches, don’t forget to soak in the sun before leaving town. You should definitely visit Playa Delfines, Playa Tortugas, or the Cancun Underwater Museum of Art.

Playa Delfines

The wide, sandy shore seems to stretch endlessly at the Playa Delfines. This quiet beach is favored among locals, and it’s a great escape from some of the town’s busier spots.

Soft sand, turquoise water, free umbrellas, and plenty of amenities, what more could you ask for?

Cancun Playa Tortugas, white sandy beach in Mexico's Cancun. Tall palm tree can be seen in front of the calm turquoise crystal-clear ocean water, clear day in Cancun Mexico.

Playa Tortugas

Playa Tortugas could very well be the best beach in Cancun. Apart from a wide, sandy shore as well as crystal-clear water that’s perfect for swimming, Playa Tortugas offers spectacular restaurants that serve guests practically right on the waterfront.

Don’t miss the wooden pier to enjoy the best views. Adrenaline junkies can bungee-jump from the tower at the pier, too.

Cancun Underwater Museum of Art

The MUSA is a museum unlike any other. Sure, you will find sculptures here. However, that’s as far as MUSA’s similarities to other museums go.

The sculptures found at MUSA are all, as the name may suggest, at the bottom of the ocean. In fact, the only way to see them is to take part in a scuba diving tour or snorkel beneath the surface.

Visiting MUSA is an unforgettable experience.

Cancun to Tulum by Car

Tulum Archeological Site is a must-see on any Mexico road trip in the Yucatan Peninsula. The ruins are set in a picturesque setting, on a seaside cliff. After, visit the sandy beach below.
Tulum Archeological Site

Once you’ve spent enough time in Cancun, it’s time to get in your rental car and drive along the coast down to Tulum! The drive from Cancun to Tulum will take you roughly 2 hours.

What can you see on a drive from Cancun to Tulum?

Before you reach Tulum itself, check out the following hotspots along the way.

Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is a picturesque port town only around half an hour from downtown Cancun. The town is home to even more spectacular, sandy beaches that are worth at least a short visit.

What’s more, the waters off of Puerto Morelos host a great treasure, the best-preserved section of the second largest barrier reef in the world is located right here!

Playa del Carmen

Stormy day, lots of clouds above playa del carmen near cancun in mexico. Cancun to Tulum by car, playa del carmen is one of the best places to see in yucatan peninsula.
Playa del Carmen looks beautiful- even on a stormy day!

Just a stone’s throw away from Puerto Morelos is Playa del Carmen, yet another picturesque coastal town that’s home to spectacular sandy beaches, just look at the photo above!

What’s more, you can take the ferry from Playa del Carmen to the nearby Cozumel island. If you have the extra time, it can make for a great addition to your Mexico road trip!

Adrenaline junkies should definitely drop by the adventure-packed Xcaret park. Some of the attractions inside include swimming in underground rivers, raft tours, visiting a wine cellar, or a children’s waterpark filled with slides and activities.


Akumal is yet another coastal resort that you’ll pass on a drive from Cancun to Tulum. Keep your eyes wide open, turtles can often be spotted around here!

What are the best things to do in Tulum


Swimming in cenotes is likely an activity that’s worth marking down on any great Mexico road trip itinerary.

Cenotes are natural water-filled pits that are created after limestone bedrock collapses. They can be found scattered all across the region, and they make for exceptional spots for a swim.

The Cenotes Casa Tortuga can be enjoyed either on your own or during a guided tour. Either way, you will have to pay an admission fee to enter.

Note that a lifejacket and snorkeling equipment is included in your admission fee.

A great alternative is the Gran Cenote, which is perhaps even more breathtaking.

Rentalmoose insider tip: You will be asked to rinse off any makeup products and oils from your skin. Please do so carefully, in order to keep the water in the cenotes clean and crystal-clear.

Taking a boat tour through a river in the jungle, Mexico wilderness near Tulum. Stunning scenery on a cloudy day in the yucatan peninsula.

Mayan Port Ruins

It is no secret that Mexico is home to spectacular archeological sites. You’ve probably heard of the Teotihuacan near Mexico City or the Chichen Itza (which you’ll see later on this road trip). The site in Tulum may not be as monumental, yet it is still most definitely worth visiting when in town.

What makes this archeological site spectacular is its setting, the ruins are right next to the sandy beach. That means you can reward yourself with a swim in the crystal-clear water after touring the Mayan Port.

Open daily between 8AM and 5PM, admission costs 70 pesos per person.

Where to stay in Tulum?

Sophisticated travelers should consider renting a villa at The Strabon. This elegant property features luxurious villas and rooms, as well as an outdoor pool, a great restaurant, and a bar.

If you’re after a cheaper place to stay in Tulum, consider checking in at the LiveTulum. This aparthotel features air-conditioned rooms, a buffet breakfast, and a great location.

Lake Bacalar

Lake Bacalar is a beautiful lagoon in souther Mexico, and a great place to see on a Mexico road trip around the Yucatan peninsula.
Photo by Marc Tran

After a night in Tulum, it’s time to hit the road for your most intense day, driving-wise of course. We recommend setting off early in the morning, as the first milestone of the day is 2 hours away.

Is Lake Bacalar worth visiting

Most certainly! Lake Bacalar is a great under-the-radar destination that you’ll pass on your drive to Calakmul anyway, it’s definitely worth dropping by at least for a short visit.

Fuerte de San Felipe de Bacalar

Head to the center of this small town, park your rental car, and explore the stunning stone fort. Fuerte de San Felipe de Bacalar dates back to 1729. Inside, guests will find a museum full of precious, local artifacts, as well as decorative murals.

The fort also has a moat built around the structure, making for a great photo opportunity.

Open all week except Mondays between 9AM and 7PM.

Afterward, why not head into the town and explore some of the local eateries?

Cenote Azul

Don’t miss the opportunity to swim at the Cenote Azul, you’re on a Mexico road trip after all. After a dip in the cenote, you can enjoy lunch at the restaurant right by the water.

As the next point of interest is a 4-hour drive away, you may want to add an overnight stop here in Lake Bacalar. Luxury seekers should check-in at the lavish Mia Bacalar resort, while a great alternative would be the Hotel Urban Bacalar with an outdoor pool and a budget-friendly price per night.


calakmul archeological site, beautiful mayan ruins are hidden deep inside the jungle. Exploring them is a must on any Mexico road trip itinerary in the yucatan peninsula.

The next stop on your Mexico road trip is the spectacular archeological site of Calakmul.

The Mayan ruins of Calakmul are set deep inside the jungle. Not only does the remote location make exploring the ruins an unforgettable experience, it also lowers the amount of tourists!

Is Calakmul Worth Visiting

Yes! As getting to Calakmul requires a lengthy hike, many tourists decide to skip these ruins. What’s more, guided tours aren’t too frequent here, Calakmul is a real gem hidden in the jungle.

Expect to walk around 1.5 miles (2.4km) to get to the Calakmul ruins.

As visiting Calakmul will likely be an all-day adventure, it’s best to set off from your hotel early in the morning for the next stop on your Mexico road trip.

Admission costs 80 pesos ($4) per person.


palenque archeological site. Large mayan pyramid is a must see in this part of mexico.
Photo by Dezalb

It’s time to leave behind the Yucatan peninsula (for now!) and head over to Palenque. As the town is almost 6 hours away from Calakmul, you may want to add an overnight stop somewhere along the way. You can spend the night at the 2-star Tutul-Ha in Escarcega, no detour required.

Unlike the Calakmul ruins, the Palanque Archeological Site is very easily accessible.

The ancient city of Palenque, together with Calakmul and Tikal, formed the three most significant cities of the Classic Maya period. The city was at its peak between 500 and 700 AD.

Due to its historical significance, the remains of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Admission to the Palenque archeological site costs 80 pesos ($4) per person.

Open daily between 10 AM and 3 PM.

Where can you stay in Palenque?

Luxury seekers should spend the night at the 5-star Piedra de Agua Boutique Hotel. The property features a secluded jungle feel, spacious rooms and suites, an outdoor pool, and great staff.

Looking for a more budget-friendly stay? Spend the night at the affordable Axkan Palenque. The hotel features modern rooms, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant.

San Cristobal de las Casas

Agua Azul waterfalls in Chiapas, Mexico. Great sight to see on a mexico road trip.
Agua Azul Waterfalls by Nathan Pickford

The journey from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas will take you 5 hours in total. However, do consider adding stops at these attractions along the way:

Misol-Ha Waterfall

You can drop by the spectacular Misol-Ha Waterfalls on your way to San Cristobal.

Some of the activities here include tours to the viewing deck where you can get the best view of the area, touring the grotto or visiting the tilapia (fish) farm.

Afterward, you can grab freshly-prepared fish for lunch at the Misol-Ha restaurant.

Movie fanatics might recognize this waterfall. Misol-Ha was a filming location for the Predator movie.

water flowing down at the misol-ha waterfalls in chiapas mexico, near palenque archeological site.
Photo by Angelika Fuss

Agua Azul Waterfalls

The Agua Azul Waterfalls simply cannot be skipped when visiting Chiapas. The picturesque waterfalls are famous for the blue-colored water, hence the name which translates to Blue Water.

Admire the picturesque waterfalls or the washed-up banks of the river shaped by mother nature herself. The scenery here is an absolute paradise for photographers!

Note that the color of the water is the best during the dry season between November and May.

What to do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Sumidero Canyon

Don’t miss the Sumidero Canyon, a monumental canyon around 90 minutes east of San Cristobal. The grand scenery is best observed from the surface of the water, hop on a guided boat tour and take in the views!

The body of water is surrounded by limerock walls that are 900 meters tall! These unbeatable views are perfect for photography.

Sumidero Canyon seen from the river on a cloudy day in Chiapas, Mexico. Sumidero Canyon is one of the best attractions to see near San Cristobal de Las Casas
Photo by Gretta Bartoli

Guadalupe Church

The Guadalupe Church is perhaps the most photographed landmark in town. Once you get here, you’ll likely find yourself taking lots of pictures as well!

This picturesque church is set atop a hill, providing a great overlook of the city after you climb up the stairs.

Later, step inside the church and admire the decorative interior. The best time to visit the Guadalupe Church is undoubtedly on Guadalupe Day (December 12th of every year).

La Maldita Restaurante

After spending a day in town, unwind at the La Maldita Restaurante. Enjoy dinner at the rooftop terrace, whilst watching the sunset.

La Maldita also offers budget-friendly accommodation where you can spend the night.

Alternatively, you can spend the night at Casa Santa Lucia. This traditional hotel offers stylish, classic rooms with free wi-fi set in a building from the 1700s. Add in the great location by the heart of town, and you have one of the best stays in San Cristobal de las Casas.


surfer strolling down a sandy beach at sunset, orange sky and calm waves on the ocean. Beautiful evening in Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.

After you’ve spent time at San Cristobal de las Casas, drive back into the Yucatan Peninsula. After a lengthy 10-hour drive, you will arrive in the scenic city of Campeche!

What can you do in Campeche

Don’t miss these spots on your next visit to Campeche.

  • Fuerte de san Miguel
  • Malecon
  • Restaurant El Langostino

Fuerte de San Miguel

At first, this fort was used during local conflicts throughout the 19th century. Fuerte de San Miguel is a great example of military architecture in Campeche.

Today, however, the fortification is home to Mayan relicts found in nearby archeological sites, including the ones found in Calakmul. The precious items are stored in 10 rooms within the old fort.

The museum can be accessed for just 55 pesos ($2.7) per person.

Open Tuesday to Saturday between 9 AM and 3 PM.


After a day of driving, stretch your legs as you stroll down the Malecón waterfront promenade. The path is favored among both tourists and locals looking to get exercise or to enjoy a peaceful stroll.

The path stretches for 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) and is a great spot for a jog, or a bike ride.

At the northern tip of the Malecón, you can reward yourself with fresh seafood for dinner. Opposite of the car park, you will find a row of cozy restaurants that serve some of the best food in town.

Don’t know which eatery to pick? You can’t go wrong with Restaurant El Langostino, of the favorites in Campeche!

What are the best hotels in Campeche?

Luxury seekers should most certainly check out the Hacienda Puerta Campeche, a lavish 5-star property right in the heart of the city. The hotel is set in a restored 17th-century Hacienda and features upscale rooms and suites, great decor, two swimming pools, and a spa.

Looking for a hotel that won’t break the bank? Spend the night at the Hotel Plaza Campeche. This property features well-equipped rooms, an outdoor pool, and a great location near the heart of Campeche.


uxmal archeological site, mayan structures seen emerging from green  jungle rainforest. Storm and clouds in the distance. Must-see Mayan site on a mexico road trip
Uxmal photographed by Darvin Santos

On your way to Mérida, don’t miss the breathtaking Uxmal Archeological Site. It’s a must on any road trip in this part of Mexico.

Uxmal Archeological Site

The Uxmal Archeological Site could very well be the best Mayan site in all of the Yucatan Peninsula. For this reason, we believe it’s crucial to include it in your Mexico road trip itinerary.

Visitors can admire the famous pyramids, or pay attention to the details such as the decorative facades.

In order to get the most out of your visit here, consider hiring a guide to show you around. A licensed guide will cost you around 700 pesos ($35).

The site is open all week from 8AM to 5PM, though the entrance is closed from 4PM onwards.

Admission costs 418 pesos ($17) per person.


If you’re looking to spend some time at a sandy beach, drive up to the coastal town of Progreso.

The wide, sandy shore stretches for miles and makes for a great spot for sunbathing or swimming in the ocean.

What’s more, Progreso is full of affordable, waterfront hotels where you can unwind for a day or two. Alternatively, you can hit one of the town’s beach clubs, too.


beautiful yellow church and courtyard with blue and white flags over green yard in the town of izamal. A must-see town on a mexico road trip.

Izamal is a scenic town, largely undiscovered by tourists, a little over an hour east of Merida.

In fact, we suggest stopping here on the way to Chichen Itza to take a few pictures of the bright yellow-colored buildings, stroll down and take in the atmosphere.

Nevertheless, the scenic architecture and an authentic vibe make Izamal a great addition to your Mexico road trip itinerary.


beautiful picture of chichen itza mayan pyramid during sunset, on a sunny day in Mexico. Chichen Itza is an absolute must see when visiting Mexico.
Chichen Itza by José Andrés Pacheco Cortés

Depart Mérida and begin the final leg of your journey before returning back to sunny Cancun. On your way to Valladolid, be sure to drop by the Chichen-Itza Archeological Site. You cannot miss it on your road trip!

Chichen-Itza Archeological Zone

The ancient city of Chichen-Itza is definitely the most famous archeological site in this part of Mexico. While the site is, without a doubt, breathtaking, keep in mind that it is usually packed with tourists.

Chichen-Itza was the capital of the region back between 987 and 1200 AD, the same period saw the peak times of the gigantic city.

The ancient city is dominated by the El Castillo Temple pictured above. Unlike some of the other sites in the Yucatan, guests are not permitted to climb the pyramid.

The site is open all week from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Admission costs 417 pesos ($20.7) for tourists.

Swimming in Cenotes

The are around Valladolid is home to some more colorful cenotes where you can go for a dip in the crystal-clear waters.

Cenote Samaal is one of the best cenotes in Valladolid. After paying an admission fee of 150 pesos ($7.5), you can swim in the crystal-clear water, while accompanied by the soothing sound of the waterfall. Adrenaline junkies can drop down into the water from the jumping area.

Cenote Samula cannot be missed on a road trip around the Yucatan Peninsula. Nearly all of this cenote is enclosed in a cave, resulting in otherworldly scenery as you swim across the water. In fact, it looks so amazing it is hard to believe that it’s not man-made!

Rentalmoose tip: If you only have time to visit one cenote in Valladolid, see Cenote Samula.

Cenote Samaal, large cenotes are sinkholes in mexico taht are popular for swimming. Swimming in cenotes is an unforgettable experience.
Cenote Samaal by Dolanh/Flickr

Zona Arqueológica de Ek Balam

Ek Balam is another Mayan archeological site that’s worth visiting when in the Yucatan Peninsula, it’s located around 25 kilometers outside of Valladolid.

The site features well-preserved structures in a beautiful, jungle setting. It may not be as spectacular as the Chichen-Itza, but it makes a great addition to the itinerary.

Ek Balam is easily accessible by car. The site is open daily between 8 AM and 5 PM, though the ticketing booth closes an hour earlier.

Admission costs 338 pesos ($17) for international tourists.

Rio Lagartos

Before returning to Cancun, make sure you stop by the Parque Natural Ria Lagartos. In this park, you’ll be able to spot thousands of flamingos in their natural habitat.

What’s more, you can take a boat tour around the area to see the spots that are otherwise inaccessible.

Don’t forget to see the beautiful pink lake, which is another highlight in the park!

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The 8 Best Day Trips From Mexico City

Mexico City can get a little overwhelming after a few days in town. Check out these 8 best day trips from Mexico City, to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital.

The 8 best day trips from Mexico City

The area surrounding Mexico City truly has it all, from touring volcanos and visiting Mayan ruins to exploring caves or celebrating the Day of The Dead.

The possibilities are endless! In fact, Cholula alone is famous for its 365 churches- one for each day of the year. In order to see all of these spectacular places, you’d have to move to Central Mexico.

Without further ado, let’s dive into each destination!


Large, monumental temples of Teotihuacan date back to the ancient times. The ancient city of Teotihuacan is only half an hour away from Mexico City, making it perfect for a Mexico City day trip.
Photo by German Rojas

A visit to Teotihuacan is unarguably one of the must-do day trips from Mexico City.

The ancient city of Teotihuacan dates back more than a thousand years prior to the arrival of the Aztecs, the homeless wanderers first came to the region in 1300 A.D.

If the Aztecs hadn’t arrived in Mexico at the time of the city’s construction, you’re probably wondering who built Teotihuacan.

Who built the Great City of Teotihuacan

Back when the Aztecs first discovered this town, it had already been abandoned for centuries.

Although the Aztecs did not build Teotihuacan, they are the ones responsible for its name.

Teotihuacan translates to ‘home of the gods‘, which is precisely what the Aztecs decided to name the mysterious abandoned city.

The Great city of Teotihuacan is believed to have been a vivid center of the region, with an estimated population of 200 000 inhabitants.

Though that may not seem like much today, its population was very similar to Rome or Beijing at the time.

Following extensive destruction, looting, and chaos, the city was abandoned by 750AD. It is uncertain what caused the sudden chaos that resulted in inhabitants fleeing Teotihuacan.

Today, Teotihuacan remains one of the most significant ancient ruins in all of Mexico. Don’t miss the famous Pyramid of The Sun, the largest pyramid in the city and one of the tallest in Mesoamerica.

Teotihuacan Entry Fee and Opening Hours

Admission to the Great City of Teotihuacan costs below 100 pesos (US$5) per person. Open daily between 9AM and 5PM.


Colorful yellow facades of traditional buildings in the town of Tlaxcala, Mexico. Tlaxcala is the perfect destination for a day trip from Mexico City.
Photo by Actek10

Tlaxcala is the smallest region in Mexico. The state’s capital, also called Tlaxcala, is a cute town with an unbeatable vibe. Visiting it makes for a perfect day trip from Mexico City.

Things To Do in Tlaxcala

  • Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Ocotlan
  • Palacio de Gobierno
  • Firefly Sanctuary
Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Ocotlán

The Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan is perhaps the most well-known attraction in the town of Tlaxcala. Many tourists come here from Mexico City just to see the Basilica!

Located just minutes away from the center of this cute town, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Ocotlán can be admired from both inside and out.

Step inside and take in the decorative, gold-filled interior, or appreciate the monumental architecture from the outside.

Palacio de Gobierno

Get a grasp of the regional Tlaxcalan culture as you walk inside the gorgeous Palacio de Gobierno.

This structure dates back nearly 500 years and is home to decorative murals and an unbeatable vibe.

Palacio de Gobierno is a great under-the-radar destination in this part of Mexico.

History buffs should definitely peek inside the nearby museums. Afterall, Palacio de Gobierno is right in the heart of Tlaxcala.

Firefly Sanctuary

If you’re visiting Mexico between June and August, you are in for a special treat. During those months, local fireflies put on a breathtaking light show every night.

Check out this website to learn more and book your firefly experience. It’s a half-hour drive out of Tlaxcala.

Cholula & Puebla

Monumental facade of a cathedral in Puebla. Catedral de Puebla is one of the best things to see in Puebla.
Photo by Young Shanahan

A drive down to Puebla is another great day trip from Mexico City. This city is located roughly 175 miles from the country’s capital.

What To See in Puebla

The Great Pyramid of Cholula

Did you know that the largest pyramid in the world (by area, not height) isn’t in Egypt? In fact, it’s The Great Pyramid of Cholula.

You might be surprised when you get to Cholula, as the pyramid doesn’t look like a typical Mayan structure. In fact, only a small part of it has been excavated thus far.

Back in the 1600s, the Spanish built the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies atop the pyramid. Make sure you visit this beautiful cathedral, as it opens up to panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

Mercado Cosme del Razo San Pedro Cholula

It should be pretty clear by now that Rentalmoose loves local fresh food markets. No matter whether you’re in Batemans Bay, Marmaris, or Malaga, we recommend visiting a local market.

We believe local markets are the perfect way to peek into the fascinating local life of any bustling town, village, or city. Mercado Cosme del Razo San Pedro in Cholula is no different.

In this traditional market, you’ll be able to find anything ranging from regional fruit and vegetables to handcrafted goods and artwork.

After spending some time in Cholula, it’s time to continue further into Puebla. This city is famous for its beautiful architecture, as well as the Puebla Cathedral and more!

Museo Amparo

Art lovers should not miss out on visiting the Museo Amparo. This museum, set inside a beautiful, colonial building, is home to one of the greatest art collections in Latin America. There aren’t many museums that make for good day trips from Mexico City, and this one is definitely worthwhile!

Admire hundreds of Mexican artworks from different historical periods. Afterward, head up to the terrace and take in the panoramic views of the city.

The best part? Admission is completely free of charge.

Note that Museo Amparo is closed on Wednesdays. Check their website for detailed opening hours.

Catedral de Puebla

Set in the heart of Puebla’s historic center is the monumental Catedral de Puebla. This monumental Baroque church was completed in 1690.

After photographing the grand facade of the cathedral, feel free to step inside and explore the decorative interior.

Open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM, then 4 PM to 8 PM.

While you’re here, take a minute to stroll down Puebla’s scenic historic center.

Restaurante El Mural de Los Poblanos

No visit to Puebla would possibly be complete without indulging in the region’s traditional cuisine. Head to Restaurante El Mural de Los Poblanos, one of the top picks in town, for a delicious lunch or dinner.

This eatery serves some of the best Mexican food in town. Make sure to try the local specialty called Chiles en Nogada.

Open daily from noon to midnight, as well as 8 AM to noon for breakfast service.

Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park

Izta-Popo National Park near Mexico City is home to two famous volcanos. Visiting the park is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City.
Photo by Russ Bowling

If you drive 2 hours out of Mexico City, you will reach the beautiful Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park.

The park is home to 2 of the most famous volcanos in Mexico: Popocatepetl and Iztachihuatl.

Rentalmoose insider tip: Note that it can get quite cold at this altitude. Bring appropriate clothing!

Paso de Cortes

Begin your visit of the park with a drive across the scenic Paso de Cortes. This chicane-filled road is one of the best scenic drives in Mexico!

This mountain pass was named after being used by Hernán Cortés back in the 16th century. Cortés was the one who conquested the Aztec Empire back in the 1500s and claimed Mexico.

Right by the large roundabout, you’ll see the park’s museum. You can head inside and learn more about local history. Admission tickets can be purchased here, too. From here, you can enjoy unobstructed views of both volcanos.

Open daily between 7AM and 9PM.


After viewing the volcano from the distance, it’s time to come closer to it. Drive down the unpaved road towards the Iztachihuatl volcano.

You can leave your car at the La Joyita area and continue further up on foot. The climb is challenging and only recommended for experienced hikers. However, the views from the top are absolutely unbeatable.

Cascada Apatlaco

Drive back from the foot of Iztachihuatl Volcano and turn into a small road on your left. Follow the road and after a while, you’ll be able to see the spectacular Apatlaco Waterfalls.

Quezadilla Dona Gloria

On your way back down to Mexico City, make sure you stop by to try delicious quesadillas.

Pop by the cozy Quezadilla Dona Gloria to recharge your batteries before driving back to the city. The obscure cabin serves some of the best food you can find around the park.

Guided Tours

Although you can visit the Izta-Popo National Park independently, there’s also the option to book a private tour. An experienced guide will let you in on the park’s secrets and show you the hidden gems of the park.

Consider booking a guided tour of the park with Aztec Explorers.


Cemetery full of people and illuminated by candles during the spectacular Day of The Dead Celebrations in Mixquic. Make sure you see these celebrations, perhaps on a day trip from Mexico City.
Photo by カルロスVG

You need to go on a day trip from Mexico City to Mixquic, especially if you’re in town in early November.

The Day of The Dead celebrations is famous around the world. If there’s one place in all of Mexico that has the most spectacular, authentic celebration, it has to be Mixquic.

When is The Day of The Dead

November 2nd

Contrary to popular belief, the celebrations begin on the 31st of October. The bells of the beautiful San Andres Apostol ring 12 times, as the souls of the children are believed to arrive.

Although the celebrations continue on the 1st day of November, The Day of The Dead is on the 2nd of November every year. Undoubtedly, the most magical time to visit Mixquic is on that day, particularly after the sun sets.

Young girl smiling in makeup and costume during celebrations of the Day Of The Dead at a cemetery in Mixquic, Mexico. The Day Of The Dead is a must-see on any Mexico trip itinerary
Photo by Jordi Cueto-Felgueroso Arocha

As dusk falls, the pantheon is illuminated by thousands of decorative candles. The families spend the night in the company of their deceased loved ones. This emotional celebration is bound to leave you speechless for the rest of your trip.


Beautiful Panoramic view of Taxco. Taxco is a former silver mining town that has become a great tourist destination. Located near the capital, it makes for great day trips from Mexico City.
Photo by Laurent Espitallier

Taxco is a breathtaking town, formerly a hotspot for silver mining. Despite the fact that the mines shut down over a century ago, Taxco has remained a spectacular and populated town. It’s the ideal authentic town that makes for great day trips from Mexico City.

Note that the best way of getting around the narrow, cobblestone streets of Taxco is on foot.

The Best Things To Do In Taxco

Santa Prisca de Taxco & Plaza Borda

Begin your visit of Taxco right in the heart of town. After you leave your car at the car park, stroll down the cobblestone streets on foot.

You will soon reach Plaza Borda, the booming heart of Taxco.

Take your time to peek into the many regional eateries and shops within the authentic colonial buildings.

Unarguably, the biggest landmark in Taxco is the monumental Santa Prisca de Taxco. The history of this church dates back to the mid-1700s, back when there was lots of silver mining going on around Taxco. Admire the facade or step inside the decorative cathedral.

Mina Prehispanica de Taxco

As Taxco was once a booming mining town, you should definitely visit Mina Prehispanica. The silver mine is estimated to date back to times when Mexico was a Viceroyalty of New Spain. It was likely hidden by the locals from the Spanish.

In 2013, the mine was accidentally rediscovered during the remodeling of a local hotel. The hotel bar was quickly turned into an archeological site, and today it serves as a great spot to visit what was once common in Taxco.

Open daily from 9AM to 6PM.

Cable Car & Montetaxco

Get a panoramic view of the area around Taxco when you take the Cable Car up to the upscale Montetaxco hotel. Seeing the sunset from up here is a must when in Taxco.

Rosa Amaranto

After a day of walking up and down the winding streets, relax at one of the town’s best restaurants. Head up to Rosa Amaranto for a great dining experience accompanied by an astonishing view of Taxco.

Open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM.

Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park

Photo by Christian Ramiro González Verón

The Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park is home to one of the largest cave systems on the planet. Hence it’s one of the most popular day trips from Mexico City, and it’s easy to see why.

The caves were rediscovered by a Mexican shopkeeper hiding in them from the authorities back in the 1800s. Since then, they’ve become a famous tourist attraction.

Today, anyone can visit the enormous cave system on a guided walking tour. The system is made up of 20 large halls, reserve around 2 hours to visit them.

Travelers can visit the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa every day from 9AM to 5PM. Admission costs 90 pesos ($4.5) per person. Note that most guides only speak Spanish, an English-speaking guide will likely cost more to hire.

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Photo by Rafael Saldaña

One of the best day trips from Mexico City is a visit to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, around 100 kilometers (60 miles) outside of the town. It’s criminally underrated, too.

Click here for a detailed guide to visiting the 4 butterfly sanctuaries here that are open to the public.

Don’t miss the El Rosario sanctuary!


Before heading back to Mexico City, pay Angangueo a visit. This cute former mining town, although not as spectacular as Taxco, is worth at least a short peek. Unlike the Butterfly Sanctuaries, Angangueo is a year-round attraction.

Don’t skip the town’s two beautiful churches. They are facing each other, making for a great spot for photos.

You can admire a panoramic view of Angangueo and its natural surroundings from the Monumento Al Minero terrace.

Lastly, take a photo with the colorful Mural in the heart of this little town.

Bonus- What is the best way of getting around Mexico?

The best way of getting around is by car, especially if you’re planning to go on multiple day trips from Mexico City.

That way, you’ll get to see scenic drives and see areas that you’d never get to visit otherwise. Not to mention the irreplaceable freedom of altering your itinerary on the go, whenever you please.

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The 10 Best Things To Do in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is the most popular getaway in Baja California. Find out the best things to do in and around Cabo with our curated travel guide.

No matter if you’re on your way to Cabo San Lucas right now or you’re planning a trip for next summer, you’ll want to know what the best things to do in Cabo are.

  1. Visit Land’s End
  2. Unwind At The Best Beaches In Cabo
  3. Drive To San Jose del Cabo
  4. Dive At Cabo Pulmo Marine Park
  5. Whale-Watching Tours
  6. Go On A Day Trip To La Paz
  7. See Todos Santos
  8. Play Golf
  9. Explore Santiago
  10. Visit El Triunfo

Year by year, Cabo San Lucas continues to amaze international and domestic tourists as one of the best getaways in Mexico. After all, Baja California is home to exceptional beaches, spectacular landscapes, tasty cuisine, and quirky towns.

Bonus: Rent a Car In Mexico

Unless you’re planning to stick to just one city, the best way of getting around Mexico is by car.

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These Are The 10 Best Things To Do In Cabo

Without further ado, let’s jump into each one of them!

Visit Land’s End

Spectacular rock formations at Land's End, which is one of the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California, Mexico.
Photo by Liezelzpineda

A visit to Land’s End is unarguably one of the best things to do in Cabo. The rock formations are perhaps the most famous landmark here, so you simply have to see them.

How can you get to Land’s End?

The only way to reach the picturesque Land’s End is by either water taxi, boat, or kayak. You can catch a water taxi from Cabo’s Medano Beach.

Rentalmoose insider tip: For the most unforgettable experience, consider hiring a glass-bottom boat!

The boat trip around the scenic rock formations is an absolute must-do when in Cabo.

Don’t forget to snap a picture of the world-famous El Arco.

Playa Del Amor

After a visit to Land’s End, see both Playa Del Amor and Playa de Los Amantes.

These two beaches are best accessed by water taxis. You could try walking across at low tide (from Divorce Beach) though it is not particularly safe. An inexpensive water taxi from Medano Beach is your best bet!

Keep in mind that the sandy beaches at Land’s End have no facilities. It’s best to bring your own snacks and water if you’re planning to spend time here. The crystal-clear water and spectacular scenery will make it worthwhile.

Spend a Day At One Of Cabo’s Best Beaches

Scenic beach resort in Cabo. Chilling at a sandy beach is one of the best things to do in Cabo San Lucas.
Photo by Robbert van Bloemendaal

In case you didn’t know, Cabo San Lucas is home to some of the best beaches in North America.

These are the best beaches in Cabo

If you’re looking for the best beaches in Cabo, be sure to check out the following spots:

Santa Maria Beach

Are you a snorkeling fan? If so, don’t skip Santa Maria Beach.

This pristine, sandy beach is absolute heaven for snorkelers, as Santa Maria Bay is filled with tropical fish. The crystal-clear waters make the waters here perfect to explore.

As the beach is around 15 minutes outside of Cabo itself, it’s less crowded than some beaches in town.

The best way to reach Santa Maria Beach is by car.

There’s a free car park, public restrooms, and showers available for beachgoers.

Playa El Chileno

Right behind Santa Maria Beach lays another one of the best beaches in Cabo, Playa el Chileno.

This sandy beach, much like Santa Maria Beach, is ideal for both snorkeling and swimming.

You can rent an umbrella at Playa El Chileno for around 200 pesos ($10) per day.

There are public restrooms and showers available for beachgoers. What’s more, there’s the upscale Chileno Bay Club at the end of the beach, where you can enjoy locally-caught seafood for lunch.

Cerritos Beach

Cerritos Beach is one of the favorites among surfers in the Baja California Peninsula.

This sandy beach is perfect for surfing, both beginners as well as experts. What’s more, the wide sandy shore is great for sunbathing and people-watching.

The coast is lined with upscale, beachfront hotels where you can spend the night.

After a day at the beach, pop by the waterfront La Mision Restaurant for an exceptional dinner overlooking the sea.

Cerritos Beach is a 45-minute drive away from the heart of Cabo. Todos Santos, a great town worth visiting, is just a stone’s throw away!

Playa Balandra

Playa Balandra isn’t exactly in Cabo. In fact, it’s a 2-hour drive away from Cabo San Lucas, near the town of La Paz. Is the drive worth it?

Simply put, yes. But don’t take our word for it, check out this video to see why you need to visit Balandra.

As you can see, Playa Balandra looks absolutely spectacular. To no surprise, it is often dubbed the best beach in Mexico.

A short look at virtually any photo of the beach on the internet is enough to understand why. Let alone being able to see it yourself.

When visiting Playa Balandra, make sure you also stop by La Paz itself.

Drive To San Jose del Cabo

Shoreline of San Jose Del Cabo, beautiful tranquil sandy beaches and palm trees, as well as elevated whitewashed buildings.
Photo by Alvaro Bejarano

Get in your rental car and drive east along the main highway, leaving Cabo behind. In around half an hour, you will arrive at the scenic town of San Jose del Cabo.

When in San Jose del Cabo, go for a stroll in the heart of the town.

Mision San Jose del Cabo, beautiful whitewashed church outside of the resort town is one of the best things to do around Cabo San Lucas, Baja California
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Snap a photo with the picturesque Mision San Jose del Cabo (photographed above), or walk down the vibrant Art Walk, and explore the street lined with quirky galleries.

Octopus Aguachile is a seafood dish at Don Sanchez restaurant, one of the best Mexican restaurants in San Jose del Cabo in Baja California.
Octopus Aguachile, one of the go-to dishes at Don Sanchez

Don’t skip a meal at the scenic Don Sanchez Restaurant, one of the top picks in the region. Choose from a selection of delicious dishes, such as tacos or local seafood. Take a look at these mouth-watering photos of what you can expect at Don Sanchez. Yummy!

Surf and Turf Taco at Don Sanchez is a modern take on Mexican cuisine. Don Sanchez is an award-winning restaurant in San Jose del Cabo by Todd Chapman.
Surf and Turf Taco at Don Sanchez

Don Sanchez is open daily from 6 PM to 10 PM.

Catch the sunset at the panoramic Cielomar Rooftop located at the top of the upscale Viceroy Hotel. Admire the spectacular sunset while sipping on a refreshing drink, or pop by for dinner. Open daily until 10PM.

Dive At Cabo Pulmo Marine Park

Shore of Cabo Pulmo National Park seen from right above the surface of the ocean. Cabo Pulmo Marine Park is a diver's paradise near Cabo San Lucas.
Photo by Clr_flickr

A 2-hour drive from Cabo San Lucas will take you to a paradise among divers, Cabo Pulmo Marine Park.

The tiny Cabo Pulmo village was established back in the late 1980s to protect one of the gems of Baja California, the largest living coral reef on this continent.

Today, the village is a great starting point for unforgettable diving and snorkeling tours.

Companies like Blue Passion Baja offer a wide selection of diving tours, as well as introductory courses for beginners, every day of the week all year long. Make sure to take a look at their website to book your adventure.

If you’d prefer snorkeling, Blue Passion Baja also offer daily snorkeling tours to the breathtaking coral reef.

Cabo Pulmo has a few great alternatives for those who would rather stay on dry land as well. Admire the scenic natural beauty of the region during an ATV tour, and see spots that are otherwise inaccessible.

Adrenaline junkies should check out the 3.5-hour long Mountain Biking tour across the desert landscape. Keep your eyes wide open, this remote area is home to some fascinating wildlife!

Go Whale-Watching

A large whale is emerging from the surface of the water. Beautiful marine life is a reason why you should go on a whale watching tour in Cabo San Lucas. One of the best things to do in Cabo is whalewatching.

The marine life off the shore of Cabo San Lucas is diverse, lively, and perhaps some of the best in this part of North America. Afterall, Cabo Pulmo Marine Park is home to one of the largest living coral reefs in the world.

When can you see whales in Cabo?

The best time of the year to go on a whale-watching tour in Cabo San Lucas is from January to March, though the season starts in December and finishes in April.

If you go whale-watching during those months, seeing a whale is pretty much guaranteed.

There are various different whale-watching tour operators in Cabo San Lucas. Rentalmoose recommends booking your tour with Whale Watch Cabo. Unlike other operators, Whale Watch Cabo gives you a guarantee of sighting a whale.

If there are no sightings during your tour, you will be offered another one at no extra cost. Note that the Whale Guarantee is offered only during the whale season (December 15th-April 15th).

What’s more, the daily tours are guided by marine biologists who will share lots of insight about marine life with you.

Go On A Day Trip To La Paz

A family of three watching the sun set on a sandy beach in La Paz, Mexico. Some say Baja California is home to some of the most wonderful sunsets on the planet, and this vibrant photograph proves it.
Photo by Yotut/

No trip to Baja California could possibly be complete without paying a visit to its capital, La Paz. Most travelers only focus on visiting the resort of Cabo, without considering to see La Paz. In effect, La Paz has become a more authentic, under-the-radar destination.

As La Paz is a 2-hour drive away from Cabo San Lucas, we recommend setting off early in the morning. That way, you can see most of what this fascinating city has got to offer.

Local Market- Mercado Municipal General Nicolas Bravo

Rentalmoose loves local food markets. We think they’re one of the greatest ways to take in the hustle and bustle of any city or town. No matter whether you’re in Athens, Cameron Highlands, or Tallinn, the local market is the vibrant heart of local life.

The fresh food market here in La Paz, Mercado Municipal General Nicolas Bravo, is a must-visit in town. Make sure to get here early, the market is open from 6AM daily.

Historic District

Spend some time at the cozy Jardin Velasco park, or cross the street and admire the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de La Paz. The cathedral dates back to the 1800s!

From there, you can cross a couple of blocks on foot and you’ll find yourself on the panoramic Malecon.


This waterfront promenade stretches for 3 miles (5 kilometers) and it’s undoubtedly the favorite hangout among locals. You’ll find joggers getting their morning exercise here, or groups of friends hanging out at the sandy beach.

Across the street from the promenade, you’ll find amazing restaurants and bars that provide great views of the shore. Don’t know which one to pick?

Drop by Restaurantes Bismark, one of the best picks in town. Apart from serving a wide variety of tasty meals and drinks, this eatery provides unbeatable views of the Malecon.

Restaurantes Bismark is open daily between 8AM and 11 PM.

Oh, when you’re in La Paz don’t forget to drive up to Playa Balandra!

See Todos Santos

colorful traditional decorative flags waving in the air above a street in Todos Santos, a peaceful town 30 minutes away from Cabo. Todos Santos in Baja California Mexico.
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Hop on the highway along the west coast of Baja California and drive along the coast. Around an hour after leaving Cabo, you will reach the popular town of Todos Santos.

Since 2006, The Mexican government dubbed Todos Santos a Pueblo Magico. The government selected only around 100 towns in the country for the title, honoring the spots for their cultural influence, natural beauty, or historical significance.

As beautiful as Cabo is, there’s no denying the fact that it is full of tourists. Todos Santos, on the other hand, feels like a completely different world. It’s so serene that it’s hard to believe that the booming resort town of Cabo is just an hour away.

Once you’re in Todos Santos, find an on-street parking spot in the heart of the town and explore it on foot.

Hotel California

Don’t skip a visit to the Hotel California. Despite the urban legend, this is not the place that Glenn Frey sang about. Nonetheless, the hotel is a major attraction in Todos Santos and it’s worth dropping by for a visit.

Punta Lobos

Punta Lobos is a secluded, sandy beach favored among surfers. If you’re lucky, you might spot a whale from the shore!

There’s a large boulder next to the beach. If you decide to hike up to the top, you’ll be presented with panoramic views of the area. For the most magical experience, get to the top during the sunset.

El Faro Beach Club

After the drive, why not relax at a sandy beach? Visit the upscale El Faro Beach Club for the ultimate luxury experience in Todos Santos.

Sip on a colorful drink while overlooking the ocean, swim at the infinity pool, or book a massage at the Arena spa.

If you’re willing to escape the Cabo craze for a little longer, you can spend the night at the beachfront Guaycura Hotel.

The beach club is open Wednesday thru Monday from 10:30 AM to 7 PM.

Play Golf

Photo by Jeff Shewan

Golfing is a big-time activity in and around Cabo San Lucas. There are tens of different country clubs, both public and private, where experienced golfers (as well as beginners) can head for a game.

The only issue with golfing in Cabo is deciding which club to pick.

The best golf club in Cabo San Lucas

Quivira Los Cabos

Without a doubt, the most spectacular golf club in Cabo is the Quivira Los Cabos. This incredible golf course has earned countless awards, including a spot in the top 100 best golf courses in the world by Golf Digest.

This 18-hole course spans over 7000 yards, opening up to spectacular waterfront views.

After an exciting game, head over to the Quivira Golf Clubhouse for a juicy steak, or to simply take in the views once again.

Explore Santiago

Canon De La Zorra, Santa rita hot Springs are two scenic spots in Santiago Baja California. One of the best things to do in Cabo san Lucas, Mexico.
Photo by J M/

Much like Todos Santos, Santiago is a cute little town that can serve as a great escape from the craze of Cabo.

This tiny town dates back to the early 1700s, it specialized in agriculture. Over the last centuries, the town hasn’t really changed. Its untouched beauty makes Santiago one of the best places to visit around Cabo San Lucas.

When you’re in town, don’t miss the pretty Mision de Santiago Church that can be admired both inside and out.

Make sure you head up to the Canon de la Zorra. Admire the waterfalls set in a beautiful, desert setting.

This scenic spot is perfect for a swim, or simply photographing the beautiful views. You can either visit it independently (the entry fee is around 150 pesos [$7.5]) or on a guided tour.

Note that the only way to get to the canyon is via a sandy, unpaved road.

Before heading back to Cabo, stop by the Santa Rita Hot Springs. Open all week except Wednesday between 7AM and 7PM.

Visit El Triunfo

Photo of El triunfo mining town sign, stating the city only has 327 inhabitants as of 2010. El triumfo is a great under the radar destination near La Paz, Baja California, Mexico.
Photo by Amante Darmanin

If you’re a fan of spots that are very under-the-radar, you will love El Triunfo. As you can see in the photo above, El Triunfo has a population of just 327 people.

To be completely honest, El Triunfo is far from an attraction-packed tourist hotspot. In fact, the top-rated attraction in town, according to Tripadvisor, only has 3 reviews. Believe it or not, that’s exactly why the rustic town of El Triunfo is worth visiting.

The town was first established in the 1700s as a mining town. Once the mines shut down in the 1920s, the majority of the population moved elsewhere. Until fairly recently, El Triunfo remained essentially untouched for the past century.

In order to attract tourists, the 327 inhabitants began restoring some of the historic buildings and turning them into quirky restaurants, galleries, and other touristy attractions.

Today, El Triunfo remains one of the best-preserved former mining towns in all of North America.

What can you do in El Triunfo?

The highlight of any visit to El Triunfo is the town’s landmark, La Ramona Chimney. From there, you can see the rest of the mining complex, including Panteon Ingles and El Mirador.

Afterward, explore the heart of town right across the monumental chimney. For the best pizza in town (frankly speaking, there is no competition, though the pizza here is in fact great!), pop by Cafe El Triunfo.

Before leaving, pop by one of the town’s museums or galleries. The El Triunfo Piano Museum is set inside a 19th-century building, and well worth a visit when in town.

Don’t forget to book your rental car in Cabo with Rentalmoose, a worldwide car rental broker with over 15 000 locations around the globe.

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Prepare For A Winter Road Trip- The Ultimate Guide

A road trip during the winter is absolutely magical. No matter if you’re renting a car to visit your family for the winter holidays, or to drive between some of the best ski resorts in the Alps, it’s crucial to come prepared.

Use this guide as a handy checklist before you set off on your adventure this winter. This blog post will cover:

Before the trip

Begin planning before you set off on your trip. Otherwise, you might face some unpleasant surprises during your winter holiday.

Car type

When going on a road trip during the winter, you’d want a vehicle that’s capable of getting you through the snow. Consider booking a rental car class that offers vehicles with an all-wheel-drive drivetrain. 

Note that some parts of the rental fleet may not be available during the winter season. You might want to lay off that sweet convertible until the summer.

Winter tires & snow chains

If you’re renting a car during the winter, the supplier should have a part of the fleet that’s equipped with winter tires as standard. Double-check with the rental company before booking your vehicle. Snow chains for the wheels are generally part of the same winter package as the winter tires.

A winter package is compulsory for some regions. In that case, it will be added to your rental automatically.

European countries where a winterized rental car is compulsory during the winter season (early November to the end of March) include:

Driving without winter tires in a country where they are legally required can result in a hefty ticket. What’s more, your insurance may be void if you happen to have a collision.

If you’re unsure whether or not you need a winter package, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your rental company. The staff at the rental desk will be glad to help, too.

Don’t forget that winterization packages are subject to availability, booking one in advance is highly recommended.

Check the weather forecast

Make sure to check the weather forecast for the region you’ll be visiting, so that you can plan your route accordingly. Keep in mind that the weather can change dramatically at high altitudes (i.e. in the Alps).

If you’re planning a cross-border trip, don’t forget to check the forecast for every country you’ll be visiting. How can you check if your rental company permits cross-border trips? Check out this blog post to find out.

Pack accordingly

When packing for your trip, be sure to take extra warm clothing for the cold weather. Anything from spare warm clothes to a pair of sturdy shoes could turn out helpful. It’s always better to come overprepared rather than not packing enough with you.

A pair of gloves and some hot packs will surely come in handy, too.

When picking up the rental car, ensure that you have taken all of the additional equipment that you’d booked. Check the car for an ice-scraper.

Ensure that you have the phone number for local emergency services at hand, just in case. Know who to contact in case of a breakdown, the roadside assistance contact details are in your rental agreement.

During your trip

Once you’ve picked up the rental car, follow these tips to ensure that you get to your destination safely.

Slow down

It’s crucial to know when to keep your foot off the gas pedal in snowy weather. Don’t forget that the braking distance is increased compared to a dry surface. What’s more, the visibility can be very poor during a snowstorm. Maintain a low speed to give yourself enough time to react.

Keep your distance

Tailgating is even more dangerous during the winter. If the driver in front of you sees danger and slams the brakes, make sure you have enough time to slow down as well. Otherwise, you might end up rear-ending the car in front.

The braking distance in snowy conditions is up to 12 times greater than on a dry surface.

What’s more, some countries strictly follow the minimum required distance. Failing to comply can result in an expensive penalty.

Don’t brake (or accelerate) too hard

If you push the brake or acceleration pedal too quickly, you can end up losing control of your rental car. Make sure to accelerate and brake gently.

Rentalmoose tip: Even modern rental cars equipped with high-tech traction control systems can fail during extreme weather conditions. Press the pedals gently, no matter what rental car you’re in.

Avoid stopping on hills

If possible, don’t stop on hills during your journey. An icy snow-covered road at a steep angle can make it difficult to continue driving after stopping half-way up. Apply the gas gently to ensure that you don’t lose traction. If your car is equipped with traction control, turning it off can make it easier to get going once again.

In case of a breakdown

If you do happen to have a technical breakdown during your winter road trip, here’s what you should do.

Ensure you are visible

Limited visibility during the winter paired with an extended braking distance could be the recipe for a disaster. If you’re stranded at the side of the road, make sure that other drivers can see you. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  • Turn on your rental car’s hazard lights
  • Put on a reflective vest (it should be in the boot of your car, together with a warning triangle). Remember to check for oncoming traffic before exiting your vehicle.
  • Set up a warning triangle around 50m (150ft) behind your rental car.

Contact roadside assistance

The contact details for roadside assistance are listed in your rental agreement. If you’ve added an optional roadside assistance package when booking your rental car, the service will be free of charge. Otherwise, an additional fee will be added at drop-off.

In case of an accident

If you’ve been in accident, making sure that everyone involved is safe is your first priority. Contact emergency services first, before calling the car rental company.

Make sure everyone is safe

The first priority is to ensure that everyone involved in the collision is safe. If anyone is in great pain, refrain from moving them and wait for the emergency services. You could cause more damage.

Call the emergency services

When you’re sure everyone is safe, dial the local emergency services. You can find a comprehensive list of emergency phone numbers in every country in the world right here. Be sure to describe to the operator where you are and whether anyone is injured. Be informative, brief, and clear.

If you’re renting a car in the European Union, you can call 112 for emergency services. It is free of charge.

Rental Moose mascot is photographing a red crashed Kia rental car. Always take pictures of a collision in your rental car. Rentalmoose is a worldwide car rental broker.

Document the collision and exchange details

If you’ve been in a minor accident with no injuries, photograph the collision and exchange details with the other drivers. Don’t pay for any damage, as the rental company will only reimburse you for the charges that they have previously agreed on.

Properly documenting the scene will help when solving the matter with your rental company.

Contact the car rental company

Lastly, make sure to let the rental company know that you’ve been involved in a collision. The company should then handle the recovery of the car, repairs, and a replacement for you if applicable.

Although a technical breakdown or an accident are both unlikely during your winter road trip, it’s important to be prepared for the worst case scenario. Having covered all of the key points during your next trip, it’s time for you to enjoy your adventure!

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How To Dispute Unfair Damage Charges To Your Rental Car

Sadly, unfair damage charges can still occur when renting a car. Here is how you can protect yourself against unfair damage charges, and how to dispute them if you happen to be charged with rental car damage you haven’t inflicted.

Firstly, follow these tips to ensure that you have the necessary evidence to dispute unfair damage charges. There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself as soon as you get the keys to your rental car.

Picking up the rental car

There are several things you can do when picking up your rental car to ensure that you won’t receive charges for damage you haven’t caused. Keep reading to find out how you can stay protected against unfair claims by the car rental company. You can also take a look at this blog post which thoroughly explains the pick-up process.

Take photos of the rental car

Taking check-in photos of the condition of the car is a great way to document any damage that was on the rental car before your rental period. Before dropping the car off, Rentalmoose recommends taking check-out photos as well.

Rentalmoose insider tip: When you book a rental car with Rentalmoose, we will remind you to take check-in and check-out photos of the condition of your rental car.

Rental Moose mascot is photographing the condition of the red Kia rental car. It is crucial to document the damage on a rental car before driving away.

Document any damage on the check-out form

Right after you receive the keys to your rental car, make sure to inspect it thoroughly both inside and out.

Any visible damage should be mentioned in the check-out form, don’t rush and ensure that the check-out form matches the actual condition of the rental car.

Do not drive away until you are fully satisfied with the condition of the car.

If you’ve booked your rental car through Rentalmoose, you will be reminded to take check-in and check-out photos. Additionally, the photos will be stored by us in case of any disputes.

Report any damage to the rental desk

If you’ve found damage anywhere on the car and it is not stated in the check-out form, inform the rental desk staff immediately. Otherwise, it could turn out hard to prove that the damage wasn’t inflicted by you.

Returning the rental car

When dropping off your rental car, make sure to take a thorough look and check for any new damage. Once again, take photos of the condition of the car both inside and out. If you’ve booked a rental car with Rentalmoose, we will remind you to do so.

Drop off the car keys once you’re done. You can be asked to fill out a check-in form of the condition of the car, and the rental car can be inspected for damage by an employee during drop-off. The drop-off process varies slightly between different companies, you can check your rental agreement for details.

Returning the car outside of the office hours

If you’ve selected to drop the car off when the rental desk is closed, it is even more important to document the condition of the car before leaving. Don’t forget to leave the car in a safe spot!

Rentalmoose insider tip: Remember that the renter is responsible for the rental car until it is inspected the next business day. When leaving the rental car, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is parked in a safe environment. You can find out more in this blog post.

Damage inflicted during the rental period

The car rental company will inspect the condition of the rental car during the drop-off, or the next business day if you’re returning the car during out-of-office hours. Any visible damage will be noted in the check-in form. As long as the damage is the same on both forms, you’re good to go!

However, if the check-in form includes more damage than the check-out one, the car rental company will automatically assume that the damage was inflicted by the renter during the rental period.

The worst part? The car rental company can then use your security deposit to cover the repair costs. What’s more, the supplier will charge an additional administrative fee on top of the repair costs. The administrative fee is mentioned in the company’s terms and conditions.

Mistakes do happen, it can be possible that the damage was inflicted either before or after the rental period. In this case, you can dispute the charges and hopefully get your money back.

Rental Moose Mascot photographing red Kia rental car. It is crucial to document the condition of your rental car before you pick it up and before you drop the rental car off.

How to dispute unfair damage charges

Gather the evidence

Here is where the check-in and check-out forms come in handy. Make sure you have both of the forms, as they confirm the condition of the car that you and the company both agreed on.

Don’t forget to attach the photos you took when picking up and dropping off your rental car. It’s even better if you used a phone to take the photos, as they will be tagged with the time and location.

Contact the car rental company

Once you have your evidence ready, get in touch directly with the car rental company. Some large suppliers, such as Europcar, will ask you to contact the branch where the rental took place. You can find the contact details in the contact section of the rental company’s website.

If you’ve booked your car through Rentalmoose, we can get in touch with the car rental company on your behalf. You can contact us here, please ensure to attach evidence to back up your claim.

What can you do if the car rental company decides not to refund you? Keep reading to find out.

Contact your credit card company

If the car rental company refuses to refund you for the unfair damage charges, try getting in touch with your credit card company or your bank. As long as you’ve paid by card, your bank should be able to help get your money back. 

The vast majority of credit card companies offer protection for their customers. You can, for example, request a chargeback. The bank/credit card company will investigate the issue and refund you depending on the outcome.

If your bank is unable to help, you can escalate the dispute to consumer right organizations.

Contact consumer right organizations

In the event of unfair damage charges, it is unlikely that both the rental company and your bank will refuse to help you. If that does happen, it’s best to file a complaint to the consumer right organization relevant to the region where the rental took place.

European Union rentals/EU citizens

If you’ve rented your car within the European Union, or you are an EU citizen, you should get in touch with either the European Car Rental Conciliation Service or the European Consumer Center

In 2019 alone, the ECC has helped out over 120 000 consumers, so it’s worth a shot.

United Kingdom

If you’ve rented your car in the United Kingdom, get in touch with the BVRLA. Please note that the complaint must be filed within a year of the final decision of the rental company.

United States of America

If you’ve rented your car in the United States of America, notify the state attorney general of the state where the vehicle was rented. You can find the appropriate state attorney general using this website.

Other regions

If your car rental took place outside of the regions listed above, it’s best to check the local laws regarding consumer rights. You may also contact a lawyer to receive help and escalate the dispute to court. Keep in mind that you will have to cover the legal fees.

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