Cozumel: "But No, Really, You Haven't Before?" - Pt 3
“Scooters, cars for rent!”
“$30 American for the day”
Mike looked at me and I looked back. We had gotten to the front of the mall and found the guys offering cheap scooters. Mike said he felt comfortable giving it a try and when the man said it would be only $30, how could we pass it up?
We agreed and walked back with the man through this street vendor area to the back where he kept a group of scooters under a tent. There was a man, a relative from what we gathered from their conversation in Spanish, who was getting the bikes ready to be rented.
As Mike would be the driver, he filled out the paperwork and the gentleman looked at Mike’s license. Relatively short forms to fill out including an optional extra amount of insurance to get on top of what was standard. All the bike tanks were filled and there was enough gas to get you around the whole island for the day. They said that we could refill the gas at the local gas station or just bring the bike back and give them an extra $10 for gas. As the gas stations were not as readily available, we ended up going this route in the end, which I know probably cost a little more money, but it was convenient.
The best part of the entire interaction came as Mike was finishing the paperwork. The gentleman casually asks Mike if he has ridden a scooter before, seeming to expect the answer to be affirmative. The look on his face when Mike casually replied “Nope” was PRICELESS!!!! He honestly thought Mike was joking and asked again two different times, to which MIke continued to say No. The man nervously chucked to himself, said something to the other gentleman in Spanish and then suggested that Mike may want to drive the scooter around the lot a couple times.
Mike got the basic instructions, hopped on and went for a spin around the parking lot. The guy, though seemingly still nervous, said he seemed to do fine (which he did), gave us the helmets and pushed the bike out through the vendor market to the front street. Mike hopped on, I hopped on behind him and we took off down the busy city street.
Now, the main perimeter road around Cozumel is highway-esque, but mostly has one lane in each direction and was not very busy. We could drive at a decent clip or slow down if we needed to and not really worry about being in anyone’s way.
After about 15 minutes, we pulled over for a moment at this one park to rest and plan our strategy moving forward. We had several hour still to explore and wanted to make the most of our time. Now that we had great transportation, we decided to hit the two locations I had originally looked up; the lighthouse at Punta Sur and a park with Mayan ruins. Going between the two made a nice loop around the island so we would see most of it. So we strapped our helmets, got back on and made the 20 minute drive down to the bottom most tip of the island!
Come back in a couple days for the final chapter of this awesome, adventurous day!