Porting in Cozumel, we have reserved our own rental car from Hertz in Playa del Carmen. So we will catch the first ferry we can to the mainland, find Hertz and then travel on our own.
1. Anyone know how to find Hertz once you get off the ferry?
2. Our first priority is to drive to and visit Tulum. How long does the drive take? How much time is needed there to do it justice?
3. If it's possible at all, we would like to drive from there to Coba. Is this safe on your own? How is the road? How long does that drive take? How much time is needed to do Coba justice? It just sounds awesome. We would like to do BOTH ruins but don't know if that's realistic seeing we need to allow plenty of time to drive back to Playa del Carmen and then ferry back to Cozumel in time to board our ship.
4. Another alternative is Hidden Worlds Cenotes. Anyone ever do this? Looks awesome!
Items 2 and 3:
Tulum is on the way to Coba - so yes it is possible to do both. The road between PDC and Tulum is very good. The road from Tulum to Coba is OK (it used to be terrible but they have repaired the potholes). However BE AWARE that on the road to Coba every time you pass through a small town there will be "topes" sp ? - speed bumps - DO NOT try to go too fast on this road.
Tulum is a very scenic, small compact ruin - so it can be done in about 1 hour. We took 2 hours but we were not going anywhere else.
Coba is huge and spread out: believe me you will only have time to see part of it . Within the ruins at Coba you have 2 transportation choices - there are pedi-cabs and there are bicycles for rent. I highly recommend doing one or the other. The huge pyramid is at least a mile (probably more) from the entrance. There are some very interesting ruins a short walk from the entrance but most people want to see the pyramid also - it is awsome. To see the main ruins at Coba would take at least 2-3 hours in my opinion .
Travel times: PDS - Tulum : 1/2 hour - 45 minutes
Tulum to Coba: about 45 minutes - 1 hour
So it is doable BUT you will only have time to see the ruins - do not plan on doing much else. BTW it is quite safe.
If you just go to Tulum, you would have time for a beach stop - say at Akumal.
Personally I think Coba is worth the effort but I love ruins.