What is the safest and most convenient drive to Playa del Carmen?

Since we have to take all of our worldly possessions with us flying is out of the question. So, a lot of time has been spent researching the best route to drive to Playa del Carmen from Kansas City. A lot. There are quite a few ways we can go and initially we thought we’d take the “prettier” scenic coastal route. After further research and getting some advice from expats who are currently living in Playa we have revised our thinking.

Throughout most of Mexico there are modern roads, but these roads are infiltrated with multiple toll stops. The smaller roads that hug the coast are usually free, but they are also often more frequently traveled by trucks looking to avoid the tolls and are not as well-maintained. It sounds like the tolls roads are going to be a pretty big expense, but it also sounds like it’s the safer and faster way to go.

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One other thing we’re trying to avoid are the dreaded topes. These Mexican speedbumps are aggressive, quite large and are prevalent throughout towns. Taking the coastal route would mean more towns and more slowing down for topes. As someone who once took a rental car over a tope at 40+ miles an hour (how long will it be before we start measuring distance in kilometers?) and barely lived to tell about it (the shocks on the car were not so lucky).

So after input and research from a lot of resources we’ve landed on this route. While it’s what we’re planning on, we of course expect there to be hiccups or obstacles along the way and will adjust accordingly. It will be interesting to see how closely our trip actually ends up matching with our plans!