Cenotes in playa del carmen :-
If you’re visiting the Riviera Maya, you’ve likely already penciled in plenty of time relaxing on the beach, and maybe a day trip to some of the nearby ruins. The one crucial experience missing from that itinerary? Snorkeling (or diving!) in one of the many crystal clear cenotes in Playa del Carmen.
Just as the Caribbean is known for its beaches and Mexico is known for its ruins, the Riviera Maya region is known for its cenotes. Cenotes are limestone caves connected to each other through underground river systems and are completely unique to this region of Mexico. When their roofs collapse, cenotes become otherworldly caves and caverns of pristine water, filtered to perfection through the limestone. Scattered through the Riviera Maya’s jungle interior, the innumerable cenotes in Playa del Carmen make for a perfectly refreshing day away from the beach.
As one of the most popular cenotes in Playa del Carmen, Gran Cenote has quite a reputation to live up to—and you won’t be disappointed. Snorkelers follow a rope line through this cenote’s many caves, finding schools of fish, water lilies, and turtles along their way. Divers can appreciate the cenote’s thriving underwater ecosystem up-close as they navigate the second largest underwater cave system in the world.
After paying the $120 peso entrance fee ($150 for divers) visitors can rent snorkel gear ($80 pesos), lockers ($30 pesos), and life jackets ($50 pesos) at the entrance.
To get to Gran Cenote from Playa del Carmen, you’ll need to take either an ADO bus ($66 pesos) or a collective ($40-45 pesos) from Playa to Tulum, and then grab a taxi to the cenote for $60-70 pesos. If you are traveling with a group this is the best way to go.
Named “Two Eyes” for its two cenotes, Dos Ojos offers two unique experiences. Visitors can enjoy a picturesque view at the main cenote, where the jungle gives way to a sun-drenched pool, half-covered by limestone. The more adventurous can opt for the Bat Cave, a secluded cenote where snorkelers and divers bring out their flashlights to appreciate the stalactites, stalagmites, and vampire bats clinging to the ceiling.
There is no restaurant on-site and it’s a long walk from the highway to the entrance, so be sure to bring snacks and comfortable shoes. Entrance costs $200 pesos and includes an optional life jacket rental. There aren’t any lockers at Dos Ojos, but if you’re not comfortable leaving your things out while you swim feel free to ask the manager to keep an eye on them for you.
From Playa del Carmen, the cheapest way to get to Dos Ojos is via collective. The ride will cost you $35 pesos and will drop you off at the highway. If you want to avoid that long walk, you can take an ADO bus to Tulum ($66 pesos) and follow it up with a taxi to the cenote ($150). Scroll to the bottom for information on better options when traveling with a group of people.
Jardin El Eden is the most popular open-air cenote in Playa del Carmen. Unlike Dos Ojos or Gran Cenote, its ceiling has completely collapsed, creating partially submerged slabs of limestone, 12-foot-high walls perfect for jumping into the water, and abundant life, both above and below the water line.
Turtles and fish populate the cenote at the surface level, while larger fish and eels await divers below. Garra Funa—those tiny fish that nibble at dead skin—will offer a free spa treatment while you dip your toes in, but not to worry if you aren’t a fan of the fish—they’ll leave you alone while you’re swimming.
For $100 pesos per person, Jardin el Eden offers restrooms, palapas, and snorkel and life jacket rentals. The entrance is a good walk from the highway and there are no on-site restaurants, so remember to pack good shoes, snacks, and drinks.
At just 20 minutes away, Jardin el Eden is the most accessible of all the cenotes in Playa del Carmen. Taxis directly from Playa del Carmen to the cenote cost about $200 pesos and collectives from Playa can drop you off on the highway and cost only $30 pesos each way.
Want to make a full day of it? Consider stopping by Cenote Azul or Cenote Cristalino just next door!
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