Did you know that there are an estimated 6,000 Cenotes in the Yucatan?! These natural sinkholes originally were sacred to the Mayans and now, a huge tourist excursion. Here, I’ll list my top 3 Cenotes. Since I couldn’t quite get to all 6,000 of them I highly suggest you check out others on top of these three. Each have similar water but are unique in the look of them.
Grand Cenote is the best of both worlds! Clear water, marine life (Turtles & fish), caves and areas to relax and unwind after your swim. It is a HUGE tourist destination, so plan to either be the first one in or one of the last out. (You’ll thank me later!) For around $10.00 US you can spend the whole day here if you’d like. No need to bring your snorkel gear, they have some to rent! What’s nice is they also have lockers for rent. We never experienced any issues without one, but nice to lock up cameras and other valuables to really enjoy the Cenote.It’s a few minutes outside of town but definitely worth the trip.
Cenote Cape Ha
You’ll be surprised when google maps takes you to this Cenote because it is right on the strip of the “trendy” part of Tulum. You know, the beach boutique hotels, resorts, shops and fabulous dining. Yeah, it’s right there. We didn’t think we were going the right way until we saw the sign for Cenote Cape Ha. There’s nothing much to the “entrance” Just a few men taking your entrance fees ($10.00 USD) and one man that will lead you to the Cenote. “No Snakes” he says as he walks us to the water. Why he had to remind us of that, I still don’t know. Fortunately, we did not see any snakes, but the beauty of the Cenote was really all we were looking for. This might have been my favorite Cenotes due to the size and color of the water. It is also very conveniently located especially for those of you who are staying on the trendy Tulum strip!
Cenote Calavera is a diver & snorkeler’s dream! It’s on the same road as Grand Cenote and a little closer to town. You walk past the entrance and through some greenery and then you get to this whole in the ground; Cenote Calavera. What is unique about this one is it has a ton of underground cave systems that divers can go through. For snorkelers, it’s pretty much clear in the middle where you can see fish. The only way to get down is to jump in! I hung out on the rope and watched little fish give me a pedicure. This one is a little less touristy which makes it easier to have a day here. There are more divers going in and out with their gear but that doesn’t take long. For 10 USD you can enjoy one of the coolest Cenote’s in Tulum. If you’re a diver you will not want to miss this one!
Cenotes are definitely one of the most unique parts of the Yucatan. You’ll see that each Cenote will have it’s own unique look. No, not all Cenote’s are created equal, but that’s what makes “Cenote hopping” so fun! Will you be making it to Tulum or the Yucatan any time soon? Post your questions down below and I’d be happy to answer any of them! Enjoy!