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The 5 Coolest Cenotes to See Near Playa Del Carmen

by Matador Creators Apr 17, 2023

Playa del Carmen is a beautiful coastal town in Riviera Maya, Mexico, known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and recreational activities. But hidden beneath the crystal-clear waters surrounding this popular destination are some of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders — cenotes. These underground sinkholes are the result of the erosion of the limestone bedrock, revealing a pool of clear and fresh water perfect for swimming and diving. These are the coolest cenotes to visit on your next trip to Playa del Carmen.

Cenote Dos Ojos

Located just a few miles from Tulum town, Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the most popular cenotes to explore. Its name means “Two Eyes” since the two sinkholes look like two eyes connected by a cavern. The perfectly clear water in this cenote is ideal for diving, snorkeling, or swimming. The visibility is unmatched, and you will be able to see fish swimming beneath you as well as an amazing rock formation underwater.

Cenote Sac Actun

Cenote Sac Actun is a natural cave system that has been formed over millions of years. The water in the cenote is crystal clear, and the natural formations in the cave are awe-inspiring. The cave system is a habitat for a wide variety of marine life, including fish and turtles.

Cenote Azul

Cenote Azul, right off the highway between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, should be top of the list for those looking for exceptional swimming conditions. The incredible turquoise water looks remarkably inviting under the sun. It is deep as well as shallow, which makes it perfect for both experienced swimmers and families. It’s also surrounded by lush green forest and has jumping platforms, so adrenaline enthusiasts can get the rush they crave.

Cenote Cristalino

If you want a more private and less crowded experience, Cenote Cristalino is the perfect place for you. Located near the small town of Puerto Aventuras, this cenote is known for its calm atmosphere that is surrounded by lush vegetation. Swimming and snorkeling also characterize Cenote Cristalino, since it is full of fish and turtles.

Cenote Minotauro

Located near Tulum, Cenote Minotauro is a natural sinkhole and cave system that mainly attracts divers and swimmers. The cenote is surrounded by lush vegetation, and is accessible via a half-hour drive from Tulum, followed by a trek through the jungle. The cenote system has both underwater caves and caverns, which is why it’s particularly popular among cave divers. The cenote is huge and shaped like a figure-eight, which is split into two sections. One section of the cenote is above ground while the other is submerged. The above-ground section is filled with beautiful crystal clear water, where you can go for a swim or snorkel.

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