Are you looking for a cenote near Playa del Carmen to visit? Well, you’re in luck because there are many cenotes close to Playa del Carmen. Cenote Azul and Cenote Cristalino are two of my favorite, and they are close enough to walk from one to the other, so you can do them both in a day!
The Yucatan peninsula is famous for many things, but my favorite is the cenotes. There are thousands! Some are easier to get to than others. If you are staying in Cancun, Tulum, or Playa Del Carmen there are 2 really easy to get to and beautiful Cenotes just off the main road between Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
In this post, I will share everything you need to know about visiting this cenote near Playa del Carmen, Cenote Azul, and Cenote Cristalino. Including getting there and back and some things to be aware of before your visit. Wondering what a Cenote is? Read this great post explaining all about Cenotes.
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What to Bring With You:
- Bathing suit
- Non-toxic natural sunscreen and repellent – You will not be allowed to use sunscreen in the cenotes as it kills the fish. So either bring a cover-up like a rash vest or invest in some non-toxic sunscreen.
- Snorkel and mask
- Food if you are going to want to eat as there won’t be anything available
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The Cost to Get Into Cenote Azul and Cenote Cristalino
It costs 100 pesos to enter and it is 40 pesos to rent a mask and snorkel (you will be asked to leave your ID as a deposit for the snorkel set).
How to Get To Cenote Azul and Cenote Cristalino
This is by colectivo. Simply wall to Calle 2 between Ave 5 and 10 is where you will find all of the colectivos. Just look out for signs to Tulum or someone shouting Tulum. As you don’ want to go all the way to Tulum just tell the driver cenote Azul or cenote Cristalino and he will stop for you. There will likely be others heading there if it is a nice day.
Hop on and take a seat. The prices are all fixed and you will pay on the way off. To get from Playa Del Carmen to either cenote you will pay 35 pesos each way.
To get back to Playa simply cross over the road and wait for a colectivo heading back towards Playa. When you see one put out your arm and if there is space it will stop.
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This one is my favorite. There are lots of different pools and one side is mostly shallow so you can chill with your friends and chat while keeping cool in the water. There are some fish to see but it’s not as great as there as so many people. It’s the better one if you have children because of the smaller pools and it is also more undercover so the sun isn’t such an issue.
One of the pools is very deep and has a platform you can jump off.
This one is also the best for photographs if you want to get some good pics for your Instagram.
This is generally a bit quieter. It is just one big cenote and had a place you can jump in from quite a height. The pool is deep although there are some places around the edge you can sit and chill while the fish eat your feet.
Both cenote Azul and cenote Cristalino are beautiful and worth visiting. They are the perfect place to cool off in the summer heat. Although you do have to pay a fee it is well worth it and you won’t regret going.
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