Must See Cenotes Near Tulum

Tulum is a town in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. This beautiful town will amaze you with culture and the incredible must see cenotes. Located along the Caribbean coastline you can escape to a tropical paradise, perfectly situated in the history-rich town.

Most Instagrammable Cenotes in Tulum Mexico

There are tons of great reasons to visit Tulum Mexico. Especially the stunning cenotes in Tulum. These are the best cenotes that should be on the top of your list! HEre are the best cenotes in Tulum Mexico!
The Best Cenotes in Tulum Mexico

What is a cenote?

Cenotes are a freshwater filled Mexican sinkhole. The word Cenote is of Mayan decent originally called dzonot or ts’onot, which means well. There are over 3,000 unique cenotes throughout the Yucatan peninsula, these are the 6 best cenotes in Tulum.

What you need to know before visiting cenotes in Mexico
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Secret cenote no one knows about hidden in the jungle near Tulum. To find out more and how to locate Caleta Tankah cenote.

There are tons of great reasons to visit Tulum Mexico. Especially the stunning cenotes in Tulum. These are the best cenotes that should be on the top of your list! HEre are the best cenotes in Tulum Mexico!

Dos Ojos Cenote

There were 6 travelers in our group and four of them were certified divers. While they dived at all the cenotes, Manny & I would explore them in a completely different way. We went snorkeling around the surface! There wasn’t a ton of fish to see, but the rock formations above and below the surface were incredible.

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Kayak or Dive at Casa Cenote

As with most cenotes, Casa Cenote offered scuba diving and snorkeling. But what the others didn’t have, this cenote did! This time as the diving crew submerged below the water, I kayaked! It was great, because the water is crystal clear and following them was easy. We all were able to see a gator in the water just a few ft away, I have never been more thankful for being above the water.

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Family Friendly Grand Cenote

Located a short drive from Tulum this popular cenote will amaze you. Contrary to it’s name, the Gran cenote is actually several cenotes connected by wooden walkways. The water is crystal clear and colorful! To keep it that way, they require everyone to rinse off in an outdoor shower before entering the cenote. This is a great family spot, as there are lots of green space and picnic areas.

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There are tons of great reasons to visit Tulum Mexico. Especially the stunning cenotes in Tulum. These are the best cenotes that should be on the top of your list! HEre are the best cenotes in Tulum Mexico!

Zip Line at Xunaan-Ha Cenote

 For $100 pesos you can zipline yourself into this adventurous cenote until your heart’s content. Xunaan-Ha cenote is located down a long bumpy dirt road in the small town of Chemuyil, just a short drive from Tulum or Playa Del Carmen. This cenote is not as crowded as the more popular surrounding cenotes such as the Grand. 

Tulum Mexico Car Wash Cenote

High Dive at the Car Wash 

The last and final dive the travel crew did was in the car wash cenote. We asked where the name came from… and it is exactly as it sounds. Due to its close proximity to the roadway- this cenote was once used to wash the locals cars!

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Know Before You Go

  • Keep in mind that most cenotes are swim at your own risk. If you are not a strong swimmer, it is recommended that you rent a life vest if available.
  • Mexican dive laws don’t necessarily align with other countries laws. Some cenote dives can be dangerous for inexperienced divers- dive your experience level, and if you feel you can’t dive, opt for snorkeling or swimming instead, like I did!
  • Do not wear sunscreen or insect repellant in the cenotes; the chemicals are damaging to aquatic life
  • Bring cash to cover the entrance fees
  • Most cenotes are remotely located and can be difficult to get to. When you arrive, some may have limited or no concessions for food/drink so plan accordingly

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40 thoughts on “Must See Cenotes Near Tulum

  1. Oooh these cenotes are soooo pretty! I love that there are so many options depending on what you are after. But all of them have that beautiful clear water to swim in! This is a fab post Chelsea!

  2. Wow these cenotes look so beautiful. Each one has different features so it must have been wonderful to visit different ones. I don’t think it matters that you didn’t dive as you were still able to snorkel and kayak to enjoy the cenotes. Great tip about the sunscreen.

  3. Thanks for taking me back to the Mexican cenotes. We had a great time scuba diving in the denotes. I didn’t realize there were so many. And yes they are instagramable! The rock formations with the streaming light sure caught our camera!

  4. I am terrified of diving, so when I saw the kayaking option it made me happy to see that non-divers can enjoy the crystal clear waters too! Great tip about not wearing sunscreen. That would have not crossed my mind.

  5. The cenotes of Mexico sure are a wonder! I visited a couple near Tulum and it was one of the best experience. I agree, they are off the beaten track, careful before diving and definitely plan for food and drinks before you go. Such beautiful places, especially when the light streams in.

  6. A perfect post for when I go t Tulum. I’m not a swimmer but I look forward to experiencing everything else about the cenotes. Your hidden gem of Caleta Tankah sounds fascinating and warrants a visit.

  7. Mexico has wonderful Cenotes and I have seen such type of thing in Oman and loved it. You have listed splendid Cenotes near Tulum and all are worth visiting. Caleta Tankah is really Instagrammable place.

  8. Our family visited this part of Mexico a few years ago and swam in a cenote (I’m afraid I don’t remember which one), but it was so much fun. The water was so cold and so clear, but unlike anything else I’ve ever done. When we return we will have to check out some of these other options.

  9. Wow, this sounds like such an incredible experience! I had no idea what a cenote was (so thank you for filling me in), but I definitely need to go check these out for myself! How cool!

  10. Wow I’ve never heard of the Cenotes but they sound and look beautiful. I am with you about renting a life vest though. Always better to be safer.

  11. I definitely see myself swimming in those blues. It is just so pretty. I first heard of cenotes in the series “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.” And I think it’s really worth visiting.

  12. Oh wow! This looks like a wonderful place for a summer visit! I’ve never had a chance to make use of cenotes before, it seems to be a great spot for swimming. Love all of these photos! 🙂

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