Gran Cenote is one of the most instagrammable cenotes you will come across in your search. Mainly because of the popular staircase that bring you down to the water. Gran Cenote has crystal clear waters and one of the most popular ones in Tulum. Spending a morning here will be fun and relaxing. You will get to see turtles and lizzards, while you take a break from swimming and lay on their lawn.
Location: Quintana Roo 109, 77796 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
“Hidden” Cenote aka Escondido Cenote is 5 minutes south west of Tulum pueblo. From the road entrance you need to walk or drive 1km inland to reach this magical swimming area. The water is crystal clear blue and there are lots of fish, so make sure you bring your snorkeling gear!
Location: Kilómetro 218 tulum-chetumal, 77760 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Cenote Tankah will offer everything you need for a full day of adventure. This area is often closed off to the public, unless you get a reservation or tickets ahead of time, but it is totally worth it. What I love about these type of enclosed is that they allow you to fully relax and connect with nature and Mayan culture. These cenotes are also great for scuba diving. I went with Origin Dive Project to get my open water scuba license, and it was the perfect place for it.
You can learn more about it here: Cenote Tankah
Location: Carretera Federal Tulum km 233 + 200, 77780 Tulum, Q.R., Mexico
Dos Ojos Cenote
Dos Ojos means “Two Eyes” is one of my favorite cenotes because of all the scuba diving you can do. The underwater cave system in this place is indescribable and will leave you speechless.
As I was telling you before, cenotes are all connected through tiny channels and they are basically all caves. Cenote Dos Ojos park is a place where you will be able to really experience the cave environment.
Always play it safe and don’t try to swim into the caves by yourself if you don’t have the training or proper gear.
Location: Tulum Federal Highway. Km 124, Jacinto Pat, 77780 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
Cenote El Pit
Cenote El Pit is one of the coolest cenotes to scuba dive in all of Mexico. You can most definitely just go for a swim, but you will truly appreciate its beauty if you scuba dive the whole cave system. Seeing the rays hit the water and light up the cenote all the way to its depths will blow your mind. Our guide took us to the back of the cave where we got the full view and it felt like being in a completely different world.
To get in, you will also need to go through the entrance of Dos Ojos Park.
Location: 77773 Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Car Wash Cenote
This Tulum cenote is very well known by the locals. It is right off the road, and it adopted its name because people would stop by to clean off their cars from the dust and cool off during hot days.
It is very accessible, but rarely gets crowded, so if you are looking for a nice swim without any tourist crowds, this is your place. If you check out this cenote, you should totally visit Cenote Zacil-Ha right next door!
The entrance fee for this cenote is 50 pesos, if you would like to bring your diving gear, it will cost 120 pesos.
Location: Coba km 8, Carr. Cancún, Tulum, Q.R., Mexico