Best Cenotes Playa Del Carmen

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The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico has a lot to offer. One of the coolest and most unique things is exploring cenotes! There are plenty of them and it’s worth visiting as many as you can as they all hold different experiences for you. Keep reading about the best cenotes Playa del Carmen to get the most out of your trip.

What Is A Cenote?

A cenote is a natural hole, pool or cave caused by the collapse of limestone that is then filled with groundwater. Cenotes were used by the Mayans as a natural water supply that’s why you will often find cenotes in or around Mayan ruins.

You can combine exploring ancient ruins with visiting cenotes on a day trip from Playa del Carmen in Coba for example. Read more about that here.

Swimming in Cenote Takach-Cha near Coba
Swimming in Cenote Tankach-Cha near Coba. This cenote is totally underground whereas most of the cenotes on this list are more open

Besides Mexico, you can also find cenotes in Australia, the Caribbean, Canada, the U.S. and Zimbabwe but they are mostly associated with the Yucatan Peninsula as the word cenote derives from the Mayan word ts’onot and there are thousands of them in the Yucatan.

This is because the entire Yucatan Peninsula is almost entirely made of limestone. Because of this, there are almost no rivers because all rainwater flows underground in cenotes. So don’t miss out on exploring them while being in Mexico.

What To Expect 🤠

Cenotes can come in various shapes. You can enjoy them by swimming in an open natural pool, jumping into them from platforms or exploring their caves by scuba diving or snorkeling. No matter what you choose, I am sure you will have a lot of fun and feel like Indiana Jones on an expedition.

Iguana on a rock at Cenote Jardin Del Eden - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
An Iguana at Cenote Jardin Del Eden. You are very likely to see iguanas when you visit cenotes
Looking out over water with a reflection at Cenote Azul - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
Looking out over crystal clear blue water at Cenote Azul

Read all about cenotes, such as how deep they are, what wildlife to expect, how they were used in Mayan culture and how many there are in Mexico in my Ultimate Guide To Visting Cenotes. Also, have a look if you want to get the best out of your trip with my top tips for visiting cenotes.

1. Cenote Azul

Cenote Azul (Blue Cenote) is only 23 kilometers and a 25-minute ride from Playa del Carmen and easy to reach by colectivo or car. It is located next to Cenote Cristalino and Jardin del Eden which are the next cenotes on this list of best cenotes Playa del Carmen.

If you love crystal-clear blue water and fish Cenote Azul is for you! 🐟

Green iguana sitting on the edge of a Cenote Azul
An Iguana posing for pictures above the main pool at Cenote Azul where you can jump in

Cenote Azul entrance fee 🎟️

The entrance fee to Cenote Azul is 150 pesos (7.5 USD) per person. The ticket booth is right next to the highway where you get off the colectivo. You can park for free if you come by car.

You can rent a lifejacket for 40 pesos (2 USD) and a snorkel set for 70 pesos (4 USD).

It is possible to buy snacks and drinks there as well as souvenirs and waterproof phone cases. There is a designated area for eating with tables and seats in the shade.

Cenote Azul Opening Hours 🕗

Cenote Azul is open every day from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

This cenote is one of the most visited cenotes around Playa del Carmen and can get very crowded especially on weekends and around noon. But if you come as early as possible, between 8:30 am and 10 am, you will be able to enjoy the place with only a small amount of people.

Sitting on the edge of the first pool at Cenote Azul surrounded by jungle near Playa Del Carmen
If you arrive early it will likely be empty but will get busy later in the day

What To Expect 💦

Cenote Azul is actually not only one cenote but one big cenote with three smaller ones around. It is super cool to check out all of them as they all have a different twist to them. All of them are surrounded by the jungle, full of fish and have blue water, hence the name Cenote Azul (blue).

Katharina sitting on the edge of a pool at Cenote Azul - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
This pool is one of the smaller ones and on the right-hand side when you first arrive

After you bought your ticket and had your shower you will first see two of the smaller cenotes which are the perfect photo spot if you come early. The main cenote is right after the first two.

But there is also another small cenote hidden in the jungle if you follow the paths on your left-hand side which you should not miss out on.

Katharina looking into the water of a small pool of Cenote Azul hidden in the jungle and full of fish
You will find this pool if you follow the paths on the left-hand side once you arrive at the main cenote

As soon as you stand still in the water fish will surround your feet and start nibbling dead skin away. It’s like a fish spa you sometimes see advertised on streets or at spas but for free! It’s a weird tingling sensation but fun to experience.

Fish nibbling at Allan's foot underwater
Fish nibbling at Allan’s foot underwater

What To Do 🐟

You can jump into the main cenote which is an open pool from a 4-meter high platform. It is a lot of fun and we had people cheering when people jumped which was a cool atmosphere. If you want it a bit quieter you can go to the smaller cenote pools around.

In all of the pools, you will see a lot of fish, and many catfish as well. From all of the cenotes on this list, we saw the most fish and most varieties at Cenote Azul. It’s definitely worth it to bring goggles or a snorkel and check them out.

When walking around the different pools keep an eye open for iguanas who love to sunbathe and for some Mayan-inspired artwork.

Green iguana sitting in the trees at Cenote Azul
We spotted a really green iguana in the trees at Cenote Azul
Fish underwater at Cenote Azul - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
Lots of fish at Cenote Azul
Mayan-style artwork scattered in the jungle around Cenote Azul
Mayan-style artwork next to the paths

How To Get There 🚐

Cenote Azul is only 23 kilometers and a 25-minute drive from Playa del Carmen driving towards Tulum. You can get there by car, taxi, motorcycle or colectivo.

To catch a colectivo you have to go to the colectivo station in Playa del Carmen. You can take any colectivo departing to Tulum. The ride is 35 pesos (2 USD) one-way and you pay it to the driver when exiting at Cenote Azul. Colectivos depart when full which never took more than 5 minutes for us.

To come back you have to cross the highway and wave down a colectivo on the other side of the road. There are plenty and we never waited longer than 2 minutes. The ride is 35 pesos (2 USD) and you will get out at the same colectivo station in Playa del Carmen where you got in.

📍 See the location and route description on google maps here.

Location of Cenote Azul on a map south of Playa del Carmen
Cenote Azul is located South of Playa del Carmen

Our Cenote Azul Rating

5/5 🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠

Due to all the fish you see, its natural jungle setting, the different pools and the amazing crystal clear water it’s no wonder it’s one of the most visited cenotes near Playa del Carmen. Avoid the crowds and you will have an amazing trip!

2. Cenote Jardin del Eden

Cenote Jardin del Eden (Garden of Eden) is right between Cenote Azul and Cenote Cristalino and is a mix between green and blue colored water. It’s only 23 kilometers and a 25-minute ride from Playa del Carmen and covers the biggest area of all of them.

If you are into enjoying an open space and a little adventure Cenote Jardin del Eden is for you! 🤠

Looking into Cenote Jardin del Eden's  big open-air pool from above
Cenote Jardin Del Eden is one big open-air cenote

Cenote Jardin del Eden entrance fee 🎟️

Entrance fee to Cenote Jardin del Eden is 200 pesos (10 USD) per person. You can only pay in cash at the ticket booth that is right next to the highway where you get off the colectivo. Parking is for free and there is plenty of space to park if you come by car.

You can rent snorkeling gear and a life jacket for 50 pesos (2.5 USD) each.

Right next to the cenote is a massage table offering a 1-hour massage for 600 pesos (30 USD) or half an hour for 400 pesos (20 USD).

We didn’t see any snacks or drinks being sold so better to bring your own. There are plenty of seats and tables in the shade.

People swimming in the main pool of Cenote Jardin Del Eden  - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
Even if there are a lot of people there is plenty of space

Cenote Jardin del Eden Opening Hours 🕗

Cenote Jardin del Eden is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day except Saturdays!

It’s the only cenote on this list that is closed one day a week so make sure you don’t come on a Saturday. The manager of Jardin del Eden told us that he is really into preserving the ecosystem of the cenote. So it’s great that they would rather miss out on one day of revenue than harm the ecosystem.

Cenote Jardin del Eden surrounded by trees
Cenote Jardin Del Eden is surrounded by trees which really makes it feel like a garden

What To Expect 💦

While Cenote Azul and Cenote Cristalino are right next to the highway, Cenote Jardin del Eden is actually a 10-minute walk from the highway inland. You will first see the ticket booth next to a big gate. After buying your ticket you can either drive or walk through the gate. Taxis are allowed to drive you in.

We enjoyed the walk as the path is surrounded by trees and we saw iguanas on the way. It also gets your excitement going as you don’t see the cenote right away.

Walking on the path to Cenote Jardin Del Eden
Walking down the road to Cenote Jardin Del Eden

After the walk, the manager of the cenote was waiting for us to explain the rules and more about the cenote. It felt very welcoming and we were able to ask him questions. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Cenote Jardin del Eden is one big pool that you can enter from multiple sides via steps or platforms. There is a staircase designated only for scuba divers. Make sure you walk around the whole cenote to see every part of it and all the different angles.

Scuba divers underwater at Cenote Jardin Del Eden -  one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
You can see scuba divers coming out of the cave here. The ledge above them is where you can jump into the water from. You just have to make sure there are no divers underneath you first

What To Do 🤿

There is plenty to do and see at Cenote Jardin del Eden. At its deepest point, you are allowed to jump from a 5-meter platform into the cenote. It’s where an underwater cave is, but you would need to go with a scuba diving guide to explore it.

It’s really cool to swim in the big open pool which has some fish and is shallow in some parts. You can stand on some rocks in the water and look around. Quickly fish will come nibbling on your feet and give you a fish spa for free.

Close to the jumping area above the picnic tables keep an eye on the trees. We saw tons of really cool-looking blue birds there, probably waiting for some leftovers to pick up. Apparently, you can see them at almost all cenotes but we only saw them there.

Blue bird sitting in the tree
Blue bird spotting – there were plenty around the picnic area

Top Tip For Adventurers 🤠

Make sure to walk all the way to the back of the cenote where it looks like there is a small separate pool. But it’s actually connected to the main pool through a small open tunnel which you can swim through. It’s an awesome experience and almost no one goes there so make sure you do!

Pool at the back of Cenote Jardin Del Eden
Pool at the back of Cenote Jardin Del Eden. On the left-hand side (above my head) you can swim down a crack in the rocks for about 100 meters coming out at the main pool

That’s where we also saw two really big iguanas walking around and sunbathing. This adventurous swim will make your day! Just keep an eye on the rocks which can be a bit sharp and stick up in all directions. It’s definitely safer and better to have goggles or snorkels there with you.

Iguana with yellow skin walking next to Cenote Jardin Del Eden
Keep an eye out to spot iguanas. This one is huge!
Katharina sitting on the ground looking out over the water of Cenote Jardin Del Eden
The view from the back of Cenote Jardin Del Eden is awesome and with almost no people
Fossils in the ground at Cenote Jardin del Eden  - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
You can spot a few fossils on the ground

How To Get There 🚐

Jardin del Eden is right next to Cenote Azul and therefore to reach in the same way. Both cenotes are only 25 kilometers and a 25-minute drive from Playa del Carmen driving towards Tulum. You can get there by car, taxi, motorcycle or colectivo.

To catch a colectivo you have to go to the colectivo station in Playa del Carmen. You can take any departing to Tulum. The ride is 35 pesos (2 USD) one-way and you pay it to the driver when exiting at Cenote Jardin del Eden. Colectivos depart when full which never took more than 5 minutes for us.

To come back you have to cross the highway by waiting for a gap between the cars and wave down a colectivo on the side of the road. There are plenty and we never waited longer than 2 minutes. The ride is 35 pesos (2 USD) and you will get out at the same colectivo station in Playa del Carmen where you got in.

📍 See the location and route description on google maps here.

Location of Cenote Jardin del Eden south of Playa del Carmen on a map
Cenote Jardin del Eden is right next to Cenote Azul south of Playa del Carmen

Our Cenote Jardin del Eden Rating

4/5 🐠🐠🐠🐠

Being able to swim through the narrow tunnel at the back of the cenote was a lot of fun and felt adventurous. We loved spotting the iguanas and blue birds, jumping into the big pool and enjoying all the space Cenote Jardin del Eden has to offer. For sure one of the best cenotes near Playa del Carmen.

3. Cenote Cristalino

Cenote Cristalino (Crystalline) is next to Jardin del Eden and only 23 kilometers and a 25-minute ride from Playa del Carmen. It is also a super well-known cenote but not as popular as Cenote Azul so you will have fewer crowds here.

The water here does not have the spectacular blue of Cenote Azul but is still very beautiful. The water is crystal clear and there are lots of areas and caves to explore. There is also a 4-meter ledge to jump off so it has a bit of something for everyone.

If you want a bit of everything such as blue water, fish, multiple pools, caves and a jump-off ledge Cenote Cristalino is for you! 💦

The main pool at Cenote Cristilano with a reflection of all the surrounding trees
The main pool at Cenote Cristalino

Cenote Cristalino entrance fee 🎟️

The Entrance fee to Cenote Cristalino is 200 pesos (10 USD) per person which includes lifejacket rental. You can only pay in cash at the ticket booth that is right next to the highway where you get off the colectivo. Parking is for free and there is plenty of space to park if you come by car.

Lockers for 100 pesos (5 USD) and snorkels for 70 pesos (3.5 USD) are also available for rental on-site.

Cenote Cristalino Opening Hours 🕗

Cenote Cristalino is open every day from 8 am to 6 pm.

Beautiful pool at Cenote Cristalino  - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
One of the pools up the back of Cenote Cristilano that are full of fish and usually pretty quiet

What To Expect 💦

Cenote Cristalino is located right next to the highway so once you arrive you will only have to walk a short distance to the cenote. Although it is close to the highway it is still nice and peaceful as all the surrounding trees block the noise from the cars.

As you first arrive you will see the first pools of the cenote which have super clear blue water. This is the main pool and covers a really big area. There is a large concrete area next to the main pool with seats where you can put your belongings.

First pool at Cenote Cristalino with crystal clear blue water
The first pool you will see at Cenote Cristalino with amazing blue water

What To Do 🐟

Cenote Cristalino also has a ledge to jump off just like Cenote Azul and Jardin Del Eden. The ledge is only about 4 meters high but is good fun to jump off. The pools at Cenote Cristalino are also full of lots of fish so it is a good idea to bring a snorkel to check them out.

There is also a cave down the far end of the main pool that is cool to explore. If you are there in the morning and look underwater the light beams from the sun make beautiful patterns underwater that you have to see.

You should also make sure you head to the pool that is in the trees to the left of the main pool. This pool was super peaceful because there were not many people there and it is full of fish.

Two guys getting ready to jump of a ledge into Cenote Cristalino
Two guys getting ready to jump off the ledge into Cenote Cristalino

How To Get There 🚐

Cenote Cristalino is right next to Cenote Jardin del Eden and therefore to reach in the same way. Both cenotes are only 25 kilometers and a 25-minute drive from Playa del Carmen driving towards Tulum. You can get there by car, taxi, motorcycle or colectivo.

To catch a colectivo you have to go to the colectivo station in Playa del Carmen. You can take any departing to Tulum. The ride is 35 pesos (2 USD) one-way and you pay it to the driver when exiting at Cenote Cristalino. Colectivos depart when full which never took more than 5 minutes for us.

To come back you have to cross the highway by waiting for a gap between the cars and wave down a colectivo on the side of the road. There are plenty and we never waited longer than 2 minutes. The ride is 35 pesos (2 USD) and you will get out at the same colectivo station in Playa del Carmen where you got in.

📍 See the location and route description on google maps here.

Sign of Cenote Cristilano in big colorful letters
The sign at Cenote Cristalino’s entrance that you will see on the side of the highway

Our Cenote Cristalino Rating

4/5 🐠🐠🐠🐠

Cenote Cristilano is like a combination of Cenote Azul and Cenote Jardin Del Eden. It doesn’t have as spectacular blue water as Cenote Azul but it is really big and has lots of corners to explore such as Cenote Jardin del Eden. It is beautiful and well worth visiting especially if you can only choose one of the cenotes near Playa del Carmen.

4. Cenote Minotauro

Cenote Minotauro (Minotaur) is located 2 kilometers after Cenote Azul in the direction of Tulum. It is only 25 kilometers and a 25-minute ride from Playa del Carmen.

If you are into combining an uncrowded open-air pool and a guided cave experience off the beaten tracks this one is for you! 🤠

View of the main pool at Cenote Minatauro  - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
View of the main pool of Cenote Minotauro from above

In comparison to Cenote Azul, Cenote Jardin del Eden and Cenote Cristalino which are all featured on this list of best cenotes Playa del Carmen and are having thousands of reviews, Cenote Minotauro only has about 100 reviews on google maps.

We found it by randomly clicking on google maps and since it is on the opposite side of Playa Xpu-Ha we thought we will check it out and combine those two attractions with each other.

If you are thinking of doing the same – which I highly recommend – make sure you read the section about Playa Xpu-Ha in my article on the best beaches Playa del Carmen here.

Cenote Minotauro Entrance Fee 🎟️

The entrance fee of Cenote Minotauro is 250 pesos (12.5 USD) per person. It’s a bit pricier than the other cenotes on this list but it’s totally worth it and justified. Included in the price is a drive to and from the cenote starting at the entrance, a guided cave tour and life jackets.

The ticket booth is right next to the highway behind a big black metal gate they will open for you when you arrive.

We didn’t see any snacks or drinks being sold so better and healthier to bring your own. There are plenty of picnic tables in the shade as you are not allowed to eat at the pool directly. For some inspiration on what to bring read here how to eat healthy while travelling.

Cenote Minotauro Opening Hours 🕗

Cenote Minotauro is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.

Since it is not well known it is by far the least crowded on this list. When we arrived at 11 am on a Tuesday there were only 3 other people there. Around noon, which is always the peak of cenote visits, there were still not more than 20 people. So if you come at 9 am and during the week you most likely have the place to yourself!

A bike hanging up in a tree at Cenote Minatauro
Look up into the trees when walking to Cenote Minotauro
View into Cenote Minotauro from above  - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
If you walk around the top of Cenote Minotauro you can look into it from above

What To Expect 💦

After buying your ticket you will get a ride for free to the cenote which is 3 kilometers inland from the entrance. The ride to the cenote was in a car and the ride back on the back of a pick-up truck which was a lot of fun.

Cenote Minotauro is run by a family and you can see and feel that when being there. There are no employees which make it feel homey and you will see houses, dogs, chicken and kids waving at you on the way. Everyone is super friendly and relaxed.

Riding in the back of a truck between Cenote Minatauro and the entrance
Enjoying the 3-kilometer ride to and from Cenote Minotauro

After arriving at the cenote and your shower a staircase leads you down to the cenote which goes around a platform in a circle. You can already see some cave formations and stalactites. Watch out for the scuba divers that are exploring the caves underwater.

What To Do 🔦

You can walk around the whole cenote and have a look from above which I recommend. It’s always cool to see a cenote from different angles. There is no jumping platform but a swing and a few ropes at the deepest part of the cenote. What is great for taking pictures and hanging out.

Swim around the cenote and check out the stalactites. There are also some fish that will make you feel like being in a fish spa by nibbling away the dead skin on your feet when standing still.

If you brought your own goggles or snorkel make sure to dive where the swing is and look around seeing tons of cool light rays in the water.

Ladder for entering in Cenote Minatauro with lots of stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave
This ladder leads into a part of Cenote Minotauro where the entrance to the cave is

Top Tips For Adventurers 🤠

After checking out the cenote I recommend asking one of the guides to take you into the cave. The guides are sitting close to the showers where the life jackets are and a tour is included in the entrance fee. It’s a must-do when you are there!

They will give you a lifejacket for free and swim with you into the cave from the cenote. They turn on lights and also have a good torch so you will see plenty. We brought in our phone in a waterproof case. If you have a GoPro that would be even better.

The guide spoke good English and gave us interesting facts about the cave. The stalactites are more than 100 years old so you should avoid touching them. He led us through 3 different cave chambers, one cooler than the other. We also saw bats and a big catfish.

At the end of the 15 to 20-minute tour, you will climb up a wooden staircase so you don’t go back where you went in. It’s great to have the life jackets on as you can float through the cave and don’t need to worry about hitting rocks.

A guide wearing a yellow life jacket making his way through an underwater cave of Cenote Minotauro
Our guide showing us the way through the cave
Katharina climbing up the ladder to exit the cave at Cenote Minatauro  - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
You will climb up this ladder to exit the cave

How To Get There 🚐

Cenote Minotauro is only 25 kilometers and a 25-minute drive from Playa del Carmen driving towards Tulum. You can get there by car, taxi, motorcycle or colectivo.

To catch a colectivo you have to go to the colectivo station in Playa del Carmen. You can take any departing to Tulum. The ride is 35 pesos (2 USD) one-way and you pay it to the driver when exiting at Cenote Minotauro.

As Cenote Minotauro is not so well-known it’s best to ask the driver to stop at Playa Xpu-Ha. He will stop at the Pemex gas station which is on the opposite side of Playa Xpu-Ha.

Walk past Pemex along the highway for about 50 meters until you see a gate with the sign Minotauro on it. It’s right next to the highway and easy to spot.

Standing at the gate where you enter to Cenote Minatauro
This is the gate you need to find to enter Cenote Minotauro

To come back walk back to the Pemex gas station and cross the highway by waiting for a gap between the cars. In front of Playa Xpu-Ha it’s easy to wave down a colectivo on the side of the road. There are plenty and we never waited longer than 2 minutes. The ride is 35 pesos (2 USD) and you will get out at the same colectivo station in Playa del Carmen where you got in.

📍 See the location and route description on google maps here.

Location of Cenote Minotauro on a map  - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
Cenote Minotauro is opposite of Playa Xpu-Ha south of Playa del Carmen

Our Cenote Minotauro Rating

5/5 🐠🐠🐠🐠

Cenote Minotauro is one of the most underrated and unknown cenotes near Playa del Carmen. It’s fun to go off the beaten tracks and enjoy a cenote without crowds. Exploring the cave is super cool and the cherry on top!

5. Cenote Sac Actun

Cenote Sac Actun is about 50 kilometers and a 40-minutes ride away from Playa Del Carmen and therefore a bit further out. It is actually closer to Tulum but it is such an amazing cenote and still easily doable as a day trip that it had to be included on this list.

You have to go on a tour to visit the cenote as you will be guided through some very narrow caves that are filled with water. But it is absolutely amazing and totally worth the money. It is much different from the other cenotes on this list as it is underground but it is truly amazing.

If you are into exploring an underground cenote with tons of cool rock formations Cenote Sac Actun is for you! 🤠

Entrance to Cenote Sac Actun with lots of cool rock formations
The entrance to the Sac Actun cave system has already lots of cool rock formations

Cenote Sac Actun Entrance Fee 🎟️

To go on a shared tour of Sac Atun costs 650 pesos (34 USD) per person and there also offer private tours. The price includes a snorkel, wetsuit, life jacket and waterproof phone case. The tour lasts about 45-60 minutes with a maximum of 10 people per group.

It may sound annoying having to wear a life jacket all the time but it actually makes it much easier to move through the caves when the roof is very low. I also highly recommend wearing the wetsuit as your body will cool down after about 15 minutes.

The entrance is quite isolated so there is nowhere to buy food nearby.

Walking down the walkway at Cenote Sac Actun  - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
Allan walking down from the entrance to the cenote

Cenote Sac Actun Opening Hours 🕗

Cenote Sac Actun is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.

What To Expect 💦

When you arrive you will have to wait to see if other people show up to go on a shared tour with you. There is no fixed schedule but groups depart every 20 minutes which is the maximum time you will have to wait.

The maximum size of the groups is 10 people so there will never be too many people on one tour. If no one else shows up they will just leave with whoever is there so you could end up with a private tour for the price of a shared tour.

The guide will take you deep into the cave systems that have lights throughout. Looking underwater is truly amazing because the water is crystal clear and you can see all kinds of rock formations.

Roots coming through the roof at Cenote Sac Actun
Roots coming through the roof at Cenote Sac Actun

The roof can be quite low in sections so just be warned that if you are claustrophobic it might be a bit scary. However, once you get through the tight sections you will arrive at massive underground caverns that are spectacular. So it is well worth it to go through the tight spaces.

The tour will last for about 50 minutes so you will definitely need the wetsuits as the water is fairly cold and you will be freezing without them. It really is a magical experience seeing all the rock formations deep underground while you are floating in crystal-clear water.

What To Do 🔦

Sit back and enjoy the tour, the guides are usually really good and as long as you are ok with tight spaces you will have an amazing time. It is also possible to go for a swim at the entrance to the caves afterwards if you like.

Standing on a wooden wharf at the entrance to Cenote Sac Actun
Wooden walkway leading to the entrance of the caves
Cave covered in stalactites at Cenote Sac Actun  - one of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen
Some of the pools in front of the caves

How To Get There 🚐+🚲

Cenote Sac Actun is 50 kilometers and a 40-minute drive from Playa del Carmen driving towards Tulum. You can get there by car, taxi, motorcycle or colectivo.

To catch a colectivo you have to go to the colectivo station in Playa del Carmen. You can take any departing to Tulum. The ride costs 50 pesos (2.5 USD) one-way and you pay it to the driver when exiting at Cenote Sac Actun. As Cenote Sac Actun is not so well-known it’s best to ask the driver to stop at Cenote Dos Ojos.

However, once you arrive at the entrance of Cenote Dos Ojos by the highway it is still 4 kilometers to get to Cenote Sac Actun. You can either pay for an over-priced taxi shuttle which is 200 pesos (10 USD) per person one-way or rent a bike.

There is a bike rental where you can hire a mountain bike in really good condition for 200 pesos (10 USD) per person to ride to the cenote and back. It will be a nice and flat but also hot and bumpy ride so only take this option if you feel like some exercise and adventure.

Our Cenote Sac Actun Rating

5/5 🐠🐠🐠🐠🐠

Cenote Sac Actun has to be one of the best cave cenotes experiences there is near Playa del Carmen. Even though it is quite expensive and hard to get there it is well worth it and will give you a whole day of an unforgettable adventure.

This brings us to the end of my list of the best cenotes Playa del Carmen. I hope it has helped you decide which one to go to. Otherwise do it like us and explore all of them! 😉

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

👉 NEXT: Get the best out of your trip and read everything you need to know about cenotes in my Ultimate Guide to Visiting Cenotes or Where to Stay and What To Do in Playa del Carmen.

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