9 Best Cenotes to Visit in Riviera Maya

Best cenotes to visit

9 Best Cenotes to Visit in Riviera Maya

One of the unique things to do in Mexico is visit the underwater sinkholes known as cenotes.There are thousands of these natural phenomena - large and small, well-known or tucked away, crowded or peaceful – take your pick. We’ve chosen 9 of the best cenotes in Riviera Maya for you to consider visiting independently or on a private tour.

Cenotes between Tulum and Playa del Carmen

There are 3 significant cenotes located north of Tulum in an area known as Dos Ojos Park. Choose one or visit them all!

Dos Ojos

Dos Ojos is the best-known cenote. It translates as “two eyes” which refers to the twin sinkholes that are connected together. You can snorkel in both cenotes but you’ll need to join a guided snorkeling tour to visit the Bat Cave.

Cenote Taak Bi Ha

This small cenote is known for its crystal clear water and many stalagmites and stalactites. Less well-known than other cenotes, it offers an uncrowded, peaceful experience.

Sac Actun

Tucked away in the jungle, Sac Actun is an incredibly beautiful cenote. Snorkeling can only be undertaken with an official guide who will escort you through the circuit of interconnecting tunnels filled with limestone formations. It’s amazing!

Cenotes near Playa del Carmen

3 best cenotes to visit near Playa del Carmen: It’s best to avoid visiting on Sundays as they are teeming with locals. Chikin Ha and Jardin del Eden are closed Saturdays.

Chikin Ha

Chikin Ha offers three different cenotes – a cave, an open cenote and a dry cenote, which is still used for Mayan ceremonies.

Jardin Del Eden

This huge cenote pool has lots of fish and is famous for daring cliff-divers!

Azul Cenote

Azul is a small shallow cenote perfect for a cooling dip amidst lush ferns and vegetation.

Best Cenotes to Visit near Tulum

Gran Cenote

Famous but very crowded! Read our detailed article before considering visiting Gran Cenote.

Casa Cenote

Surrounded by mangroves, Visit early in the day and spot blue crabs, fish and birds that love this natural location. Casa Cenote is amazing in good weather but after rain it has strong currents and poor visibility.

Laguna Kaan Luum

Swim and photograph the surreal turquoise waters at Laguna Kaan Luum but avoid the jam-packed weekends.

So, which cenote in Riviera Maya will you visit?

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