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 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.
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.
Best Cenotes to Visit near Tulum
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.
So, which cenote in Riviera Maya will you visit?