The 7 best Cenotes in Tulum (2024)

Tulum is a fun beach town with a great nightlife scene, delicious Mexican food and pristine beaches. There is a lot of activities you can do in Tulum. One of my favorite thing to do is visiting one of the stunning Cenotes around Tulum. Cenotes are natural sinkholes or underground freshwater caves formed when a large meteorite struck the Yucatán Peninsula. It’s pretty interesting so if you want to read more about the history of Cenotes check out this article here. Keep on reading for the best Cenotes in Tulum.

While there are many Cenotes in the area, which would be too long to include them all, here are seven of the most popular and highly regarded ones:

1. Gran Cenote, one of the best Cenotes in Tulum

Gran Cenote is one of the most famous cenotes in Tulum, known for its clear blue waters, underwater formations, and small fish. It’s a great spot for snorkeling and diving due to its diverse underwater landscape which makes it one of the most popular and visited cenotes around Tulum. Make sure you come early to beat the crowds that come during the day.

2. Cenote Calavera

This cenote is also called The Temple of Doom and is known for its unique circular shape. It became Instagram famous a couple of years ago and is now a very popular cenote to visit. It’s great for both swimming and jumping into the water from various heights, making it a favorite among adrenaline seekers. If you don’t want to jump in, there is also a ladder to enter the cenote. This cenote also has a swing which is why it is so popular because its an amazing spot to take pictures. Make sure you come early too since this is one of the best cenotes in Tulum.

3. Dos Ojos

Translating to “Two Eyes,” this cenote complex features two interconnected sinkholes with incredible underwater formations. It’s a popular destination for both divers and snorkelers, offering a unique experience of exploring the cave systems. Dos Ojos is one of the most popular diving cenotes in the region so you’ll see lots of divers here.

4. Cenote Encantado, one of the best Cenotes in Tulum

This is a beautiful really big cenote, which is especially popular among locals. It’s located on beach road a little bit before the entrance to Sian Kaan. You can relax in the sun or jump in the water from the deck. You can also rent paddle boards there. If you decide to go there make sure you’re staying for sunset cause it’s absolutely beautiful.

5. Cenote Suytun

This cenote is not directly in Tulum, it’s a 1.5 hour drive to get there, but it’s worth it. This cenote is very popular and it´s famous for its dramatic entrance with a platform and a circular opening that allows sunlight to stream in. The water is incredibly clear and surrounded by stalactites, creating a surreal and ethereal atmosphere. Make sure to come early cause it can get very crowded.

6. Cenote Azul, one of the best Cenotes in Tulum

Cenote Azul is a stunning Cenote 30 mins out of Tulum. This “blue Cenote” is famous for its clear blue water, perfect for cooling off on a hot day. It’s surrounded by lush plants and is great for swimming and snorkeling. You can see interesting underwater rock formations and colorful fish. Whether you’re an adventurer or just want a peaceful spot to relax, Cenote Azul is a must-see place in the Yucatan’s beautiful natural landscape. Make sure you bring snorkelling gear or rent some. It’s worth it!

7. Cenote Corazon

This Cenote looks like the name suggests like a heart from the top. It’s located on the main road in Tulum a little bit further out of town. It is also one of the Cenotes that is popular among locals and tourists alike. There is plenty of space to relax and you can take pictures with their heart shaped bench. There’s also a place where you can jump in the water and overall it’s a great Cenote to cool off during a hot day and have fun with the whole family.

There you have my favorite 7 Cenotes in and around Tulum. Overall there are so many Cenotes and each of them is fun for different reasons but ultimately they all offer the same benefit, to relax and cool off and have a good time with friends. Make sure you come early especially during high season in Tulum because some of these Cenotes can get very crowded during the day because of all the tourists. Make sure you follow the rules to preserve marine life in the Cenotes.

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