Cenote Azul is famous for its spectacularly striking turquoise clear waters, making it a really breathtaking swimming, snorkeling, and diving spot and the perfect way to beat the heat of sunny Mexico! Take a dive underwater and its very easy to discover why this cenote is so special!
Where is Cenote Azul Located?
This magical cenote is located between the towns of Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the Riviera Maya. It is easily accessible and very popular throughout the year so make sure to plan accordingly to get the most out of your experience!
Our guide will help you plan your visit to this stunning cenote.
Cenote Azul Playa del Carmen and Tulum
Cenote Azul is a popular open-air cenote in Playa Del Carmen that has become very popular in the last few years. It’s a great place for adults and families with kids alike, as your little ones can have fun jumping from the platforms or chill out in its tranquil waters. With children kept entertained by what nature has to offer, adults can enjoy an idyllic day exploring, relaxing, and unwinding.
Visiting Cenote Azul in Playa del Carmen
The ticket booth to Cenote Azul is located right next to the parking lot at the cenote entrance which leads them onto a short and winding path surrounded by verdant greenery.
Traversing the narrow path takes you to two more serene open-air pools. These smaller incredible cenotes are situated on either side of the entrance and provide a more tranquil and secluded experience away from bustling visitors. The surrounding trees and vegetation cast a refreshing shadow over these peaceful waters – allowing travelers an opportunity for some much-needed relaxation in between explorations.
Cenote Azul Swimming Area
Cenote Azul is and open cente split into two distinct pools (cenote swimming area), both of which are connected by a sky-high bridge. The pool on the left is shallower and ideal for families with older kids; our kids love tranquil waters that make it an idyllic spot for a leisurely swim or chilling out and soak up some sun. What’s more, the water was noticeably warmer than its deeper counterpart – plus, there were plenty of rocks around the edges that we used as makeshift seats! With our young one with us, we spent most of our visit lingering here. The pool of this open cenote is 5.5 feet (1.7m) deep and it makes for hours’ worth of restful relaxation!
Ceneto Azul is an open cenote making the whole experience a lot relaxed vs a visit to a cave cenote.
The pool on the right side has various depths and is perfect for cliff-jumping, snorkeling, and diving. So Whether you’re looking to lounge around or get your blood pumping – Cenote Azul’s crystal clear waters have something for everyone! The beautiful open cliff face extends to an astonishing 18 feet (6 meters) in depth! You can make a stunning 3.5 meter jump if you are brave enough to take it – you won’t be alone either, as we saw plenty of others jumping off too! Each person received thunderous applause before their plunge, turning every leap into an unforgettable experience.
Both pools feature massive white limestone rocks that provide a better foothold as you get into the water. Be careful though exiting as the floor of the cenote is dangerously slippery with algae accumulation! we highly recommend a good pair of water shoes.
Cenote Azul Opening Hours
Cenote Azul Hours: open daily 8:30AM-5:30PM.
How to get to Cenote Azul Tulum
So how can you get to Cenote Azul? Situated on the main highway between Cancun and Tulum (route 307), Cenote Azul is located mid-way between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Whether you’re traveling by car, bus or bike, there are numerous options to get here!
Our favorite is either renting a car or just getting a taxi for the day. You can ask your hotel staff for a taxi driver recommendation or just go to one of the taxi plazas and negotiate a fee with the driver. Just make sure you lock a price in for the full day and cenotes you plan to visit.
How much does Cenote Azul cost?
Tourists can enter the magnificent Cenote Azul for only 140 MXN pesos (approx. $7 USD) for adults and 80 MXN pesos (approx. $3 UDS) for children aged 4-8. Locals are offered a discount for admission. You can conveniently rent a lifejacket at the reception desk for the price of just 40 MXN pesos (approx. $1.5 UDS) and snorkel gear for 70 MXN pesos ( approx. $3 USD).
And don’t forget to stay up to date with the latest safety updates on Mexico.
Other Things to Do Near Cenote Azul
After you’ve explored this majestic Cenote, why not take part in some thrilling activities?
Take off on an intrepid expedition to uncover Tulum’s wealth of awe-inspiring cenotes! With such a plethora of stunning locations, you and your closest companions will have days full of unforgettable memories.
Unwind and relax at the gorgeous Tulum Beach, and don’t forget to try one of the many amazing restaurants in town (try the tacos and local beer)
Take a trip to the ancient Tulum ruins, National Parks and, if you find yourself with extra time, venture even further to ruins of Chichen Itza – a stunning location and one of the 7 Wonders of the World!
Enjoy an unforgettable day trip to the magnificent Sian Ka’an Biosphere breathtakingly blue waters and get up close with dolphins and even some crocodiles!
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