17 Best Tulum Cenotes in 2024

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Welcome to Tulum, Mexico.

 

Tulum is the LARGEST tourist city in the Riviera Mayans, famous for it’s Mayan ruins and cenotes.

 

Having visited a number of incredible cenotes in Tulum, we decided to add these favorites to our DEFINITIVE guide to the best 17 cenotes nearby Tulum!

 

We’ll even give you INSIDER tips and tricks for the best possible visit to Tulum Cenotes!

 

Let’s take a deep dive into the Tulum Cenotes world.

Map of Tulum Mexico

Tulum is located in east Mexico, on the Yucatan Peninsula. So, if you are looking for a place to go that is fun and yet close to the big city CANCUN, then Tulum is what you’re searching for!

 

Cancun is around 130 kilometers north (around 2 hours by car), so perfect for an early morning drive! PLAYA DEL CARMEN is only 60 kilometers to the north (around 1 hour by car). This makes Tulum Cenotes very accessible for tourists and a popular destination.

 

Next to incredible cenotes, Tulum is famous for much more! It has amazing and very rare MAYAN RUINS and amazing BEACHES. Read below for more tips on what to do during your visit to Tulum.

Tulum Cenotes
Tulum Ruins

Things to do at Tulum

Before we look at all the amazing UNDERGROUND cenotes and CAVE cenotes, we’ll take a short look (I promise) into the other amazing activities you can do in Tulum to make your day trip a bit more varied.

 

Exploring the Mayan Ruins/Tulum Ruins

The Mayan Ruins are well-preserved structures of the Mayan civilization, with the amazing EL CASTILLO (the castle) overlooking the Caribbean Sea. We actually wrote a guest post on the Tulum Ruins, which you can read here.

 

Fun Fact: The Mayan Ruins were only discovered a few decades ago, as their location was, for a very long time, not accessible.

Tulum Cenotes
Tulum Mayan Temple

Local Cuisine

Mexican food is amazing! Even though we’re Belgians ourselves, we fell in love with Mexican food. In Tulum, you’ll be able to find traditional Mayan dishes in many restaurants, as well as the traditonal Mexican dishes like taco’s, quesadillas, etc.

quesadillas
quesadillas

Beach Relaxation at Playa del Carmen

Tulum is known for its many beautiful beaches, including the famous Playa del Carmen.

 

Playa del Carmen stands out from other beaches in Tulum primarily due to its soft, white sand that contrasts beautifully with the clear, turquoise-blue Caribbean waters.

 

The location is central to shopping, dining, and nightlife, offering a perfect mix of relaxation and entertainment. Moreover, Playa del Carmen offers a range of water activities, like snorkeling and scuba diving where you can explore the vibrant underwater life.

Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen

Visiting Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve

If you’re a nature lover, then you should make time to explore the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to many species of flora and fauna, including dolphins (!), turtles, and birds.

 

You can book your GetYourGuide activity here.

 

Yoga and Wellness Retreats

Tulum is known for its wellness and yoga retreats. There are several centers offering many different programs, ranging from a few days to a few weeks. Even though we have not done a yoga retreat ourselves, our friends can recommend it as it makes your mind, body, and spirit free.

Yoga Retreat in Tulum
Yoga Retreat in Tulum

But now, it’s time to take a dive into the many Tulum Cenotes!

 

Cenotes Tulum to Visit on Day Trips

There are many cenotes near Tulum that are perfect for a day trip from Tulum or even Cancun!

 

Typically, visitors only want to experience a few Maya-era monuments that surround the Yucatan Peninsula. But we believe that you can add some cenotes to your day trip to Tulum.

 

Let’s take a look at some of the best cenotes in Tulum.

 

BEST Tulum Cenotes

Cenote Ik Kil 2
Cenote Ik Kil

1) Cenote Ik Kil

Cenote Ik Kil, often referred to as the “Sacred Blue Cenote,” is a well-known cenote located near the archaeological site of Chichen Itza, within the Eco-Archaeological Park in the Yucatan Peninsula. IT’S ONE OF THE BEST TULUM CENOTES!

 

This Tulum cenote is famous for its perfect CIRCULAR shape, with a DIAMETER of about 60 meters (200 feet) and a DEPTH reaching up to 40 meters (130 feet).

 

The cenote is open to the sky, with the water level about 26 meters (85 feet) below ground level. There is a carved stairway down to a swimming platform. The cenote is about 60 meters (200 feet) in diameter and about 40 meters (130 feet) deep. The water is a deep, clear blue and home to a variety of fish and beautiful aquatic plants.

 

Experienced divers and snorkelers will appreciate the cenote’s extensive underwater cave system, which offers a thrilling exploration experience. For those who prefer to stay on the surface, life vests and snorkeling gear are available for rent.

 

Cenote Ik Kil is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entrance fee is approximately 80 Mexican pesos (around $4 USD), which includes access to the cenote and the surrounding park.

Cenote Calavera Tulum
Cenote Calavera Tulum

2) Cenote Calavera Tulum

Also known as the Temple of Doom, Cenote Calavera Tulum is one of the best cenotes in Tulum that you should definitely add to your itinerary.

 

Despite its name, Cenote Calavera Tulum offers a unique experience for adventurers.

 

Hidden behind a small hut, a quick descent will lead you to a large, open pool of water that’s considered ideal for swimming, diving, and cliff jumping. There are THREE HOLES you can jump into from the top (some even from 12 feet). One of them is quite large, while the other two are smaller—just big enough to fit a person.

Cenote Calavera Tulum
Cenote Calavera Tulum

Testimony: When you plunge into the clear, fresh water of Cenote Calavera, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a panorama of stalactites, rock formations, and small fish. The sunlight streaming in from the holes creates a beautiful effect in the water, making it a perfect spot for underwater photography.

 

Keep in mind that Cenote Calavera is also a popular scuba diving spot, so you might see scuba divers going in and out of the tunnels at the bottom.

 

The entrance fee for Cenote Calavera is usually around 100 MXN (around $5 USD) for adults.

Casa Cenote, Cenote Manati
Casa Cenote, Cenote Manati

3) Cenote Manatí (aka Casa Cenote)

This river-like open-air cenote Manati is a unique and beautiful area in Tulum.

 

Casa Cenote is named in honor of the Manatees who frequented it and is an ideal place for swimming during a clear day. Casa Cenote has a beautiful open-air design, which almost feels like a river flowing through the jungle. It is surrounded by lush mangroves and a sandy bottom, offering an unparalleled experience for visitors. Swimmers can enjoy the clear, fresh water, and even glimpses of small fish and crabs.

Casa Cenote
Casa Cenote

The Cenote Manati is accessible through an unpaved road 9km north of Tulum. Moreover, Cenote Manati offers facilities such as lockers, life vests, and snorkeling equipment rentals, ensuring that visitors have a safe and comfortable experience. There’s also a local restaurant nearby, Casa Cenote, where you can enjoy local cuisine after a day of swimming or diving.

 

The entrance fee for Casa Cenote is usually around 150 Mexican pesos (approximately $7.50 USD). This cost includes a mandatory life vest. For additional facilities, such as lockers, there is an extra charge of 550 Mexican pesos.

cenote zacil ha
Cenote Zacil Ha

4) Cenote Zacil Ha

Let’s start with Cenote Zacil Ha, which is a little off-the-beaten path, so there is a less frequent sinkhole in Tulum’s center.

 

Discovered in the late 1980s, Cenote Zacil Ha was relatively new and quite different from the rest of this list of the best cenotes in Tulum.

 

Las Lágrimes is a cave chamber with special stalactites that look as though they are teardrops.

 

While Cenote Zacil Ha is too dangerous for snorkeling, it does make up the gap by allowing zip lines to be used for jumping into the water.

El Gran Cenote
El Gran Cenote

5) El Gran Cenote, Tulum

Gran Cenote is one of the most famous Tulum cenotes in Mexico.

 

WHY?

 

Gran Cenote is a CAVE cenote, even one of the most beautiful cave cenotes in the WORLD. This means that there is an underwater maze and an underground cave through which you can reach the cenote. Specifically, we would recommend you book a scuba dive excursion to reach the cenote.

 

What makes this cenote so special are the many long stalactite formations. The ecological system surrounding this underground cavern is well-managed. Guests who enter the cave cenote can bathe in the shower to conserve the ecosystem.

 

Fun fact: This is the only one of the Tulum cenotes where the roof of the cave is covered by bats, which are attached to magnificent stalagmites.

Cenote Yax-Kin
Cenote Yax-Kin

6) Cenote Yax-Kin

Cenote Yax-Kin, also a cenote at the Yucatan Peninsula, is the best family cenote on the list of the best cenotes in Tulum!

 

Cenote Yax-Kin cenote offers some shallow space for children to play and its waters are warmer than other Tulum cenotes, so it makes an excellent cenote in Tulum for families to visit.

 

It’s only a 15-minute drive away from Tulum and just three minutes from Highway 93 from Cenote Casa Tortuga Tulum. It’s generally not busy, so this could be the perfect private getaway!

Cenote Cristalino
Cenote Cristalino

7&8) Cenote Cristalino and Cenote Escondido

Two beautiful open-air cenotes are located just minutes away from Tulum, Cenote Cristalino (or Cenote Cristal) and Cenote Escondido. Both of these Tulum cenotes offer great swimming and platform jumping opportunities. Imagine the Instagram videos you would be able to shoot at these Tulum Cenotes!

 

Why is Cenote Cristal so famous?

 

Cenote Cristal is famous for its crystal-clear waters that mirror the blue skies above. This open-air cenote is a paradise for swimmers and snorkelers, offering them a chance to explore the hidden underwater world. Underwater, at Cenote Cristalino you’ll see sunlight piercing through the water, which creates a beautiful display of light and shadows, ideal for underwater photography.

 

They both deserve their spot in the top 17 list of Tulum Cenotes!

cenote escondido
Cenote Escondido

Moreover, Cenote Escondido is named the “Hidden Cenote“. This is one of the best cenotes in Tulum as it is a raw jungle paradise not yet taken over by tourism. The open-air cenote is home to many different species of fish, making it a fantastic spot for snorkeling.

 

The entrance fee for both Cenote Cristalino and Cenote Escondido is around 150 Mexican Pesos ($7.50 USD).

Cenote Dos Ojos
Cenote Dos Ojos

9) Cenote Dos Ojos, Tulum

Dos Ojos translates to Two Eyed, and this name is derived from two sinkholes in the middle of the underground cenote.

 

These two Tulum cenotes are connected by a massive underwater cave system, creating an intriguing labyrinth that is a dream come true for snorkelers and divers alike.

 

Dos Ojos Cenote holds the record for the SMALLEST underwater passageway, with a depth of 387 feet. The deep passageway makes for an excellent cenote for snorkeling near Tulum.

 

A clear ocean allows you to quickly identify fish schools or underground structures. Reel lines map out the cave system to ensure that beginning snorkelers don’t lose their way.

 

The entrance fee to Cenote Dos Ojos is typically around 350 MXN (approximately $18 USD). This fee includes access to the park and Cenote Dos Ojos. Extra services like snorkeling or diving equipment rental, plus guided tours, are available for an additional cost.

Cenotes Casa Tortuga
Cenotes Casa Tortuga

10) Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum

Visiting the Cenotes Casa Tortuga Tulum is very special!

 

The cavern contains TWO Tulum Cenotes open to view as well as FOUR Tulum cenotes in caves. You’ll like the jade-green water that you can see from the surface to the ground. Among other things, there is also an awesome zipline and a lunch restaurant.

Cenotes Casa Tortuga 2
Cenotes Casa Tortuga

Admission is 650 pesos (32 USD) & will increase when you have a zipline or food option.

 

The Tulum Cenote Casa Tortuga is located just 15 minutes south of Tulum on Route 33. The cenote varies between 1 – 8 meters in depth.

Want to visit Cenote Casa Tortuga? Book your tour with Vuela Viajero! Let us give you some reasons why this tour is totally worth it! Here are some of the highlights of the trip:

  1. Transportation: Roundtrip transport provided.
  2. Bilingual Guide: Expert guidance in two languages.
  3. Sights Visited:
    • Tulum’s Blue Letters
    • Casa Tortuga Cenote
  4. Cenote Exploration: Swim in 5 cenotes:
    • 2 Cave-type: Wisho & Campana
    • 2 Open: Dorca & Tres Zapotes
    • Casa Tortuga Cenote
  5. Snorkeling Assistance: Guide available for snorkeling.
  6. Amenities: Complimentary water bottles.
  7. Cenote Zemway Experience:
    • Buffet Lunch
    • Salad & Fruit Bar
    • Waiter Service
    • VIP Palapas

You can book your tour here.

Cenote Aktun-Ha 2
Cenote Aktun-Ha

11) Cenote Aktun-Ha

In the past few decades, Aktun-Ha (pronounced as “a car wash“) was a little-used cenote where the driver stopped and collected some water to clean the vehicles! Yet, it remains one of the best cenotes in Tulum.

 

It is a gorgeous, deep, open-air cenote. Aktun-Ha is a fantastic place for swimming and snorkeling. Rock formations, fish, and turtles are visible in the water, but there are even better opportunities to explore in the goggles. The deck at the end is perfect to swim on. Akun-Ha has a road that runs from Tulum to Coba. Guests can enter for 250 pesos per person.

 

Did you know that the caves of Cenute Aktun-Ha are full of stalactites?

 

12) Cenote Choo-Ha, Coba

Cenote Choo-Ha is an island cenote close to Toulu in Coba. It’s the most green cenote on our list of Tulum Cenotes.

 

The Cenote Choo-Ha is a 52-minute drive from Tulum and 11 minutes from the city of Coba. The Tulum cenotes on the island are a collection of cenotes near the Mayan site. The sinkhole caves are an ideal place for an enjoyable dip into the turquoise waters.

 

The entrance fee for Cenote Choo-Ha is typically around 55 Mexican pesos (approximately $2.75 USD). It’s open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it’s recommended to visit early in the morning to avoid crowds.

Cenote Xunaan-Ha, Tulum
Cenote Xunaan-Ha, Tulum

13) Cenote Xunaan-Ha, Tulum

This crystal-clear cenote, one of the best cenotes in Tulum, is located within Chemuil village between Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula and Tulum (only a few minutes by car).

 

Did you know: Cenote Xunaan-Ha its name translates to “Water of the Lady”, a tribute to the ancient Mayan belief that Tulum cenotes were gateways to the underworld guarded by goddesses?

Cenote Xunaan-Ha, Tulum
Cenote Xunaan-Ha, Tulum

Fun fact: Cenote Xunaan há is the fourth-longest CAVE SYSTEM in the Mayan Riviera Mayas.

 

For the more adventurous, the Tulum cenote is part of an extensive underground cave system that can be explored with experienced guides. The thrill of swimming through the labyrinthine tunnels, awash with the light from your headlamp reflecting off the stalactites and stalagmites, is an experience truly unlike any other.

Cenote Suytun
Cenote Suytun

14) Cenote Suytun, Valladolid

This is the most special cenote on our list of Tulum cenotes!

 

Cenote Suytun, located near Valladolid, is one of the most iconic Tulum cenotes on the Yucatan Peninsula. The word Suytun translates to ‘center stone,‘ a fitting name for a cenote that features a singular, striking pedestal in the middle of the underground reservoir. This feature, combined with the beam of natural light that illuminates an opening in the cenote’s roof, creates a mesmerizing visual spectacle.

 

Cenote Suytun is a semi-open Tulum cenote characterized by its still waters and encompassing silence, making it a peaceful retreat for visitors. The Tulum cenote is part of an extensive limestone cave system with impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations, adding to the surreal beauty of the place.

Cenote Suytun 2
Cenote Suytun

For those interested in wildlife, the cenote Suytun is home to a variety of fish species, making it an exciting spot for snorkeling. Safety measures such as life vests and guide assistance are available for weak swimmers or snorkelers.

 

The entrance to Cenote Suytun is typically around 70–100 Mexican pesos (approximately $3.50–5 USD), making it an affordable experience. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and we recommend visiting earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and capture the best light for photographs.

Cenote Azul
Cenote Azul

15) Cenote Azul

The blue waters of Cenote Azul are turquoise and look like paradise. Cenote Azul has been rated as one of the largest cenotes located on the Riviera Maya and even in Mexico. It is truly one of the best cenotes in Tulum.

 

The Tulum cenote is vast and quite deep in some areas, making it perfect for adventurous divers. However, there are also shallower sections suitable for families with children. The cenote Azul has two places for swimming, with wood boardwalks between them.

Cenote Azul 2
Cenote Azul

The unique underwater landscape of Cenote Azul is teeming with fascinating marine life, including a variety of tropical fish and turtles, providing an excellent snorkeling experience. The cenote Tulum also features several platforms and jumping points for those seeking a thrill.

 

The entrance fee for Cenote Azul is typically around 120 Mexican pesos (approximately $6 USD), making it a relatively cheap attraction. It’s open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Its location is 30 minutes from Tulum and near Puerto de Aventuras and looks like an immense swimming pool.

Cenote Tres Zapotes
Cenote Tres Zapotes

16) Cenote Tres Zapotes

Cenote Tres Zapotes is a lesser-known cenote, a hidden gem away from the usual tourist trail. Named after the Three Sapotes trees that surround the area, this Tulum cenote offers a serene and secluded experience.

 

Housed within the jungles, its emerald green waters are a treat to the eyes, providing a tranquil setting for those looking for a peaceful getaway. The Tulum cenote is naturally adorned with stalagmites and stalactites, adding to its underground beauty.

Cenote Tres Zapotes
Cenote Tres Zapotes

Visitors get to enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and diving in its clear waters. Note that, as it is relatively untouched, the amenities around are very basic.

 

The entrance to Cenote Tres Zapotes is COMPLETELY FREE, however, usually, a donation of around 50–100 pesos ($2.5–$5 USD) is suggested.

Cenote Sac Actun
Cenote Sac Actun

17) Cenote Sac Actun

Cenote Sac Actun is a breathtaking natural wonder located in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

 

It is considered one of the world’s longest underwater cave systems, with an extensive network of submerged passageways spanning over 347 kilometers (216 miles).

 

Exploring Cenote Sac Actun offers a unique opportunity to witness stunning stalactite formations, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and a diverse array of aquatic life. Definitely one of the best Tulum Cenotes!

Cenote Sac Actun
Cenote Sac Actun

Cenote Packages

Are you looking for an amazing cenote full-day trip filled with culture and swimming? Make sure to check out this tour on the SAT Mexico Tours page for $79.

 

Begin your journey by departing from your hotel to delve into ancient civilizations. Start by immersing yourself in Mayan culture on the way to Coba.

 

At Coba, discover well-preserved buildings from the 6th century. Scale the Nohoch Mul Pyramid for breathtaking forest vistas. Then, rejuvenate in the available CENOTES, where a thrilling waterside leap awaits. Indulge in a delightful buffet-style lunch.

 

Continue to a Mayan community for a traditional lunch and local drink. Take a refreshing swim in the cenotes. Conclude your day at the Tulum Archaeological Zone, perched on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Explore ruins, temples, and ball courts while listening to captivating stories from a guided tour.

 

How To Travel Cenotes In Tulum, Mexico

During your trip to the cenotes near Tulum, it is best to take a bus or a bicycle to view the Tulum cenotes. You can also reach some Tulum cenotes by car or taxi.

 

Tulum Itinerary

If you are planning to spend one day exploring the cenotes in Tulum, here’s a possible itinerary:

 

Morning:

Start your day early with a visit to Cenote Azul. It’s crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life make it a perfect spot for a morning swim or a snorkeling session. After refreshing yourself at Cenote Azul, take a short ride to Cenote Sac Actun, known for its extensive underwater cave system, which is a must-see for adventurous souls.

 

Afternoon:

After a quick lunch, head to Cenote Xunaan-Ha in Chemuil village. Spend your afternoon exploring the labyrinthine tunnels of the Tulum cenote, an experience like no other. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the fourth-longest cave system in the Mayan Riviera Mayas.

 

Evening:

As the day winds down, make your way to Cenote Suytun in Valladolid. Its peaceful ambiance and mesmerizing visual spectacle created by the “center stone” and the beam of natural light will make for an unforgettable evening.

Gran Cenote Tulum
Gran Cenote Tulum

Conclusion

It’s a wrap for this blog post!

 

We are really curious about your experience at the 20 Best Tulum Cenotes, let us know in the comments below!

 

FAQs

What is Tulum

Tulum is a town on the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, known for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. Renowned for its spectacular seaside setting, Tulum offers a unique blend of cultural heritage and natural beauty. Along with the historical ruins, Tulum is famous for its stunning beaches, turquoise Caribbean Sea, and picturesque Tulum cenotes. It’s an accessible and popular destination, easily reached from the major tourist hubs of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Whether you’re after archaeological sites, exploring the unique underwater Tulum cenotes, or simply wanting to relax on a beautiful beach, Tulum has something for everyone.

 

Tulum to Airport

Tulum is approximately 118 kilometers away from the nearest airport, Cancun International Airport (CUN). The journey from Tulum to Cancun Airport can take around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the traffic and the mode of transportation.

 

Private transfers, taxis, and ADO buses are the most common ways to travel between Tulum and the airport. Private transfers and taxis offer the convenience of a door-to-door service, while the ADO bus is a more economical option. The ADO buses are comfortable and air-conditioned, and they run frequently throughout the day from Tulum to Cancun Airport.

 

If you’re driving, the fastest route typically involves taking the 307 Highway, a straightforward and scenic drive along the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula.

 

Cancun to Tulum

Traveling from Cancun to Tulum is relatively straightforward and can be completed in a couple of ways based on your preferences and budget.

 

The quickest way to get from Cancun to Tulum is by car, taking the 307 Highway. The distance is approximately 130 kilometers, and the drive takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic conditions. The route is scenic, giving you a chance to enjoy the coastal landscapes of the Yucatán Peninsula.

 

Alternatively, ADO Bus offers a service that runs multiple times a day between Cancun and Tulum. The buses are comfortable and equipped with air conditioning, perfect for the tropical climate. The bus journey takes about 2 to 2.5 hours. The main bus station in Cancun is located downtown, and the bus will drop you off at the central bus station in Tulum.

 

For those who prefer a more comfortable and private journey, private transfers are available. These can be pre-booked and offer door-to-door service from your Cancun accommodations to your destination in Tulum. This option is more expensive, but it provides a hassle-free and convenient experience.

 

Finally, taxis are also available, but be aware of the cost, as this can be the most expensive option. Always agree on a fare before beginning your journey to ensure a smooth trip.

 

Yoga Retreats in Tulum

    1. Yoga Shala Tulum: Yoga Shala offers a serene and peaceful environment, ideal for yoga practice. They offer various yoga styles, including vinyasa, hatha, and restorative yoga. The retreat offers daily yoga classes, workshops, and teacher training programs.

 

    1. Sanará Tulum: is an award-winning luxury eco-boutique hotel and wellness retreat. It offers daily yoga classes in its beachside yoga studio, wellness treatments at its world-class wellness center, and nutritious meals at its health-conscious restaurant.

 

    1. Maya Tulum Retreat & Spa: This retreat offers a range of yoga and meditation classes, wellness workshops, and spa services. The beachfront location allows for sunrise or sunset yoga sessions.

 

    1. Amansala Eco-Chic Resort + Retreat: Known for its ‘Bikini Bootcamp’, Amansala also offers a variety of yoga retreat packages. The retreat includes accommodation, meals, yoga classes, meditation sessions, and spa services.

 

    1. Holistika Tulum: it offers a unique approach to yoga retreats, featuring art installations, a holistic spa, and a variety of classes and workshops in addition to yoga. This retreat is set in the jungle, providing a unique, tranquil setting for yoga practice.

 

Tulum Beach

Tulum boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here are a few to consider during your visit:

    1. Playa Paraiso: Often hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Playa Paraiso lives up to its name, ‘Paradise Beach’. With its soft white sand, clear turquoise waters, and swaying palm trees, it offers the quintessential Caribbean beach experience. This beach is located close to the Tulum ruins, making it a popular choice for visitors.

 

    1. Playa Ruinas: This beach is unique as it lies beneath the ancient Mayan ruins. The juxtaposition of the crystal-clear waters and the historic ruins atop the cliff is truly a sight to behold. Please note that access might be restricted due to preservation efforts.

 

    1. Playa Pescadores: Located close to Tulum’s town center, Playa Pescadores is where the local fishermen launch their boats each morning. The beach is serene and less crowded, making it a great spot for those seeking tranquility.

 

    1. Las Palmas Public Beach: This is a public beach beloved by locals and visitors alike. It’s less commercialized and retains a rustic charm, offering a more authentic beach experience. This beach is an idyllic spot for sunbathing, swimming, or simply unwinding by the waves.

 

    1. Secret Beach (Playa Secreta): Hidden away from the usual tourist trail, Secret Beach offers secluded tranquility. It takes a little more effort to get here, but the serene atmosphere and untouched beauty make it worth the visit.

 

What to Bring when visiting Tulum Cenotes

When planning your visit to the mesmerizing Tulum cenotes, there are a few essential items to bring along to ensure a comfortable and memorable experience.

 

    1. Swimwear: The crystal-clear waters of the Tulum cenotes will surely tempt you for a swim. Don’t forget to pack your swimwear.

 

    1. Towel: A towel is a must for drying off after your swim and for laying down on the Tulum cenotes bank or nearby areas where you might want to relax or sunbathe.

 

    1. Biodegradable Sunscreen: The sun can be quite strong in Tulum, so sunscreen is a must. However, ensure it is biodegradable to protect the delicate ecosystems of the Tulum cenotes.

 

    1. Water Shoes: The grounds of Tulum cenotes can be rocky and slippery. Water shoes can provide the necessary grip and protect your feet.

 

    1. Snorkel Gear: If you plan on exploring the underwater world of the Tulum cenotes, don’t forget your snorkel gear. Many Tulum cenotes also offer gear rental on-site.

 

    1. Waterproof Camera: To capture the stunning beauty of the Tulum cenotes, consider bringing a waterproof camera.

 

    1. Hydration and Snacks: Although many Tulum cenotes have concessions, it’s always a good idea to bring your own water and snacks, especially if you plan on spending several hours exploring.

 

    1. Cash: Many Tulum cenotes only accept cash for admission and extras like locker rentals, so be sure to have some on hand.

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