Cenote Azul: A Detailed Guide

April 15, 2019 0 Comments
Cenote Azul
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Cenote Azul is a hidden freshwater swimming hole not far from downtown Playa del Carmen.  I had been to Cenote Eden and Cenote Cristalino in the same area, so I was super excited to visit this one and complete the trifecta!  Plus, I had a friend visiting from back home so it was the perfect opportunity to do a little exploring, snorkeling, and sunbathing in a beautiful natural setting.  Cenotes are such a fun option for adventurous travelers and offer an amazing alternative to your typical beach attractions in the area.
Cenote Azul

If you don’t have a car, the easiest way to get to Cenote Azul is to take a colectivo from the main bus depot in Playa del Carmen at 2nd Avenue and 20th street. Make sure you get on one that is headed towards Tulum. Cenote Azul is located just past Puerto Aventuras and you will have to tell the driver where you would like to get off.  It takes about 30 minutes and the cost is $35 pesos (~$1.80 USD).

Entrance Fee for Cenote Azul

We visited in February 2019 and the entrance fee was $100 pesos (~$5 USD).  They will give you a wristband which allows you entrance into the cenote. 

Exploring Cenote Azul

Cenote Azul is an open cenote that offers a maze of natural pools, rock formations, and swimming holes.  There is a larger swimming area in the center that has a ledge for jumping.  It’s not extremely high but just high enough to test your nerves!  There are also impressive looking bridges that connect the different pools. With so many bodies of water, it’s definitely easy to get lost but if you keep down a particular path, it will eventually take you back to the main swimming area.  

The underwater rocks at Cenote Azul were extremely slippery which made it a little nerve wracking (but also kind of hilarious) to walk across the water.  In some areas it was honestly easier to just stay put and admire the cenote from one safe spot! 

I’m so excited that I’ve now visited all three cenotes in this particular area.  They each have their own unique characteristics, which make them all a fun place to spend the day. I’ve summed up my opinions on the three cenotes below:

  • Cenote Eden – Best Choice for the Adrenaline Junkie
  • Cenote Cristalino – Best Choice for a Full Day Adventure
  • Cenote Azul – Best Choice for the Nature Lover

Overall, I think I like Cenote Cristalino the best because it offers a good mix of jumping ledges as well as areas for exploration and relaxation, but you will definitely not go wrong with visiting any of them!

VIVA LA TRAVELISTA PRO TIPS

  • Water shoes are a must! Cenote Azul is much rockier than the other cenotes I have visited and wearing water shoes made it so much more enjoyable.
  • Regular sunscreen is not permitted so make sure to bring biodegradable sunscreen to avoid a sunburn.
  • There are no lockers for rent so I would recommend not bringing any valuables. Most people just leave their personal items on the sides and keep an eye on them throughout the day.
  • Don't forget to bring a GoPro or waterproof camera.
  • If you can, I would suggest going on a weekday. We went on a Sunday and it was extremely crowded.
  • Skip the fish spas on 5th Avenue and get one for free! Just hold your feet still under the water and the tiny fish will start to exfoliate your feet.

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