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:
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!