Cenote Azul (Blue Cenote) is one of many enjoyable cenotes in the Riviera Maya in the Mexican Yucatan. Located 25 km south of Playa del Carmen and 40 km north of Tulum, its placement right off of coastal hwy 307 makes a drive to it a cinch.

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You will easily find tour groups to Cenote Azul that likely will be combined with a visit to some of the other cenotes very close to it, like Ponderosa (Eden) Cenote or Chikin Ha, which features 3 cenotes.

It will cost about 100 pesos to visit (less for children) per person. You’ll likely stay for an hour or two, but bring a picnic if you want to stay longer. There is a decent walkway out to the edges of the water and a few benches to sit on, but after that, you are scrambling a bit over rougher terrain that might be a problem if you have mobility issues. The rocks in the water have a bit of moss on them so be cautious of slipping – water shoes are a good idea. Bring snorkel gear if you like as there are quite a few fresh water fish, mostly mollies or catfish, that you can get very close to, but this cenote is mostly a swimming hole.

Rocks lay about the outside of the water, offering a lot of places to sit or sunbath. Likewise, under the water are ledges of rocks in places that allow for submerging as much of yourself as you like. In places, the water is fairly shallow, allowing younger children to frolic about but keep an eye on them as the rocks can drop off and the aforementioned moss makes it slippery occasionally. A float jacket for young ones is probably a good idea.

For those able to swim, there is a deep area that features a cliff for some diving. It is approximately fifteen feet above the water so it is a great height for an adventurous jump.

The sun can be hot here, so bring lotion. The coolness of the water can mask a growing sunburn. 

In season, there will be a fair amount of people here. On our visit, there may have been close to 100, but it didn’t take away from the experience. People watching and sharing this time is part of the fun and you quickly feel like you are part of a nice little community as you watch kids of all ages enjoying this nice piece of God’s creation. I would assume it is possible for there to be too many, however, so consider that in the timing of your trip. We were there in the early afternoon which is probably the busiest time, but since it was the end of February, crowds in general were down. As with most places, in season an early or late visit would reduce crowd numbers.

To find out what you will experience at Cenote Azul, click here.

To see a gallery of pictures from our visit, click here.

Return to my ranked list of cenotes.


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