Cenote Azul is one of the largest and best known in the Riviera Maya, thanks to its proximity to Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Its crystalline and turquoise waters, with open sky and shallow areas, make it ideal for snorkeling and enjoying a refreshing swim. Here we tell you all the details about how to visit Cenote Azul and give you some practical tips so you can plan your visit to this wonderful cenote.

How to get to Cenote Azul?

Cenote Azul is about 25 kilometers (or 20 minutes) from Playa del Carmen and 40 kilometers from Tulum, located at kilometer 266 of the Cancun-Tulum highway. For reference, it is in front of the Barceló hotel and next to the Cristalino and Jardín del Edén cenotes.

By public transportation: You can get there using the colectivos between Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Just ask to be dropped off at the Barceló hotel or mention that you are going to Cenote Azul. The cost of the trip is approximately $1.5 USD or $30 Mexican pesos.

By cab: You can also take a cab from Playa del Carmen or Tulum. Prices may vary depending on the season, so it is a good idea to ask several cab drivers to get the best price.

By car or rented car: Getting there by car is easy and can be an economical option if you are traveling in a group.

What is Cenote Azul like?

Cenote Azul is a completely open sinkhole that looks like a large natural open-air pool. The best thing about this place is its easy access and shallow areas, perfect for children to swim.

There are also deeper areas, ideal for the adventurous, with jumps up to 5 meters high. Its “L” shape is what creates these variations. As soon as you enter, the pools where swimming is allowed begin. The first two are shallow and in the shade, so the water is cooler. The main part of the cenote, in the center, also has a deep part and a shallower part, for all tastes. That is why it is so interesting to snorkel in Cenote Azul.

Activities to do at Cenote Azul

Relax and enjoy: Simply choose a spot in the shallower areas of the cenote, and enjoy the water and your company.

Swimming: In the main area you can swim freely. If you are not a good swimmer, you can rent a life jacket or stay in the shallower areas.

Snorkeling: Use your own equipment or rent it and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the cenote, swimming with fish of different types and sizes. It’s worth it.

Diving: If you like adrenaline, there is a natural platform in the deep part of the cenote from where you can jump into the water from a height of approximately 4 meters.

Picnic: You are allowed to bring food and there is a small tent inside. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

Feed the fish: Inside the park you can buy fish food and watch these little animals swirl around your feet.

Visit more cenotes: Being close to other cenotes, you can take a mini tour. Some nearby cenotes are Cristalino, Kantunchi and Jardin del Eden.

Diving: It is possible to dive in the depths of the cenote, with routes for beginners or advanced divers.

Observing local fauna: In addition to the aquatic environment of the cenote, you can see and hear many local birds, iguanas and, if you look for them, even bats in the small cave.

Best Restaurants Near Cenote Azul

After enjoying the cenote, you will surely want to try the delicious local food. Here we recommend some of the best restaurants nearby:

La Cueva del Chango Restaurant: Located in Playa del Carmen, this restaurant is known for its traditional Mexican cuisine and unique ambiance. It offers a wide variety of fresh and tasty dishes.

Taqueria El Fogon: If you are a taco lover, this place is a must. Their tacos al pastor and homemade sauces are very popular among locals and tourists.

Cenote Azul Hours and Rates


Cenote Azul is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. We recommend arriving early to avoid the crowds and enjoy a quieter experience.


Entrance to the cenote costs approximately $120 MXN per person. It is an affordable rate that is worth paying for the unique experience it offers.

Tips for your visit

Here are some practical tips to help you make the most of your visit to Cenote Azul:

  • Pets are not allowed.
  • You cannot enter with glass objects or alcohol.
  • No hammocks, mats or similar are allowed.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • You must shower before entering the water, since it is not allowed to use mosquito repellent or suntan lotion to avoid contaminating the cenote.
  • Towels are not available for rent, but you can rent snorkeling equipment and life jackets.
  • It is mandatory to wear a bathing suit.
  • Weekdays are usually less crowded than weekends, especially early in the morning or late afternoon.
  • Be careful when swimming in the deep areas and pay special attention to children.

Where to Stay: Hotel Occidental at Xcaret Destination

To complete your Riviera Maya experience, we recommend staying at the Occidental Hotel at Xcaret Destination. This luxury hotel offers everything you need for an unforgettable vacation.

Hotel Facilities

The Occidental at Xcaret Destination features spacious and modern facilities, including several swimming pools, world-class restaurants and direct access to the beach. They also offer daily activities and nightly entertainment for all ages.


The hotel is strategically located near the main attractions of the Riviera Maya, including Cenote Azul. This allows you to enjoy all the activities without having to travel long distances.

For more information and reservations, please visit: www.barcelo.com/en-us/occidental-at-xcaret-destination/

Cenote Azul is a place not to be missed in the Riviera Maya. Its natural beauty, fun activities and proximity to good restaurants and accommodations make it the ideal place for a memorable getaway. Follow our tips and consider staying at the Occidental Hotel at Xcaret Destination to ensure an unforgettable vacation.