Cenote Azul
Cenote Azul
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Cenote Azul (meaning blue cenote in Spanish) is an open-air cenote with several gorgeous pools of varying depths. The waters never get above 75°F, making it a great place to cool off and enjoy a refreshing swim. It's also popular among families for its shallow waters and easy access. The clear waters are abundant with marine life and are great for snorkeling; we hear that the fishes will give your feet a good exfoliation and spa, too. If you're feeling daring, there are also cliffs that you can jump from. There are two other well-known cenotes nearby: Cenote Eden and Cenote Cristalino. Join a full-day cenote excursion to experience them all. – Tripadvisor
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  • Pauline Van de Velde
    Antwerp, Belgium4 contributions
    Fun family trip (go before 11am)
    We paid 10 USD per person to visit this place. Around 10 am, we shared the place with 3 other couples. If you go later, after 11am it will be more busy and touristy. The cenote is fun, you can do a jump into the water. There are also a lot of fishes so bring your gear to go snorkeling.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 March 2023
  • majeo
    Miami, Florida2,857 contributions
    Best activity in cancun
    Located near the playa del carmen in the middle between cancun and TaTulum, 1 hour drive from each. There are many spring lakes a long the way, I choose this one because the parking lot is 50 ft away. It has small entrance fees, although there are many other free cenotas. Pay outside and drive 500 meters to the parking lot inside, Don't park on the main road. There are showers toilets and changing rooms on site. It was good experience in Mexico for my 13&15 years old. The best was the jumping pad, and the view underneath is fantastic if you can bring warmest camera, Don't forget the beach shots C U AROUND
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 March 2023
  • Kristin575
    Kula, Hawaii38 contributions
    Beautiful place!
    Cenote Azul is fairly close to Playa del Carmen, in the direction of Tulum. It is an open-air cenote, meaning that it resembles a small lake (no caves or deep dives). There were a few smaller areas with water to explore along the jungle paths next to the main area. The water is a gorgeous aquamarine color and it is a super pretty spot! This is a popular place with both locals and tourists. We went on a Saturday afternoon and it was quite full; I hear mornings are more quiet.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Emilyxx1
    18 contributions
    Beautiful Cenote
    Best cenote we have been to so far in Mexico :) Tips - you have to shower before going in (so not much point applying sun cream or bug spray beforehand) Do not take too many valuables (if you’re going in the water to swim, you’re likely to leave your belongings where you can’t always see them) There’s no real space to sit and chill, you just have to sit on a rock! There’s quite a few mosquitos due to it being full of greenery and trees I loved this cenote as you could sit on the side whilst the fish ate your feet!! You could watch people jump in, sit in the shade or sit in the sun. Take your own food and drinks! I’d recommend taking a snorkel or at least some goggles (although you can hire them there if needed)
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 April 2023
  • Bonnie B
    Amarillo, Texas98 contributions
    The Garden of Eden!!!
    We were on a Carnival Cruise and this was one of the excursions we took. It was such an amazing experience! We went cenote hopping and ended the trip in a Mayan village where we enjoyed a fabulous meal. We are always looking for ways to share new cultures and our passion for travel with our boys and this was truly a wonderful experience for us all. Our guide, Pamela, was informative and knowledgeable. Our boys, aged 8 and 10, had the greatest time zip lining and cliff diving into the cenotes. It was truly a magical experience. The water was so beautiful it seemed unreal!! Everyone should experience this at least once in their lifetime!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Ilovetravel
    Birmingham, United Kingdom371 contributions
    Great fun at this cenote
    Apparently this is small as cenotes go and it was quite busy being very accessible from the road. It cost 90 mx$, changing facilities poor but we loved the cenote itself which is just a 5 min walk down a few steps and gentle incline. Beautiful area to swim, fairly shallow in places but a few deeper dropoffs. We had a great couple hours here.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • RudySzymon
    Chicago, Illinois853 contributions
    Large cenote full of sunshine.
    Large cenote with crystal clear water. Plenty of sunshine to allow time to explore it for a long time. Plenty of space to sit on the edge allowing the little fish to work on your skin.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Theo Sxm
    196 contributions
    Incredibly beautiful
    Incredibly beautiful. Go there early, at opening if possible because the parking lot isn't very big, otherwise you have to park outside, and it's a long walk. We stayed there less than 2 hours, arriving at 10:30 a.m. Around 12 p.m., the big influences arrive and too many people in the afternoon.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2024
  • jamesi1919
    Leeds, United Kingdom26 contributions
    Fantastic water and place to jump
    I visited this cenote in June 2018, what an amazing place. It was part of a trip from a local independent guide and what a trip we had. The water is crystal clear water with some big and small fish to watch so take a snorkel and mask. There are a few places to dive from, the best one is the big cliff. The water doesn't looks deep but it's a lot deeper than it looks under the cliff. Be aware that you are asked not to wear sun cream for the sake of the fish and water quality. I would also recommend some kind of shoe as the rocks and stones on the climb up can be a bit sharp. I'd also advise to get there early as it's best to be in on your own to enjoy the best experience.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 January 2024
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nicoled09
Winnipeg, Canada47 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was a super fun afternoon. It was quiet and lots of places to swim. We really enjoyed this space. It was great for adults or kids.
Written 10 February 2024
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jamesi1919
Leeds, UK26 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
I visited this cenote in June 2018, what an amazing place. It was part of a trip from a local independent guide and what a trip we had. The water is crystal clear water with some big and small fish to watch so take a snorkel and mask. There are a few places to dive from, the best one is the big cliff. The water doesn't looks deep but it's a lot deeper than it looks under the cliff. Be aware that you are asked not to wear sun cream for the sake of the fish and water quality. I would also recommend some kind of shoe as the rocks and stones on the climb up can be a bit sharp. I'd also advise to get there early as it's best to be in on your own to enjoy the best experience.
Written 31 January 2024
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Cathy S
New York City, NY23 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
If you're short on time and money and lack a car this is an ok option. Because the collectivo can drop you right in front, since it's on the highway. And the entry fee of 150 pesos is not too bad. BUT: don't imagine you'll be having a magical cenote experience. The pools are small, shallow and hard to swim in; the place is CROWDED; there were about 50-60 people there crowding around small pools; a hideous electric tower looms over the place, and there's the din of highway traffic in the background. Arrive early if you want to find some peace and quiet.
Written 9 January 2024
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Theo Sxm
St Martin196 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Incredibly beautiful. Go there early, at opening if possible because the parking lot isn't very big, otherwise you have to park outside, and it's a long walk.
We stayed there less than 2 hours, arriving at 10:30 a.m. Around 12 p.m., the big influences arrive and too many people in the afternoon.
Written 7 January 2024
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RudySzymon
Chicago, IL853 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Large cenote with crystal clear water. Plenty of sunshine to allow time to explore it for a long time. Plenty of space to sit on the edge allowing the little fish to work on your skin.
Written 26 November 2023
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Kevin s
Chicago, IL6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Beautiful, multi pooled cenote. A little crowded and cost 10 us$ per person. Probably better ones do your research.
Written 25 November 2023
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Ilovetravel
Birmingham, UK371 contributions
Apr 2023
Apparently this is small as cenotes go and it was quite busy being very accessible from the road. It cost 90 mx$, changing facilities poor but we loved the cenote itself which is just a 5 min walk down a few steps and gentle incline. Beautiful area to swim, fairly shallow in places but a few deeper dropoffs. We had a great couple hours here.
Written 14 August 2023
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Ck_Nest
Kennesaw, GA258 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
This is an open Cenote which has a few hidden spots with mini Cenotes around. Sunscreen is not allowed as it damages the environment. Bring water as it can get a little warm. There is a six meter drop you can jump into the water if desired.

This place gets crowded so get there as early as possible. (Both for the parking and to have a spot on the shore.) Sundays are super packed so go on another day if possible.

We were here all day and enjoyed it the whole time.
Written 18 July 2023
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Bonnie B
Amarillo, TX98 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We were on a Carnival Cruise and this was one of the excursions we took. It was such an amazing experience! We went cenote hopping and ended the trip in a Mayan village where we enjoyed a fabulous meal. We are always looking for ways to share new cultures and our passion for travel with our boys and this was truly a wonderful experience for us all. Our guide, Pamela, was informative and knowledgeable. Our boys, aged 8 and 10, had the greatest time zip lining and cliff diving into the cenotes. It was truly a magical experience. The water was so beautiful it seemed unreal!! Everyone should experience this at least once in their lifetime!
Written 5 July 2023
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Alex W
4 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
It was a lovely Cenote but more family oriented than expected. I’d of preferred a more picturesque cenote that was partly underground.
Written 11 June 2023
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