I have read many reviews and forum posts, and there are just so many it is overwhelming!
I am planning to rent a car for a day to go see Coba, then we would like to go swim/ snorkel in 1-2 cenotes on our own. It will be me, my husband and 3 school aged kids. We have our own snorkels even flotation device for the youngest. I would like something cave-like, although we don't have waterproof flashlights. And we would like to do this on our own, since we have a car, without the added expense of a guide.
So I am leaning towards Gran cenote.
I also heard there are some nice ones near Coba, but don't know the names or what type of cenote they are.?
And maybe a stop at Azul or Cristalino cenote.
How about Manati Cenote? I understand it's more open in the mangroves... is it worth a stop?
And for a separate day:
I have also seen pictures/ websites for Santa Cruz, Sac Actun, as well as some of the small cenote eco-parks like Aktun Chen, Kantun Chi and Rio Secreto. Since it sounds like you do these with a guide, maybe best to save them for a separate day? They all sound amazing- not sure how to decide which one to choose!
Any advise or recommendations is appreciated!