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My Day Exploring Cenote Azul!
(Last Updated On: June 1, 2018)

My Day Exploring Cenote Azul!


One of the top attractions in this area are the cenotes, pronounced: Seh-no-tays.

You’ll find 100’s of miles of this underground river system in the Riviera Maya.

You can learn more about these fascinating bodies of water on our blog post: What are Cenotes?

Some parts of these caves are completely underground, some are partially covered and some even sit on the surface like a lake.

You can find really impressive stalactites and stalagmites, some are just fun to swim in, and almost all are absolutely beautiful.

People swimming in blue cenote


The water in these cenotes is rainwater that has been filtered through limestone found in this area, resulting in crystal clear fresh water.

We decided to spend our Sunday at Cenote Azul (Blue Cenote).

It’s located just south of Puerto Aventuras in the Riviera Maya, about a 20 minute drive from Playa del Carmen.

This is just one of the many things to do in the Playa del Carmen area, and one of our faves.

People swimming in blue water

Cenote Azul is quite large.

There are several different areas with various depths, so if you are not a strong swimmer you can bring a lifejacket or rent one on site for a minimal fee.

You can bring snacks and drinks or there is a small “shop” that sells bags of chips.

The main cenote area has a cliff you can jump from.

Just as entertaining is the people-watching as they try to convince themselves to do it.

Not a fan of heights? No sweat, there’s dock if you want to be able to jump without the height factor.

cenote azul cliff jump

While we were there, people of all ages were having fun jumping from the cliff.

There was even a taxi driver… in full uniform!

Undershirt, shirt, long pants and socks – he did take his shoes off but he had a great time giving us all a show with his jumps and dives.

People jumping in the cenote azul

Fish of All Sizes

There are many fish in this cenote in varying sizes. Many like to nibble at your feet, and I even had my own fish spa going on.

The shop does sell little bags of food for the fish if you want to feed them. There are catfish-like ones, some that kind of look like trout and then some smaller minnows.

You can either bring your snorkel gear, or get some on site for a small fee. You’ll see a few fish as well as the rock formations under water.

Feet in cenote azul

We spent a good part of the day swimming, checking out the fish and relaxing around the cenote.

Your Options To Visting Cenote Azul

If you want to visit some cenotes independently, this area is a great choice. You have 4 different cenotes, all next to each other.

You can pay the entrance fee at the door and enjoy. The Cenote Azul is right next to Cristalino, Kantunchi and Jardin of Eden.

Entrance fees start at about $7-8 per adult at the Azul and Cristalino up to about $30 at the Kantunchi.

They are all a little different.

If you are staying at the Barcelo Hotels (Barcelo Maya Beach, Palace, Colonial, Caribe, Tropical) you can actually just cross the highway (VERY carefully!) and walk over to any of them.

If you heading out from Playa del Carmen, you can take a taxi for roughly 200 pesos ($16) or if you are really going “local” you can grab the colectivos (group vans) that run down the highway. See Cenote Azul on a map.

I Can Help

If you want help choosing the best and tours and hotels for your vacation call me, Lisa, at 1-888-537-9797.

You can also see our list to the top 50 Playa del Carmen tours and things to do.

Have you experienced Cenote Azul? Share your feedback below.




Sarah Sarah is a travel enthusiast from England, who swapped the rainy clouds of Manchester for beachside bliss in Playa Del Carmen. If she’s not salsa dancing by the shore, you’ll find her soaking up the sun in one of her favorite rooftop party pools. Sarah is the content and social media manager here at PlayaDelCarmen.com


  1. Cenote Azul was such a hidden gem!! I hadn’t seen it advertised anywhere except on Trip Advisor, and so glad we found it! Locals and families take a cooler and spend the day swimming, jumping off the huge rock or just lounging in the sun. Natural jungle setting. You may need bug spray on the walk in, but they do have smoke pits going to deter the mosquitos. Beautiful colored fish, not alot, but enough. Take your snorkel gear, or just your mask. The water is crystal clear and cool on a hot summer day. You may need to take some water shoes as some of the rocks are slippery with moss. Don’t miss this place!!

    1. Hey Judy,
      We tried to contact you this morning! If you need any help, or have questions about booking a trip to Playa del Carmen – feel free to contact our travel guru’s on 1-888-537-9797.

  2. We stayed at the Barcelo Resort and walked to Cenote Azul! Best experience ever. We went 2 days in a row. Its a nice get away from the sandy beach….don’t get me wrong, the beach is beautiful but Cenote Azul is magical!

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    1. Good Morning!

      Thanks for getting in touch 🙂 Cenote Azul a short drive away from downtown Playa Del Carmen. You can take a private transfer or grab one of the readily available taxi’s in the area. One of our fabulous Travel Gurus will contact you shortly with more information on visiting this cenote.

  4. I had hip replacement surgery I have water shoes and can walk fine just slow and easy. Is this plaace handicap accessible, that would make me feel better about not falling!! i am leaving my cell you can text me with info thanx ahead of time

    1. Hello Deby,

      Cenote Azul isn’t particularly handicap friendly as it can get quite busy and getting in and out of the water may be an issue for people who use wheelchairs etc. However, regarding your hip replacement, as long as you move slowly and use water shoes you should be fine. Just find an entrance to the water where it is flat, It might also help if you have someone on hand just in case you do need an extra hand exiting the water. Hope that helps :).

      1. Thank you so much we are heading there today. I will snorkel wear bug spray water shoes sunscreen. Bring out cooler with sandwich and Versace and hold my husbands hand while entering and exiting the water. Will let u know how it goes. Thanx ahead of time

  5. I had no problems navigating around at Cenote azul. Got to snorkel. Held onto the trees along the path for stability. Didn’t even have any help from hubby. It was beautiful. Thsnx

    1. Hello Kristyn, thank you for getting in touch. No there are no paths connecting the two however they are in close proximity less than a 10-minute walk. You will have to walk along the highway to reach the entrance to Cristallino.

    1. Hola Jo, yes it’s safe. Obviously just take all the same road precautions you would take at home as you will be close to the highway. I hope that helps. 🙂

  6. Hi – how far is this from playacar palace? We are thinking about going there tomorrow. How do you suggest we get there? How much is a ride?

    1. Hey Colleen, it’s about a 20-minute drive from your hotel. In a taxi, it will cost you just over 200 pesos. 🙂 If there’s anything else I can help you with just let me know I’d be happy to assist. 🙂

    1. Hey Carol, yeah I think taking your young daughter here would be a lovely idea. Cenote Azul provides different depths of water and is great for young children because they can stand up while playing in the water. This particular cenote is extremely popular with families as you will soon see. You will have a great time, just remember to take some snacks and drinks with you as there isn’t much around to buy from. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen. 🙂

  7. I am thinking of doing Cenote Azul in the morning and then heading over to Xpu Ha for the afternoon. Are there taxis waiting outside of Cenote Azul that could get me there ?


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