There are multiple reasons why divers from all over the world love to plan a vacation in Playa del Carmen. Access to the Mayan Reef is certainly one, as are pristine waters and beaches. However, one of the most unique features of the Mayan Riviera are the cenotes – subterranean freshwater caverns.
Vacation in Playa del Carmen and Explore 5 of the World’s Most Popular Cenotes
Cenotes form when water erodes underground limestone beds, forming a network of freshwater caves and caverns. These caves and caverns have been explored and mapped, providing exciting and mystical places for divers, kayakers, and adventure-goers to explore.
Here’s a list of the Top 5 cenotes to explore when vacationing in Playa del Carmen.
- Cenote Cristalino. We put Cenote Cristalino at the top due to its affordability (100 Pesos or about $10USD) and its natural aesthetics. It’s only 15-minutes from Playa del Carmen on Highway 307. There are three different cenotes to explore and is safe for small children.
- Cenote Angelita. Are you an advanced diver? Check out Cenote Angelita, which has 200 feet of both fresh and salt-water layers, divided by a dense cloud of hydrogen sulfate. The waters on both sides of the dividing cloud have fairly limitless visibility.
- Gran Cenote. Enjoy this FREE cenote, located off Highway 307 on the turnoff to Cobá near Tulum. The largest pool offers great snorkeling and swimming, and the shallower areas feed off into tropical jungle pools.
- Aktun Chen. Popular with hikers, Aktun Chen provides ample caves to be explored, many of which are filled with colorful stalactites and stalagmites. There is also a small jungle animal park.
- Hidden Worlds. Only have time to get to one? Visit Cenote Labna Ha.
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