Gran Cenote is located near Tulum on the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. It is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Caribbean Sea. The Gran Cenote is a type of natural cavern called a cenote. Cenotes are formed when the limestone bedrock of the Yucatán Peninsula dissolves, creating sinkholes that expose the groundwater below.
Gran Cenote is one of the most famous cenotes in Mexico. Although its name suggests one large cenote, it consists of several cenotes that meander along the lush jungle floor and are connected by wooden walkways. Gran Cenote is about 200 feet deep, and the water is beautiful turquoise.
Be sure to plan your visit to Gran Cenote well in advance. Here is our suggestion:
Located just a few miles from Tulum on the way to Coba, this is one of the top dive sites on the Riviera Maya. It is also a popular location for weddings and photo shoots. Its water is so crystal clear that you can see a lot of underwater life without going deep.
The cenote is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The entrance fee is 500 MXN (approx. $25). It is a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.
Here are some additional tips for tourists visiting Gran Cenote:
- Arrive early to avoid the crowds. The cenote can get very crowded, especially in the afternoon.
- Bring your snorkeling gear if you have it. Rental equipment is available but can be expensive.
- Be aware of the bats that live in the cenote. They are not aggressive but can be startling if you are not expecting them.
- Be respectful of the environment. Do not touch the formations or the animals.
Gran Cenote Visitor Information
- Opening times: 08:00 – 17:00 every day
- Bathrooms: Yes
- Lockers are available
- Admission fee: $25 USD
- Eating: No restaurants on site, food stalls can be found outside, near the entrance.
Gran Cenote Map
Gran Cenote Photos
Photo Album by Ed Johnson