Gran Cenote
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Located three miles from downtown Tulum, Gran Cenote is one of the most popular sinkholes in Mexico. It comprises an open-air cenote surrounded by caves and offers 1,500 square feet of swimming surface with crystal clear waters. Swim, snorkel, or dive with turtles and colorful fish here. You can even swim into the caves as bats fly overhead. There are also plenty of wooden platforms where you can chill amid the lush nature and take lots of pictures. You can join a guided tour to explore Gran Cenote together with other beautiful cenotes in Tulum. – Tripadvisor
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  • celadeira
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida116 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but overpriced.
    If you have not seen a cenote before, this is a nice experience. This is not worth $30 dollar. Cenotes are similar make sure you choose well. They do not allow you to go under the water, you are required to wear a floating vest. You can see several turtles, they are everywhere.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Janet L
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand experience!
    Really unique experience! Water was crystal clear teeming with fish & turtles. We went early during the week and there was barely any body there. Water was cold but you got used to it as you swam. The caves were dark so a flashlight is helpful if you want to see the bats & birds. Would recommend you being a strong swimmer even with a life vest. Bring snorkeling equipment to see all the fish & turtles! There were nice facilities here with plenty of parking.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Tina N
    31 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overpriced like everything in Tulum
    Admission is $30/person - definitely overpriced in my opinion. Most cenotes are similar so choose one or two. This one has a lot of turtles and two areas you can swim. No bug spray or sunscreen allowed. They make you shower before going. The dude handing out life vests was a little rude. Told us we had to wet our hair too.. like why? Be prepared to get bit by lots of mosquitoes.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Genesis M
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem !
    A true gem of Mexico ! Worth the price. Location : close to the town of Tulum ( not the hotels) Price: Fair Ambience: Good not so packed. Try to get there early to avoid the tours. Tours: Dont really need one to visit. Requirements : no suncreen, no bronzer, no funny business.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 October 2023
  • astrid m
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive but nice
    $30 US per person, expensive for family of four. There are bathrooms and outdoor showers but no change rooms so come in your bathing suite. Bring snorkeling gear if you have it to see the turtles and fish. Water was a little on the cool side compared to the ocean. Staff who welcomed us and gave instructions was great! Lockers to store your stuff was inexpensive. Life jackets were sadly mandatory.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 December 2023
  • christina b
    212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Only Accept Pesos or Cash. Price was higher than advertised. $30 USD No ATM. Lockers and Goggles available. Nice bathrooms inside. Staff at entrance didn't speak English. Not friendly. My first experience at a Cenote so I can't compare it to others. It is much like the pictures advertise. Several entry points to the Cenote so you can spread out. Water is chilly this time of year but I found it to be refreshing. You also have to take a cold shower before entering to help preserve the ecosystem. Water is clear and beautiful. Turtles, small fish, and bats. Definitely recommend. Relaxing.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 February 2024
  • Abi Parghi
    Irvine, California13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Experience
    We swam in the open-air cenote and explored the surrounding caverns, with two snorkeling pools on either side. If you see turtles at Gran Cenote, keep your distance and avoid startling them. The entrance fee is $500 MXN - Mexican Pesos(CASH ONLY).
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
  • russellbrown181
    Hednesford, United Kingdom586 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive but fun
    £28 to get in which includes your life vest & snorkel & mask (bring ID as without it you have to oay £1.50 to hire) lockers will cost you £1.50. It’s amazing swimming with the turtles & fishes & seeing the bats flying around in the caves. The water is pretty chilly but certainly cools you off after a hot day. Definitely worth visiting, the reason for my 4* review is that once you’ve swam around a bit & chilled you’re done in a couple of hours so it’s expensive really.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2024
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Alex S
Sydney, Australia86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Obsessed with this place - swimming with the turtles and fish and bats was super cool. Getting to look underwater and see the depths of the cavern was insane. I had to catch a taxi there because I didn’t want to bike on the main road but it was worth it - easy to get to if you are hiring a car or scooter.
Written 4 April 2024
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russellbrown181
Hednesford, UK586 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
£28 to get in which includes your life vest & snorkel & mask (bring ID as without it you have to oay £1.50 to hire) lockers will cost you £1.50. It’s amazing swimming with the turtles & fishes & seeing the bats flying around in the caves. The water is pretty chilly but certainly cools you off after a hot day. Definitely worth visiting, the reason for my 4* review is that once you’ve swam around a bit & chilled you’re done in a couple of hours so it’s expensive really.
Written 1 April 2024
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Abi Parghi
Irvine, CA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We swam in the open-air cenote and explored the surrounding caverns, with two snorkeling pools on either side. If you see turtles at Gran Cenote, keep your distance and avoid startling them. The entrance fee is $500 MXN - Mexican Pesos(CASH ONLY).
Written 1 March 2024
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christina b
212 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Only Accept Pesos or Cash. Price was higher than advertised. $30 USD No ATM. Lockers and Goggles available. Nice bathrooms inside. Staff at entrance didn't speak English. Not friendly.
My first experience at a Cenote so I can't compare it to others. It is much like the pictures advertise. Several entry points to the Cenote so you can spread out. Water is chilly this time of year but I found it to be refreshing. You also have to take a cold shower before entering to help preserve the ecosystem.
Water is clear and beautiful. Turtles, small fish, and bats. Definitely recommend. Relaxing.
Written 14 February 2024
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BeachBum76
Missouri200 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Save your $30 and go to another Cenote! After 5 minutes we had seen enough. Very underwhelming! We spent $12 at another Cenote the day before and it was wonderful. Nothing to see here when snorkeling. Water is shallow but your required to wear their lifejackets. Don't waste your time going here.
Written 9 February 2024
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Katarzyna L
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Breathtaking cenote but be prepare to pay 500 pesos or 30$ to enter.It is very close to Tulum. If you don’t have your gear you can rent and leave them your ID.
Written 31 December 2023
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Mao Iragorri
Bogota, Colombia19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful. Toh birds, turtles and lots of fishes, as well of course as a gorgeous enchanting place. Absolutely must go.
Written 27 December 2023
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astrid m
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
$30 US per person, expensive for family of four. There are bathrooms and outdoor showers but no change rooms so come in your bathing suite. Bring snorkeling gear if you have it to see the turtles and fish. Water was a little on the cool side compared to the ocean. Staff who welcomed us and gave instructions was great! Lockers to store your stuff was inexpensive. Life jackets were sadly mandatory.
Written 10 December 2023
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Raymond W
68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Cost was 500 pesos per person or 30 USD. Can't return if you leave. Nice water hole. They provide life jackets. A lot fish and turtles. Simple and fun for families.
Written 12 November 2023
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Genesis M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A true gem of Mexico ! Worth the price.
Location : close to the town of Tulum ( not the hotels)
Price: Fair
Ambience: Good not so packed. Try to get there early to avoid the tours.
Tours: Dont really need one to visit.
Requirements : no suncreen, no bronzer, no funny business.
Written 19 October 2023
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