Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant

Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant

Santa Barbara Cenotes & Restaurant
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  • deanorama
    London, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    4 awesome cenotes an hour from Merida
    Brilliant day out. It costs 470 pesos per adult including lunch or 350 without lunch. Kids up to 10 cost less c.320 with lunch. You can’t wear sunscreen or insect repellant and shower before your first cenote . They provide a life jacket which you have to wear. Take goggles if you have them. There are 4 cenotes (we were expecting 3) so pace yourselves as depending on what you like they get better as you go! The first 3 you can reach by a free bike which you pick up after paying. The 4th is back at the entrance. The first 2 are caves and the last 2 open. They are all wonderful! And as others have reviewed, lunch was delicious and great value. I suggest wearing beach shoes so you don’t have to put shoes back on wet feet as you bike between cenotes. Thoroughly recommend.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Luvdesun
    Port Rowan, Canada46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lively and refreshing cenotes
    The 4 cenotes are very different, 2 caves, one partially open and one new cenote open. Ride by cart or bike to the first and walk to 2nd and 3rd. Each one unique. Life jackets are mandatory, so although we brought mask and snorkel, wearing a life vest makes these pretty useless so we didn't use. Wearing water shoes was good but not necessary. You can bring your "stuff" with you into each cenote. Lots of room on platforms for your flip flops, cameras and towels. At 4th cenote thete is an elevator to make it more accessible. Cost was $350 pesos for non national. Don't know if different prices for national. Meal was $120, lockers included. Bathrooms and changerooms available.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 February 2024
  • PattySoundTraveler
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent an unforgettable afternoon here – you should do the same!
    We came to Santa Barbara Cenotes as part of a day tour from Merida. We were pleased to see such comfortable and clean facilities. There are changing rooms, restrooms, a tasty restaurant, lockers, beautiful grounds and, of course, the 4 beautiful cenotes! Here are a few tips to enjoy your visit: Travel lightly and wear water shoes. Leave most of your belongings behind. Bring a small towel. If you want to bring your camera/smartphone, I think it would be ok as you can keep an eye on your bag while swimming. However, we left ours behind to travel lightly, and it’s easy to get photos online for your photo album. You have 4 choices of transport between cenotes (3 are fairly close together and a little distance from the main entrance. 1 is close to the main entrance) – walking, bicycling, riding a van, or riding on a small flatbed horse-drawn carriage on rail. Definitely take the horse ride at least one direction – it was surprisingly fun. Make sure you go to every cenote, preferably in order. They are all different and lovely. Enjoy your day here!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
  • luvthesune
    176 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    4 cenotes worth viewing.
    This was a very nice, tourist friendly cenote destination. Drove ourselves there bypassing street vendors. Bike or ride on cart to the cenotes as there are 1 km away. Change rooms, bathrooms available. Lockers as well. We did bring snorkel and masks but hard to snorkel when wearing life vest which is mandatory. Each cenote very different; 2 caves, 1 partially open and one totally open with elevator. Enough room inside the cenotes to bring your towels, cameras and equipment, we didn't need lockers. Lots of room for non swimmers to view as well. $350 pesos.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 February 2024
  • Elena K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best trip and great food
    This was a wonderful tour. Our driver Julio was attentive, helpful and very involved in our activities. He made our trip to cenotes and the time there absolutely fantastic! The food in the restaurant was also great, very fresh and delicious. Thank you very much.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 April 2024
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Elena K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was a wonderful tour. Our driver Julio was attentive, helpful and very involved in our activities. He made our trip to cenotes and the time there absolutely fantastic! The food in the restaurant was also great, very fresh and delicious. Thank you very much.
Written 9 April 2024
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luvthesune
luvthesun176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was a very nice, tourist friendly cenote destination. Drove ourselves there bypassing street vendors. Bike or ride on cart to the cenotes as there are 1 km away. Change rooms, bathrooms available. Lockers as well. We did bring snorkel and masks but hard to snorkel when wearing life vest which is mandatory. Each cenote very different; 2 caves, 1 partially open and one totally open with elevator. Enough room inside the cenotes to bring your towels, cameras and equipment, we didn't need lockers. Lots of room for non swimmers to view as well. $350 pesos.
Written 29 February 2024
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PattySoundTraveler
49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We came to Santa Barbara Cenotes as part of a day tour from Merida. We were pleased to see such comfortable and clean facilities. There are changing rooms, restrooms, a tasty restaurant, lockers, beautiful grounds and, of course, the 4 beautiful cenotes! Here are a few tips to enjoy your visit:

Travel lightly and wear water shoes. Leave most of your belongings behind. Bring a small towel.

If you want to bring your camera/smartphone, I think it would be ok as you can keep an eye on your bag while swimming. However, we left ours behind to travel lightly, and it’s easy to get photos online for your photo album.

You have 4 choices of transport between cenotes (3 are fairly close together and a little distance from the main entrance. 1 is close to the main entrance) – walking, bicycling, riding a van, or riding on a small flatbed horse-drawn carriage on rail. Definitely take the horse ride at least one direction – it was surprisingly fun.

Make sure you go to every cenote, preferably in order. They are all different and lovely.

Enjoy your day here!
Written 26 February 2024
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Triflyer
India436 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The cenotes are amazing. At the entrance the feel is that it's very commercialized. It gets better once in. However what I simply could not comprehend is how in a place in the midst of nature they have horse carriages running? In my view it's quite barbaric, backward and cruel.
Entrance fee is 350 pesos without food.
I went with a tour group and paid 1350 pesos for transport from merida center to the cenote including entrance which meant 1000 pesos was towards transport plus lunch they offered (outside the premises). It was quite expensive and there is no need to join a tour. There are buses from merida that drop one right Outside Santa Barbara cenotes for a small fee
Written 19 February 2024
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Luvdesun
Port Rowan, Canada46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The 4 cenotes are very different, 2 caves, one partially open and one new cenote open. Ride by cart or bike to the first and walk to 2nd and 3rd. Each one unique. Life jackets are mandatory, so although we brought mask and snorkel, wearing a life vest makes these pretty useless so we didn't use. Wearing water shoes was good but not necessary. You can bring your "stuff" with you into each cenote. Lots of room on platforms for your flip flops, cameras and towels. At 4th cenote thete is an elevator to make it more accessible. Cost was $350 pesos for non national. Don't know if different prices for national. Meal was $120, lockers included. Bathrooms and changerooms available.
Written 18 February 2024
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deanorama
London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Brilliant day out. It costs 470 pesos per adult including lunch or 350 without lunch. Kids up to 10 cost less c.320 with lunch.
You can’t wear sunscreen or insect repellant and shower before your first cenote . They provide a life jacket which you have to wear. Take goggles if you have them. There are 4 cenotes (we were expecting 3) so pace yourselves as depending on what you like they get better as you go! The first 3 you can reach by a free bike which you pick up after paying. The 4th is back at the entrance. The first 2 are caves and the last 2 open. They are all wonderful! And as others have reviewed, lunch was delicious and great value. I suggest wearing beach shoes so you don’t have to put shoes back on wet feet as you bike between cenotes.
Thoroughly recommend.
Written 7 January 2024
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Curiosity64222835492
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I love it, the only concern I have its for the horses they are working all the time, and its too hot, please a truck is better, too sad!!!
Written 7 July 2023
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1Ruthandboaz
Maine26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This was well worth the trip from Merida. The entrance fee was $250 pesos and lunch was $120 pesos. The entrance fee includes a life jacket which is mandatory. There are three different cenotes each one better than the last. The property is well maintained and the friendly employees scattered about the property direct you where to go on each trail. The horse drawn “truck”, a wooden flatbed on rails, takes you into the woods and picks you up after you are done. The restaurant serves very good food and is a good value. Try to arrive when they open at 9am and you will have the place to yourselves until the crowds arrive a few hours later.
Written 10 April 2023
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xrayd0ct0r
Dothan, AL140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
A great way to spend a day. A little over an hours drive from Merida, and we spent almost four hours including lunch. The facility was clean, well organized and a good value for the money. The cenotes were beautiful and refreshing. The restaurant service was good and the food was very tasty. We got a pitcher of fresh horchata for 90 pesos. It was a day well spent.
Written 29 March 2023
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Daniel K
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
We just drove ourselves to the Cenotes from Merida. Easy drive and far cheaper than a tour. It’s a good couple of hours swimming around although it is busy as it is a popular spot and the life jackets annoy me but all in all you won’t be dissatisfied
Written 23 March 2023
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