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13 Best Cenotes Near Tulum You Need To Visit in 20...

13 Best Cenotes Near Tulum You Need To Visit in 2021

No trip to Tulum is complete without the cenotes. Check out the 13 best cenotes in Tulum that you need to visit if you are dreaming of swimming in caves or among water lilies.

The tropical weather, sandy beaches, great Mexican food and ancient Mayan ruins are enough reasons to buy a plane ticket and visit Tulum ASAP. However, all across the region, there are hidden treasures that predate even the Mayans by thousands and thousands of years: the cenotes.

Swimming in cenotes is something that you can only do here, and that will quickly become your favorite activity in the Riviera Maya. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, cenotes are sinkholes, many of them opening up into vast subterranean worlds, filled with tunnels and lagoons.

If you’re staying in Tulum, then there are so many beautiful cenotes in Tulum just a stone’s throw away, and it would be a shame not to include these incredible natural wonders in your Yucatan itinerary. Check out my favorites in this video below!

In my opinion, the cenotes near Tulum are the best ones in the state of Quintana Roo, and it makes sense to come for a day trip from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. If you’re coming from Cancun, check out how to get from Cancun to Tulum.

▶ You can visit these cenotes on your own, or you can check out this list of the best cenote tours in Tulum.

But first things first…

What Is a Cenote in Mexico?

What is a cenote, and why is everyone obsessed with them?

A cenote is a natural pit or sinkhole that has been forming for several centuries or thousands of years. This happens as a result of limestone caves collapsing and exposing a natural pool. This natural sinkhole or pool gets then filled with rain water and with water flowing through the underground river, to which these cenotes are connected to.

The word cenote is derived from a Mayan term dzonot. This word literally means well. But it’s not as easy as saying that cenotes are underground sinkholes and that’s it. If you have been to any of the cenotes in Mexico, you will know that there are a variety of cenote types:

 Open Cenotes – Open cenotes are like natural, open pools. No caves or anything like that. They can be more or less deep, depending on which cenote you go to. Some of the open cenotes are also connected to an underground river passage (and they are usually suitable for diving).

 Semi-open Cenotes – As the name implies, this type of cenote has some parts that are exposed like the open cenotes above, and some portions that are partially hidden by a cave.

 Underground Cenotes – This type of cenote is the most difficult to reach. This explains why they are the least researched (and visited), because only experienced divers can access these hidden cenotes.

 Cave Cenotes – Cave cenotes can usually be accessed via a land-level entrance with a staircase. Cave cenotes open up to an underground pool with shallower and deeper areas. This type of cenotes is the most mysterious one, and some of my favorite cenotes are in this category.

The cenotes that offer underwater passageways that are connected to the Mayan river system are the best destinations for cavern diving. Cenotes have cultural and religious significance to the ancient Mayans, who believe that cenotes are passages to the underworld and consider them sacred. This explains why ancient Mayans used to perform rituals in the cenotes.

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6 BEST CENOTES IN TULUM, MEXICO

Keep reading for my six picks for the very best cenotes to visit near Tulum: make sure you see at least one them all! Entrance fees and opening times info for this list of cenotes in Tulum were updated in January 2021.

Cenote Dos Ojos

Some images on this post were taken by Raphael Alexander Zoren, Journey Wonders

In English, the name of this cenote translates to “two eyes”- and the reason for that becomes clear as soon as you set eyes on Cenote Dos Ojos, one of the best Tulum caves.

From the surface, it appears to be two separate sinkholes, each filled with crystal-clear blue water that makes it look as though the Earth itself is peering up at you through two enormous eyes. In fact, though, Dos Ojos is actually a single cenote, with the two sinkholes connected by a 400-meter long passageway.

The water is always nice and warm, and a lots of light comes through those eyeballs, coloring the water of the most beautiful turquoise. No wonder it’s one of the most instagrammable cenotes in Tulum!
Cenote Dos Ojos is truly beautiful. The only issue with it is that it’s also probably the most famous cenote in Tulum and it gets reeeeeally crowded.

See this photo above with absolutely no one in sight or the big photo at the top of this post? They were taken at 8 am, right after opening time, and by 8.15 there were already quite a few people, so make sure you get here early: there’s nothing better than floating in this turquoise water immersed in the silence.

You can also visit Cenote Dos Ojos by joining a tour.

➤ The Tulum and Dos Ojos Cenotes: 5-Hour Guided Tour combines a guided visit to the Tulum ruins and a swim at Cenote Dos Ojos. Pick up is included from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, the resorts along the Riviera Maya, and Tulum, so it’s pretty much a great option for anyone who’s looking for an introduction to Tulum! BOOK IT HERE

➤ Dos Ojos & Casa Cenote Adventure from Tulum All Inclusive – No matter if you are a snorkeler or scuba diver, you can join this tour that caters to both. You will be able to snorkel or dive with a guide at both Casa Cenote and Cenote Dos Ojos.⇒ BOOK IT HERE

Cenote Dos Ojos Entrance Fee: 350 pesos. If you prefer, you can buy a ticket online in advance.
Cenote Dos Ojos Opening Times: 8AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Swimming / Snorkeling / Diving

Cenote Dos Ojos is on the Carretera Federal 307, km 244.5, 22km north of Tulum

READ THE FULL BLOG POST FOR MORE INFO:
Visit Cenote Dos Ojos, Tulum – The Most Beautiful Cenote in Riviera Maya

Cenote Nicte-Ha

While cenotes are certainly beautiful, they can sometimes be a little overcrowded with tourists and visitors, which obviously spoils the serenity of the place somewhat. That’s not an issue with cenote Nicte-Ha, though- since it’s a little way off the tourist trail, it’s the perfect cenote to visit for a bit of peace and quiet. When I visited, I had it all to myself!

Unlike many of the other cenotes in the region, cenote Nicte Ha is largely above ground, but it’s the most magical place to take a swim surrounded by nature. The water is clear and clean, and plenty of lily pads and other plants float gently on the surface, while surrounding trees dip their roots into the cenote to soak up some of that fresh water.

There’s also a part of the cenote which is covered by a small rock overhang, allowing you to feel like a real explorer as you make your way through the dark to discover what lies inside.

Combine it with Dos Ojos for the perfect day tour from Tulum.

Cenote Nicte-Ha Entrance Fee: 100 pesos.
Cenote Nicte-Ha Opening Times: 8AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Swimming / Snorkeling / Diving

Cenote Nicte Ha is at Carretera Federal 307, km 244.5, 22km north of Tulum, in the same complex of Dos Ojos

READ THE FULL BLOG POST:
Why You’ll Fall In Love With Cenote Nicte-Ha

Cenote Calavera

Cenote Calavera might be my favorite cenote in Tulum! In Spanish, Calavera means “skull”- a pretty grim-sounding name, right? 

However, there’s nothing dangerous about the Calavera cenote. Rather, it takes its name from the three sinkholes which open up into it, which from above resemble the eye sockets and mouth of an enormous skull.

It’s quite a bit deeper than the other cenotes listed above, which makes it the perfect place to try the legendary Yucatan sport of cenote diving (as in jumping) if you’re feeling brave enough. If you’re not, then don’t worry- there’s a ladder you can climb down instead!

Plenty of fish can be found in the water, and if you’re lucky (or unlucky, depending how you feel about it!), you might spot a bat or two flying through the caves. Looking up at the sunlight streaming into the cenote through the openings is definitely a sight you won’t forget for a long, long time.

Cenote Calavera is still relatively unknown and both times I visited, there were only 4 or 5 people, which makes it a great place for a peaceful swim and a million or two of Instagram photos. This Tulum cave cenote is truly special!

Cenote Calavera Entrance Fee: 100 pesos.
Cenote Calavera Opening Times: 9AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Swimming / Diving

Coming from Tulum on Carretera 109 towards Coba, you’ll find Cenote Calavera on your right after a 5-minutes drive.

READ THE FULL BLOG POST:
Cenote Calavera, Tulum : Swimming in the Temple of Doom

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Cenote Carwash

Officially, this outdoor swimming hole is called Aktun Ha Cenote, but most locals know it as the Cenote Carwash. It got its name because it’s only a minute or so off the road, so many taxi drivers would stop by to clean their cars in hot, dusty weather.

However, even though it’s easily accessible, it rarely gets crowded, so it’s the ideal spot to come for a swim and relax (even better if you have a heart floatie to play with!).

If you’ve got snorkeling gear, then you’ll be able to gaze in wonder at the vast underwater “garden” that lies at the bottom. Diving at Car Wash Cenote is also very popular, but you should contact a diving center beforehand to organize a dive.

In the summer, a layer of algae tends to form on the surface, and although it reduces visibility, it does trap a lot of heat from the sunshine to warm the cenote up considerably- it’s almost like a natural bubble bath!

Also, there’s a resident small crocodile you might be lucky enough to swim with… check out the full post to discover more!

Cenote Carwash Entrance Fee: 50 pesos for swimmers, 120 pesos for divers.
Cenote Carwash Opening Times: 9AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Swimming / Snorkeling / Diving

Coming from Tulum on Carretera 109 towards Coba, you’ll find Cenote Carwash on your left after a 10-minutes drive.

READ MORE:
Cenote Carwash: Swim with a Baby Crocodile & More

Gran Cenote

Located between Tulum and Coba, Gran Cenote is one of the most popular cenotes in Tulum… and it’s easy to understand why.

The color of the water is simply amazing, and you could spend hours snorkeling through the cenote caves. And what caves! You can see stalagmites and stalactites, and even swim with small turtles.

Gran Cenote is beautiful, but can get very crowded, so make sure you come early in the morning or right before closing time to avoid the big crowds. To avoid the lines, you can also buy your ticket online in advance.

You can also join an organized tour to Grand Cenote. 

The Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour will bring you to Gran Cenote, Cenote Escondido & Cenote Cristal all in one day to quench your cenotes thirst. BOOK IT HERE

Gran Cenote Entrance Fee: 180 pesos.
Gran Cenote Opening Times: 8AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Swimming / Snorkeling / Diving

Gran Cenote is only 5 kilometres away from Tulum town centre, on the Carretera 109 towards Coba. You’ll find it on your right after passing Cenote Calavera.

READ THE FULL BLOG POST:
Gran Cenote, Tulum – A Beautiful Cenote in Riviera Maya

Cenote Zacil Ha

Located just a short drive away from Tulum (and right next to the Car Wash Cenote), Cenote Zacil Ha is one of the most convenient cenotes to visit while you’re staying in town.

If you didn’t know better, you’d think that it was a man-made outdoor swimming pool carved into the rock, but the cave system extending from one end connects Zacil Ha  cenote with many other cenotes in the area.

Cenote Zacil Ha is not that big, but the cenote has plenty going for it, including a zip line that runs some 10 feet above the surface of the water, the perfect way for thrill seekers to plunge into it.

There are also multiple amenities available, including changing rooms, two actual swimming pools, and a restaurant, so it’s very family-friendly albeit a little less natural than the others on this list.

➤ Check out the Tulum, Coba, and Cenote Maya 3X1 tour that combines the Cenote Zacil Ha with a visit to the Mayan ruins of Tulum and the Coba Ruins. Pick up from Cancun/ Playa del Carmen / Tulum ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Cenote Zacil Ha Entrance Fee: 100 pesos.
Cenote Zacil Ha Opening Times: 10AM to 5.30PM daily.
Best For: Swimming

Cenote Zacil Ha is right next to Car Wash Cenote, so follow the directions above.

READ THE FULL BLOG POST:
Cenote Zacil Ha: Zip Line at This Family-Friendly Cenote

OTHER COOL TULUM CENOTES

These are some of the other cool cenotes worth checking out when you are in Tulum.

Cenote Cristal

Cenote Cristal is a beautiful cenote that looks like a pristine lake. It is a well-kept cenote but not too commercialized. Because of its crystal clear waters (thus, the name), you will be able to swim with tons of small fishes. There is also a high wooden platform that you can jump off from if you like some adventure. This cenote is located right next to Cenote Escondido and most tourists visit both of these cenotes.

Cenote Cristal Entrance Fee: 120 Pesos (includes admission to Cenote Escondido)
Cenote Cristal Opening Times: 8AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Swimming / Snorkeling / Diving

➤ Cenote Cristal is one of the cenotes you can visit by joining the Cenote Trail Tour, together with Gran Cenote and Cenote Escondido. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Cenote Cristal is located on Highway 307 going south from Tulum. From the ADO Bus Terminal in Tulum Town, drive for 5 minutes and you’ll find it on your right.

READ THE FULL BLOG POST:
Cenote Cristal & Escondido: All You Need to Know

Cenote Escondido

Cenote Escondido is across the road from Cenote Cristal. It’s a large, open cenote so it is never crowded. There is also a rope swing that you can use to jump into the water in style. It is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, or diving. Nothing super special if you’ve been to other cenotes in the area, but it makes sense to visit if you’re already visiting the more popular Cenote Cristal.

➤ You can combine a swim at Cenote Escondido with a day out exploring the unbelievable Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve with the Sian Kaan Lagoons and Cenote Escondido tour. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Cenote Escondido Entrance Fee: 120 Pesos (includes admission to Cenote Cristal)
Cenote Escondido Opening Times: 8AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Swimming / Snorkeling / Diving

Cenote Escondido is located on Highway 307 going south from Tulum. From the ADO Bus Terminal in Tulum Town, drive for 5 minutes and you’ll find it on your left, right in front of Cenote Cristal.

READ THE FULL BLOG POST:
Cenote Escondido & Cristal: All You Need to Know

Casa Cenote (also called Cenote Manati)

Casa Cenote is an open type cenote, and it’s family friendly because the open space makes it ideal for kids to swim in. Like most of the cenotes in Mexico, it’s well-known for its crystal clear waters that make it suitable for snorkeling and diving. The location of this cenote near the Tulum Mayan ruins is perfect to combine a cenote with an historical tour.

➤ Check out the Snorkeling Adventure Tour in Three Ecosystems. In one day, you’ll be able to snorkel at Casa Cenote + Cenote Sac Actun and the beautiful reef of Tulum. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Casa Cenote Entrance Fee: 120 Pesos.
Casa Cenote Opening Times: 8AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Swimming / Snorkeling / Diving

Casa Cenote is off the 307 Highway, driving north towards Playa del Carmen (about 20 minutes drive from Tulum Town).

Cenote Angelita

Cenote Angelita is a deep cenote located to the south of Tulum. If you’re looking for diving cenotes in Tulum, this is one of your best options as it reaches a depth of 60 meters. Cenote Angelita resembles an underground river, but it’s due to the effect of the halocline. This is a natural phenomenon that happens when freshwater and saltwater meet, and it creates optical illusions.

Cenote Angelita Entrance Fee: 100 Pesos.
Cenote Angelita Opening Times: 8AM to 5PM daily.
Best for: Diving

Cenote Angelita is located on the 307 Highway, approximately 12 minutes drive going south from Tulum.

Cenote El Pit

Cenote El Pit is another popular cenote for Tulum cave diving. It got its name from the fact that this is the deepest cenote in the Yucatan – 119 meters deep! Aside from avid divers, it is also frequented by speleologists and geologists who want to study the rock formations and species that can be found here. Keep in mind that only experienced divers are allowed to dive here.

Cenote El Pit Entrance Fee: 300 Pesos or 500 Pesos for a combined ticket with Dos Ojos Cenote as well.
Cenote El Pit Opening Times: 8AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Diving

Follow the directions for Cenote Dos Ojos. Cenote El Pit is part of the same group of cenotes.

Pet Cemetery Cenote (also called Cenote Sac Actun)

The Pet Cemetery Cenote (or Cenote Sac Actun) might sound creepy but it is actually one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico. The name comes from the many animal bones that were found on this cenote. These bones are believed to have been part of the rituals performed by the ancient Mayans in this sacred site.

This cenote was first discovered in 1987, and while it’s more known among divers, snorkelers can enjoy it too. You can’t visit this cenote without a guide, which explains the high cost of the entrance fee.

➤ You can visit Sac Actun by joining the Dream Underground World with pick up from Playa del Carmen. This tour gets raving reviews! ➥ BOOK IT HERE

The Pet Cemetery Cenote Entrance Fee: 450 pesos.
The Pet Cemetery Cenote Opening Times: 8AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Diving / Snorkeling

Follow the directions for Cenote Dos Ojos. Cenote Pet Cemetery is part of the same group of cenotes.

Cenote Xunaan-Ha

And finally, Cenote Xunaan-Ha is one of the most picturesque cenotes you will find, and one of the most secret cenotes in Tulum. It’s located in Chemuyil village, half way between Tulum and Akumal, and is known as the fourth largest cave system within Riviera Maya. It’s suitable for both snorkelers and advanced divers.

Cenote Xunaan-Ha Entrance Fee: 70 pesos.
Cenote Xunaan-Ha Opening Times: 9AM to 5PM daily.
Best For: Swimming / Snorkeling / Diving

The cenote is off the Carretera Federal 307, 25 minutes drive north of Tulum. Get off the highway at Chemuyil and Cenote Xunaan-Ha is right there on your left.

3 Best Tulum Cenote Tours 

You like all the cenotes in Tulum and don’t know which one to choose? Well, don’t. There are multiple cenotes tours where you can visit more than one in a day, but these three in my opinion offer the best value for your money.

  • Snorkeling and Underground Cenotes Half-Day Adventure – A few readers went on this tour and had a great experience! This Tulum cenote tour will bring you to both an open cenote and a cave one in half a day. Plus, the tour operator is all about protecting the environment. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

     

  • Cenote Trail: Caves Visit and Bike Tour – Discover some of the best cenotes near Tulum (Gran Cenote, Cenote Escondido & Cenote Cristal) all in one day. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

     

  • Snorkeling Adventure Tour in Three Ecosystems – In one day, you’ll be able to snorkel at Casa Cenote + Cenote Sac Actun and the beautiful reef of Tulum for some of the best snorkeling in Tulum experiences. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

How To Get To the Cenotes Near Tulum, Mexico

Wondering what’s the best way to visit the cenotes Tulum? You don’t need to be driving a car, as there are quite a few transportation options that are easily available.

Take a Colectivo to the Cenotes

Colectivos (shared vans in Spanish) are often the best way to move the Riviera Maya and Yucatan Peninsula. You need to understand how they work, but then they are really easy to use and they are your best option if you are traveling on a budget. Just stand on the side of the highway and wave at any minivan coming your way. Some will stop, some won’t. Usually you won’t have to wait for more than 5-10 minutes. Get in, tell the driver your destination, and pay when you get off. Don’t worry about knowing the price in advance, it’s always pretty cheap (most times a couple of dollars).

Some of the cenotes in this article such as Cenote Dos Ojos and Cenote Nicte Ha are located on highway 307 going north from Tulum, towards Playa del Carmen. Others such as Cenote Calavera and Cenote Carwash are located on the Tulum/Coba highway, going towards Coba.

Book A Private Driver for the Day

One of the best day trips from Tulum is visiting the best cenotes in the area. Nope, you won’t be able to see them all as there are considering there are thousands of cenotes in Yucatan and Quintana Roo.

If you want to visit multiple cenotes and maybe other attractions in Tulum in one day, consider getting a private driver to make the most out of your time. I chose to do it this way and I was able to visit 6 cenotes in one day. TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Shop around a bit before settling for a driver, and ask your hotel receptionist for recommendations. I was first quoted high prices such as $150 for the day, and then found a friend of a friend that asked for $100. It’s still not a budget option, I know, but Tulum and Riviera Maya are way more expensive than the rest of Mexico. If you can split the cost with a few other people, it’s the way to go IMO.

Take a Taxi

Honestly, I recommend this option only if you’re interested in seeing one cenote, or two cenotes that are located next to each other. If you’re planning to visit a few cenotes in a day, the taxi cost will add up pretty quickly. You might be better off finding a driver for the day or try and negotiate a price with the taxi driver for the whole day or half a day.

Rent a Bike 

Some of the cenotes in Tulum, especially the ones located on the Tulum/Coba road such as Cenote Calavera, Cenote Zacil Ha, and Gran Cenote, are close enough that you can bike to them. There are quite a few bike rental places both in Tulum Town and Tulum Beach. Renting a bike for a day shouldn’t cost you more than 200 pesos (around $10).

Rent a Car

If you feel confident driving in a foreign country, renting a car is probably the easiest way to get around. Driving around the Riviera Maya is actually pretty easy. The roads are well kept and rivers more or less respect the rules. If you plan to see a few cenotes in one day and you don’t mind driving, this is probably the smartest option. It’s very easy and quite cheap to rent a car in Mexico.

➤ Compare car rental prices HERE or get a quote in the table down below.

What to Pack for the Cenotes

This is a list of the essential items you need to bring with you when you visit a cenote in Tulum.

  • Swimwear: Of course. This is an essential item to pack with you when you visit a cenote. Make sure that you wear something that will enable you to swim with ease and to make the most of the natural pool.

     

  • Biodegradable Sunscreen: Please make sure not to apply regular sunscreen before entering a cenote. Not only it’s expressly forbidden in many of them, it’s just really bad for the water and its creatures.
    If you really need to use sunscreen, only go for 100% biodegradable sunscreen. Help maintain the cenotes as beautiful as they are!
  • Snorkel Mask or Goggles: The crystal clear waters of the cenote will make you want to take a closer look at what lurks beneath the surface of the water. Snorkeling gear or mask is what you need to make this possible.

     

  • Water Shoes: It can be uncomfortable to walk barefoot on the jagged rocks that surround the cenotes. Make sure to bring water shoes so you can protect your feet from the rocks.

     

  • Water Bottle: Mexico has tropical weather so you can expect it to be hot and humid. Packing your own bottled water will enable you to re-hydrate often. Try and use a refillable water bottle to reduce the consumption of plastic!

     

  • Camera: Because these cenotes feature one-of-a-kind natural beauty, it is hard to pass up the opportunity to capture them in photos. Even better if you have an underwater camera or GoPro, so you can take it in the water with you.

Where To Stay To Visit the Cenotes in Tulum

Trying to decide where to base yourself? Well, you have multiple options. If you’d like to be closer to the cenotes in Tulum, you have incredible accommodation options in Tulum.

READ ALSO: 30 Best Things to do in Tulum – The Ultimate Guide

But also the all-inclusives in Riviera Maya or the boutique hotels of Playa del Carmen, just one hour away, are great options. Check out a few of my favorites hotels in the area.

Where to Stay in Tulum

Book your accommodation by using the map below ⬇
Here you’ll find hotels and holiday rentals in Tulum Town; change the location to Tulum Beach if you prefer to stay by the beach.

Azulik: Ever dreamt of staying in a luxury treehouse? The treehouses at Azulik feature an incredible design & mosaic hot tubs on the terrace with jungle views. Do I need to say more?
Check out prices and availability for Azulik.

Zamas Hotel: Choose one of the colorful bungalows on the beach at this boutique hotel and wake up to the sound of waves. You can’t get closer to the beach than this!
Check out prices and availability for Zamas Hotel.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL REVIEW OF ZAMAS HOTEL

Chiringuito Tulum: I’m in love with the white design that reminds me of Mykonos or Santorini. The suites with a private pool overlooking the ocean are unbelievable.
Check out prices and availability for Chiringuito Tulum.

Harmony Glamping & Boutique Hotel: Try out glamping or opt for one of the design suites. A budget option in Tulum town. Scroll down for a full review!
Check out prices and availability for Harmony Glamping & Boutique Hotel

Where to Stay in Riviera Maya

Grand Bahia Principe Tulum: If the all-inclusive life is for you, then this huge resort is perfect. Choose from 5 restaurants, 7 bars, and all kinds of activities, or simply lounge by 3 pools or on the beach. Check out prices and availability for Grand Bahia Principe Tulum.

CLICK HERE FOR A FULL REVIEW OF GRAND BAHIA PRINCIPE TULUM

Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya All Inclusive – Adults Only: A luxurious all-inclusive perfect for couples who prefer an adults-only experience. Located in Akumal, on one of the best beaches in the area. The swim-up rooms are gorgeous. Check out prices and availability for Secrets Akumal Riviera Maya.

Where to Stay in Playa del Carmen

Sandos Playacar Beach Resort All Inclusive: 800 metres of private beach, 4 pools, 7 restaurants. You can either not ever get out of the resort or take advantage of the great location in Playa del Carmen to visit the surrounding areas. Check out prices and availability for Sandos Playacar Beach Resort.

Illusion Boutique Hotel Adults Only by Xperience Hotels: A boutique hotel boasting an amazing location: 2-minutes walk to the beach and 2-minutes to 5th Avenue. Enjoy the rooftop plunge pool and the incredible sea view. Check out prices and availability for Illusion Boutique Hotel.

A Full Review of Harmony Glamping & Boutique Hotel

There are plenty of all-inclusive resorts and luxury boutique hotels in Tulum, but if you want to try something different, glamping in Tulum is a fantastic option.

You might already know that I love glamping, together with luxury treehouse cabins and all that jazz, so when I found out there was a glamping site in Tulum, I knew I had to go and try it out.

Located in Tulum Town, Harmony Glamping features 7 bell tents, each of them with a double bed, and 5 suites. The tents are obviously pretty essential, but they are nicely decorated, each with a different theme.

But Harmony Glamping stands out for more than its tents. Its owners make sure that the place is ran in the most sustainable way possible. The materials used to build the hotel are sustainable, as well as some of the furniture that comes from recycled materials. Waste water is reused for gardening, the miniature product are 100% natural and biodegradable, and so on.

Image by Harmony Glamping

I also spent one night in the Grand Suite, and this is a great alternative if you want the privacy of your own bathroom or prefer a more traditional stay. I loved the design of the room, you know those white, greatly-decorated rooms that you can find through the pages of design magazines? Yes, it was like that!

The glamping spot also features a pool (soooo nice to have one when it’s Tulum-hot, trust me!) and offers yoga classes, which unfortunately I never got to try out. You can also find a nice organic restaurant serving healthy food, Flow Restaurant.

Image by Harmony Glamping

Overall, I recommend glamping in Tulum to those who don’t mind sharing a bathroom and want to try a stay that is truly green – all without having to give up the comfort of a hotel.

With rates starting at $55 for a tent and $65 for a junior suite during the high-season, Harmony Glamping is a great mi-range alternative, especially considering that boutique hotels on the beach go for several hundreds dollars a night! Check out the current rates for Harmony Glamping.

Looking for something different? Check out the best prices for hotels in Tulum HERE.

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  1. OMG I love cenotes so much. They are all very unique 🙂 Been to maybe 15 to 20 in Mexico but cannot remember their names 😀

  2. Will Charles

    18 March

    Definitely on my bucket list next visit to Mexico. Going to the Tulum area. Thanks for sharing!

    • Steph

      27 March

      I’m jealous, you’ll love it!

    • Judy

      1 May

      I’m like the previous commenter–I’ve been to several cenotes but can’t remember their names. They are the best! If I return to Mexico they are definitely on my to-do list. Check with your hotel staff–they know the best.

      • Steph

        4 May

        I love them all!! My favorite thing in the Riviera Maya 🙂

  3. I simply wanted to write down a quick word to say thanks to you for those wonderful tips and hints you are showing on this site.

  4. Antri C. | Beauty Blogger & Reviewer

    1 May

    You have done an incredible work!!! Cenote for me is a must place to be!! Xoxo

    • Steph

      4 May

      Thank you! I agree – cenotes are the best!

  5. I was debating between Cabo and Tulum. You just made up my mind. Thanks for sharing!

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