I’m wearing the Freestyle Swimsuit c/o Summersalt Swim, and Robin is wearing past season Lilly Pulitzer swim trunks.
All photos taken with my GoPro Hero6 Black waterproof camera! You can shop the equipment I used below:
Location: Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Cost: $10 USD/Person
Re-Entry Permitted: No
Activities: Swimming, Snorkeling, Diving
Handcap Accessible: No
Family Friendly: Yes
Amenities: Parking, Showers, Changing Rooms, Picnic Tables, Hammocks, Lockers, etc.
Equipment Needed: Snorkeling Equipment (can be rented on site), Waterproof Camera, Towel, Swimsuits
Lifeguards on Duty: No
Time Needed to Enjoy It: At least an hour
The Yucatán Peninsula is famous for Cenotes, which are sunken swimming holes, and for good reason; they have dozens of them! When we were trying to decide which one of the many, many cenotes to visit, we had a difficult time finding information about what to pack, what to expect, and what there was to do at each cenote, which is why I want to share things you should know before visiting. We ended up visiting Gran Cenote, which is a very popular cenote for swimming, snorkeling, and diving in the area, and we had such a great time! I highly recommend adding a cenote visit to your itinerary when visiting this area, you won’t regret it! We spent about 3 hours here, and I was glad we arrived early, because it got really busy as we were leaving.
It costs $10USD per person to enter Gran Cenote for the day, and once you pay and enter, you’re not able to exit and re-enter, so be sure you have everything you need with you (swimsuit, towel, snorkel & goggles, sunscreen, snack, water, etc.). They do rent out snorkels, lifejackets, and flippers, but we brought our own snorkels which we purchased from Amazon, which ended up being cheaper, plus we were able to keep them. I didn’t see how they cleaned the snorkels between people, and I’m too germaphobic to trust that they do a good job, which was the main reason we bought and brought our own. You can also rent a locker for the duration of your stay to secure valuables and things that can’t go with you in the water. This cenote has bathrooms, showers, and changing rooms located above the swimming area, as well as picnic tables, hammocks, and grassy areas, making it a perfect spot for a picnic in between swimming.
Gran Cenote is two sinkholes connected by a cave, so you can enter on one side, swim through the cave and exit on the other, or swim between the two sides, which is what we did. There are lots of fish and turtles in this cenote, and they’re not afraid of people, so they will just swim right on by you, which is such a cool experience. The cave is also home to hundreds of bats, and we could see them flying around and hanging on the roof of the cave, but they never went near the people and kept to themselves. These bats can’t hurt you, and they’re nothing to worry about (they’re actually really cute), but one woman began shrieking and freaking out when she was swimming through the cave and noticed the bats, and she had to be helped out of the water by the people she was with and an employee. I guess she doesn’t like bats…? I recommend showering off after swimming in the cenote after being near wild animals, and it will prevent you from getting itchy.
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