Cenote Cristalino is one of three cenotes that are located next to each other. The other two are Cenote Azul and Cenote Jardin del Eden. This cenote is unique from the other two because while they are an open area cenote, Cristalino has a half-cave. Swimming is still a favorite activity among those who visit but there are plenty more that you can enjoy.
In comparison to the other two cenotes in the area, Cenote Cristalino is a bit quieter. There are also fewer crowds, which makes it ideal if you want to bring your family along. It is a big cenote with plenty of areas with height that you can jump off from. But there are also lots of areas wherein you can sit at the edge and let your feet dangle on the water.
The cenote is U-shaped. A huge part of it is open but there are some areas that are concealed inside a half-cave. Aside from the half-cave, you will also find that there are plenty of mangrove plants nearby. This creates a lush jungle feel to the cenote as there are plenty of greens in the surrounding area. The beautiful contrast of the dark cave area and the lush green is so beautiful with the crystal clear water.
The water temperature in Cenote Cristalino is cold. It is therefore the perfect spot to go to for families who want to cool off from the summer heat. This cenote is not very deep so it might be better suited for swimming and diving. The water level goes as deep as 6 meters. Meanwhile, the cliff jump area has a height of 4 meters.
- Opening hours: 8 AM to 5 PM
- Entrance fee: 100 pesos
- Good for Scuba diving: Yes
- Good for swimming: Yes
- Facilities: Yes
- Car parking: Yes
Cenote Cristalino is equally beautiful as many other cenotes you find in Playa del Carmen. But if you want to avoid the crowd, this could be the number one reason to go. This cenote is relatively quiet and not as crowded as other more popular cenotes. But that does not mean there is any less reason to visit it.
Cenote Cristalino is relatively cheap to enter to at 100 Pesos for adults. There are adequate facilities in the cenote such as a store that sells snacks for the hungry tourists. There are also bathrooms available on-site. There are also changing areas located near the cenote. There is a car parking site by the road, though, as well as rental available for swim goggles.
The use of sunscreen is prohibited in this cenote. There is a signpost in the entrance to the cenote that will remind tourists of this. Any kind of sunscreen – even the biodegradable ones – is not allowed in the cenote so as not to contaminate the water.
One reason for this is that there are plenty of fishes that swim around in the cenote. You will encounter plenty of them during your swim. In fact, some of them will gather near your feet if you dangle it on the water, giving you free fish massage.
Aside from the fish that swim around in the cenote, you will also find plenty of awe-inspiring rock formations in the bottom of the cenote. For this reason, snorkeling is a highly recommended activity for those who visit.
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to Cenote Cristalino, you can reach it via public transportation or by driving your own car. The travel time from Playa del Carmen is approximately 20 minutes. You can also ride the collectivo, which is a Mexican minibus.
You will be sharing the ride with locals and other tourists. Simply tell the driver which cenote you want to go to so you can be dropped off at the right entrance.
WHERE TO STAY
Cenote Cristalino is located about 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen. This is therefore a good place to start looking for a place to stay as you can easily access the cenote on a day trip.
Plus, there are plenty of other tourist attractions in Playa del Carmen and a variety of accommodation types to choose from based on your budget.
Discover the hidden beauty of the ancient Mayan ruins. This small group tour enables you to experience the best of natural beauty and culture that the Yucatan Peninsula. This tour will depart from either Cancun or Playa del Carmen.
Aside from the Mayan ruins, you will also be visiting the best cenotes in the area. Get this chance to experience swimming, snorkeling, or diving in the sacred sinkholes for the Mayan people.
Experience life on the edge as you embark on an adventure-filled tour. This is your chance to experience the incredible natural beauty of the Mexican Caribbean. As part of the tour, you will be riding on an all-terrain vehicle to head to the cenotes. You can cool down as you swim in the sacred cenotes or snorkel to discover the beauty of the underwater life.