Creating a Family Friendly Cenote Experience

Family friendly cenotes

When you vacation in the Yucatan Peninsula, it is almost a given that visiting a cenote will be on your ‘must-do’ list.

However, swimming in a sinkhole or cave for the first time can be an intimidating experience for some kids. We get that. Its dark, there are a lot of squishy fish and sometimes even bats. But done right dipping their toe into one of these magnificent turquoise pools of water doesn’t have to be as unnerving as you might think.

If you are interested in exploring the caverns of one of the larger, more popular cenotes like Dos Ojos, it is probably best to hire a guide. If you want head out on your own with the kids, try Casa Cenote (Cenote Manatee). Almost lagoon like, this open water cenote is located in the middle of a mangrove. Large smooth rocks provide easy entry into the water. This cenote is home to both salt and fresh water fish, thanks to its close proximity to the ocean on Tankah Beach.

Acuatic Tulum dive shop

We rented equipment from Acuatic Tulum. It convenient location at the intersection of 109 & 307 makes it easy to grab snorkel gear before you head out. The prices are reasonable – $5 for a mask and snorkel another $5 if you want fins. The staff is friendly and extremely knowledgeable about snorkeling and the best places to go.


Of course you can rent equipment at Casa Cenote, including life preservers, which are great for first timers. There is a little hut with benches close to the water where you can put your stuff down and pay the 50 pesos for entry. Plus there are two restaurants nearby – Casa Cenote and the Blue Sky Hotel Restaurant – if you want to make a day of snorkeling and lunch.


Are you ready to take the plunge?

Hopefully it will be a beautiful and enriching adventure that your kids will remember forever.


Learn more about guest blogger Dana Freeman:

Dana Freeman

Dana is originally from New York City but has been calling Vermont home for the last 14 years. She is the Founder and Editor of — a hyperlocal destination for families to discover what to see and do in their community. While she is always looking for insider tips on Family Fun in Vermont, she also writes a travel blog providing hotel and destination reviews in Vermont and beyond. Dana pens a weekly column for the Burlington Free Press and curates a morning show piece for Star 92.9 FM.

Freeman has appeared on Huffington Post Live, contributes to the Forbes Travel Guide and has written for Homeaway, Minitime, Ciao Bambino! and Yucatan Holidays. She is the Family Travel Expert for Hotel Vermont as well as an Ambassador for Ski Vermont’s Family Ski & Ride Guide – The All Mountain Mamas.

Dana and her family have been visiting Tulum and other areas of Mexico regularly for the last 5 years.


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