Casa Cenote in Tulum: Everything You Need To Know

Have you ever imagined swimming in one of Tulum’s captivating cenotes? Casa Cenote, located along the Riviera Maya, provides a distinctive experience as it winds through lush mangrove forests that connect the beach to the jungle. 

This cenote is a favorite for activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, and kayaking, not just because of its tranquil beauty but also due to Pancho the crocodile resident – (more on him later). 

Despite the crowds in other well-known cenotes, Casa Cenote retains its charm, making it an ideal place to visit if you’re staying in Tulum.

The water is crystal clear, perfect for spotting small schools of fish and perhaps even getting a glimpse of Pancho.

In this guide, I’ll share everything you need to know about Casa Cenote, from helpful tips and essential details to service costs.

Let’s jump in!

Casa Cenote Tulum: The Complete Visitor’s Guide

Casa Cenote guide

Casa Cenote, sometimes referred to as Cenote Manati was once home to a family of manatees that ventured into the cenote from the sea. Sadly, likely due to over-tourism and potential contamination, these gentle creatures may have moved on (we’ll touch more on this topic later).

This cenote is a sprawling, open-air cenote that elegantly winds through the lush jungle, offering both adventure and relaxation in a breathtakingly beautiful natural setting.

Cenote Details

  • ENTRANCE FEE: 150 MXN per person (Cash Only)
  • HOURS: 9 am – 5 pm
  • BEST TIMES TO VISIT: Early mornings or weekdays to avoid crowds
  • CENOTE TYPE: Open-air cenote
  • CENOTE DEPTH: Approximately 20-25 feet deep (6-8 meters) and 656 feet long (200 meters)
  • LOCATION: A 15-minute drive from Tulum Centro, accessible by car, scooter, or taxi just off Highway 307 that connects Tulum to Cancun

Things To Do At Casa Cenote

  • Scuba Diving (Great For First-Timers)
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Paddleboarding
  • Kayaking

Facilities And Amenities

  • FACILITIES:
    • Porta-potties (not bathrooms)
    • Changing areas (no showers)
    • Restaurant & Bar: Tacos, burgers, and beers
  • AVAILABLE RENTALS:
    • Paddle Board: $700 MXN
    • Kayak: $300 MXN 
    • Snorkeling Equipment: $20 USD
    • Scuba Diving Tours: $500 MXN
    • Lockers: $50 MXN
  • PARKING: This cenote offers free parking

How to Get to Casa Cenote from Tulum

  • Google Maps Location: 📍 Casa Cenote
  • Distance: 7 miles (10 kilometers)
  • Travel Time: 15 minutes from Tulum Centro

Casa Cenote is about 7 miles (10 kilometers) north of Tulum, making it a perfectly positioned stop for anyone exploring the area

It’s important to note that there isn’t a sign off the highway for Casa Cenote, so make sure to set your GPS if you’re planning to drive or scooter there. Once you turn onto the dirt road leading to the cenote, be prepared for a bumpy ride and take it slow. 

Follow the road until you see the cenote on your left, and you can park in the lot on the right side, where you’ll also pay your entry fee.

A drone shot of a cenote in Tulum Mexico

Getting to Casa Cenote by Taxi:

If you’re not renting a car, taking a taxi or hiring a private driver is a great alternative. 

From Tulum Centro, a taxi to Casa Cenote typically costs about $500 MXN (around $29 USD) each way. If you hire a private driver for the day, they can wait for you while you explore the cenote. 

If opting for a regular taxi, consider getting the driver’s WhatsApp number to wait for you or arrange a pickup time in advance, as getting a taxi from the cenote location can be challenging.

Taking a Colectivo to Casa Cenote:

For those traveling on a budget, taking a Colectivo is an economical choice. 

To catch one, head to the main road in Tulum Centro and make sure you’re on the North side of the street, looking for a Colectivo heading towards Akumal. 

The Colectivo will drop you off on the highway, and from there, you’ll have about 1 mile (1.5 km) walk to reach Casa Cenote. 

The fare for the Colectivo is approximately $20 MXN (about $1.50 USD), making it a cost-effective option for budget-conscious travelers.

What To Bring

  • Cash: Always have cash on hand for the entrance fee, various services, and equipment rentals.
  • Swimming Gear: Don’t forget your swimwear, towels, goggles, and water shoes to enhance your comfort in the water.
  • Sun Protection: To safeguard the cenote’s delicate ecosystem, consider wearing long-sleeve swimwear and hats instead of sunscreen, which is not allowed in the water.
  • Mosquito Repellent: Apply mosquito repellent only after swimming. You must shower or not have anything on before entering the cenote to ensure no chemicals contaminate the water.
  • Snacks and Water: Bring snacks and a water bottle to keep hydrated.
  • Waterproof Camera or Phone Case: Essential for capturing the stunning scenery of Casa Cenote.
  • Snorkeling Gear: While rental options are available, they can be pricey. Bringing your own gear is advisable, or you can check out the dive shop across from the cenote for equipment.

Always practice LEAVE NO TRACE BEHIND – Make sure not to leave any garbage in the cenote or surrounding jungle.

Is There a Crocodile in Casa Cenote?

Yes – there is a crocodile residing in Casa Cenote! While the presence of Pancho, the crocodile, might be concerning for some, it’s worth noting that he is known to be quite tolerant of swimmers and divers. 

Pancho typically stays in a specific area towards the end of the cenote. Those who encounter him often find that he is quite content to coexist peacefully with respectful human visitors.

Pancho the crocodile

FAQs About Casa Cenote

How Much Does Casa Cenote Cost?

Entrance Fee: The entry to Casa Cenote is 150 MXN pesos (about $10 USD), which includes the use of a life jacket. 

Please note that this cenote only accepts cash payments, so be prepared to cover the entrance fee and any additional costs for activities and gear rentals onsite, as credit card facilities are not available.

Can I Bring My Professional Camera?

Yes, you can bring a professional camera, such as a GoPro, but there is an additional charge of 500 MXN ($30 USD). 

Cell phones are welcome at no extra cost, but please be aware that the use of drones is prohibited.

Are There Showers at Casa Cenote??

No, there are no showers available. As with most cenotes, visitors are expected to shower before entering to avoid contaminating the water with sunscreen, insect repellent, or lotions. 

Since there are no shower facilities, please ensure you arrive free of these substances to help preserve the natural environment of the cenote.

Are There Bathrooms?

Yes, there are portable toilets available. However, these facilities are not always maintained to the highest standards. 

For a more comfortable experience, consider using the restrooms inside the nearby dive shop or restaurant.

➡️ For more detailed information on staying safe in cenotes, be sure to check out our comprehensive Cenote Safety Guide.

How Deep is Casa Cenote?

Casa Cenote has varying depths, reaching up to 8 meters (about 26 feet) at its deepest. The cenote spans 200 meters (656 feet) in length, allowing for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and paddleboarding throughout.

 It also features a 50-meter (164-foot) tunnel that connects to the open sea.

A famous cenote in Tulum Mexico

Is Casa Cenote Safe To Swim?

The safety of swimming in Casa Cenote can vary. As of recent reports in 2022, some cenotes in Tulum, including Casa Cenote, were found to have traces of Escherichia coli (E. coli). 

While these findings suggest some level of contamination, it is crucial to never ingest the water and to protect your eyes with goggles or a mask

➡️ Researching current conditions and following safety guidelines is recommended to ensure a safe experience.

Has There Been a Crocodile Attack at Casa Cenote?

No, there have been no recorded crocodile attacks at Casa Cenote. Pancho, the resident crocodile, has coexisted peacefully with visitors for decades. 

While he is a wild animal, maintaining a respectful distance generally ensures a safe encounter.

A cenote in Tulum

Other Cenotes Near Casa Cenote

Cenote Dos Ojos – A famous cenote for scuba diving (and for beginners) – this cenote looks like two eyes from above. 

Cenote Jaguar – An open-air cenote in the same park as Cenote Dos Ojos and has a zipline across the water. 

Cenote Car Wash – An open-air cenote where locals used to wash their cars. It also has a 10-foot platform to jump in and is home to Jorgito the Crocodile!

Cenote Zacil-Ha – Known for its many amenities including 2 pools, restaurants, and cabin rentals. Perfect for a family day!

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