The heat is back in Playa del Carmen. After almost two months of cold fronts that crossed the country and forced the inhabitants of Playa del Carmen, Cancun and Tulum to remove the tennis and sweatshirts from the closet to protect us from the cold, we returned to our normal programming, with those customary 30 degrees of humid heat and radiant sun hitting not only our beautiful beaches but also the streets, avenues, houses, cars, and everything!
In general, the heat turns Playa del Carmen into a gigantic oven that will last for at least 11 months and although that is the main reason for several visitors from cold countries to come to Playa, after one or two days of extreme weather in which even the beers are not enough to stifle it … what options do we have left to fight the heat and also be economical and guarantee you a good time?
If you have 200 pesos in the bag, and you are not afraid to do something different to spend the day lying down in a beach club, just 20 km from the city center, you will find an oasis of refreshing waters and pictorial natural postcards. Just take public transport or drive towards Tulum and in a few minutes you will be arriving at the beautiful Cenote Cristalino, one of the most beautiful in the region and very famous not only for its beauty, the color of its waters and vegetation but also for its proximity to Playa del Carmen.
Playa del Carmen offers its inhabitants and tourists a wide variety of activities among which its beautiful beaches, parties, and restaurants stand out, but without a doubt one of the most popular for the price, proximity, and possibilities of fun is to visit one of the hundreds of cenotes that are found both in the state of Quintana Roo and in the Yucatan Peninsula. In case you still do not know, the cenotes are geological depressions (something like holes) filled with water that were formed by the filtration of rainwater through the limestone over millions of years, resulting in natural wonders of exceptional beauty of which in Mexico and especially in the Yucatan Peninsula we can feel proud of having so close to protect them, preserve them and enjoy everything they offer.
The Cenote Cristalino is distinguished from others in the area due to the quality of the services offered to the tourist, as it is very well preserved without this meaning a sacrifice in the comfort offered by its facilities, making it an excellent option for visitors, since it has toilets, dressing rooms, and rest areas. The Cenote Cristalino is a natural area where you can find 3 open cenotes that include a small cave, ideal for those who love snorkeling or for those who want to spend a quiet day surrounded by nature.
If you travel with your family, we guarantee that you will have a great time swimming, exploring the cave or practicing your best dives in its natural platform of 3 meters, but it is also highly recommended for those who travel as a couple, with friends and even for lonely travelers.
Have you already wanted to know the Crystalline Cenote (Cenote Cristalino)? This is the info you need to have an incredible day:
How to get there: Take public transport (known as van or colectivo) from Av. 20 and Calle 2 of Playa del Carmen or at any stop along the way, heading to Tulum. The cost of the round trip will be approximately 70 pesos. You can also drive on the Federal Highway heading to Tulum and passing Puerto Aventuras, 3 km you will find the cenote, it has free parking.
Price: The entrance fee is 150 pesos, which includes access to the facilities (cenote, rest areas, changing rooms, bathrooms) and the optional life jacket loan. We recommend you take your snorkel and visor mask or if you prefer, you can rent them for 50 pesos (you will need to leave an identification).
Food: As in most cenotes, it is allowed to bring your food and non-alcoholic beverages. The Cenote Cristalino does not have a restaurant but they sell some snacks. We recommend you take enough supplies so you do not have to interrupt the fun because of hunger.
What can not be done:
Use sunblock: If you already put it on, do not worry, going in there are some showers to take it off, since the oils damage the ecosystem, kill the fish, and you do not really need them. It is also not allowed to smoke, consume alcoholic beverages, damage facilities or nature and generally behave like an idiot; Be a good tourist, respect and have a good time without doing any nonsense.
What you can not stop doing:
- Snorkel in each of the 3 cenotes as well as in the cave, discovering the subtle differences, rock formations, and vegetation.
- Exfoliate your feet naturally and for free. If you are calm in the water, the fish will come closer to you and eat the dead skin cells. Do not be scared, it does not hurt, sometimes you do not even feel it, and you will not get any limbs off. Some people pay for this in 5th Avenue so take advantage.
- Take a dive from the natural platform. You’re here, go without fear, you do not pass water. It is proven that 100% of tourists who want but do not dare, end up regretting not having done it once they return to their homes.
When can you visit? Cenote Cristalino is open from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Do not miss the Cristalino Cenote on your next visit to Playa del Carmen.