Cenote Santa Cruz in Akumal

Perhaps one of the Yucatan’s best-kept secrets. It’s been open for over 15 years, however, the owners are very ecologically minded and are careful to limit the size of each tour to very small groups and only three tours per day.

Unlike many other cenotes which are in many cases large open water pools where tourists splash about, Cenote Santa Cruz is a tiny entrance that begins in a dry cavern, and winds you through a unique 2.5-hour journey back in time.

As you explore Cenote Santa Cruz, you’ll discover beautiful rock formations dating back 60 million years, clear pristine water, and several species of fresh-water fish and crustaceans.

The average water depth is waist-high for an adult but can be deeper in other portions of the cave system after rainfall. A mask and snorkel for viewing the aquatic life and other underwater features are encouraged. Swim fins are not necessary, and life vests and flashlights are included in the admission fee.

Location — Cenote Santa Cruz is near Akumal. Admission is by reservation only, and only small groups are allowed at one time.

The cost is $50 usd per person (guide, mask, lamps included). Let me know if you wish to make a reservation.”