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Visiting Cenote Cristal: A Practical Guide to Tulum’s Crystal-Clear Pool

Visiting Cenote Cristal: A Practical Guide to Tulum’s Crystal-Clear Pool

Visiting Cenote Cristal? Read on to discover everything you need to know about planning a trip to this spectacular destination in Tulum.

It’s no secret that Tulum has fantastic options for snorkeling, scuba diving, and exploring cenotes abound. 

From crowd favorites like Gran Cenote to lesser-known gems, it’s tough to come up with the best cenote in Tulum – we’ve found a lot of excellent choices.

But you can make a pretty easy case for Cenote Cristal as taking the title for one of Tulum’s top overall swimming destinations. 

Not convinced yet? Our guide will help you learn all you need to know about Cristal Cenote.

Why Visit Cenote Cristal?

Cenote Cristal in Tulum, Mexico

Cenote Cristal (otherwise known as Cenote Naharon) doesn’t have the reputation that some of our favorite locations in Tulum, like Gran Cenote, have. 

Whether you want to check out the namesake crystal blue waters that make this one of the best places to snorkel in Tulum or tap into your fearless side and jump off one of several platforms that range in difficulty or ability, Cenote Cristal is a spot you’ll enjoy.

In need of material for your IG? You’ll find plenty here. The translucent blue water contrasts perfectly with the deep shades of green surrounding the natural pool, making it an excellent place to find the perfect lighting for a photo or video.    

But Cenote Cristal doesn’t just look great on film; it’s beautiful IRL, too. So let’s take an in-depth look at why we love Cenote Cristal and think you will too.

Snorkeling at Cenote Cristal

Snorkeling at Cristal Cenote is an experience you won’t forget. While you’ll need to save your scuba diving for nearby Cristal Escondido, you can still see plenty here with a pair of fins and some goggles at the Cristal Cenote

What wildlife will you spot when you snorkel here? You may get glimpses of fish or turtles if you’re lucky, but it’s all about the see-through waters that are as clear as any you’ll find in Tulum.  

Diving Platforms

One of the big highlights for many tourists visiting Cenote Cristal Tulum is the diving platforms. And regardless of your skill set, there’s a height level you should be comfortable with while you’re here. 

You can choose from 3 diving platforms, with a 12-foot option being an excellent choice for people who want to test their potential Olympic skills or overcome a fear of heights. 

Tranquility in the Jungle

Many tourists and locals like Cristal Cenote because it is less crowded than other well-known spots. Sure, you’ll still find a lot of visitors here on any given day. 

But if you show up early, there’s a good chance you won’t compete with crowds the way you might at some of our other favorite locations. 

After all, there isn’t much more enjoyable than planning a perfect Tulum vacation that involves plenty of relaxation in an idyllic setting like Cristal Cenote. 

Nearby Cenote Escondido

Cenote Escondido, Tulum, Mexico

One of our favorite reasons to visit Cenote Cristal Tulum is that you can drop by Cenote Escondido free of charge (well, kinda – entry covers both) when you stop by here. So what’s better than one great cenote? Well, two, of course.

This “hidden cenote” offers up some of the best underwater opportunities in Tulum. You’ll find clear blue fresh waters, a tropical jungle backdrop, and one of our favorite scuba diving spots.

What’s another thing we love to do here? The rope swing is an adrenaline seeker’s dream, where you can plunge out into the 20-foot-deep waters from high above. 

About Cristal Cenote 

Cristal Cenote is an open cenote. It’s a primarily round-shaped body of freshwater ideal for spending an afternoon in the sun. Large limestone banks and dense jungle vegetation complement the sunshine dancing off the beautiful blue waters below.

Unlike some of our other favorite cenotes in caves or semi-open locations, you’ll have ample opportunities for a sun tan while visiting this Tulum hot spot.

Planning Your Visit to Cenote Cristal

Cenote Cristal Address 

One of the reasons Cenote Cristal is so gorgeous is that it’s more remote than some other destinations in Tulum.

You can find Cenote Cristal (Cenote Naharon) at 77765 Q.R., Mexico near Highway 307 on Naharon Road.

Cenote Cristal Tulum Opening Times 

When can you visit Cenote Cristal? Fortunately, you can access this Tulum destination any day of the week. You can arrive between 9 am and 4 pm, any day of the week.

You’ll want to get here early to avoid crowds. We recommend showing up right when they open, so you can take full advantage of Cristal Cenote and Escondido. 

Arriving in the morning helps to beat the crowds and have a chance to enjoy one of our favorite things to do in Tulum in a more relaxed setting.

Visiting Cenote Cristal Independently

Cenote Cristal
Credit: Off The Beaten Path, Wikimedia

The best way to get to Cenote Cristal independently is by driving. You’ll get into Cenote Cristal and Escondido for a 150 Pesos fee. Pay attention when finding the entrance, as it can be challenging to locate without GPS.

Once you arrive, there’s plenty to do here. So spread out, relax when you’re not swimming, and enjoy your gorgeous surroundings. In addition to restrooms and benches, there is ample space to picnic, and you can set up at a table and have a perfect lunch in a beautiful Tulum location.   

If you want to add Cenote Escondido to your itinerary (we think you definitely should), you’ll need to look a little harder for the sign or ask around. It’s just across the road and is well worth the visit.

Tours to Cenote Cristal 

If you want to plan your trip to Cenote Cristal as part of a tour, you’re in luck. You can make this trip with a group and even pair it with a stop at the beach or another famous Tulum location. 

One of our favorite tours is this Cenote Trail offering that pairs a visit to Cristal Cenote and neighboring Escondido with a luxe jungle brunch, a short but sweet bicycling tour, and a visit to Gran Cenote. It takes all the effort of planning your journey to the cenotes out of your hands.

Where to Stay for Cenote Cristal

Naajal Boutique Hotel

While plenty of excellent hotels are available in nearby Tulum, if you want to stay right down the road from Cristal Cenote, check out Naajal Boutique Hotel. 

Views of the jungle and gorgeous gardens make this the perfect hotel if you’re searching for a more rustic retreat while in Tulum. 

But there are plenty of amenities and comforts here, too. Rooms and suites have just enough space to spread out in the comfortable resort and set you up with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and private kitchens.

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