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Casa Cenote, the best Tulum’s cenote from Mexico

Casa Cenote, also known as Cenote Manati, is one of the most beautiful spots in The Riviera Maya located in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

It is an open-air cenote close to the beach that still keeps an authentic vibe and a fantastic atmosphere.

This place is not very crowded yet, which is probably one of the main reasons I fell in love with it.

Casa Tortuga swimming hole is the perfect destination for a day trip, conveniently located near Tulum and into a natural park.

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What are the cenotes?

I bet you heard a lot talking about cenotes, and now I want to give you the right description of what a cenote is.

It is a freshwater sinkhole that appears when the limestone roof of a cave collapses. 

The cenotes allow us access to the water table, and these places were considered sacred by the Mayan civilization.

Today these are one of the main attractions in the Yucatan Peninsula.

wild side of Casa Cenote Tortuga Tulum
wild side of Casa Tortuga Tulum

Why is Casa Cenote also called Cenote Manati?

The name of Cenote Manati comes from a family of Manatees who used to live in the cenote.

These fantastic creatures used to show up quite often.

Maybe because of the increasing number of visitors, the family stopped visiting the cenote, so you won’t see them when visiting the cenote.

Cenote Casa Tortuga
Casa Tortuga swimming hole

Where is Casa Cenote located

Casa Cenote Tulum is a wonderful swimming hole with a snake shape hidden among a mangrove forest.

It is located on the Riviera Maya, about 10 km from Tulum and 55 km from Playa del Carmen.

You can also find Yal Ku Lagoon and Akumal, the other two beautiful cenotes near Tulum.

If you are staying in Tulum, it’s an easy and iconic 20-minute drive from Tulum on a beach road.

This is the perfect destination for a day trip from Tulum, being a perfect place for snorkeling and diving.

Casa Cenote and mangrove forest
Casa del Cenote and mangrove forest

How to get to Casa del Cenote

Access to Casa del Cenote is extremely easy, even though there are not a lot of signs from the main road.

You can get to Casa Tortuga Tulum by car, private transfer, or tour.

Getting to Casa Cenote by car

The easiest and most comfortable way to get to this cenote is by car.

A car gives you the freedom and mobility to move around without being conditioned by bus timetables and the time wasted when going with a group.

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We rent cars from DiscoverCars because they allow us to compare prices among multiple companies, so I can be sure that what I rent has the best price-quality ratio.

You don’t have to worry about driving in Mexico as this part of Mexico is safe, especially if you drive during the daytime.

If you are coming from Tulum, it should be the next turn after Caleta Tanhak.

Once you find the sign for Blue Sky Hotel turn right and follow the road.

There is a 90 degrees turn; then the road continues for another 300 meters.

The swimming hole will be on the left side.

Park your car in the parking lot where Casa Cenote and Manati Dive centers are located as here is also the ticket office.

Mexico car rental
Mexico car rental

Getting to Casa Cenote by private transfer

Obviously, this way of getting to this fabulous attraction is more expensive than renting a car.

In Mexico, everything is negotiable, so make sure you bargain with the driver for the best price.

Casa Cenote Tours

Quite a few tours include Casa Cenote Cenote Manati, which starts from the Tulum area.

For those of you who love scuba diving, I recommend a fantastic tour specially designed for divers.

First Scuba Diving Experience in a Cenote offers a 40-minute scuba diving experience in this swimming hole, one of the best scuba diving places in the area.

In the tour price, you have included the diving gear, cenote entrance fee, and the instructor.

If you are looking for more than a diving experience and want to explore more of what The Riviera Maya has to offer, I recommend booking From Riviera Maya: 3 Cenotes Adventure with Lunch.

This full-day guided tour includes a visit to Casa Cenote, Taak Bi Ha Cenote, and another private cenote.

You can snorkel at Casa Cenote, swim at Taak Bi Ha Cenote, and explore the underground private cenote.

In the tour price, you have included pick up and drop off from hotels in Tulum, entrance fee to cenotes, snorkeling equipment, certified guide, water and snacks, and a vegetarian lunch.

Best time to visit Cenote Casa Tortuga

This swimming hole is a year-round destination, but if you want to avoid heavy rains, then go during the dry season, from December to April.

During these months, the weather is sunny and dry, and the cenote’s water is calm and clear, with perfect visibility for swimming, diving, and snorkeling.

During the rain season, from May to November, the water level from the cenote might increase, and the color is not that beautiful due to the increased flow from rainfall.

But the jungle that surrounds the cenote is fantastic; everything is green and full of life.

If you want to avoid the crowds, then go in the morning or early in the afternoon when the crowds are not here yet.

Casa Tortuga Cenote overview
Casa Tortuga Cenote overview

Practical information

Casa Cenote Tortuga Tulum entrance fee 

If you plan to visit this swimming hole, then be prepared to pay 150 MXN per person entrance fee.

With this money, you have included a life jacket.

If you want to do snorkeling, the entrance fee is 250 MXN plus the snorkeling equipment, which is around 20 USD.

Casa Cenote opening hours

The cenote is open on a daily basis from 9 am to 5 pm.


Paddle board rental 700 MXN

Snorkeling tour 500 MXN, including the equipment

Kayak rental 300 MXN

Scuba diving at Casa Cenote
Scuba diving at Casa Cenote

Interesting facts about Casa Cenote

  • The unusual shape – like a snake, shaping through the jungle and disappearing into the mangroves
  • Swimming is safe; so can swim how far you want, but you might meet Panchito, a friendly crocodile, instead of the manatees family
  • It is the best place for first-time divers for its shallow water
  • Casa Cenote is not surrounded by alamo trees but a mangrove forest.

Things to do at Cenote Casa Tortuga

  • Swim
  • cenote diving
  • Snorkel with your own snorkeling gear or a rented one
  • Relax on the beach
  • Kayak on your own or on a tour
  • Paddleboarding with a tour or on your own
  • Have a delicious meal in the beachfront restaurant at Casa Cenote Hotel
Moving around Cenote Casa and mangroves forest
Moving around Cenote Casa and mangroves forest

Where to stay near Casa Cenote

Tulum casa cenote

Located just a few steps from Tankah Bay Beach, Tulum Casa Cenote is a beautiful 4-star hotel featuring an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, a terrace, and private parking.

The rooms are spacious and clean and have a balcony with a sea view.

An american breakfast is available every morning at the property.

Tulum casa cenote hotel
Tulum casa cenote hotel

Hotel Blanco Tulum

If you are looking for something fancy but don’t want to break the bank, consider booking your stay at Hotel Blanco.

For about 100 USD per night, you can get a deluxe double room with a balcony and air conditioning.

The location of the hotel is right in the center of the city, close to restaurants and bars.

Kan Tulum

How about soaking in a private cenote?

If this idea makes you go crazy, you must book a room at Kan Tulum.

Here you will find a private cenote, and the hotel is built around it.

The design of the hotel and the rooms are unique and make you feel that you are staying in a jungle treehouse.

Kan Tulum in Mexico
Kan Tulum in Mexico

Each room is spacious and comes with a terrace from where you can see the sunset and a seating area.

You are close to everything from here, including shops, restaurants, beaches, and nightlife.

What to bring to Casa Tortuga Cenote

Cenote del Casa
Cenote del Casa

Do I need travel insurance in Mexico?

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Casa Cenote tips

  • Bring cash for the admission fee and any rental fee you will pay
  • Arrive here early in the morning before the crowds
  • The cenote is quite deep, so be prepared to swim in deep water
  • The best way to reach the cenote is with a rented car
  • Hire a guide to help you explore the underwater world of this cenote
  • Respect the environment and do not disturb the marine creatures
  • Wear appropriate equipment when swimming and/or snorkeling to feel safe in this deep water.
Casa Cenote Tortuga Tulum
Casa Cenote Tortuga Tulum

What to visit nearby Casa Cenote

  • Caleta Yal-Ku – 21 km away
  • Tulum ruins – 8 km away
  • Xelha ruins – 10 km away
  • Cenote Yax-Kin – 7 km away
  • Caleta Tanka’ –  8.5 km away
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Book your accommodation
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