cenote snorkeling

Cenote Snorkeling

Cenote Snorkeling in Playa Del Carmen is possible at several of the nearby cenotes but some are better than others. I have heard different estimates but I think it is safe to say there are more than 6000 cenotes in the Yucatan. Cenotes , of course are underground springs, caverns, or swimming holes that sometimes form amazing rock formations or can be great swimming hole destinations with fresh, clean water sometimes high in mineralscenote snorkeling healthy for the skin.


There are basically two different kinds of cenotes that I have visited while living in Playa Del Carmen and traveling around the Yucatan Peninsula and Mayan Riviera. There are cavern/cave type cenotes and swimming hole type cenotes. I love them both and have visited many of both kinds. When the weather cooperates the swimming whole kind are great for cooling off and enjoying a day to swim and relax but there is not much to see underwater at this kind of cenote. My favorite Playa Del Carmen cenote for swimming is Cenote Azul. It is 1 of 3 that are all close to each other and only 20 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen. The others are Jardin of Eden and Cristalino. They are all inexpensive to enter and make for a great day of relaxing and swimming in cool refreshing water in the Riviera Maya. It is important to note , however that these cenotes are not the best for cenote snorkeling because they are not deep and do not have interesting stalactite/stalagmite formations like the cavern or cave type cenotes have.

cenote snorkelingMy favorite cavern type cenote in Playa Del Carmen is best explored snorkeling with a guide who can tell you about the history and show you the best secret caverns and places to look you might not see. One day when my best friends were here in Playa visiting we had plans to go to the beach and the weather turned foul. A little cool with tropical rains. Since we did not have a lot of other free time to visit with my friends and wanted to do something fun together we booked the cenote snorkeling tour. It was perfect for a rainy day because we spent our time underground while it was raining exploring the caverns and viewing the awesome underwater rock formations and stalactites. My friends really loved the experience and it did not take all day and was a short drive to get to. As we emerged from the final cavern and returned our snorkeling gear the rain was clearing and the sun was starting to come out for another Playa Del Carmen sunset.

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Caribbean Fish Of The Riviera Maya


Fish of the Riviera Maya that you can see while snorkeling are some of the most colorful sights you will see while visiting Playa Del Carmen. Did you know that the world’s second largest reef is right in Playa Del Carmen? Squid, sea turtles, octopus, moray eels, barracuda, stingrays, and many other varieties of fish frequent this reef.
According to the travel experts, September is the best month to snorkel the Riviera Maya, while the best window for snorkeling in the area is from July to January. These are the times when the winds are lightest and wave heights are lowest. It’s difficult to snorkel if the waves are too high.
As you know, the fishing is fantastic on the Riviera Maya, but did you know that the fish you will see while snorkeling are just amazing?
You can snorkel right from shore in many places around Playa del Carmen. It’s actually one of the most popular activities in the area. It is a wonder you will not soon forget.
There are colorful tropical fish everywhere you look as soon as you duck your head under the crystal clear blue water of the Caribbean sea. Brilliantly lion fish playa del carmen
colorful coral reefs abound here and they teem with fish.
Did you know that you should wear a biodegradable sunscreen when snorkeling in Playa del Carmen? This is just one example of how careful the fine people in this area are about keeping it pristine and preserving the habitat for the fish you will see here. Need biodegradable sunscreen? You can get it here.
What kind of fish can you see when snorkeling? It’s a long list, but a few exotic examples are the Spotted Butterfly Fish, Blue Striped Grunts, and the spectacular Spotted Moray Eel.
You may have heard of some people feeding the fish while snorkeling near Play del Carmen, but it’s not recommended. Not only is it not natural for the fish, you can get bitten! As many divers say, “Take only pictures; leave only bubbles.”

You can see these colorful exciting fish and many more on a reef snorkeling tour with The Snorkel Shop of Playa Del Carmen.

Check them all out on the handy chart below:


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Snorkeling In Playa Del Carmen 2016

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Snorkeling In Playa Del Carmen

  Riviera Maya snorkeling has never been better than now in 2016.

Snorkel with turtles , snorkel in cenotes, coral reef snorkeling , you can’t go wrong. The great thing about Playa Del Carmen snorkeling tours is they are easy to do and you get to see some amazing underwater sites without spending a lot of money like diving. When you see the giant sea turtles of the Riviera Maya for the first time you will be fascinated by these peaceful, graceful sea creatures. You can get very close to the turtles because they are friendly and accustomed to snorkelers and divers. Their are a lot of turtles up and down the coast of the Mayan Riviera but the best way to guarantee a good time and make sure you find them is to reserve a tour with a good  guide who knows where they are.

Cenote Tours are an adventure unique to the Riviera Maya that you do not want to miss. The name cenote comes from the  Yucatec Mayans name The Snorkel Shop Cenote Tourts’onot for an underground cavern which has water permanently. For the the Mayans the cenotes were a source of fresh water and they believed cenotes were entrances to the underworld and were considered sacred. These cenotes are part of a system of vast underground caves and rivers and to this day the cenotes remain the source of freshwater for everyone living in the Yucatan Peninsula.

There are thousands of cenotes or underground caves in the Riviera Maya and Playa Del Carmen. Some of them are more like swimming holes without much to observe below the water. But some other ones provide an incredible opportunity for snorkeling and viewing incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations hundreds and thousands of years old.

Playa del Carmen - Gran Arrecife MayaJust off the coast of Playa Del Carmen lies the second largest coral reef in the world. This underwater world has an abundance of colorful fish species and interesting sea life. A Coral Reef Snorkeling tour is the best way to find the secret places on the reef where the best fish and sea creatures are lurking. Every time I have gone snorkeling in Playa has been a special and unique adventure. I love snorkeling the reef and viewing all the bright colored fish swimming right next to me. The warm Caribbean Sea, sunshine and tropical breeze make it a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone. Dive into a Playa Del Carmen Snorkeling adventure today I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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Playa Del Carmen Weather 2016

Here in Playa Del Carmen we get to enjoy the best weather in the world. The tropical Caribbean climate offers warm, comfortable temperatures playa del carmen weatheryear round and endless sunshine. From November to May is considered the dry season and is my favorite Playa Del Carmen weather. The temperatures are cooler dropping as much as 10 degrees Celsius at night. There is very little rain during the dry season from November to May and it starts to feel like endless beautiful, sunny beach days with slightly cooler, comfortable nights to enjoy Playa’s incredible dining and night life.

Riviera Maya Snorkeling

The other great advantage of our Caribbean climate here in the Riviera Maya and Playa Del Carmen is the consistently warm sea temperatures we enjoy year round. The average temperature of the sea water is 27 degrees Celsius which makes swimming, diving and snorkeling in Playa Del Carmen a pleasure at any time of the year. During the dry season the hours of sunshine per day starts at 8 and increases to 11 hours of sunshine in May allowing for plenty of time to get out and enjoy all the many things to do in Playa Del Carmen.

From June to October in Playa is considered the wet season and it is more likely to rain during this time of year. What I love about it here in our tropical climate is how when it rains it often clears very quickly leaving blue, beautiful skies once again. The other bonus is that the temperatures remain consistently warm throughout the season making it ideal for water activities and snorkeling in Playa Del Carmen cenotes year round.

Playa Del Carmen Weather September To November

Many Playa Del Carmen visitors are now choosing the less popular months from September to November to take advantage of low vacation prices. This is a smart strategy since in my experience this season often turns out to be sunny and beautiful with tropical rains in the night and mostly sunny days like the rest of the year. As a full time resident of Playa I have come to enjoy this time of year just as much as the rest of the year and enjoy running on 5th Avenue in the mornings with my dog and cycling in Cozumel with friends. The fresh smell of tropical flowers and green plants combines with the sea breeze and an occasional warm shower to cool you off. You will find, like so many other people coming in flocks to live here,  Playa Del Carmen weather is good any time of year.