Along the coast of the Riviera Maya there are many corners where it is worth looking out. This ticket will take us to Casa Cenote, a cenote very close to the sea.

Riviera Maya has really fantastic corners, the nature of this Caribbean coast is from splendid sections to spectacular sections. Between Playa del Carmen and Tulum we find some of the best beaches in Riviera Maya such as Xcacelito, Akumal, Punta Venado, XpuHa, Paamul or the neighboring bay of Soliman and the cove of Tankah. Both are the adjacent beaches at the entrance to the Manatí cenote. You can search for these places in our blog search engine 🙂

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How to get to Casa cenote (Manatí cenote)

Casa Cenote is also known as Manatí Cenote, the property in front of the cenote that manages it appropriated the name. Cenote Manatí is located on the length of the coast known as Tankah, which has different entrances to the beach from the main highway 307 that runs parallel to the coast.

A couple of kilometers further south we have the entrance to Caleta Tankah. So that you do not get confused at the beginning I leave you the photo with the indicative sign towards Casa Cenote (So ​​you'll see it posted on the road).

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entrance sign to Casa cenote

Today's path leads you to the area of Tankah, where in front of a rocky coast there are private dream houses facing the sea and the odd lodging. Among the various accommodation options is that of Cenote House, who also manages the Manatí cenote, one of the most popular in Riviera Maya. It takes its name from the manatees that lived here, right now they are hardly seen, the human presence has displaced them (and then there are those who doubt the animal intelligence).

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Tulum diving in Manatí cenote (Cenote House)

Casa Cenote is highly appreciated by beginner divers for its shallow depth of 6 meters and the fact that it is an open cenote with a surface course very similar to a river, facilitates the initial stress that some diving in closed places suppose.

In the Manatí cenote you will see how its waters flow into the Caribbean, the salty waters of the sea meet with the sweet ones that run through the water table of the Peninsula.

If you would like to recommendation of a good dive center in the Riviera Maya area You write us in comments and we pass you the contact.

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Snorkeling at Casa Cenote de Tulum

Swimming in this type of cenotes offers us the opportunity to see the mangroves with the viewfinder, the amazing marine fauna that takes refuge among its roots.

Also swimming here is an opportunity to surprise us with haloclines. This phenomenon is due to the entry of salt water into the water table. When the fresh and salt water (the shallow sweet, less dense, and the deep marine, more dense) come together, a transition zone called halocline is established, where it is suddenly blurred. Now you know that you didn't lose your vision, but that you went through a halocline. In addition to being able to appreciate it in several cenotes diving, in places like Manatí cenote or YalKu cove it is easy to appreciate it.

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Blurred effect of the halocline

Entrance to the beach through the Manatí cenote

This entrance on the road, in addition to Casa Cenote, takes you to the beach. It is not the most popular stretch of beach, because the entrance to the sea is rocky, so you know that you will be practically alone here. With good fins and visor, once you pass the first rocks, a very entertaining sea awaits you with diverse marine fauna, from turtles and rays or coral fish.

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Cenote House Cenati Manati Quintana Roo

The currents in the Caribbean are more treacherous than they seem, nothing that an accustomed swimmer can not enjoy calmly. An enjoyment of the sea.

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 LOCATION: The Manati cenote or Casa cenote is located 9 km from Tulum towards Playa del Carmen. The entrance is indicated on federal highway 307.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES: open from 8 a.m. to 18 p.m. daily. There are services at the entrance of bathrooms and showers (showers), the restaurant and lodging of Casa Cenote is just opposite. They rent chaises, mask and tube for 50 pesos. The vest is included in the entrance.
PRICE ENTRY: 150 pesos per person, children 100.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? It can be reached by van from Playa del Carmen, taking it on 2 street between 15 and 20 avenues, and from Tulum going out in front of the ADO bus terminal. The cenote is almost 2 kilometers from the road.
WHAT TO BRING?  Light and light clothing, hat, insect repellent, sunscreen (use it after bathing), closed and comfortable shoes to protect you from insect bites, some water is always good. Swimsuit and a towel or sarong to dry off after bathing. It is a good option to wear a diving mask to better appreciate the place.
THE LAW OF THE GOOD CENOTERO: To avoid contaminating the delicate water of the cenotes, do not use body creams, or protectors, or repellents before entering them. Do not hang from the roots of the trees or touch the stalactites or do any other idiocy that damages the place.
CENOTE MANATÍ CHARACTERISTICS: It is an open-type cenote, its waters flow on the surface, with a depth of 2 to 6 meters. Ideal to go with children and swim with a mask to see the mangrove.

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