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Everyone’s favorite cenote to visit-El Jardin Del Eden

Cenote El Jardin Del Eden

We are asked so many times “What is the best cenote to visit from Playa Del Carmen?” and we always tell everyone “Cenote El Jardin Del Eden” (Garden of Eden). Here is why.

Cenotes are an amazing part of our eco system in the Riviera Maya and something that will make your vacation here special. Since many people want to visit one when in the area we recommend this cenote because it is only about 18 minutes south of Playa Del Carmen and you can arrive by colectivo or by private car. It is also beautiful, not overrun with tourist and affordable to enter.

Cenote El Jardin Del Eden

Cenote El Jarden Del Eden with huge rocks in the center where you can swim to and rest.

Some cenotes are in caves and some the roofs have collapsed and the water is exposed to the sun and open air. This cenote is open and makes for a lush surrounding area with plants growing in the water and all the rocks covered in green moss. This makes it extra special to snorkel and see the underwater world. The water quality is very clear so we do recommend bringing your own snorkels.

On one end of the cenote there is a cliff for jumping. This is about a 12 foot jump but there is a tree that people jump off of as well that will get you up even higher.

In the middle of the cenote are rocks that once were part of the roof and now are submerged about 1 foot underwater. This make for a nice place to rest. While you sit there you will notice little fish that come up to you, especially your feet and eat the dead skin. It is the same fish as the “fish spas” on 5th Avenue in Playa. It does not hurt, only tickles. When you are moving around the fish do not bother you.

Divers use this cenote because there are caves that extend deep under the ground. You will see them here but they are off diving and not in the normal swimming area.

Services at Cenote El Jardin

There are bathrooms, snorkel and life vest rentals, and small palapas where you can sit and enjoy a picnic. Other then that, there is not much else.

Make sure you bring your own towels, biodegradable sun screen and if it is necessary, biodegradable bug spray. It is VERY important to bring only biodegradable sprays and not use to much  hair and body products in  order to keep the water clean. Some cenotes have showers to rinse off at before getting into the water but this one does not. It really does make a difference so please help keep the cenotes clean.

Note: Alcohol is not permitted at this cenote. They do ask and really are just trying to preserve the atmosphere and make sure people are not going to fall and get hurt while under the influence. Animals are not allowed as well.

There are two other small cenotes next to this one, so if you wish you can visit more in one day or come back and see each one. They are all a little different, but Cenote El Jardin Del Eden is the favorite one to visit.

Directions to Cenote El Jardin

Public transportation (colectivo): Take Tulum bound colectivos from 2nd Street in Playa Del Carmen (see link). They will ask where you are going and just say Cenote Eden or in case they do not know where this is, just say the cenotes in front of Barceló Hotel. After you pass Puerto Avenuras you will soon see the large Barceló Hotel entrance on the left and the cenote is just a little farther on the right. It is 30 pesos for the one way. There is a large Cenote Jardin Del Eden sign and you follow the dirt road back to the cenote. It takes about 7 min to walk.

Car: Drive south on the 307 highway from Playa Del Carmen. You will pass Puerto Aventuras and about 5 minutes past there you will see the main entrance to Barceló Hotel on the left. On the right are four separate cenotes to visit. You will see the sign on the right and enter the dirt road. You will come to  a small building where you pay and get wrist bands. Parking is ample.

Cenote El Jardin Del Eden

The road into the cenote and the gate where you pay the entrance fee.

 

Price

Entry is 100 pesos per adult. Note: This recently changed from 60 pesos. This now matches some of the other local cenotes that think this is a good price to charge guest for.

Hours

Open Sunday-Friday from 7:00am-5:00pm Closed Saturdays.

Note: Sundays will have more people since this is traditionally the day that most locals have off and many like to spend time with family and friends.

Be sure to check out our article on Cenote Azul which is right next to this cenote and Cenote Cristalino.

Let us know in the comment box below what your favorite cenotes are to swim in.

 

11 Comments on Everyone’s favorite cenote to visit-El Jardin Del Eden

  1. Hi! We have been in Playa for three weeks, and your guides have been very useful to us. Espexially thanks for telling about this cenote, we went, and it was beautiful! However, it seems they have updated their prices since this post was written, ’cause we had to pay 100 peso per adult, not 60 🙂 But thanks anyhow!

    • Yes they have and we just heard this as well. We are updating the article to reflect this. It is too bad it jumped so much but one of the other cenotes already was 100. The good news is that around Valladolid there are many cenotes that are 10-25 pesos to get in! This is a perk of being adventurous and getting away from bigger tourist areas!

  2. Belanosa Vizticy // June 9, 2016 at 3:52 PM // Reply

    Beautiful cenote! We loved going here and the jumping was a lot of fun. the walk back was a little form the highway but we did not mind. We also visited Cenote Cristolino and loved both. Excellent recommendations for tourist and easy to get to with the colectivos. They knew right where we wanted to go.

    • Mr.Yucatan // June 9, 2016 at 3:57 PM // Reply

      We are glad you got to enjoy two of these beautiful cenotes that are so close to Playa Del Carmen. You have also mastered the colectivos! Great. We hope the rest of your time here is a great success. Happy traveling!

  3. We stopped by El Jardin restaurant after we saw it on your guide to places to eat. It was a really good find and would not of found it if it was not for your guide. We will definitely have t go back again. The garden is so peaceful and the food good.

  4. D. Sternberg // July 19, 2016 at 8:47 AM // Reply

    I have been to cenote Garden of Eden twice now. Each year I have come down. It is still amazing and a great spot for swimming and seeing nature. I am glad it is still clean and a good spot.

  5. I went to Cenote Eden and loved it! Great place to snorkel and swim. I love the rocks in the center that you can sit on in the water. Plus the little fish nibble on your feet, cool stuff.

  6. Mark Coppan // August 24, 2016 at 2:20 AM // Reply

    We took your advice and visited Cenote Eden. The water was perfect for snorkeling and there were not as many people as I thought that would be there. It is fairly close to many places that I thought more would go. Our secret for now.

  7. Erik Pointer // August 24, 2016 at 7:47 PM // Reply

    We sent a great afternoon here. We brought some food and ate under one of the palapas. It was a gorgeous day and then we had an afternoon shower. It cooled things off and it was nice siting there watching it rain in the jungle. It is kind of a magical place.

  8. Audrey Kosclski // September 5, 2016 at 11:34 AM // Reply

    How about Cenote Ponderosa which is 1 minute walk from Cenote El Jardin? Is it just as nice and easy to access? Thank you

  9. This was our favorite cenote while visiting the Riviera Maya. We stayed here for about 3 hours swimming and exploring. It was so peaceful and the water was so clear. The snorkel goggles came in handy here.

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