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February 16, 2017

Cenote Cliff Jumping and Swimming

A zip line, two cliff jumping ledges, and a 20’ deep natural swimming hole.

The sun peeked thru the curtains as it crested the Gulf Of Mexico. We were up early in anticipation of our “exploration day” in Cancun. I enjoyed a cup of coffee as I watched the blue waves roll over the clean sands right off our patio. Knowing our destination was only 23 minutes away, we were in no rush and enjoyed our morning at the Grand Oasis Sens Resort.

As my wife and I jumped into our pint-sized rental car, we pulled up the Big Swings App and let the navigation bring us to our first Secret Swimming Hole in Mexico. Our destination- Cenote Verde Lucero- a small cenote located in the dense jungles outside of Puerto Morelos. We drove for a solid 30 minutes before reaching a small dirt-road marking the parking location for the cenote. 200 yards later, we were parked and headed into a tree hut to pay. BE PREPARED, THEY DO NOT EXCEPT U.S. DOLLARS.

*A cenote is a sunken swimming hole created by porous limestone bedrock that allows water to accumulate. Cenotes are said to be closely connected to ancient Mayan rituals of human sacrifice.  

Cenote Steps

If you’re feeling brave, two cliff jumping ledges wait for you at 16’ and 25’ feet. We watched a family with a six-year-old even take the plunge. There were all-sized life jackets available for kids and adults, clean bathrooms, and changing areas. We enjoyed lunch in their spacious seating area and basically just relaxed the day away.

This refreshing and serene destination was a welcome reprieve from the hot sun of Cancun and a great way to get off the beaten path. If you don’t want to stand in line with cruise ship tourists and aren’t interested in tracking down a local guide company, pull out the Big Swings App, and set your course for adventure. Bring your goggles, a towel, and your cameras.

Remember that there are no lifeguards on duty here, and it’s a “swim at your own risk” environment. Never swim alone. Always have a capable partner there just in case something goes wrong, and wear a Kingii Safety Device.

There are reportedly thousands of subterranean swimming holes all over the Yucatan Peninsula.  So stay tuned for more stories about secret cenotes from Big Swings, and make sure to go and explore your own.

Big Swings Co-Founder and his wife.