The Best Swimming Holes in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula

Throughout Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, you can find a wide variety of cenotes, natural swimming holes created by the collapse of limestone rock. Cenotes range from open-air pools surrounded by lush vegetation to cave pools hidden underground.

On a recent trip to Mexico, we had the opportunity to visit Seven Cenotes, a ranch in the process of turning into an ecotourism destination. Located almost halfway between Cancun and Merida and 15 minutes from the town of Sotuta, Seven Cenotes still needs some improvement before welcoming the general public. When ready, this property will rank as one of the best off-the-beaten path cenote experiences in the Yucatan.

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Open-air cenote at Rancho de Siete Cenotes – Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
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Taking a dive into the open-air cenote at Rancho de Siete Cenotes.
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Cooling off in the cavernous underground cenote at Rancho de Siete Cenotes – Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico