Playa Tortugas

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There are several thatched roof huts dotting the sands of the Playa Tortugas beach where vacationers can rent snorkeling and windsurfing equipment. The calm beaches waters found here make for ideal conditions.

Located toward the northern outskirts of Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Tortugas is on the East coast of Mexico. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying in the vicinity. Travelers who'd like to avoid renting a car will find that Playa Tortugas is a good choice for them. There are so many things to do in the area, as this beach isn't far from the center of the city's action.

How to Access The Beach
Take Flamingos Road off Kukulkan Boulevard to access Playa Tortugas.

Amenities and Ambiance

Situated on the northern shores of Cancun, the Playa Tortugas beach is located on the bay side of the island, which features calmer waters than Cancun's windward side. Swimmers, sunworshippers, and beachgoers of all kinds will love these superb sands.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. You may also have the option to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. Vacationers who who want to experience some of Cancun's most active beach life will find that there is nothing slow or boring about the Playa Tortugas beach. These shores are perfect for people watching, aquatic activities, or just sunbathing in the Caribbean's sultry rays.

Playa Tortugas and its comforts happens to be found well within an active, busy area. If you seek to avoid the crowds, it should be a good reason to make plans against other visitors, perhaps coming earlier when it is a little cooler. If not, you could possibly not be able to fully enjoy all those comforts which Playa Tortugas has to offer.

What's Nearby


Playa Tortugas is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the East coast of Mexico. It is near Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, which is one of a few popular spots in the area.

If you're intrigued by Cancun's history, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the nearest historical attractions is Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin, which is only a brief walk or taxi ride away.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Cancun. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Tortugas
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok Golf Course 0.4 mi. WSW --
Playboy Club Cancun Casino 0.7 mi. W --
Museo Arqueológico de Cancún Museum 0.8 mi. SE --
Delphinus Dolphin Swim Dolphin Encounter Service 0.9 mi. E --
Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin Historical Site 1.8 mi. S --
Interactive Aquarium Cancun Aquarium 1.9 mi. S --
Teatro Cancun Dinner Show and Theater 2.2 mi. W --
Studio Dante Art Gallery 2.4 mi. S --
Playcity Sports Betting Sports Betting Shop 2.5 mi. S --
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade 3.6 mi. SSW --
Paradisus Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 3.8 mi. S --
Oasis Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 4.2 mi. S --

Cities and Towns

Playa Tortugas guests looking for other interesting places to see might want to consider heading over to Isla Mujeres, since it's close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular tourist area, it shouldn't be all that tough to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are hoping to get a place that's near the water, the following table shows the accommodation options closest to Playa Tortugas.

Accommodations near Playa Tortugas
Hotel Distance Direction Type
InterContinental Hotels Presidente Cancun 0.1 mi. ESE Resort
Hotel Villas Kin-ha 0.1 mi. E Hotel
Dreams Sands Cancun 0.1 mi. ENE Resort
Beachscape Kin-Ha Villas and Suites 0.1 mi. E Hotel
Mayafair Design Hotel 0.3 mi. ENE Hotel
Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun 0.3 mi. NE Resort
Imperial Laguna Cancun 0.4 mi. SSW Hotel
Sina Suites Cancun 0.4 mi. SW Hotel
Riu Palace Las Americas 0.4 mi. ENE Resort
Imperial Fiesta Club 0.4 mi. SW Hotel


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to try a local restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, within just a few miles of this shoreline. Alfredo Di Roma is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers a menu of Italian cuisine. They are also famous for their pasta. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Playa Tortugas
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Alfredo Di Roma (987) 872-9500 Italian Fine Dining 0.1 mi. S
Caña Bava (998) 872-8300 Eclectic Very Casual 0.1 mi. ESE
El Caribeño (998) 872-8300 Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. ESE
Barefoot Grill (998) 848-7600 Grill Very Casual 0.1 mi. ENE
Bordeaux (998) 848-7600 French Informal 0.1 mi. ENE
Coco Café and Ice Cream Parlour (998) 848-7600 Café Very Casual 0.1 mi. ENE
El Patio (998) 848-7600 Mexican Informal 0.1 mi. ENE
Himitsu (998) 848-7600 Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Informal 0.1 mi. ENE
Olio (998) 848-7600 Mediterranean Informal 0.1 mi. ENE
Portofino (998) 848-7600 Italian Informal 0.1 mi. ENE
Sushi & Ceviche Bar (998) 848-7600 Japanese Very Casual 0.1 mi. ENE
Waves & Sands (998) 848-7600 International Informal 0.1 mi. ENE

Other Beaches

There are other beaches in Mexico you might like besides Playa Tortugas.

You may also want to try Playa Paraiso, which is in a pretty active location. It is located six miles to the north. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, Playa Caracol could be a good option for you. It is located just a short distance away.

Another option worth considering is Playa Garrafon, which is located five and a half miles to the north-northeast.

Cancun offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Playa Tortugas is just one of the many options.


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