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 in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Tortugas is on the East coast of Mexico. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying very close. The beaches found throughout Cancun are usually fairly quiet, but Playa Tortugas is the exception.

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.

There is also a concession stand available. You may also have the option to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

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 plus its availability of amenities are found inside a commonly visited area. Because of this, if you think these amenities are a crucial feature, it'll be an appropriate motivator to get there earlier in the day well before the crowds fill up or perhaps go to a different beach in a more remote area. If you arrive later, you could not take advantage of the amenities which Playa Tortugas has on site.

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; the area is home to other attractions such as Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, which is one of the closest attractions.

Historical attractions such as Yamil Lu'um Mayan Ruin provide the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Playa Tortugas, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Cancun's past, without having to stray too far from the beach. In fact, this coast is fairly close to this site of historical interest.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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 is close to Isla Mujeres, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Guests visiting Playa Tortugas who are looking for other opportunities for exploration will want to think about heading over to Isla Mujeres, which is close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of other guests who are staying close by.

Because this beach is in a pretty touristed area, it shouldn't be very difficult to find the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. For vacationers hoping to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table lists 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


If you visit the beach around lunchtime this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. One of the nearest places to eat is Alfredo Di Roma. This restaurant has Italian cuisine. They also specialize in pasta. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

The table below provides a list of nearby dining options.

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

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Mexico besides Playa Tortugas worth visiting.

You may also like Playa Paraiso, a popular beach beloved by tourists. It is located six miles to the north. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Playa Caracol is an area removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. You'll find it only a short distance away.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Garrafon, which is located five and a half miles away.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Cancun; then again, Playa Tortugas is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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