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.

Situated on the northern outskirts of Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Tortugas is on the East edge of Mexico. You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying very close. Travelers who like to see and do as much as they can will like this beach because of its urban location. Actually, Playa Tortugas is probably a great fit for guests of nearby hotels, and people who thrive in crowds of fellow visitors.

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. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Restrooms are available at Playa Tortugas. 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 assortment of amenities and services can be found within an area commonly frequented by travelers. With that fact in mind, if for you the amenities are a deciding factor, it is a good idea to make it there earlier in the morning well before the crowds fill up or going to a beach further away. Otherwise, you may find all those comforts becoming too crowded for you to use.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of Mexico; this area boasts other attractions such as Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're interested in combining a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Museo Arqueológico de Cancún. It's located relatively close to Playa Tortugas, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest 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 --
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. SSW --
Teatro Cancun Dinner Show and Theater 2.2 mi. W --
Studio Dante Art Gallery 2.4 mi. S --
Caliente Casino Slot Machine Arcade 3.6 mi. SSW --
Paradisus Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 3.8 mi. SSW --
Oasis Cancun Golf Club Golf Course 4.2 mi. S --
Puerto Cancun Golf Course Golf Course 4.2 mi. WNW --
Dubai Palace Casino Slot Machine Arcade 4.4 mi. W --

Cities and Towns

Playa Tortugas is near Isla Mujeres, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Guests visiting Playa Tortugas who are seeking other interesting places to see might want to consider heading to Isla Mujeres, because it's close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Those looking to find a place to stay not far from Playa Tortugas shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from in the area. You'll find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over what's shown below.

Accommodations near Playa Tortugas
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Presidente InterContinental Cancun Resort 0.1 mi. SE Resort
Hotel Villas Kin-ha 0.1 mi. E Hotel
Beachscape Kin-Ha Villas and Suites 0.1 mi. E Hotel
Dreams Sands Cancun 0.3 mi. NE Resort
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're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. Alfredo Di Roma is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant features Italian cuisine. Visitors often rave about their pasta. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's only a short distance away.

The following table 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
El Caribeño (998) 872-8300 Caribbean Very Casual 0.1 mi. ESE
Ty Coz (998) 884-6060 International Very Casual 0.1 mi. S
Los De Pescado (998) 884-8386 Mexican Informal 0.1 mi. S
La Palapa Belga (998) 883-5454 Belgian, French Informal 0.2 mi. SSW
Coco Café and Ice Cream Parlour (998) 848-7600 Café Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
Barefoot Grill (998) 848-7600 Grill Very Casual 0.3 mi. NE
El Patio (998) 848-7600 Mexican Informal 0.3 mi. NE
Himitsu (998) 848-7600 Pan Asian / Pacific Rim Informal 0.3 mi. NE
Olio (998) 848-7600 Mediterranean Informal 0.3 mi. NE
Portofino (998) 848-7600 Italian Informal 0.3 mi. NE
Waves & Sands (998) 848-7600 International Informal 0.3 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices in Mexico besides Playa Tortugas.

If the active mood at Playa Tortugas is one of the features you love, consider heading to Playa Paraiso, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located six miles to the north. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Playa Caracol is a beach secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. It is located just a short distance away.

You may also enjoy Playa Garrafon, located five and a half miles away.

Cancun has so much to offer, and dropping by Playa Tortugas is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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