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.

Positioned in Cancun Beach Hotel Zone, Playa Tortugas is on the East edge of Mexico. You might want regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. The beaches found throughout Cancun tend to be somewhat 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. On some days, it may be possible to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Yes, public restrooms will be available 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.

However, you ought to realize that while there are luckily at least one or two amenities on location at Playa Tortugas, it happens to be found inside an active, busy area. If you seek to avoid the crowds, it'll be a decent reason to plan your visit out for times when there are less people, such as having your beach visit for a breakfast picnic and cool swim. If you arrive later, you might miss the chance to fully enjoy all those comforts which Playa Tortugas has on site.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the East coast of Mexico. It's located near Cancun Golf Club at Pok-Ta-Pok, which is one of a number of popular spots in the area.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to Museo Arqueológico de Cancún. This museum is relatively near Playa Tortugas, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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 --
Melia 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 in the Isla Mujeres area, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Tourists at Playa Tortugas who are looking for further attractions might think about heading to Isla Mujeres, because it's close-by and is an especially active area of Cancun.


How many other people you encounter at Playa Tortugas will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since this beach is in a pretty popular vacation destination, it is not typically a great challenge to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your group are hoping to book a place that's near the water, the table that follows lists the 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're feeling hungry for a midday meal, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you don't have to go far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Alfredo Di Roma. This restaurant serves Italian food. They also specialize in pasta. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's not far off the beach at all.

A list of nearby restaurants is provided in the following table.

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

Mexico has several beautiful beaches, so if Playa Tortugas doesn't suit you, you can still find a great spot.

If the exciting vibe at Playa Tortugas is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider checking out Playa Paraiso, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it six miles to the north. If you're looking for something a little more private, you might enjoy Playa Caracol. It is located not far off the beach at all.

You might also want to visit Playa Garrafon, located five and a half miles away.

While Cancun has many alluring attractions, Playa Tortugas is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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