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Playa Tortuga

Cancun’s best all-round beach serves up excellent swimming, diving and local entertainment.

Playa Tortugas is one of Cancun’s most popular public beaches, offering a festive culture that has been carefully tailored to tourists. Just a short trip from the downtown area, the beach is crowded with people from all walks of life. The atmosphere is exciting, and this is the place to be if you are chasing the Cancun party experience. Play beach volleyball, or jump off the pier with the locals before relaxing with a cocktail. Playa Tortugas is an excellent beach for water activities, and offers snorkeling, swimming and bungee jumping. 

While not as expansive as other Cancun beaches, there’s plenty of space along the sandy shore to set up your towel. Grab a seat at one of the beachfront restaurants, and sink your feet deep into the sand. Deckchairs and lounges are provided right on the beach, and from here you’ll have the best view of the ocean. Drinks and a range of snacks are available from the restaurant, along with more substantial meals.

Playa Tortugas’ water is clean and safe, and is an ideal location for swimming. The pier here is long, so boats rarely come close to the shore, making it a great place to swim with kids. The Great Mesoamerican Coral Reef that covers hundreds of miles between Mexico and the Honduras, is just offshore and can be reached easily from the beach. The water here remains shallow, making it an excellent place for divers; however, currents are often active and conditions should be checked daily.

Take the plunge from the top of Playa Tortugas’s bungee-jumping tower for something more adventurous. Before you jump, be sure to take in the stunning views across Cancun’s beaches and lagoon. 

Playa Tortugas is located approximately five miles (eight kilometers) from downtown Cancun and is best reached by bus or taxi. Paid parking is available. As the beach is public, it is open all hours, and there is no entrance fee.


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Lodging Near Tortuga Beach

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Riu Palace Peninsula All Inclusive

Riu Palace Peninsula All Inclusive

Blvd Kukulkan, Km 5.5 Lote 6-C, Cancun
4.5
of 5, from 2,747 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

The Riu Palace Peninsula All Inclusive resort stands right on a private white-sand beach lapped by turquoise water. Ferries to Isla Mujeres leave from a terminal a 12-minute drive away, and souvenirs are on offer just across the street at Plaza Caracol shopping mall.

$60
Real Inn Cancún

Real Inn Cancún

Km 5.5 Boulevard Kukulkán, Cancun
4.2
of 5, from 1,372 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Avenida Kukulkan, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Langosta Beach, Tortuga Beach, and Escenica Tower. Museum of Popular Mexican Art and Linda Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Riu Caribe All Inclusive

Riu Caribe All Inclusive

Blvd. Kukulcan, Km 5.5, Lote 6-C, Cancun
4.1
of 5, from 2,654 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This pyramid-inspired Art Deco Riu Caribe sits between a 300-yard, white-sand beach and Nichupté Lagoon, on north Cancún Island; a huge pool stretches 125 yards along the beach.

$118
Hotel Casa Maya

Hotel Casa Maya

Boulevard kukulcan km 5.5 zona hotelera, Cancun
3.9
of 5, from 612 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Avenida Kukulkan, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Langosta Beach, Escenica Tower, and Museum of Popular Mexican Art. Tortuga Beach and Linda Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$101
Beach House Dos Playas by Faranda Hotels

Beach House Dos Playas by Faranda Hotels

Av Kukulkan Km 6.5, Cancun
3.1
of 5, from 264 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Avenida Kukulkan, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Tortuga Beach, Langosta Beach, and Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok. Linda Beach and Caracol Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$105
Beach House Maya Caribe by Faranda Hotels

Beach House Maya Caribe by Faranda Hotels

Blvd. Kukulcan KM.6, Zona Hotelera, Cancun
2.7
of 5, from 106 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Avenida Kukulkan resort is within a 15-minute walk of Tortuga Beach and Langosta Beach. Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok and Escenica Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$322
Sunset Marina Resort & Yacht Club - All Inclusive

Sunset Marina Resort & Yacht Club - All Inclusive

Blvd. Kukulkan Km. 5.8, Zona Hotelena, Cancun
3.4
of 5, from 179 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Avenida Kukulkan, this all-inclusive resort is within a 15-minute walk of Tortuga Beach and Langosta Beach. Escenica Tower and Museum of Popular Mexican Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$206
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

Blvd. Kukulcan km. 9.5, Cancun
4.6
of 5, from 3,275 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

On the beach at Punta Cancún, the resort is less than 3 km (1.5 mi) from shops and restaurants at the Plaza Forum, Plaza Flamingo, and La Isla Mall.