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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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Boulevard Kukulcan Km 3.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Perlas Beach, Turtle Beach and Langosta Beach. Tortuga Beach and Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only CA $455
    Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only

    Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only

    Blvd. Kukulcan KM.12.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera resort is just steps away from Tequila Museum and Cancun Interactive Aquarium. La Isla Shopping Mall and Chac Mool Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Dos Playas by Faranda All Inclusive CA $255
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      Dos Playas by Faranda All Inclusive

      Boulevard Kukulkan Km. 6.5 Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within a 15-minute walk of Tortuga Beach and Langosta Beach. Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok and Turtle Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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        RIVERA MAYAN, Cancun, ROO
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Zona Hotelera, this condo is within 1 mile (2 km) of Jardín del Arte, Tortuga Beach and Langosta Beach. Cancun Convention Center and Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          Hotel Dos Playas Faranda Cancun CA $102
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          Hotel Dos Playas Faranda Cancun

          Av Kukulkan Km 6.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jardín del Arte, Tortuga Beach and Langosta Beach. Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok and Turtle Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Hotel Maya Caribe Faranda CA $101
            Hotel Maya Caribe Faranda

            Hotel Maya Caribe Faranda

            Blvd. Kukulcan KM.6, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Jardín del Arte, Tortuga Beach and Langosta Beach. Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok and Turtle Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel
              Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel

              Casa Tortugas Boutique Hotel

              4 Cenzontle Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Zona Hotelera, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Jardín del Arte, Tortuga Beach and Langosta Beach. Cancun Convention Center and Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                CT Apartments - Small Piece of Paradise
                CT Apartments - Small Piece of Paradise

                CT Apartments - Small Piece of Paradise

                4 Cenzontle Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Zona Hotelera, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Jardín del Arte, Tortuga Beach and Langosta Beach. Cancun Convention Center and Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok are also within 2 miles (3 km).