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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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Riu Palace Peninsula All Inclusive

Riu Palace Peninsula All Inclusive

Blvd Kukulkan, Km 5.5 Lote 6-C, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Langosta Beach and Tortuga Beach. Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok and Turtle Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Temptation Cancun Resort - All Inclusive- Adults Only NT$5,642
    Temptation Cancun Resort - All Inclusive- Adults Only

    Temptation Cancun Resort - All Inclusive- Adults Only

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

      Nestled on the beach, this Zona Hotelera property 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 mi (5 km).

      Riu Caribe All Inclusive
      Riu Caribe All Inclusive

      Riu Caribe All Inclusive

      Blvd. Kukulcan, Km 5.5, Lote 6-C, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Langosta Beach and Tortuga Beach. Cancun Golf Club at Pok Ta Pok and Turtle Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Riu Palace Las Americas All Inclusive - Adults Only
        Riu Palace Las Americas All Inclusive - Adults Only

        Riu Palace Las Americas All Inclusive - Adults Only

        Blvd. Kukulcan, Km 8.5, Manzana 50, Lote 4, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, QROO
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Zona Hotelera, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Caracol Beach, Cancun Convention Center, and Forum Beach. Gaviota Azul Beach and Chac Mool Beach are also within 15 minutes.

          Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancún - All Inclusive - Adults Only NT$9,989
          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 property is just steps from Tequila Museum and Cancun Interactive Aquarium. La Isla Shopping Mall and Chac Mool Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Dos Playas by Faranda All Inclusive
            Dos Playas by Faranda All Inclusive

            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 property 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 mi (3 km).

              Hotel Dos Playas Faranda Cancun NT$2,277
              Hotel Dos Playas Faranda Cancun

              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 mi (3 km).

                Hotel Maya Caribe Faranda NT$2,243
                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 mi (3 km).