There are more than 5 beaches in Cancun that are ideal to go with children, because its shallow depth, calm waves and charm make them ideal for a family day and among this list today we will talk about Playa Tortuga or turtles as other people know it.
Tortuga Beach Cancun
Playa Tortuga is located at kilometer 6.5 of the Hotel Zone and it is very easy to get there by bus from downtown or from any uphill or downhill part of Cancun’s Hotel Zone. In fact, one of the advantages of this beach is to have a bus stop right at the entrance of the beach.
This beach is equipped with public restrooms, showers, lounge chairs, umbrellas, parking lots and several restaurants nearby, also at the entrance to the beach we can find an OXXO (mini supermarket) and several craft stores.
As if this were not enough, the place lends itself to snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, surfing and even Playa Tortugas has a bungee jump tower. In short, you won’t need anything to have a great weekend here.
And if you are wondering if this beach is ideal to visit with children, the answer is YES! The depth of the beach is shallow and the waves are very calm and gentle. In addition, when you add all the equipment that the beach has, it is undoubtedly perfect to visit with your family, with your partner or with friends.
But that’s not all; despite being a shallow beach, the beach as such has a small port from where you can take the ferry to Isla Mujeres and even rent a yacht, a boat or take a tour.
Where is Playa Tortuga?
Playa Tortuga is located at km 6.5 of Cancun’s hotel zone, 1 km from Playa Lobster Beach and 2.5 kilometers from Playa Caracol.
How to get to Playa Tortuga?
Playa Tortuga is a public beach, this means that anyone can arrive, enter, know and enjoy the beach. But since it is located at km 6.5 of the hotel zone, it is necessary to use a private car or the public transportation service of the hotel zone.
If you go by private car, it will be necessary to arrive before 8 am. This way you can be sure that you will find parking on the beach, but if you go after that time: It will be really complicated to find parking.
So if you don’t want to deal with it: You can take the bus to the hotel zone. If you are in downtown Cancun, this bus is an excellent option and if you are in the hotel zone either a few miles up or a few miles down and don’t want to walk, then public transportation is still an excellent option and costs 12.00 MXN.
As a traveler’s hack: Don’t forget to tell the driver to let you know when they are near Playa Tortuga and allow you to get off.
What are the ferry schedules to Isla Mujeres from Playa Tortuga?
The departure times for the ferry to Isla Mujeres from Playa Tortuga are 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Meanwhile the departure times from Isla Mujeres to Playa Mujeres are 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
It is worth mentioning that if you take the ferry to Isla Mujeres from here and buy the round ticket, then you have to take the Ferry from Isla Mujeres at 6:00 pm to return to the same port or else, you will have to buy another ticket to get to the port of Puerto Juarez.
How much does the ferry from Tortuga Beach to Isla Mujeres cost?
The cost of the ferry to Isla Mujeres from Playa Tortuga is 15 USD single trip for adult and 21 USD round trip for adult, as well as 10 USD single trip for child and 15 USD round trip for child.
*In this port there is no discount for locals, therefore everyone regardless of nationality pays the same prices.
Getting to Playa Tortuga is no problem, remember that it has parking and of course, if you arrive early you will certainly enjoy it, on the other hand: Do not forget that it is one of the most equipped beaches in Cancun and from which you can visit Isla Mujeres. So if you are traveling with children and are looking for a place to enjoy the Caribbean Sea and have close by where to buy drinks, where to eat and even where to take the transportation to return to your hotel, this beach is definitely perfect for you.