This is a wide protected beach with an outer reef break to knock down most of the surf. There's great snorkeling and kayaking out in the bay. The beach is narrow in parts, wider in others, with mostly fine sand just off the surf line. There's plenty of room to sunbathe but foot protection is recommended in the water. Manatee Cenote is another good snorkeling spot. The cenote is actually a river of clear water which has carved its way through a beautiful green mangrove on its way to the sea. The water empties into the bay through a submerged cave. Some spectacular birds can sometimes be spotted up in the mangrove and its common to see pelicans soar in formation along the beach. For snorkelers, there are plenty of fish to see in both the cenote and out on the reef. There are some fine hotel room accommodations on the bay as well as private villas. This is a tranquil laid back place with two great restaurants; one at Casa Cenote and the other next door at Blue Sky hotel. Both restaurants are a stone's throw from Manatee cenote
The cenotes, caves and lakes that feed the sea, are mixed with fresh spring waters that reflect the blue colours of the sky, turning Xel-Ha into the world most beautiful and largest natural aquarium.
110 km south of Cancun, 44 km south of Playa del Carmen
Turtle Bay makes excellent fresh baked goods daily (stop by early in the morning and buy some fresh hot-out-of-the-oven muffins or rolls to have with your morning coffee. Lunches are also very good with large portions. Delicious salads, sandwiches and wraps.