If you’re looking for a far-from-everyday family beach adventure, head south to Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico as baby sea turtles begin to hatch from eggs buried on the sandy beaches and make their way back into the ocean. Some hotels even have sea turtle protection programs to help the smallest of turtles make their way safely into the warm coastal waters. Here are six hotels working with guests to help save sea turtles between now and mid-fall.
Cancun (Mexico). Both the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa offer sea turtle protection programs. As a family, you’ll work together with marine biologists to participate in the nightly release of baby sea turtles. Simply call the concierge before heading out to the beach to find out if they’ll be released back into the water on a given night.
Clearwater Beach (Florida). More than 150 loggerhead turtles make their nests on the Gulf Coast beaches near Clearwater. Guests staying at the Sandpearl Resort have the unique opportunity to watch as scientists from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium release turtles on select evenings. Guests are notified up to 48 hours in advance of a turtle release.
Trinidad & Tobago. Take an evening stroll along the beaches of Grand Riviere in Trinidad to see the nesting of leatherback turtles through July. The Acajou Hotel and the Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel are ideal spots for turtle-watching with a guide (many lay their eggs just outside the hotel rooms). Or, head to sister-island Tobago to see hawksbill turtles and green turtles from May to September.
Barbados. More than 300 endangered hawksbill turtles make their nests on a stretch of beach outside the Coconut Court Beach Hotel in Barbados between July and November. As baby sea turtles begin to hatch, the hotel works with guests in conjunction with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project to educate them on ways to best protect and preserve these endangered species as they work to make their way into the ocean.
Have you ever stayed at a hotel or resort with a dedicated conservation program? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, be sure to check out my related article, 6 Ways to Get Up Close with Sea Turtles.
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