Saving Sea Turtles, One Resort at a Time

Hotel guests can see baby turtles hatch and take part in conservation efforts

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••• Baby sea turtles. © US Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr

It’s sea turtle nesting time in the tropics, but unfortunately so many perils face newborn sea turtles that it’s estimated that only 1 in 1,000 will make it to maturity. However, many resorts have stepped up with sea turtle saving initiatives where guests can also participate. 

Caribbean

Rosalie Bay Resort in Dominica is a sea turtle haven where guests can take part in turtle releases on a unique black sand beach.

 Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort teams up with sea turtle savior group Turtugaruba to cordon off nests, educate guests, and alert them to nestings and hatchings. Palm Island Resort in the Grenadines and Galley Bay Resort in Antigua also have similar alert programs where guests will be called to come and witness this experience-of-a-lifetime event.

Mexico

Cancun sister resorts CasaMagna Marriott  and JW Marriott Cancun save an average of 3,000 endangered baby turtles annually, and guests are invited to release babies that have been hatched from their protected nurseries out to sea. AM Resorts in Mexico also work with nature organizations and guests to help protect eggs and/or release hatchlings; programs are in place at Dreams in Cancun, Tulum, and Puerto Vallarta, Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita in Riviera Maya, Zoëtry Casa del Mar in Los Cabos, and Sunscape Dorado Pacifico in Ixtapa.

Florida

The Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach partners with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (home of “Winter” the dolphin) to educate guests and alert them to sea turtle releases on the property. Jupiter Beach Resort in Palm Beach County works with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to arrange turtle walks for guests and sells plush turtles with portions of the proceeds going to the center.

Lido Beach Resort and The Resort at Longboat Key, both in Sarasota, work with Mote Marine Laboratory to help guests learn about rehabilitation and monitoring programs and to join in scheduled turtle walks. And  one dollar of every “Tipsy Turtle” cocktail sold at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort goes directly to the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.

To find out more ways to help endangered sea turtles, visit www.widecast.org.

Video: giant leatherback turtle returns to the sea after nesting 

Video: baby turtle release at Rosalie Bay Resort, Dominica

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