Just imagine watching a bale of turtle hatchlings scurry their way across one of Puerto Vallarta’s beaches towards the sea at sunset. It’s an Instagram photo opportunity you simply don’t want to miss, the fascinating moment when baby marine turtles follow their instincts and run for their lives towards the sea is a truly unforgettable experience. July marks the start of the official turtle nesting season in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, although the peak season runs from August through November with sightings of turtles nesting any month of the year.
Turtles are a protected animal in Mexico because of the 1% survival rate for baby turtles, dueto the number of natural predators that threaten their maturity as well as human factors. For this reason, there are a number of programs in place to help protect Puerto Vallarta’s turtle population by collecting the eggs and taking them to a turtle sanctuary until the hatchlings are ready for release on the very same beaches where their mothers left them as eggs.
The beaches at Villa del Palmar and Garza Blanca Preserve in Puerto Vallarta and Villa del Palmar Flamingos in Nuevo Vallarta are all potential sites for turtles to come ashore and make their nests, with Garza Blanca Preserve being the location most commonly frequented by nesting turtles of the three Club Caribe destinations. When a marine turtle is seen laying her eggs, the hotels call the official authorities to come and collect the eggs and take them to a safe sanctuary. When the eggs hatch in the sanctuary, they are returned to the beaches for release.
The chances of catching sight of baby turtles being released in Puerto Vallarta during the peak season from August through November is very probable, if not on the beaches at Villa del Palmar, Garza Blanca Preserve or Villa del Palmar Flamingos, then on another beach location in Puerto Vallarta. Just ask a member of the activities team to let you know where the next batch of baby turtles will be released in Puerto Vallarta.