5 Puerto Vallarta Turtle Camps

Jorge Chávez
Jul. 21, 2022

Releasing baby sea turtles in Puerto Vallarta is truly amazing. Witnessing with your own eyes the movement of that little animal, while enjoying the beautiful sunset and the Mexican Pacific waters, will become an unforgettable moment for the whole family.

As every year, hundreds of sea turtles of different species arrive on the Puerto Vallarta beaches to lay their eggs and, during this season, they start hatching, so sea turtles begin their adventure around the world.

In our destination, both residents and visitors have the possibility of accompanying a baby turtle to reach the sea, as there are different turtle camps where it is possible to participate in its release. Here are some places where it is possible to release turtles, where an average of 9,000 nests are expected:

· Boca de Tomates Turtle Camp
This site dedicated to the conservation of turtles is open to receive all those interested in carrying out this extraordinary experience of nature, where it is possible to help the release in the company of the whole family.

· Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
This hotel, considered an icon in the destination, is committed to sea turtles and that is why it has its own biologist, who guides and supervises the release of these magnificent little animals to live a wonderful moment with great responsibility.

· Ecotours Vallarta
This tour company with great environmental commitment offers the opportunity to live this liberation experience, in which visitors will be accompanied by a specialized guide, who will give a talk on the biology and ecology of sea turtles.

· Wildlife Connection
It offers the opportunity to visit the official camp of the National Sea Turtle Protection Program, where you can contribute to the conservation of this wonderful species. Later, during the sunset, in the company of specialists, the release of turtles will begin.

· Hotel Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
Guests or any people will be able to observe the process of releasing sea turtles, while trained personnel supervise that no one enters the sea at the point where the release was made for a period of 20 minutes after the last hatchling has entered.

In Puerto Vallarta it is possible to find from 70 to 230 nests per camp, managing to release from 60 to 500 sea turtles per day.

If you find a sea turtle during your stay in Puerto Vallarta, it is important to keep a distance of approximately 10 meters, as well as not taking photos with a flash and, above all, not disturbing them to avoid interrupting their spawning.

Sea turtle species that every year come to Puerto Vallarta are the olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), as well as the leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), Prieta (Chelonia mydas agassizii) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata).

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