The Magic of Sea Turtle Releases in Puerto Vallarta

Jorge Chávez
Jul. 9, 2024

Have you ever experienced the incredible journey of baby sea turtles as they traverse the Pacific Ocean? Puerto Vallarta is the perfect destination for you to witness this amazing event!

Our destination offers a unique experience that few places can match: the release of sea turtles. This activity is not only a visual spectacle but also an opportunity to contribute to the conservation of these magnificent creatures.

Below, we provide details about this experience, including the best times to witness the event, the hotels that support sea turtle conservation, and how you can participate in the release of the hatchlings.

Sea Turtle Release Season in Puerto Vallarta

Each year, thousands of sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the beaches of Puerto Vallarta. Various species of sea turtles nest in our destination during this period, including the olive ridley, green, and hawksbill turtles.

The sea turtle nesting season typically lasts from July to December, with the peak occurring between August and November. The exact timing can vary slightly each year depending on ocean conditions and other environmental factors. However, if you plan to visit Puerto Vallarta during the summer and fall, you are almost guaranteed to witness this natural wonder.

Hotels in Puerto Vallarta with Sea Turtle Conservation Programs

There are several hotels in Puerto Vallarta that are distinguished by their strong support for sea turtle conservation programs and offer their guests the opportunity to actively participate in their efforts. Some of them include Velas Vallarta, Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, El Pescador and Hotel Rosita.

How to Participate in a Sea Turtle Release

Here are some ways you can get involved in a sea turtle release in Puerto Vallarta:

  1. Stay at one of the aforementioned hotels and participate in their guest programs specifically designed to enjoy this activity.
  2. Join local conservation efforts through the Boca de Tomates Turtle Camp or the Mayto Turtle Camp.
  3. Participate in public releases, which are organized by the authorities of Puerto Vallarta and take place at sunset when the hatchlings are less likely to be attacked by their natural predators and the water temperature is cooler.

Respect the Guidelines

If you attend a turtle release in Puerto Vallarta, it is important to follow the recommendations provided by the experts. Remember, it is crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of the hatchlings at all times. Among other measures, this includes avoiding taking photos with flash, minimizing noise, and not touching the hatchlings unless instructed otherwise.

The sea turtle release season in Puerto Vallarta is a magical time that offers a unique glimpse into the life cycle of these marine species.

Enjoy it!

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