Did you know there are seven species of sea turtles in the world? Did you know you can find six of them only in the Mayan Riviera? These beautiful animals are a local treasure and whether you practice snorkel or scuba diving in the turquoise waters of the Mexican Caribbean, you can spot the three main species: the Green Turtle, the Loggerhead and the Hawksbill.
In nesting season, from May to September, turtles bury their eggs in the beach, in the same spot they were born, and get back to the sea. Three months later, little turtles hatch from eggs to find their way to the ocean. The path is difficult and dangerous since there are many predators on the way, humans included. But if everything goes fine, they later become adults and come back to lay their own eggs.
From July to November, you can watch new-born turtles starting their life journey. There are organizations that protect baby turtles in Tulum, Akumal, Xcacel and Xcaret. In hatching season, volunteers gather during sunset to help baby turtles reach the ocean.
You can’t miss this beautiful experience! We invite you to visit the Mayan Riviera this hatching season. Remember you can book a reservation with Happy Address in Playa or Tulum! If you come, we encourage you to have fun while helping preserve this wonderful species.
Please don’t throw away plastic waste on the beach as it resembles jellyfish and turtles often eat it, being this their main cause of death. Our awareness and responsibility can help saving their lives.