You’ve all probably seen fun movies like A Turtle’s Tale and Finding Nemo that shine a light on the amazing life of Sea Turtles. In honor of this Majestic sea creature May 23 is World Turtle Day. This day shines a light on this season’s oceanfront stars, sea turtles, as they come to beaches all over the world to nest from mid-May to late-August.Even on our gorgeous Vero Beach Coast you can find many nests that have sprouted up over night as if by magic!
A variety of hotels and cruises are doing their part to celebrate and protect turtles and their nesting grounds, whether it’s swimming with leatherbacks in Barbados or sipping a fresh Tipsy Turtle cocktail in Fort Lauderdale. Check out some of the fun events and celebrations going on:
Colony Club, Barbados
SUP dude? For an unforgettable animal encounter, guests will love Colony Club’s stand-up paddle board (SUP) and turtle swim excursion. Starting out on the white, warm sands of Barbados’ renowned beach, travelers will paddle out to The Lone Star Restaurant, one of the local, turtle hangouts and dive into the crystal blue waters to get up-close-and-personal with the island’s friendliest marine animals, the once-endangered population of hawksbill and leatherback turtles.
Turtle Beach, Barbados
Like the turtles that nest on the 1,500 foot stretch of white sand it sits upon, the all-inclusive Turtle Beach resort protects its favorite animals by muting its beachfront lighting and by partnering with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project to help facilitate the birthing process. The Turtle Beach staff also participates in regular coastal clean ups to protect the turtles’ habitat, while their elite team of Turtle Pioneers teach guests about island conservation efforts.
The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Sarasota, FL
Nesting on the shores of resort, sea turtles have been known to make an appearance on these Sarasota shores during beachside fitness classes at The Resort at Longboat Key Club, a perfect activity for adults. Meanwhile, kids will love spending a day at Camp Loggerhead, and embarking on the Children’s Beach Walk & Turtle Talk where they’ll learn about some of the ocean’s longest-living creatures and even get to take home their own plush turtle toy.
Ecoventura, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Come face-to-face with sea turtles aboard Ecoventura’s fleet of sustainable mega-yachts. Daily excursions on two, unique, seven-night itineraries are lead by certified naturalist guides, allowing guests to stroll inches from iconic giant Galapagos tortoises and join sea turtles for an afternoon snorkel frequently throughout the cruise.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa’s 16-acre private beach is a safe haven for nesting turtles in season and many precautions are taken to preserve their nests. In fact, one dollar of the property’s signature cocktail, the “Tipsy Turtle,” made of blueberry vodka, pineapple juice, blue Curaçao and Parrot Bay Key Lime Rum, benefits the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation.
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