Guests Help Baby Sea Turtles at Puerto Vallarta Resort
At the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta beach, where 30% of sea turtles in Puerto Vallarta come to nest, collects turtle nests and eggs from the busy resort beach and incubates them in a nursery on-site. Guests get to release the hatchlings into Banderas Bay when they are ready to go out into the wild.
Turtles are freed each evening at 7:30 p.m. through December (in hopes that a night release will save them from predators). Said the hotel of the release, "Tradition holds that each child names their baby sea turtle, wishes them luck and sets them free to find their way to the water."
The hotel's conservation efforts have paid off, as 293,000 have been released in the past 10 years. Last year 47,000 turtles freed after hatching at the hotel. Guests can also help biologists of the Sea Turtle Rescue Program collect eggs.