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Banderas Bay Brings Thousands of Turtles

July 26, 2017

Calling all turtle-loving travelers! This summer brings some special sea friends to Puerto Vallarta’s shores -- Olive Ridley turtles to be exact. Every year from June to September, thousands of turtles land on Banderas Bay beaches to lay their eggs. After about 45 days of incubation, the hatchlings are born and released into the sea. If you happen to visit during this time, it’s not to be missed.

Considered one of Puerto Vallarta's most visible and interesting ecological cycles, witnessing the turtles nesting and their babies hatching is a memorable spectacle for visitors. For the last 35 years, Puerto Vallarta has made this phenomenon possible through its marine turtle conservation and protection programs, along with support of professional marine biologists and the city's Department of Environment and Ecology department.

Travelers interested in volunteering or attending tortoise tours can visit a number of nurseries in the area, including Campamentos Tortugueros Puerto Vallarta and Grupo Ecologico de la Costa Verde's Marine Turtle Nursery, Platanitos Turtle Camp and Grupo Ecologico de Nayarit's Playa el Naranjo.  For more information, visit