10 June, 2019
I don’t care if you’re eight or eighty, watching baby hatchlings break the sand and crawl out of their nests can turn your knees to jelly. I have watched these giant sea turtles make the monumental effort to waddle slowly up the sand and lay their eggs, usually around 200 which will hatch in 45-70 days. Talk about determination. And the thrill never leaves you.
If you’re determined to give nature and these little creatures a helping hand, P.V. and the Bay of Banderas is one of the world’s best places to do it. But you have to do it carefully because only 1 in 1,000 usually survive. The Marriott P.V. has one of the biggest and best hatchling nurseries on the bay and you can be part of the release for free and many other Puerto Vallarta resorts join in as well.
Here are some things to know before you come to help. I know you’ll be tempted to pick one of these adorable creatures up and gently put it in the palm of your hand, but don’t do it. These sweet little guys need to crawl across the sand by themselves in order to have the exact location of their birth imprinted into their brains and navigation systems so they can return as adult to lay some eggs of their own.
Responsible release programs will teach you how, but usually its scooping them into a half coconut shell and putting them close to the waters edge so they can crawl into the surf on their own. A must.
Release them at either sunrise or sunset when there are fewer predators around and of course, even though you will be tempted to pull out your smart phone and take some photos don’t use a flash or bright light on these little ones. If you’re careful you will be taking part in a joyous celebration of Madre Naturaleza in all her glory.
Then, there is the rest of this glorious place that nature has created to perfection.
The sea, the sand, the food, the people, the jungle, the mountains, all of the things that make P.V. and the Bay of Banderas the #1 best vacation place in the world as it was just voted by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine and the more than 3.7 million visitors who come here each year.
Our website, bestofbanderasbay.com will show you the best of the best of the bay from art galleries to zip lines and every pleasure in between, so get ready to fall in love.