A Magical Moment

 6 Places To See Turtles In Quintana Roo

From mid-May to September, 6 of the 7 sea turtle species that exist in the world, nest in Mexican beaches and 4 of them in Quintana Roo: white, loggerhead, hawksbill, and lute. Meet 6 Places To See Turtles In Quintana Roo.

Read: Insider’s Look To The Sea Turtle Hospital In Xcaret

It takes 3 months for a baby turtle to born, this happens from July to November, being October the most critical month for turtle release activity.

This magical moment of life is a gift from nature that you shouldn’t miss on your next visit to the Riviera Maya. The event of releasing turtles is done at night to avoid natural sea turtle predators, such as birds. You can participate in this event together with particular groups that promote their care, that is why we will tell you about 6 Places To See Turtles In Quintana Roo. It is important to mention that the people who carry out this activity must have an operating permit granted by SEMARNAT.


1.- Xcaret Park

Located 6 km south of Playa del Carmen, Xcaret Park is the first place on our list. It has the Sea Turtle Conservation Program which covers 13 nesting beaches that result in 21 miles of beach in a total extension of 74 miles. From Punta Venado, south of Xcaret, to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, making it the largest program of its kind in the country.


2.- On the beaches of Cancun: Playa Delfines, Playa Marlín, and Playa Chac Mool.

Groups are formed before 20:00 hrs. So it is important to arrive at one of these beaches at least 15 minutes before to secure your place. Remember that this is an event controlled by nature, so be aware that the day you visit you may not be able to be witness this magical moment.

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3.- Playa de Xcacel-Xcacelito

At Xcacel, the organization CONAP (Consejo Nacional de Áreas Protegidas) is located. This organization has a conservation program which you could be part of.  They have a turtle release program in November which has a cost of 80.00 MXN to participate in it. You must arrive at the beach at 17:30 hrs. To be part of the group. In addition to this, there is the marine turtle conservation program by Flora Fauna y Cultura de México, A.C. who perform the release of turtles and environmental awareness.

Contact: educambiental2@florafaunaycultura.org

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4. Akumal

Akumal in the Mayan language means “place of turtles,” and it has a special place in our list of 6 Places To See Turtles In Quintana Roo. You can walk along its beaches at night and hopefully, you will see turtles come to spawn under the moonlight. Remember not to go too close to them and use lamps, as they could stress and interrupt spawning.

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5. Tulum

Its beaches are the perfect setting to enjoy this magical moment. At night you can see turtles nesting 100 to 200 eggs each. Watching them return exhausted to the sea is awe-inspiring.


6. Tortugranja, Isla Mujeres

The Turtle Farm in Isla Mujeres is located south of the Island one mile north of a beach called “Lancheros.” The entrance costs 20.00 pesos. Their schedules are from 9:00 hrs. to 17:00 hrs. daily, except for holidays.