Official sea turtle nesting time has started in the Caribbean
Have you ever experienced seeing sea turtles come onto the beach to dig their nests? CaribbeanDays can set you in a prime villa location where you can experience this fantastic event.
Thousands of female sea turtles emerge from the ocean to lay their eggs. The Caribbean Islands has been a location for these nesting habitats since the time of the dinosaurs. Two months after their nests have been built, the eggs hatch and scores of tiny turtles emerge from the sand at night and clamber into the water. Several species of sea turtles can be observed in the Caribbean: loggerheads, hawksbills, greens and leatherbacks.
COSTA RICA: Between March and June is the time to see giant leatherback turtles nesting, and Tortuguero is the spot which is located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. These leatherback turtles can weigh as much as 1,323 pounds! They can measure up to around 6.5ft in length.
DOMINICA: Between March and August is when you can go turtle watching in Dominica when Leatherbacks, Hawksbills and Green turtles arrive to nest. The west coast beaches are where you will find Greens and Hawksbills between May and October. Hire a trained turtle guide to discover everything about the turtles that nest in Dominica.
GRENADA: The turtle watching nesting season in Grenada is from the beginning of April to the end of June. During this period Grenada hosts four turtle varieties: the Hawksbill, Leatherback, Loggerhead, and Green turtle. During the peak time of the turtle watching season there is a very high chance of sighting turtles, obviously not so high at the beginning or end of the season.
NEVIS: The major nesting ground for the Hawksbill turtle as well as other turtle species is Pinney’s Beach. Nesting season is from June to October.
ST KITTS: There are two primary Leatherback nesting beaches on St Kitts where the St Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN) conducts early morning, and night-time, surveys and tagging of Hawksbill and Green turtles.
TRINIDAD: On Trinidad’s northeast coast, Grand Riviere, is where you will find the giant Leatherback nesting during the peak turtle watching season, May and June. This site is considered the densest nesting spot in the world for Leatherbacks. Thanks to local conservation work, nesting turtles numbers have increased dramatically from around 30 turtles overnight to over 700 overnight at the highest peak time of the season.
Contact CaribbeanDays for housing accommodations during the nesting season so you too can experience these magnificent creatures as they emerge from the sea.