Turtle Farms and Turtle Rescue
Mexico is rapidly becoming one of the foremost countries leading the way in nature conservation. Sea turtle rescue and turtle nesting programs like those in the Riviera Nayarit are giving endangered sea turtles a fighting chance for survival, and tourists can see, learn, and participate in the protection of these magnificent but fragile creatures. The challenge for baby sea turtle survival is to prevent eggs and hatchlings from being attacked by predators.
In Bahia Banderas Bay, the town of San Francisco (nicknamed San Pancho) is home to a marine nursery, and Flamingos Beach is the site of a turtle farm, both in service to the preservation of sea turtles that use Riviera Nayarit’s beaches for nesting: Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Hawksbill, and Green turtles. Late summer to late fall are the best months for visiting sea turtle sanctuaries, when turtle eggs are collected and hatchlings are later released into the ocean.