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Sea Turtles in Cabo San Lucas

Mexico is called “The Land of Turtles” for seven out of eight species of sea turtles in the world live there

Best time: late August–early December

Sea Turtles
Sea Turtles

The most popular sea turtles in Cabo San Lucas, such as Leatherbacks, Ridleys, and Hawksbills, are endangered species. The unique feature of these reptiles is that they always return to their native breeding grounds to lay eggs. So every year from July to December, you will definitely be able to observe the turtles nesting in Cabo San Lucas. The youngsters hatch in 45 days and face the challenging race to the ocean.

Wildlife conservation programs organize turtle release tours between late August and early December for those who want to witness this wonder of nature and help the babies survive their way to the ocean. The trips start at dawn around 4 am and last up to three hours.

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When is the best time to visit Cabo San Lucas to see sea turtles?

Sea turtles come to Cabo San Lucas to lay eggs between July and December. If you wish to witness baby turtles hatching, late August to early December is the best time. Wildlife conservation programs organize turtle release tours then starting around 4 am so you can witness this experience firsthand. The baby turtles face an arduous race to the ocean after hatching, often at night to avoid predators, making for an awe-inspiring sight. Show more

Where can I observe sea turtles nesting in Cabo San Lucas?

To watch sea turtles nesting in Cabo San Lucas, head to the beaches, such as Playa Las Viudas or Costa Azul, Playa Santa Maria, or Palmilla Beach. Take care to maintain a safe distance and remain quiet since loud noises may frighten the turtles away. These majestic creatures are endangered, making safe viewing and conservation efforts critical. Show more

What are the most common sea turtle species in Cabo San Lucas?

Cabo San Lucas is home to the endangered Leatherbacks, Ridleys, and Hawksbills. These unique sea turtles always return to their initial breeding grounds for nesting. Their presence attracts visitors who appreciate sea turtles' grace and beauty. Cabo San Lucas is a perfect getaway for people interested in sea turtle conservation efforts and spotting these gentle giants during mating season. Show more

How long does it take for baby sea turtles to hatch and reach the ocean?

Baby sea turtles generally hatch in around 45 to 70 days. After their birth, they promptly venture out to the sea facing predators along the way. They tend to hatch during the night, and their journey can be challenging. The tiny turtles can travel up to ten miles a day, absorbing nutrients from their yolk sacs. The experience of witnessing their struggle is undoubtedly a memorable one. Show more

What is the process of joining a turtle release tour and what time do they usually start?

Wildlife conservation programs in Cabo San Lucas organize turtle release tours. The tours generally begin around 4 am and last three hours. To be a part of this memorable experience, register in advance. A naturalist usually leads the tour, providing valuable insights into sea turtles and their conservation efforts. Visitors are honored to release the little creatures into the ocean and participate in an unforgettable experience. Show more

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