Disclosure: At least some of this trip was either comped or provided at a media rate. Post may contain affiliate links. All opinions are our own.
My 9-year old son is turtle obsessed, and loves learning more about his obsession when we are on a family vacation. There are so many great programs offered by resorts and nature companies – here are a few family vacations for turtle lovers.
At the Grand Cayman Turtle Farm, kids can learn all about turtles, see the farm’s nursery, and snorkel in a lagoon filled with turtles. We recommend a stay at the Westin Grand Cayman.
SURFside Ocean Academy in Turks and Caicos offers a popular 1/2 day sea turtle tagging program. We recommend staying at the West Bay Club.
Read reviews of the West Bay Club here.
The Resort at Longboat Key Club & Lido Beach Resort, Sarasota, FL
Families can visit the Sarasota’s Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, which has treated and released many sea turtles, and is located near the resorts. At the two resorts, kids will love spending time at Camp Loggerhead, where they can enjoy a Children’s Beach Walk & Turtle Talk.
Sandpearl Resort | Clearwater Beach, FL
The Sandpearl Resort’s kid club, Camp Ridley, has a turtle mascot, Ridley the Turtle, who is named after the Kemp Ridley turtle (primarily found in the Gulf of Mexico). You can also visit the popular Clearwater Marine Aquarium, which offers resident sea turtles (including five different species, two of which are endangered).
Among the many animals in the marine habits are sea turtles. During our press trip visit last year, my son loved watching the turtles.
San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino | San Juan, Puerto Rico
A rare breed of Leatherback Sea Turtles has recently found a new home right in front of the hotel. So far, 13 nests have been found.
SUP and Turtle Swim Excursion at Colony Club | Barbados
The Colony Club offers stand-up paddle board (SUP) and turtle swim excursion.
See See reviews here.
Sea Turtle Rescue Program | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
From June through December each year, the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa offers a turtle protection program where guests have the opportunity to release newly-hatched turtles.
Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa
The area’s only oceanfront hotel implements a “Lights Out” policy at night during turtle nesting season to encourage endangered leatherback, loggerhead and green sea turtles to come ashore to lay their eggs. The nearby Loggerhead Marinelife Center also offers nighttime turtle walks.
CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort & JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, Cancun
From June through September, guests can participate in the release of baby turtles – call the concierge to see if the release is happening on any particular night.
Disclosure: Over the years, we’ve attended press trips to Atlantis, the West Bay Club, and Grand Cayman.