March kicks off a special time of year at Saint Lucia: sea turtle nesting season! Just like our guests, these marvelous marine animals travel miles to our sandy shores — they wouldn’t go anywhere else.
As sea turtles swim ashore to lay eggs, our team is careful to make sure the process is safe for the animals. Here’s how you can get a glimpse of some of the coolest turtles in the sea, right on the beach at Coconut Bay.
Invite Kids to Learn About Sea Turtle Nesting
If you and your kids love turtles, then check out the CocoLand Kidz Club SCOUTS program during your visit. Through crafts and activities, kids learn about the sea turtle life cycle, conservation efforts, and different species that visit our island. All activities are tailored to different age groups, so there’s always something age-appropriate to help you learn.
There are three species of endangered sea turtles that nest on Saint Lucia: the Leatherback, the Hawksbill and the Green sea turtle.
Check Out a Turtle Watch
Visitors of all ages appreciate these special animals and make a point to visit during nesting and hatching seasons. We offer beach walks from March to November where guests can learn about the different nests and the steps we take to protect them.
Starting in the fall around October, you can catch a glimpse of the baby turtles making their way to the ocean. They’re a fantastic sight to behold as the next generation of sea turtles touch the sea for the first time and take off on the adventure that awaits them.
Fans Can Follow Our Hatchlings on Social Media
If you can’t make it out to Coconut Bay during sea turtle nesting season, follow us on social media! We regularly post updates on any turtles nests we find and share photos of the hatchlings as they push out of the ground and head toward the ocean.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and any other social media channels you want. We promise Coconut Bay will be a colorful and turtle-filled addition to your social timelines.
Sea turtles are some of the favorite animals of our guests and important members of the Caribbean ecosystem. We are proud to care for them and raise awareness about their endangered status. We hope to see you soon at Coconut Bay!