Every summer sea turtles head to the Florida coast to lay their eggs. Once the sun sets and beachgoers leave the beach, the sea turtles are getting ready to nest soft-shelled eggs - the best summer night experience. If you live in Florida, you are in luck. There are places in South Florida where you can watch sea turtle nests and engage in a turtle walk tour.
For your next weekend getaway, reserve a sea-turtle walk where a guide will direct you to the private areas where sea turtle activity occurs. There are about 100,000 sea turtles that come to Florida beaches from June to July and the most common one is the loggerhead.
According to Visit Florida, people are not allowed to watch leatherbacks and green turtles lay their eggs as these turtles are endangered species and watching might disturb the nesting.
The whole nesting process for other turtles takes about 30 to 60 minutes. To witness a turtle nesting comes with luck. Unfortunately, some of these turtle walks happen to be quiet and more of a stargazing experience.
If you want to experience a turtle nesting you can sign up to a turtle walk program. Some of the places that allow guests to sign up for a turtle walk are: Sebastian Inlet State Park, Barrier Island Sanctuary, Sea Turtle Preservation Society, MacArthur Beach State Park, and Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.
There is usually a fee for the guided night-time sea turtle watch. Some places charge $10 or $15 and offer an educational program. The turtle walks happen at night around 9 pm to 1 am when the turtles are arriving to the beach.
It is recommended you bring water and bug repellent as you will be outside for a couple of hours.
Where: Sebastian Inlet State Park, Barrier Island Sanctuary, Sea Turtle Preservation Society, MacArthur Beach State Park, and Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge.
Why you need to go: It is a great summer activity and you can experience a turtle nesting.
We strongly advise that before you go visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security and animal rights. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and the animals.