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The best places to see turtles in Mexico

Article by GVI


Posted: January 20, 2023

Mexico is a popular destination for those looking to see sea turtles in the wild. With its clear waters, beautiful beaches, and diverse marine life, it’s no wonder that many visitors come to Mexico to witness these magnificent creatures up close and personal. In this blog post, we will be highlighting some of the best places to see sea turtles in Mexico, including Akumal, Isla Mujeres, Playa Viva and Puerto Morelos.


Akumal, located on the Caribbean coast in the state of Quintana Roo, is a must-visit destination for sea turtle enthusiasts. The town’s name, “Akumal,” means “place of the turtle” in Mayan, and for good reason. The bay is home to a large population of sea turtles, including the green sea turtle and hawksbill turtle, making it a popular spot for snorkelling and diving. Visitors can easily spot the turtles swimming and feeding in the clear waters, and even swim alongside them. The bay is also known for its crystal-clear water and colourful coral reefs, making it a perfect spot for snorkelling and diving.

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, located off the coast of Cancun, is another great destination for sea turtle watching. The island is a nesting ground for several endangered sea turtle species, including the loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtle. Visitors can take a tour to see the turtles lay their eggs or watch the hatchlings make their way to the ocean. The island is also known for its laid-back Caribbean vibe, delicious seafood and beautiful beaches, making it a perfect place to relax and enjoy nature.

Playa Viva

For those looking for a more eco-friendly and sustainable way to see turtles, the Playa Viva eco-resort offers turtle watching tours in Juluchuca, Guerrero. They have a turtle sanctuary where they protect and release the eggs into the ocean, this way you can see the baby turtles as they are born and also help to protect them. The resort is also committed to sustainable tourism, offering activities such as yoga, bird watching and hiking, which allow visitors to connect with nature in a responsible way.

Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos, located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, is another great destination for sea turtle watching. The town is home to a sea turtle protection program, where visitors can witness the hatching and release of baby sea turtles into the ocean. It is a great opportunity to learn about the conservation efforts in place and how you can help protect these amazing creatures. The town is also known for its small-town charm, friendly locals, and delicious seafood, making it a great place to relax and explore.

All in all, Mexico offers a wide range of options for sea turtle watching, from swimming and snorkelling with the turtles in Akumal to eco-friendly turtle watching tours in Playa Viva. Whether you’re interested in the green sea turtle, hawksbill turtle, loggerhead, leatherback or other species, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Marine Conservation and Diving Opportunities in Mexico

Mexico also offers a wide range of opportunities for marine conservation and diving. GVI provides marine conservation volunteer and internship programs in Mexico, which allow participants to gain hands-on experience working with marine species and contribute to conservation efforts in the region.

Diving in Mexico is also a great way to explore the country’s diverse marine life and contribute to conservation efforts. Mexico is home to some of the best diving spots in the world, such as the Cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula, the Revillagigedo Archipelago, and the famous coral reef of Cozumel. These diving spots offer an opportunity to see a variety of marine life, including colourful fish, dolphins, sharks, rays, and even whales.

Participating in marine conservation programs and diving in Mexico is not only a great way to explore the country’s natural beauty but also to make a positive impact on the environment and contribute to the conservation of marine species.

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