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What to know about Turtle Nesting in Aruba

What to know about Turtle Nesting in Aruba

Aruba, located in the southern Caribbean, is home to three species of sea turtles; the green turtle, the loggerhead turtle, and the hawksbill turtle. These turtles come to the shores of Aruba between March and November to lay their eggs during turtle nesting season. In this article, we will explore how to identify a turtle nest in Aruba and what areas are most commonly used by turtles for nesting.

The nesting season runs from March through September. Hatchling takes place from May to November. Incubation takes approximately 60 to 70 days.

When a nest is spotted, organizations like: Turtugaruba Foundation or Aruba Reef Care Foundation make sure they barricade the site in order to protect the nest site and prevent interference from humans. When you see a square made from barricades that’s a turtle nest.

Visitors to the island can witness this incredible spectacle in various locations. One of the most popular beaches for turtle nesting is Eagle Beach, which is located on the western side of the island.

Another popular nesting spot is Malmok Beach, located on the northern coast of the island. This beach is known for its crystal-clear waters and pristine white sand, making it an ideal location for turtles to lay their eggs. Those who visit Malmok Beach can see the turtles up close, and if they are lucky, they may even witness the hatchlings making their way to the sea.

The Arashi Beach is also a well-known nesting spot for turtles. It is located on the northwest coast of the island, and its calm waters make it an ideal spot for turtles to lay their eggs. Visitors can watch the turtles make their way up the beach to lay their eggs, and then later see the hatchlings make their way back to the sea.

Turtle nesting season is an exciting time for visitors to Aruba. The island’s stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters provide the perfect backdrop for these incredible creatures to lay their eggs. Identifying a turtle nest is relatively easy, and visitors can see several species of turtles at various locations around the island, including Eagle Beach, Malmok Beach, and Arashi Beach. If you are lucky enough to witness the hatchlings making their way to the sea, it will be an experience that you will never forget.

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  1. Amazing information thankyou. Great to hear that you look after the turtle nests. We’ve only been during Oct/Nov but would love to see them nesting. Keep up the amazing work. 👏

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