If you have ever wanted to see giant turtles, Isla Mujeres offers the venue. The island is the ancestral hatching ground for the giant sea turtles who lay their eggs in the soft sand each year between the months of May and ending in September. Turtles no longer are killed for their meat as was done in the past. Today, the island offers a federally protected location for the turtles to grow their ranks. The eggs are placed in well protected open pens to keep them safe from predators. Each newly hatched turtle is placed in tanks until the are released into the wild by the local school children and volunteers.
Each season , hundreds of sea turtles survive thanks to the care and love of the islanders. It’s a unique experience and an example for the rest of the world. The residents as well as visitors pride themselves in helping nature take it’s course.
The turtle farm is located on the south part of the island and is managed by the Mexican federal government as well as private funding. The farm is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.