As you may know, seven of the eight most recognized species of turtles in the world, nest on the beaches of Mexico; among them you can find the Loggerhead Turtle, Pacific Hawksbill Turtle, Green Turtle, Olive Ridley Turtle, Kempi Turtle, Black Turtle and the Leatherback Turtle. As part of the strategy of social and environmental responsibility of Marriott International beach resorts, various initiatives for the care of the sea turtle are promoted. From the beginning of June through the end of November, each of the resorts in the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio collaborates with local organizations and their partners to enhance these conservation efforts. To raise awareness among guests, some of the resorts involve them to participate in these programs. Activities offered include both witnessing the nesting process and the release of baby turtles, becoming a definitely unforgettable life experience.
JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and Marriott Cancun Resort
As part of the commitment of both resorts with the environment and the protection of these endangered species, JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and Marriott Cancun Resort support the municipal authorities to establish different protection practices during the nesting season. Every year, female sea turtles flock to the beaches of Cancun to find a safe place to nest, and during this period, Marriott Cancun Resort functions as a shelter and care space for baby turtles. Once they are strong enough, the process of their liberation is carried out. In 2020 a total of 49,771 turtles were released, 6,326 more turtles compared to the previous year.
Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
In 2004, the Sea Turtle Protection Program was incorporated into a portion of the beach at the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. At the age of 17, this program has become an educational tradition and is part of the hotel’s philosophy. This initiative unites young people, tourists and locals from Puerto Vallarta, as well as national and foreign universities, organizations and ecological associations to continue reinforcing the preservation of endangered species. The hotel works in coordination and under the supervision of internal biologists, as well as the National Institute of Ecology and the Municipal Department of Ecology. Marriott Puerto Vallarta actively participates in the fight for the conservation of the Golfina sea turtle, complying with all the procedures and requirements established by the authorities. This initiative has safely delivered more than 70,000 baby turtles to the sea by the end of the 2019 season.
Photo courtesy of Marriott International.