Even though sea turtle nesting season is not yet over (May 1 - Oct 31), LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort has already seen a record-breaking number of nests on their private shoreline. The luxury beachfront property located on Vanderbilt Beach in Naples has already recorded 12 Loggerhead turtle nests, tripling their annual average of 4.
Collier County sea turtle monitors can’t confirm why the turtles are returning in record numbers, but it could be LaPlaya’s relative lack of crowds and clutter, improved sustainability practices as well as commitment to educating visitors to the resort on nesting turtles and their habits. One of the resorts biggest initiatives is managing and reducing light pollution which has a negative effect on the species, causing hatchlings to get disoriented and head away from the Gulf of Mexico when they emerge from their nest.
“We are located on a very special stretch of coastline and strive to conserve its pristine beauty for all species,” said Linda Menshon, Director of Sales and Marketing at LaPlaya. “Each year, the Loggerheads are our special guests and we know that our dedication to providing a safe, clean environment is vital to their continued survival in Southwest Florida and beyond.”
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort partners with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, a leading environmental advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the water, land and wildlife, in observing the nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles with its annual Sea Turtle Conservancy package. In addition to luxurious accommodations and dining at the resort’s BALEENnaples restaurant, the two-night Sea Turtle Conservancy package provides guests the opportunity to adopt a sea turtle, as well as visit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, where they can learn the importance of the center’s resources and understand the role it plays in protecting the region. The eco-friendly package is available during the nesting season which takes place annually between May and October.
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