Enjoy Turtle Tastic Experiences in The Palm Beaches, Florida


Scott Schoenen, Director of Public Relations and Communications
Discover The Palm Beaches
561-233-3030, sschoenen@palmbeachfl.com

Malcolm Griffiths, Vice President
Development Counsellors International
212-444-7112, malcolm.griffiths@aboutdci.com  

Enjoy Turtle-Tastic Experiences in The Palm Beaches, Florida
Explore the life and history of sea turtles this nesting season, May - Oct.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (March 19, 2015) - Discover The Palm Beaches invites visitors to get up close and personal with the region's first known tourists- Loggerhead, Leatherback and Green sea turtles - with a variety of turtle-tastic activities and excursions offered throughout the destination.

Sea turtles are The Palm Beaches' most loyal visitors, returning year after year for nesting season, May - Oct. Travelers can enjoy close-up encounters with these extraordinary animals, as well as nesting tours offered at various marine and nature centers and diving adventures that journey into their natural habitat.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center, an ocean conservation organization and sea turtle hospital located in Juno Beach, is one of the most important sea turtle nesting beaches in the world, featuring free admission and hosting 215,000 visitors each year. Not only does the Center serve as a sea turtle rehabilitation hospital, but the staff also organizes specialty tours to see these gentle giants coming to nest.

Loggerhead Marinelife Center also hosts Turtlefest, an annual family-friendly free admission event that brings conservation-minded visitors together for educational presentations, games and activities, food and music. The event also includes a Global Village where guests can tour seven regions of the world, learning about the species of sea turtles native to each. This year's event is set to take place on March 28.

The pristine beaches of John D. MacArthur Beach State Park are ideal for sea turtle nests. Park rangers offer an array of turtle habits and habitat presentations and guided nesting observation tours. The park's gift shop is fully stocked with sea turtle inspired items and souvenirs.

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, a unique cooperative project of the City of Boca Raton, Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, Florida Atlantic University (FAU), and Friends of Gumbo Limbo, hosts valuable environmental programs for children, adults and families, as well as sea turtle themed activities and events. Programs include sea turtle summer camps, turtle walks, hatchling release observations and free outdoor marine feedings.

Pura Vida Divers is accustomed to sea turtle adventures, and takes divers down to visit their habitats, year-round. In addition to the Loggerhead, Leatherback, and Green sea turtles that nest on the shores of The Palm Beaches, divers will also see Hawksbill and Kemp's Ridley turtles that migrate to the region for mating season.

The Palm Beaches serve as a gateway into the life and history of sea turtles with other activities, events and excursions, including the following:

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Turtle Walk & Hatchling Release Program

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center's Turtle Walk & Hatchling Release Program is a fun, educational session about sea turtles beginning in Gumbo Limbo's classroom, followed by an ecology walk along the beach, and viewing of a nesting Loggerhead sea turtle. General reservations for the program begin on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Ticket prices start at $17 per person. www.gumbolimbo.org/Walk-Release

2015 Annual Gumbo Limbo Green Turtle Gallop & Turtle Trot

The 2015 Annual Gumbo Limbo Green Turtle Gallop & Turtle Trot is tentatively scheduled to take place on April 12, 2015 at Spanish River Park. This year's running event will have two distances. The main event is a 10K (6.2 mile) run/walk along A1A and the Intracoastal neighborhoods, finishing in Spanish River Park. The 10K is a timed event and features awards for the top athletes in various age group categories. The second event is the Turtle Trot, which is a one mile course for those who just want to have fun. The Turtle Trot is untimed and can either be walked or run. All proceeds from the road race will go to benefit Gumbo Limbo's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility.

Friends Members Sea Turtle Walk & Talks at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Join park rangers at the John D. MacArthur Beach State Park for Sea Turtle Walk & Talks hosted throughout nesting season, May - Oct. Guests will enjoy turtle habits and habitat presentations and guided nesting observation tours. Reservations are required for all turtle programs as space is limited. Ticket prices start at $10 per person. Dates for the 2015 season have yet to be announced. www.macarthurbeach.org

Turtle Walks at Loggerhead Marinelife Center

This ongoing event is a great way to spend a memorable evening learning about the nesting life of a sea turtle. Guests will enjoy an informative presentation while experienced scouts of Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) scan the beach for turtles. Once a turtle is found, guests can watch the egg-laying process. Prices for Turtle Walks are $17 per person or $12 per person for LMC members. Walk-ins are at a flat rate of $20. www.marinelife.org/turtlewalk

The Little Loggerhead Package at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa

The Little Loggerhead Package at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa keeps the whole family busy with unlimited non-motorized watersports, a visit to see the sea turtles at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, credit for resort activities, as well as milk and homemade cookies upon arrival. Adventurous guests ages 10 and older can search for turtles and other marine life with the Beginners Dive Package, venturing off to the Blue Heron Bridge and other popular dive spots after helpful training in the property's infinity pool. Both packages include an oceanfront suite stay at the resort, with prices ranging from $379 to $1,114. www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/pbisg-palm-beach-marriott-singer-island-beach-resort-and-spa/

Pura Vida Divers Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend

In June, Pura Vida Divers will host its 2015 Sea Turtle Awareness Weekend. The dates have yet to be confirmed, but information on the event dates will be announced in the coming weeks. To stay up-to-date with event news and to see last year's list of events, please visit www.puravidadivers.com/2014-sea-turtle-awareness-weekend

For more information on turtle experiences in The Palm Beaches, visit www.palmbeachfl.com/vacations/eco-adventure/roam-explore/turtle/

About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, producing $35 million in bed-tax revenue, lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supporting more than 60,000 jobs.

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