Top Tips for Turtle Nesting Season in St. Augustine

baby sea turtle heading toward ocean on beach

One of the most enchanting phenomena of local wildlife in St. Augustine is the sea turtle nesting season. If you're not familiar with the process, mother sea turtles come ashore to dig nests in the sand where they lay their eggs. Once the incubation period ends, the hatchlings emerge and make their way to the ocean, guided by the moonlight.

This delicate process is under threat due to coastal development. As our guests, we want to ensure you're prepared to help preserve this natural wonder during your stay. When planning your St. Augustine trip, keep these sea turtle nesting season tips in mind.

Sea Turtle Nesting Tips

  1. Be Aware of Nests on the Beach: Sea turtles lay their eggs at night, so if you're taking an early morning stroll, be mindful of new nests. Marked nests will be taped off, so keep a respectful distance.
  2. Turn Off Lights in Your Vacation Rental: Baby sea turtles navigate to the ocean by moonlight, so artificial lights can lead them astray. Ensure all lights facing the shore are turned off by 10pm to aid their journey.
  3. Leave No Trace on the Beach: Before leaving the beach for the day, make sure to remove all trash and flatten any sandcastles. These obstacles can hinder hatchlings and increase their vulnerability to predators.
  4. Program Helpful Numbers into Your Phone: Save the Florida Wildlife Commission’s (FWC) Wildlife Alert Number, 1-888-404-3922, in your phone. This number is crucial for reporting dead, sick, injured, or stranded sea turtles, as well as any nest disturbances.
  5. Never Tamper with Nests or Sea Turtles Themselves: It’s vital not to disturb sea turtles or their nests. Although it may seem helpful to assist them, scientists believe the journey to the ocean helps hatchlings imprint on their beach. Wildlife can also carry diseases, so it's best to let them make the journey on their own and contact the FWC if you have concerns.

Enjoy the Wonders of Sea Turtle Nesting Season and Book Your St. Augustine Vacation Rental Today!

Coast Realty provides beachfront access where you can observe these incredible creatures from a distance. Enjoy a relaxing St. Augustine vacation surrounded by Florida's natural beauty. Book your vacation rental today and experience the comfort of a fully-equipped kitchen and spacious accommodations for a truly refreshing getaway.

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