For years, our team has provided shelter for turtle hatchlings at Playa Escondida, saving and guarding the eggs to maximize their chances of survival.
These efforts are part of our core contribution to sustainability and giving back to nature. Every year, about 25,000 turtles lay their eggs on beaches across the country, with many of them choosing Playa Escondida as their perfect nesting location.
The Green Turtle is the most common turtle species to visit The Ranch, but in total, four different turtle species migrate to Playa Escondida annually, generating nearly 6,000 live hatchlings a year. As such, we’ve found it important to continually undergo training from experts in the area to ensure that we are sheltering these animals to the best of our abilities.
Enter our Turtle Sanctuary. The Turtle Sanctuary was built with the expert consultation and advice of Paso Pacífico, a nonprofit leader in turtle conservation efforts in Nicaragua. Throughout the pandemic, our team has worked to create a more solid structure for added security. The new sanctuary has space for 30 nests — as a reference, each turtle lays about 60 ‑100 eggs — which is more than enough space to house all of the nests we normally see each year.
This new structure will help protect the eggs from high tides in the upcoming turtle season this August to October, while still offering enough surrounding space for guests to visit safely.