By Whit Honea
The Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa has something more to offer than what you’ll find on the typical sun-filled, beach-bumming, margarita-sipping Mexico vacation. Visit the CasaMagna from June through early December and you’ll get a chance to participate in the unforgettable “Secretos del Mar” Sea Turtle Rescue Program.
Overseen by the National Institute of Fisheries and the Fishing and Marine Biology Station of the University of Guadalajara, the Sea Turtle Rescue Program offers guests a unique opportunity to participate in the entire process of hatching and releasing baby sea turtles. Guests can help comb the beach to provide a groomed surface where the turtles can lay their eggs (enjoy this with a margarita in hand). When the sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs and let nature take its course, they face a tiny obstacle: nature has a big resort sitting on it. Problem solved when the resort staff transports the eggs to a nursery for incubation. Once the eggs hatch — after about 45 days — the baby sea turtles are ready to enter the wild. And every evening on the Marriot CasaMagna beach, guests can help release these baby sea turtles to the sea.
It’s a fun tradition — children name their baby sea turtles and wish them luck before sending them on their way into the dark, waiting water. That sounds like a vacation moment they’ll never forget, but let’s not forgot all the delights of a Mexico vacation that come with staying at 4-star resort like the Marriott CasaMagna.
Situated on a private beach, the CasaMagna is just two miles from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and a ten-minute trip from a thriving downtown scene. From beach snorkeling and pool swim-up bars to four world-class restaurants and the Ohtli Spa — the largest full-service spa in Puerto Vallarta –guest at the CasaMagna will enjoy the best of Mexico vacations, and then some.
Whit Honea is a travel writer living in Seattle with his wife and two children. He packs light and travels often to far-away places, exotic lands and more than a few theme parks.