Tortugueros Las Playitas
Tortugueros Las Playitas
4.5
6:00 AM - 7:30 AM, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:30 AM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
About
We welcome tourist participation in Sea Turtle conservation activities throughout the year in Todos Santos. Our program includes: Sea Turtle habitat protection, hatchling release, nest rescue and incubation, environmental education and community outreach. There are Volunteer opportunities for all ages! Individuals, families and school groups are invited to participate. We thank you for participating in our Eco-Tours which help improve sustainable fisheries in Baja!
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suenstaf
Trogir, Croatia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
As a family we were "biologists for a day" and it was a great experience to share with the grandkids ( age 6 and 8). Adult supervision is needed for little ones to protect the turtles and eggs.There is a beautiful beach to enjoy for walks and sand play when they are not watching for the hatching turtles. The surf is too rough to swim though. Expect to be hot when you are in the enclosed area checking for eggs. It is an absolute treat to see the release of the baby turtles in the evening. Unforgettable! We learned a lot!
Written March 14, 2020
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Thank you so much for your participation and support! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and found it educational. It's folks like you that help us make this project possible and make a positive impact on our oceans. Thank you!
Written March 15, 2020
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SpaFam
Whitefish, MT146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We stumbled upon this place (not many street signs in Todos Santos), what a wonderful organization, lead by well educated nature conservationists. Be a ‘conservationist for a day’ see turtles hatch in the morning, then set them free to the ocean at sunset, same day. Please bring cash for extra donations, operation runs on a small budget. Enjoy!
Written January 4, 2020
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Pamela
Glasgow, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Couples
I have been wanting to do this for years now and today I finally did it! This is an amazing programme that helps protect sea turtles. They have different breeds of turtle and they are super knowledgable. The staff were happy to answer the million questions that people had! I would recommend hiring a car to get there or trying to get a local taxi from Todos Santos. We took a taxi and ask the driver to come back and it cost us 400 pesos. It was worth every single peso haha! They seem to have releases every day around 5:45pm but if you want a closer look at them before hand or to listen to the presentation I would be there for 5pm. It is completely free to do and all they ask if for a donation. Thank you so much for creating such an amazing experience for me! I loved every minute!
Written January 3, 2021
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clevafatboy
Coventry, UK14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I am still in 2 minds about this whole set up, and know that the founder will react badly to any negative comments. I should first say that despite my reservations it was a nice experience to see the baby turtles being released, even though about 200 people turned up on the evening that I was there. Secondly, I must state that I am not a biologist but a keen amateur with a bit of knowledge.
My first problem is that any communication was done by volunteers who clearly had very little knowledge of the turtles or the project itself. I heard them answering even basic questions with nonsense answers, so would just advise visitors to be aware of who they are talking to.
My overriding concern is about the welfare of the baby turtles who appear to be kept in large dishes from the time they hatch out until they are released up to 24 hours later. Their instinct is to try to crawl to the sea, so by the time they were released at sunset, many of them looked completely exhausted from crawling up the side of a plastic dish for hours and hours on end. Many hadn't made it to the water by the time I left.
The other basic problem is that the turtles appear to be released at the same time and at the same spot every evening, which predators will quickly learn and turn up for the nightly feast. At least the release was under cover of darkness (and with a large crowd) so there was no bird predation.
I just hope that I am wrong but the whole thing just didn't seem quite right (I'm sure the founder will let me know in a response)
Written February 27, 2024
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dmogie
Fort Collins, CO81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Desolate, stunning beauty, huge beach, somewhat remote, the access roads are unmarked and not maintained. You will be parking at dead-end roads beside homes, or on the beach (warning: the beach parking can be on very soft sand that some cars with street tires will get stuck). There are beach folks living/camping in buses and vans like in the 60's and 70's. As in much of Mexico, folks just dump their trash and construction debris. The signs say to clean up after your dogs and horses- that is a joke. Poop everywhere. Also, the dog owners let the dogs run wild- we witnessed a group of people with several dogs watch as their dog pack attacked a single dog. It was nearly horrific but the owner of the single dog dove on top of it to protect it.
Written April 10, 2022
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jaimexplorer
California1,155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
When there's a release (and lately there's been a release every evening) you can see the turtles for about an hour and then watch as they are released near the ocean and make their way into the waves. It's a great experience and please make a donation - or even sponsor a nest - since this is a nonprofit group that does not get any government money.

Unfortunately, the volunteer experience is disorganized. If you volunteer for a week you have to stay in one of their casitas. The one casita by the beach may be worthwhile but the three in town are substandard (e.g. dirty, minimal kitchen; one worn both towel for the entire week, a broken window). Training was minimal for both the Biologist for a Day and the weekly volunteers (who typically were in charge of overseeing the Biologists for a Day).

If they ever get their act together I'd love to volunteer again. But not until then.
Written January 18, 2020
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Paris and Kialey would beg to differ about your accusation that weekly volunteers oversee the Biologists for a day, seeing how one of them are there everyday. Why lie here? If you needed a new towel at the Casita why not just ask? This is not a Cabo Resort where they waste water in our desert and wash your towel daily. The volunteers share the outdoor kitchen, keeping it tidy is part of the volunteer responsibilities. . I don't think we will ever have our "act together" if a Resort experience is what you are looking for. This is an authentic Sea Turtle Volunteer experience, not a Glamor Volunteer Vacation.
Written January 21, 2020
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Cary B
Seattle, WA5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We arrived at 4pm since we checked Facebook all day for announcements. The 2 college volunteers from Wisconsin and Retired adult from TX were very knowledgeable. They showed us the hatching room and planned on a "program" and release that night, so be back by 6pm. We drove the bumpy road back to town for a quick dinner with 18mo old. Back at 6:04 and the volunteers were gone and the release had been 4 buckets for 20+ people and all done. We were bummed that what was said and what was done were different stories. Be packed up with all supplies to stay regardless of a timeline they give you and don't plan to leave once you arrive. GOOD TO KNOW. Needless to say, they did not get our donation this year!
Written February 12, 2020
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First of all, there is is sign on the gate that reads Releases are at 5:00 in Dec -Jan and 5:30 in February. Those hours are when we begin talking about the program. Releasing is always at least 1/2 hour later. Second it takes an hour for all the little turtles to March into the ocean, which is why we are always there until 6:30-7:00pm. It is also posted as 5-5:30 on our website and Facebook page (which you said you checked). But this is Trip Advisor so anyone can write whatever LIES they want for the world to see. RELEASES ARE HELD AT 5:00 Dec- Jan, and 5:30 Feb- Mar!!! We hope you feel good writing negative remarks about nature conservation. May Karma be at your side!
Written February 13, 2020
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Taylor S
Portland, OR207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Information about what, where and when the baby turtles are released is detailed and accurate. Anyone that can read, should be able to figure out the timeline. This place is volunteer run and it's wonderful. Withholding a donation for the turtles because you can't read instructions is laughable and it smacks of entitlement. Ignore bad reviews left by people like this. This experience is wonderful. It will tug at your heart in a major way. And donate generously to make up for people that wrote bad reviews because of their own stupidity. It's hard to find places where money donated has such a direct impact on the cause. I sure hope they don't spend any of the money on bigger signs to help the people that can't read.
Written September 19, 2020
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Debbie K
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Tried to attend turtle release but when we arrived at beach all we saw was a fenced off area with a sign that said something about turtle protection area. We and several other tourists searching for the release found out the actual site was much farther north and we couldn't get there on time. Suggest the website have clearer info on the release location along with more info on the sign...especially since they are hoping for donations to help with turtle preservation. We were very disappointed to miss this.
Written February 17, 2022
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Raja H
New York City, NY394 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Came here to visit the turtle hatchlings, which happens between but didn't bother checking the schedule (find it on facebook "Tortugueros Las Playitas"). Still had a great time exploring the long beach and watching the sunset.

The drive in is a a narrow dirt road, but we managed fine in our Volkswagon Jetta. For parking, be mindful that there's a set of septic trucks that go in and out of the gated area by the end of the road. Do not park between the giant No Parking signs since that prevents them from exiting/entering. Also do yourself a favor and arrive an hour at least before sunset to not deal with the mess of cars trying to get in and out. Even better, park your car a few meters further from the beach (closer to the road) to avoid getting jammed in.
Written March 26, 2023
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