With a name like Eau (pronounced O—French for water) and the Atlantic on our doorstep, we know the ocean is a big part of our magic. We have chosen, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, as our charity partner. Their mission is 'To promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles'.
The Loggerhead Marinelife Center is the only sea turtle hospital between Orlando and the Florida Keys. They patrol 9.5 miles of beach in Palm Beach County, rehabilitate nearly 100 sea turtles and care for thousands of hatchlings each year. Their research helps us to better understand the sea turtle and the ocean ecosystems. Every year from March 1st through October 31st, sea turtles lay their nests on our beach. If you are lucky enough to experience the hatching of these welcome visitors, we think it is one of the most magical experiences in Palm Beach County.
Five types of sea turtles can be found in our local waters; Leatherbacks, Loggerheads and Green turtles regularly nest on our beaches, with Kemps Ridley and Hawksbill turtles swimming off our coast. The turtles lay approximately 100 eggs per nest, with an average 60 day incubation period and usually hatch at night or in early morning. All of these species are listed as threatened or endangered and their nests are protected by State and Federal law. The nests are not disturbed by routine beach activity as they bury their eggs deep in the sand but we do have low level lighting at the resort to not disturb these precious creatures. Newly hatched baby turtles often become disoriented by beachfront lighting as they try to reach the ocean and adult females avoid lighted beaches for nesting.
Visiting the turtles at Loggerhead Marinelife Center is one of our favorite things to do in Palm Beach and we highly recommend a trip to their center at Juno Beach. The Center features a working sea turtle hospital, viewing tanks, interactive exhibit hall, gift store and admission is always free of charge. If you would like to find out more about the amazing work that Loggerhead Marinelife Center undertakes does then please visit marinelife.org
Loggerhead Marinelife Center,
14200 US Highway 1
Juno Beach, FL 33408-1406
T: (561) 627-8280
Open Monday – Sunday, 10am to 5pm