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Sea Turtle Nesting Season – An Exciting Time at ‘Tween Waters!

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It’s sea turtle hatching season, and one of the most exciting times to be a visitor at ‘Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa. If you love nature, baby animals or simply one-of-a-kind experiences, then now is the time to visit.

Baby sea turtles hatch late at night when the moon is bright. And when they are ready, they follow the moonlight and head back to the Gulf of Mexico to join their relatives. This season begins in May and ends in October, but you’ll notice especially right now, the peak of that season and those hatchlings. The SCCF on Sanibel monitors sea turtle nests and so many of these hatchings are controlled and assisted. Over 100 volunteers help with the daily search for tracks that the sea turtle left behind when she emerged from the sea the night before. Not only do they monitor for successful hatchings, but the assist in the protection of these nests to ensure this happens. If you visit our beach, you may see flagged square areas, usually indicating a turtle nest awaiting a hatching.

While it may be difficult to spot loggerhead turtles, you can usually see their tracks, especially in the early morning on the beaches, so keep your eyes open when you are taking that morning walk or out shelling, and you’ll probably encounter some of the tiny turtle tracks heading back to the Gulf.

Common tips to ensuring the best for turtles include:

  • Turn off or shield all lights that are visible from the beach. Do not use flashlights or cell phone lights on the beach. This is why ‘Tween Waters asks that you shut off porch lights visible from the beach when not using.
  • Do not disturb the screens covering nests. They prevent predators from eating the eggs and the hatchlings emerge through the holes without assistance.
  • Dispose of fishing line properly to avoid wildlife entanglement.
  • Fill in large holes that can trap hatchlings and nesting sea turtles. Did you build a mote around your sandcastle? Be sure to fill it in!
  • Do not disturb nesting turtles – please do not to get too close, shine lights on, or take flash photos of nesting sea turtles.
    Pick up litter.
  • Notify us, or please call the Sea Turtle Hotline: 978-728-3663 if you notice any nest that has not been identified or a hatching in progress.

 

In 2018, a record number of nests were laid on Sanibel and Captiva for the fifth year in a row.  Of the 721 nests laid, it is estimated that over 38,000 sea turtle hatchlings successfully emerged from their nests!  Our beaches welcomed 718 loggerhead nests, two green turtle nests, and one famous Kemp’s ridley sea turtle nest. We look forward to another successful sea turtle nesting season and hope to uphold Sanibel’s reputation as having one of the darkest and most “turtle friendly” beaches in the state. Remember, after 9, it’s turtle time!

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SAVE THIS FALL & WINTER ON CAPTIVA ISLAND

Trick or treating might be over, but I have a treat for you! As an Innsider, I’ve privy to all of the ways to save at ‘Tween Waters Inn, and I’ve rounded them up for you! The fall and winter are great times to visit Captiva Island, and if you’re looking to save on vacation before the big holiday season, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what this top-rated resort hotel has in store for you if you book now:

BOGO: Stay one night, get another night free, midweek, Sunday through Thursday in any guestroom, studio or one-bedroom suite, now to November 24. You can find details for this deal here: http://tween-waters.com/bogooffer/

Stay 2, Get Another FREE + $50 Dining: So if you can only stay 2 nights, the offer above is perfect for you, but if you’re ready to stay THREE nights, you’ll get one of those nights FREE, plus $50 in dining credits! This is also a midweek, Sunday-Thursday offer, but is valid through December 17, so there’s more opportunities to stay and save! Also excludes two- and three-bedroom suites and all cottages. Check out the details here: http://tween-waters.com/stay2offer/

30% or 50% Winter Savings: Okay, so you want to stay in a two- or three-bedroom suite or cottage, but the above offers don’t apply? ‘Tween Waters Inn has you covered! Stay November 29 to December 17, midweek, Sunday-Thursday, and you’ll save 30%! Or stay in a guestroom, studio or one-bedroom suite, and they’ll give you 50% off! Call for details on this offer, some exclusions do apply: 800-223-5865.

ALL STAYS INCLUDE FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST BUFFET.

And just because your vacation doesn’t fit into some of these parameters, doesn’t mean you can’t save. ‘Tween Waters Inn pro-rates or mixes three- and five-night package rates with these offers if you stay on the weekend, so be certain to call and speak with the friendly reservationists to find out all the ways to save big.

As an Innsider, I can tell you that these are not only the best deals of the fall, but these are some of the best deals I have seen all year! It’s a great time to visit Captiva Island, so begin your planning and book now!

*All offers are midweek, Sunday-Thursday and exclude holidays.

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