WHERE TO SEE NESTING SEA TURTLES

Text and Photos by M. Timothy O'Keefe
These philosophical critters offer considerable entertainment for anglers, divers and tourists. Just look, don't touch, and let the females get on with their egg laying.
Because sea turtles are endangered or threatened species, people taking part in organized turtle watches in the United States are subject to various federal and state laws. Anyone conducting a turtle walk in Florida must have a permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (407) 575-5407.
All of the turtle walk programs are on Florida's East Coast since this is where the greatest concentration of nesting occurs. You are not allowed to use a flashlight or take flash photography. For pictures of the egg laying--which you generally are permitted to photograph but verify this ahead of time--you will need fast film and a tripod. At night, even fast film is unlikely to work.
Egg laying insures another generation of these gentle creatures.
While researching sea turtles, I discovered several turtle walks which I have described in detail in my book Sea Turtles. Following is a brief synopsis of a few of those turtle walks.

If you're on Nettle's Island and want to see the sea turtles, check this out!

Florida Power & Light Hutchinson Island

Walks are conducted Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at the FPL St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island. Walks begin at 9PM with an orientation and education program. A limited number of spaces are reserved for guests staying at the three hotels on South Hutchinson Island. Reservations are made by calling (in Florida only) 800-334-5483 after May 15.

The Nettle’s Island website lists island events. Adjacent Hutchison Island offers a variety of dining and nightlife options. A ten minute drive into nearby Jensen Beach provides even more choices, as does nearby Stuart, Ft. Pierce, and St. Lucie.

Things to do

You might get to your Nettle's Island vacation location and decide there's no reason to leave until you have to go home...but just in case you want to go rub elbows in and around St. Lucie County, make sure to check out the Community Calendar
Jensen Beach
Eagle Marsh Golf Club
 

Stuart
76 Golf World 
Champions Club at Summerfield 
Florida Club 
Martin County Golf & Country Club 
Pine Lakes Golf Club
 
Port St. Lucie
Ballantrae Golf & Yacht Club 
PGA Golf Club at the Reserve 
Savanna Club Golf Course
 
Palm City 
Golden Bear Golf Club at Hammock Creek 
Palm Cove Golf & Yacht Club
 
Fort Pierce
Fairwinds Golf Course 
Gator Trace Golf & Country Club 
Indian Hills Country Club 
Indian Pines Golf Club
 
Hobe Sound
Lost Lake Golf Club
 
Indiantown FL 
Indianwood Golf & Country Club 
 
Vero Beach
Links at Pointe West 
Sandridge Golf Club 
Vista Plantation Golf Course 
Vista Royale Golf & Country Club 
Whisper Lakes Golf Course 

Jupiter
Abacoa Golf Club 
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