Ecotourism on Isla Mujeres: Save the Turtles


I love this company and you will too.

One of the small albino turtles that relaxes and lives indoors now to protect it from the harsh conditions of the sun.

This is the sandy area where the eggs can safely lay and hatch before being released back into the wild.

One of the mis-shapened turtles: see his shell is pinched in.

There are some companies that just do good.They provide a much needed service that will help the environment and have an everlasting effect on the ecosystem. Tortugranja on Isla Mujeres is one of those do good operations that I want to tell everyone about and support as much as I can.

When we visited La Tortugranja, it was no surprise that we immediately fell in love with the sea turtles. They were so beautiful and graceful when they were swimming, that it looked like they were dancing with each swim stroke around the pool.

Each pool is separated by age and type, injured or albino (did you know that albino turtles even existed- I didn’t!).

What I loved even more than the baby turtles, and baby turtles are adorable, were the conservation acts to help protect and re-release injured sea turtles into the wild.

The one building sanctuary, surrounded by 5 pools and one large sandy area to relocate and shelter new turtle eggs for safe hatchings, is a very small yet extremely effective operation. Last season, they were able to aid in the release of 67,000 sea turtles back into the waters off the island. They also rescued and cared for hurt, mis-shapened and albino turtles, all of which would easily die in the wild. (The albino turtles skin and shell is too sensitive for the harsh sun rays, which makes it very difficult to get food and be in the sun at all.)

If you are in the Cancun area, please spend your money (it’s only $3 USD) supporting this fantastic rescue.

(These photos were shared for Budget Travelers Sandbox, Thursday Travel Photo. Please check out the other bloggers who participated for more travel inspiration!)

Jade Broadus is a spunky girl hailing from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. She’s addicted to traveling and has a strange obsession with maps and globes. A lover of dogs, fashion, fish tacos, marine biology, and college football, she has a broad range of interests. Jade has a strong passion for the film “Love, Actually” and has watched it 176 times. Her interests include singing really loud, impromptu dances, shopping, and dressing up in cute dresses and extravagant hats. She has written for Gadling, AOL Travel, Discover Los Angeles, LACOT, LandLopers, Wedding Nouveau, and The Vacation Gals. She is currently the social media and marketing director for Inside Out Media, a media company that owns and


  • Reply February 2, 2012


    especially love the 2nd shot. Beautiful!!!

  • Reply February 2, 2012


    So cute, I love turtles :)

  • Reply February 2, 2012


    Gorgeous photos, Jade. Love the close-up of that ancient, beautiful face.

  • That last photo is awesome, Jade! Did you get a chance to snorkel with sea turtles while you were there? We’ve done it a few times in different places now, and it’s really incredible. Hope you don’t mind me sharing, but I thought you might like to see this video from the Riviera Maya, one of the first we ever shot: I love when he swims up to the surface for air, then dives back down…

  • Reply February 2, 2012


    Beautiful shots, Jade, and such a worthwhile undertaking.

  • Reply February 2, 2012


    Albino turtles? Who would’ve thought!
    Great to hear about such a worthwhile project…

  • Reply February 2, 2012

    Cathy Sweeney

    Great shots of those wonderful sea turtles. Wish I had known about Tortugranja when I was on Isla Mujeres. Thanks for getting the word out about what they do.

  • Reply February 2, 2012

    Dick Jordan

    My favorites are #2 and #4.

  • Reply February 4, 2012


    A big fan of ecotourism, here. Thanks and ThumbsUP !

  • Reply February 23, 2012


    Your right I had no idea there were albino turtles out there. Makes me wonder if there is an albino EVERYTHING.

    • Reply March 1, 2012


      The albino turtles were surprising, but one of the other cool albino things I’ve seen is albino deer.

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  • Reply July 14, 2014

    David Hummel

    Anybody know if there are turtles releases on Isla Mujeres in the month of October 2014? Specifically, 10/11 -10/19/2014.


    • Reply September 11, 2014


      I can’t find a calendar anywhere, but I found a site that says they tend to do them on Saturdays in October. Might be something to look into or you can call the rescue directly.

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