• © Neil Ever Osborne
  • © Neil Osborne
  • © Neil Ever Osborne

El Salvador Sea Turtles

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. Its Pacific coastline has beaches where four species of sea turtles - hawksbills, olive ridleys, leatherbacks, and greens - nest on its beaches or forage in its waters. 

Of particular importance is Jiquilisco Bay, a nesting area for the critically endangered hawksbill, one of only two major beaches in the entire Eastern Pacific.  


El Salvador Sea Turtle Species

Hawksbill: Jiquilisco Bay is an important area for the critically endangered Eastern Pacific hawksbill, who nest from June to October.

Olive Ridley: This species nest widely year round; the peak nesting season is July - December.

Green: These turtles forage in Jiquilisco Bay and also nest in small numbers here on a handful of beaches between June and December.


Go SEE Turtles!

Sea Turtles & Community Deveopment - July 19 - 27, 2014 / $1,295 pp

Long-term Volunteer Projects

Contact us for advice on sea turtle watching in El Salvador.


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