Cuba's Sea Turtles

Known best for its culture and rich history, Cuba is also home to some of the best protected waters in the entire Caribbean. Due to the US embargo on trade and tourism, this island's coral reefs are among the most healthy in the region and ocean wildlife thrives in many spots.

SEE Turtles partners with Cuba Marine Research and Conservation to promote conservation tours to Guanahacabibes National Park, the second most important turtle nesting beach in the country. 


Feature Sea Turtle Hotspot

Guanahacabibes National Park: The beaches here are home to the second largest breeding population of green turtles in the country with an average of more than 300 nests per season. 2013 was a record year for this beach with nearly 900 nests recorded; our support helped to save an estimated 14,000 hatchlings through the efforts of the University of Havana's Center for Marine Investigations and Cuba Marine Research and Conservation.

 
Maria La Gorda, Guanahacabibes National Park

Maria La Gorda, Guanahacabibes National Park

 

Sea Turtle Species in Cuba

Greens: Significant numbers of nests (100+ per season) at Cayo Largo, Guanahacabibes National Park, Isla de Juventud, and Doce Leguas. 

Hawksbills: Primary nesting beaces are Doce Leguas and Cayo Largo with small numbers of nests along the northern coast, Guanahacabibes, and Isla de Juventud.

Loggerheads: Primary nesting beaches are at Cayo Largo and San Felipe, with smaller numbers at Isla de Juventud and Doce Leguas.

 

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Photo credits: Brad Nahill/SEE Turtles, Fernando Bretos/Cuba Marine Research & Conservation