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While we were staying in Isla Mujeres, I was pleased to find both the Turtle Farm and Dolphin Discovery based there. The turtle farm was only a ten minute walk from our hotel Isla Mujeres Palace. I knew we were on the right path when we came across this.
The Isla Mujeres turtle farm is located on the southern part of the island. It is supported by the Mexican government & private funds. There are hundreds of turtles and some other sea creatures. Isla Mujeres is home to giant sea turtles, which lay their eggs on its soft sand from May to September. In the past, sea turtles were killed for their meat, shell and eggs, but now Mexican Federal Laws protect them. The eggs are deposited in protected areas to keep them safe from predators. After they are born, the turtles are transferred to ponds and then taken to the sea by the local school children and tourists who help them return to their natural habitat. If you go the right time of year, you could join the turtle release! Wouldn’t that be a nice thing to do ? It is open daily from 9 – 5 p.m. This is a must see and very affordable about 30 pesos (about $3 usd). Well worth a visit !
The natural Dolphin Discovery ocean area is about 10,000 m² (107,639 ft²), surrounded by white sands, palm trees and a wide extension of turquoise waters. You can swim with dolphins and interact with them in the Caribbean Sea (not a pool or an aquarium) only at Isla Mujeres in Mexico. They kiss you, snuggle with you, do aerial acrobatics for you, and finish off with an Boogie Push, where the dolphin will push you across the water surface while you ride a boogie board. I just let the dolphin kiss and snuggle with me, as I was not feeling that great. And the reason for this, the next day I was diagnosed with chicken pox.