South Walton beaches are a nesting site for both Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles. The turtles come ashore in late April to early May and hatch in late August to mid-October.


Sea turtles have always fallen prey to dehydration and predators, but artificial lighting poses another hazard. Hatchling sea turtles emerging from their nests at night are attracted to lights along the beach and can become confused and move toward the lights instead of the gulf. This immediate trek to the ocean is crucial to the survival of baby sea turtles. For this reason, South Walton's night time beachfront activities will be lit by environmentally friendly torch lighting.


We urge  guests to do their part by keeping their balcony lights off this summer. To adopt a sea turtle, email teby@digitalexp.com.



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