Turtle Information

Sea Turtle Nesting Season begins March 1st and ends October 31st

Per Town Ordinance Section 26-823, Shielding of Light. All oceanfront property owners are required to ensure that all lighting shall be positioned or shielded so that light is not visible from the beach during this period.


There are 3 types of turtles:

  • Tortoise Turtles (Land only)
  • Terrapin Turtles (Lakes and Ponds)
  • Sea Turtles (Ocean only)

There are only 7 species of Sea Turtles 3 of which come to Palm Beach County to nest. These are the Loggerhead, the Leatherback, and the Green.

If you see a turtle hatch during the day please call :

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center



To report someone disturbing a sea turtle nest or
an injured, dead or harassed sea turtle - 
Call: 888-404-FWCC (3922)
Cellular phone *FWC or #FWC   

For Information in regards to Ordinances for Turtle Monitoring, please click here.