May is here and so is the start of the sea turtle nesting season here at Atlantic Beach. Every year hundreds of sea turtles come to our beaches in late spring to make their nests. And when you stay in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals, you may have the opportunity to see a nest or even a turtle. Let’s look at what you need to know about the turtle nesting at Atlantic Beach below.
When is Sea Turtle Nesting Season?
Many locals love this time of the year not only because of
the warmer temps but also in hopes to see a sea turtle. Beginning on May 1st
each year is the start of one of the most magical times on the Crystal Coast. This
is the start of the sea turtles nesting season and it’s something you don’t
want to miss each year while on vacation. During the night is when you may see
the turtles come to the shore and lay their eggs in the nests they have built.
All along the coast of North Carolina is where you will find most of the nests and
the eggs. Sea turtle nesting season doesn’t end until the end of October every
year so while you are on vacation to Atlantic Beach this summer, know that it is
sea turtle nesting season.
Help Protect our Sea Turtles on the Crystal Coast
Atlantic Beach takes protecting our sea turtles very serious
as they have made their home on our beautiful shore. There are several local
volunteers that check out the beaches each morning in search of new nests that
were built the night before. These volunteers do mark each new nest with a
protective grating, marked with stakes, ribbons and a warning sign. Each nest
is monitored for the next 50-70 days for their safety and for any activity of
when they are ready to hatch. Here are a few rules to follow while you are
vacationing to Atlantic Beach during turtle nesting season:
Don’t disturb the nests or the grating that are covering the nests. These grates help keep predators away from the eggs and hatchlings.
Don’t use your flashlight on your phone and don’t leave the outdoor lights on overnight at your Oceanfront vacation rental. The turtles use the moonlight to help guide them to the ocean and any other lights will distract them from what they came to shore to complete.
Fill up any holes that you and your family may have dug during the day. Not only can the sea turtles but also other people can fall into the holes which can injury themselves.
Please clean up after your day at the beach and don’t leave any of your beach equipment on the beach overnight.
Please keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend at the beach. We like to keep our beaches free of trash to help with the new hatchlings as much as we can.
While there are many other things you can do to help protect the nests and hatchlings while you are on vacation, these are the most important that we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t made your vacation reservations, check out our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation to the Crystal Coast this summer!
Are you ready to hit the sand and sun at Atlantic Beach this year? If so then we understand that being prepared for you vacation means making sure your beach bag is ready for your trip. Staying in one of our Atlantic Beach houses will keep you close to the beach and will allow you to enjoy your vacation. We have compiled a small list of what to pack in your beach bag for your next vacation to Atlantic Beach below.
Beach Bag Items
Whenever you go on vacation with kids you want
to make sure that you have a beach towel packed for each member in the family.
This will not only help with the arguments of whose towel is whose but will
also help you keep up with the towels too. Bringing an extra towel with you is
always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Having a beach
towel with a different design can help each member in your group remember which
one theirs is.
Atlantic Beach sun is always hot during the
spring through fall months and so sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a
sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport,
high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists suggests that you use a sunscreen with at least
30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply
throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first
day your here with a sunburn. If you do happen to get a little too much sun while
on vacation, have a nice bottle of aloe in your beach bag as well.
Mesh Sand Toy Bag
Anytime you vacation with the kids, you know that sand toys are a must have in your beach bag. We understand bringing sand back with you into your vacation house is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. So, if you pack a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.
Hats & Sunglasses
Bringing sunglasses and hats can be very useful
for anyone who visits the beach. The sun is much hotter than it is in the
north, so we want to make sure that your eyes and face are protected. Having
sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you
some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you
have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these
along with you. Don’t forget to pack one for everyone in the family.
This is one item that you may not have thought
about, but it is a must whenever you visit the beach. Whether you are staying
in a vacation rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand
will be all over you when you leave the beach. So, bringing baby powder in your
beach bag will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and
leave a nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just
There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bag, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. If you haven’t made your reservations for your vacation, then check out our Atlantic Beach houses today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us!