La Playa Beach and Golf Resort, a boutique beachfront resort in
Naples, FL, celebrates the endangered native Loggerhead Turtles. They
encourage families to go green on a family philanthropic vacation aimed
at discovering and conserving the delicate ecosystems and endangered
wildlife of the region.
"Sea turtle preservation is the ultimate goal in our area,
and we do our part by providing guests with the knowledge to help
protect the turtles," says David Martorana, director of sales and
marketing at the resort.
La Playa partnered with the Conservancy of Southwest
Florida's Sea Turtle Monitoring and Protection Project to educate
guests on the sea turtles, which use the hotel's beaches as a nesting
area, and involve guests in efforts to protect the species. Guests at
La Playa receive sea turtle pins at check-in, together with an
information card about the Conservancy and what can be done to protect
the turtles. Last year, about 17,000 pins were distributed.
"The sea turtle pins have been very popular with guests," says
Martorana. "It's something that surprises and excites those who are
staying with us for the first time, and is an added touch that
returning guests look forward to receiving." In addition, it's a great
souvenir that doesn't require any packing.
La Playa also provides sea turtle coloring books for children
at the resort's restaurant, Baleen. Stuffed sea turtles are available
for purchase in the resort boutique and in each guest room.
The resort also recently offered a package for one sea turtle
season called the "Love Nesting" package. Guests who select this
package when reserving will get luxury beachfront accommodations, a
stuffed sea turtle and educational materials on arrival, and tickets to
the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center.