Playa Las Tortugas Part II

Part II of Playa Las Tortugas

Playa Las Tortugas was full of beautiful landscapes and animals!! One of my favorite parts of my visit was capturing the wild life. We took a tour through near by mangroves in San Blas and saw alligators in their natural habitat. Being a Florida girl, that wasn’t anything new for me but, it was so lovely to ride the boat down the river and scout out gators. We saw tons of birds, fish, turtles, baby and big guy gators. I was able to capture one of them so well on film, he was so calm and still! I was afraid to shoot with my film camera at first because I didn’t want to disturb them while my friends where taking video (my shutter is quite loud!). But this big guy sat and showed off for us for a while, mouth open and all! Though I have to say, I think my favorite shot of the day is the first photo below of the boat driver taking a rest under the trees. It’s the perfect example of magical film can be! It was broad, super bright day light but still you can see all the details in the shadowy trees and the details in the leaves of the tree in the bright light. Film is so cool!!

We finished our day with a turtle release. Playa Las Tortugas has a turtle hatchery on site that collects the eggs after nesting, incubates them and then schedules a protected release. We released hundreds of turtles in one batch! We do this in Sayulita as well but this was the closest and most intimate setting I have ever seen them released- just the three of us at sunset! We waited until every last little guy was washed out to sea. It took a long time! But we encouraged them and waited patiently so we knew all of our little babies were swimming away! Check it out below!

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Playa Las Tortugas on Film

Hi friends! It’s been a long time since I told you about my journey with film! Truth be told, I’m not shooting as much as I want but I have been trying to practice!

A few months ago I had the opportunity to visit a part of the Mexico coast that I hadn’t seen before. Just a few hours north of Sayulita, tucked away off any main roads- I mean really tucked away, sits Playa Las Tortugas. This incredible little community feels as though you’ve left the word behind. After driving down a dirt road thinking you’re lost forever you arrive to paradise. The small community of villas sits beach front and next to a fresh water estuary and turtle hatchery. Hence the name, Playa Las Tortugas, the turtle hatchery helps to preserve the local turtle nests and release the babies to sea in a protected environment.

I was fortunate enough to be asked to spend a few days in this paradise by my friend Ryan as he was there to film a promotional video for the community. Thanks to Playa Las Tortugas’s hospitality we stayed in a beautiful home right on the beach, enjoyed sunrise and sunset every day from our backyard, paddled in the estuary, rode horses on the beach, took a tour of a nearby river and wildlife habitat and even released baby turtles to the sea!

It was an amazing few days and I was able to capture some of it on film! Since I was in the company of two videographers and photographers I decided to only take my film camera and push myself to capture it from this medium and not digital. I’m so happy I did though as it pushed me to see life through this amazing lens!

Below are some of my captures from Playa Las Tortugas <3

Friendly faces on the drive

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Inside Playa Las Tortugas

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Playa Sunset

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