Life at a Turtle's Pace
The expansive stretch of golden sand just steps away from the Resort’s courtyard holds endless promise for sun-filled fun. It starts with an early morning walk, during which you can be among the first people in North America to welcome the sun. The beach itself may be exclusive to guests of Four Seasons, but don’t be surprised when you’re joined on the walk by a few charming sandpipers. You may spot pods of dolphins frolicking along the shoreline as well.
As the day progresses, claim a complimentary chaise longe and a beach umbrella for shaded comfort under the ascending sun. Even if you’re starting to work up an appetite, there's no need to get up – food service is available on the beach. Savour chicken kebabs with yogurt-mint dipping sauce or a blackened salmon burger with tzatziki and avocado, all while burrowing your toes in the sand.
A small shack front and centre on the beach might entice you from your lounger. Here is where you can check out equipment that lets you take advantage of the excellent water sports our ocean offers. Try windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling and more.
As the sun starts to slowly sink, you might wonder why Four Seasons staff are pulling all the chairs and umbrellas off the beach. The answer lies in a set of tracks that seem to parallel yours, tracks made by shelled inhabitants lumbering out from the foam that laps the shore. Wavy tracks, punctuated by alternating flipper marks, are the signs of a loggerhead turtle; if the tracks are symmetrical, chances are a green turtle just wandered by. Should the tracks be wide, and curve away, then you just missed seeing a leatherback turtle. Or maybe not – turtle watching is a very popular activity here. Between March and October, you’re likely to find sizeable sea turtles crawling onto the shore to nest and lay eggs, as their ancestors have done for millions of years.
The reason we pull the chairs, and dim lights that are visible from the beach, is to provide a welcoming habitat for our turtle friends, and to remove anything that might distract or impede the new hatchlings' first trip to the water. It's just one of the many ways our staff helps to make our guests – shelled or otherwise – feel right at home.