Welcome to Playa Escobilla
This 15km-long beach, beginning about 30km east of Puerto Escondido, is one of the world’s major nesting grounds for the olive ridley turtle (tortuga golfina to Mexicans). Up to a million female olive ridleys a year arrive at Escobilla to lay their eggs, with numbers peaking at night for a period of about a week around the full moons from May to February – a spectacular phenomenon known as an arribada or arribazón. The olive ridley is one of the smaller sea turtles (around 70cm long), but still an impressive animal, especially when seen emerging from the surf at a rate of several thousand per hour, as happens during Escobilla’s biggest arribadas.
To protect the turtles, there is no general public access to the beach, and this is enforced by the Mexican army. Some Puerto Escondido agencies make things easier with organized trips; a great option is Gina's Tours.