The World of the Turtle museum (tel./fax 506/653-0471, 4 p.m.–6 a.m. daily, open Oct.–May only, $5 admission) is 200 meters from the main entrance gate and a must-visit before watching the turtles. Self-guided audio tours (20 minutes) are offered in four languages.
The displays are splendid and highly educational. Did you know that the brain of a 450-kilogram leatherback weighs only seven grams?
The museum is open by night, and you can sit in the outside patio and await your turn to visit the turtles. It has a splendid gift shop. Fantastic!
A guided tour costs $25, including beach walk.