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Iztuzu Beach is generally known as Turtle Beach because of the Loggerhead Turtles which use the beach to lay their eggs.
This secluded beach is best visited by taking a day trip from nearby Dalyan where you will be taken by boat through narrow reed filled lanes and stop at the Mud Bath were it is claimed you can wash away the wrinkles of time.
Then travel onwards and look closely at the rock faces that rise from the banks of the lake and you will see the ancient rock tombs of The Lycian's that date from the 5th century BC.
İztuzu Beach is a long beach near Dalyan, in the Ortaca district of Muğla Province in southwestern Turkey.
It is world famous as one of the rare breeding grounds for loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) and is often called "Turtle Beach".
The greatest threat to the survival of the loggerhead sea turtle is on these sandy beaches where its life begins.
This has triggered an international conservation effort that began in the 1990s. The effort to protect loggerhead sea turtle eggs and to assure a safe breeding ground for this endangered species has made international headlines. This issue is one of the most critical items on Turkey's environmental agenda.[wkpda]
The two other breeding grounds for the turtles are also in Turkey, in Adana districts of Karataş and Yumurtalık.
The beach itself is a narrow sand bank that has no protection from the scorching sun and we strongly recommend you do not attempt to walk bare foot on the sand as it gets very hot indeed.