Yaqun Lu, 41, crossed into an area of the beach that was cordoned off by wooden stakes and tape to protect the nest and began digging at it with one of the stakes, police told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG.
She then began "jabbing at a sea turtle nest and stomping all over the nest," the Miami Beach Police Department said.
Lu was arrested and has been charged with harassing/molesting a marine turtle or eggs, according to jail records. The crime is a third-degree felony in Florida and she could face a hefty fine if found guilty.
She is being held on $5,000 bond.
Lu is a Chinese national, but lives in Michigan, according to WPLG.