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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

South-West of the town of Puerto Ayora | On the Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Puerto Ayora
Type: Beaches
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Boise, Idaho
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Sunday is family day, so fewer taxi's available and less stores open. Great day to enjoy a beach and this one is the best in the area with flour like sand and a great swimming lagoon. It is a 1.5 mile walk on a terrific path. If you take your time and enjoy the walk, there are a variety of... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Although it's a bit of a hike to get to this beach, it is well worth it. Once you walk over the cobblestone path and hit the sand, keep moving to the right and go past the mangrove trees to find the "real" beach. Kayaking and Snorkeling are available in this area. No food or drinking water, though, so bring... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

You access this path at the western edge of town, and need to register at the park office when entering and exiting. There are incredible cactus trees and lots of other vegetation along the path. We saw lots of birds, lava lizards, etc. We saw Sally Lightfoot crabs, young black ones and older red ones, and Marine Iguanas all over... More

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

the walk is worth it!!! the sand is so white and light it looks like flour. Beware of the wasps, I was beaten by one!!!

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

beautiful, long walk to an ocean beach that you continue through mangroves to get to the bay where you can keep on walking because it is so shallow (great for kids to play). You can rent kayaks if you want and check out the sea turtles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Surprised by the beautiful Tortuga Beach. Surfers, families, couples, etc were enjoying this pristine beach on Santa Cruz adjacent to Puerto Ayora. There is a 2.5KM walk to reach it, but it is worth it.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were told to visit and I am so glad we did! You can walk from downtown or grab a cab and he'll take you to the entrance. You walk up some mighty steep steps and then sign-in at the guard shack. Then it's an entirely paved path/bridge from the guard shack to the beach. We did it in about... More

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Wonderful view and one of the best snorkling place in Galapagos, my most favorite beach I have been with。

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Possibly the most beautiful beach I've seen! The first beach is stunning but is too rough for swimming due to the rip tide. The 2nd beach is calm and perfect for swimming, Snorkelling was better near the rocks. We didn't snorkel near the mangroves but apparently there is a possibility of seeing sharks by the mangroves.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We just came off of the Metropolitan Touring cruise, so a public beach will never compare as well. We rented a 2-person sea kayak and saw a 5' shark. It was windy so nothing else under water to see. Pelicans diving for fish were cool. There are lots of people, and you need to walk all the way to the... More

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