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Address: South-West of the town of Puerto Ayora | On the Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Great walk, beautiful beach and photogenic Iguanas

Well worth long walk in equatorial heat. Cactus forest is uterley unique. Pristine beach but too rough to swim. All kinds of Sea Iquanas pose for your pictures! Second beach is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cusco, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well worth long walk in equatorial heat. Cactus forest is uterley unique. Pristine beach but too rough to swim. All kinds of Sea Iquanas pose for your pictures! Second beach is calm and good for swimmi ng but water is murky and a waste of effort trying to snorkle there. There may be a snorkling area at far end of... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If possible bring a trolley for you kid... I had my son 2.5 years on shoulder for a very long walk! (40 min) The beach is very white and nice, but only swimming in the end, so another long walk. but anyways it was worth it! :)

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Thank Thambo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Tortuga Bay beach is a not-so-well hidden beach near Puerto Ayora. From the entrance of the beach area to the actual beach (with large waves) itself, it will take you at least 35 mins to walk and then it's another 15-20 mins to get to the beach with calmer waves. The main beach (Playa Brava) is good for surfing. The... More 

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Towanda, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Galapagos iguanas, white sand with black lava contrast. Just gorgeous with beautiful walkway to get there. Amazing snorkel spot in lagoon. Do watch your backpack tho all are very friendly.

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Ceres, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Once you get to the bay via the trail keep walking along the beach to your right to the next bay for snorkeling. When you get to that smaller bay enter the water and snorkel along the left past the mangroves toward the bay opening. We saw black tip reef and white tip reef sharks multiple rays and turtles.

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Millerstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A tour guide walked us over to Tortuga Bay. While it was nice to have that it's not necessary either. You can find this place easily and it's within walking distance of anywhere in Santa Cruz. The beaches are beautiful, you can swim and there are marine iguanas everywhere.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

White powdery sand, clear blue water, isolated and away from people..Absolutely stunning! There're wild marine iguanas in this area. It's not safe to swim in the main beach, 10-15 min walk to the right there's a small quite bay area with really calm warm water.

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Thank Ash H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Even in the rain we enjoyed this beach. You can usually find "the last hippie" in the Galapagos renting out kayaks, but it's only when he feels like it lol! Great spot for snorkeling and sunbathing. It was quite a hike from our hotel and they are not kidding when they tell you to wear sneakers. It is a long... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

You need to walk over here which takes about 40 minutes, but once you get here you realize that it's all worth it. When you're here, don't just stay at the beach - keep walking all the way down to the other end and the lagoon which is much safer for swimming, and there are a lot more iguanas and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walk or take a boat to the beaches, not much to see snorkelling but white sand , warm sea, safe beach with iguanas passing by. The long beach is amazingly beautiful, paddling past tame birds and iguanas. Hot walk back along easy path through cactus forest is a good excuse for a beer. Take sunblock, and a hat.

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