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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 18 attractions in Puerto Ayora
Type: Beaches
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Winona Lake, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It was nice, but beware the water taxi ride back can get kind of wild and you will get wet. It all depends on how the waves in the ocean are. It is also about a 40 minute boat ride, much longer than i expected

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I'm not really a beach person, but it's a very nice beach that a lot of people seemed to be enjoying

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

a lovely, long beach with lots of wildlife including sea lions, marine iguanas, herons, and pelicans.

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Attard, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Signing in at the check point, laden with our snorkeling gear, we started walking towards the beach. It was quite a walk, nearly 45 minutes, and quite hot and dry. Bring plenty of water and insect repellant. When finally there it was great swimming with the marine iguanas etc. The problem is that you have another 45 minute walk. The... More

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I've seen a lot of beaches, but this one stands out as the most stunning. The long walk in is worth the effort and i suppose adds to the charm and beauty of this location.

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Poway, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

You reach the entrance to the Tortuga Bay reserve by walking a few blocks through Puerto Ayora. Once you enter the reserve, the walk to the beach is on a completely improved pathway--and is very scenic. The beach itself is gorgeous, with abundant marine iguanas and sea birds.

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