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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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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

Walk a few hundred yards to the right once you reach the beach to encounter dozens of marine iguanas, then continue along the bend to a secluded and protected harbor where you can rent a kayak and float among green sea turtles and rays and watch pelicans and herons feeding and nesting. Phenomenal, quiet spot to spend a day.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

Great beach for a day of relaxing and checking out the wildlife. We rented a Kayak ($10 per person for 1 hour) and had a great time. It was around 9AM, so the water was very calm. A sea lion swam up to the Kayak as if to say "Good Morning" and then swam on towards the beach. We saw... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The beach looks just like a white beach as you can only see in photoshopped pictures. Well here what you see is what you get. There are Leguaans roaming on the beach and in the evening white tipped sharks come close to the shore looking for food. A must do when you are on Santa Cruz!

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Took the trail here what a walk on a 25 degree day bring water and lots of it... Once at the beach lots of baby animals in the water turtles sharks just beautiful... There is a boat the leaves to go back to town if u don't wanna walk aswell.. Worth an early morning walk to get some shade... Go... More

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Malibu
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

It is a terrific hike/walk to the beach and the sand is as white as snow, the Marine Iguana's are amazing and the water is warm and terrific!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We visited Tortuga Bay as soon as it opened at 6am and were the only ones there except for the crabs and marine iguanas. A truly breathtaking place. If you visit later in the day you'll see more wildlife (sharks, rays, turtles and seabirds) but to experience the sheer power and beauty of nature without the crowds it was well... More

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burnaby
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

From the entrance it was about a 20ish minute walk at a brisk pace on the path to reach the beach. Once you get there it's a really nice beach, soft sand and all and a good place to surf. But we got yelled at by the security guy for standing waist deep in the water, even though there were... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

the walk to the beach is half an hour from the starting point and quite annoying. The beach is very nice but we didn't see much wild life. Maybe it has to do with the time. Nice soft sand beach, not anything spectacular, but definitely a good one for Santa Cruz. Isabela has much nicer beaches, much more wildlife and... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

If you're in Santa Cruz, DO NOT miss coming to Tortuga Bay. We easily found it ourselves. We saw a lot of people with tour guides but don't make that mistake! If you do it yourself you will have lots of free time to explore and hang out, and trust me, once you get there, you won't want to leave.... More

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Long Island NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We absolutely loved this pristine beach so much we spent the better part of two days here. After a steep set of steps, and checking in at the National Park office, you have a pretty easy path to walk on all the way to the beach. Along the path you'll see cactus, birds, lizards. The path ends at the ocean... More

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