I was lucky enough to travel with friends who were very familiar with Isla Isabela in the Galapagos. The Dolphin Hotel in Puerto Villamil is always their choice and with good reason - great owners and service staff; very clean and very affordable; and right on the beach. The hotel is located a little over a mile from ocean entry dock and the Concha del Perla, a gorgeous snorkeling cove and estuary. A dollar taxi ride will get you there quicker than walking, although hoofing it there, and around the whole town, is doable. Using the tour agencies close to the hotel, we scheduled day excursions which included Las Tintoreras, Los Tuneles, Tortuga Island, and much more. After a day of amazing landscape views and incredible sea and wildlife encounters, we'd return to the hotel and would have our choice of many restaurants within walking distance - but mostly we ate at Aloha Betsy's, which was 3 doors down, and Betsy always cooked up some great local meals. There were also visits to Bar de Beto, which is a brief walk on the beach that ended with a few cold beers and unbelievable ocean sunsets. The inexpensive laundry service next door came in handy also as we prepared to come home - and with clean clothes no less! The Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and The Dolphin Hotel made it a very comfortable and enjoyable one. Thank you Manuko!
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