Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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  • goodguyjas
    London, United Kingdom1,202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning beach with wildlife and a bay to swim in and enjoy the beautiful white sands
    Lovely wide open white sandy beach with beautiful turquoise water on super sunny days. After a long walk from town on a winding path, where at the beginning you sign in and leave your personal details. The path is well made with a few ups and downs along the way and surrounded by cactus. The first part is not suitable for swimming and red flags are displayed. Although surfing is often seen here. I loved walking bare feet through the water as it slid beautifully across the perfect flat gorgeous sand. A few smaller birds were seen entering the water and catching the small fish. Further on you have volcanic rock and quite a few brown pelicans in the water and on the sand. Wonderful. There is a pool of water surrounded by rocks used by families with small children here. Walked further on past iguanas sheltering from the sun and onto the main bay where there are a lot more people enjoying the more secluded bay away from the strong currents. Again more birds and also amazing red crabs. A boat service is in this area if you don’t fancy the walk back to town. A tiring walk in the hot and humid weather but we’ll worth it and you can come by boat.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Krysten J
    Washington DC, District of Columbia15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this lovely stroll and serene beach!
    Use the restrooms at the entrance and bring your own water! The front desk tells you it closes at 5 but it seemed to be open until 6 pm. You are sometimes not allowed to swim at the first beach due to riptide so allow yourself another 20 minutes to get to the second beach. A beautiful place worth the 2 kilomerer walk. The walk is lovely and shaded and the beach is worth seeing!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Brad
    Canada95 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Long Walk
    This is a wonderful beach but man it was a long walk in the sun and heat. As just about everyone has said bring lots of water. We are near 60 years old and it was exhausting to get there and back. We flagged a taxi to get back to our Airbnb. Another option is hire a driver to take you to El Garrapatero Beach.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 1, 2023
  • SJB3000
    Coatbridge, United Kingdom1,620 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, but you work for it.
    Its a beautiful walk. Paved in the last 2 months. It takes 45 minutes to the beach then 20 along the beach to the marine iguanas. Take plenty of water, little shade, very hot 12,000 steps round trip. New toilet at park gate.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Chemtrailer
    Canada359 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice hike and iguanas
    A good day trip. You have a choice in how you want to do it: walk both ways (about an hour each way) or take a boat either from Puerto Ayora or back (~25 mins). There are no amenities so be sure to use the baños while you register at the park entrance. Take snacks and lots of water ..... Beach towels etc. If you do wish to use the boat then the ticket "booth" is the small kiosk right infront of the big supermarket, the "Proinsular" in Puerto Ayora. Price is $10/adult each way. If you plan to walk out, spend the day and then take the boat back to PA, be sure to buy your ticket before you leave because during high season there may not be enough room on the boat for you. This "boat" is not the yellow water taxis that you see everywhere. This is a private commercial company. It's a single boat that fits back and forth. For example it heads out at 11:00, then back at noon, then out at 1:00pm then back at 2:00pm and so forth. About a half dozen kayaks are available for rent at Playa Manya. The view along the non-swimable Playa Brava is quite spectacular. The second beach is pleasantly secluded and good for safe family swimming although the water visibility isn't the greatest. Lots and lots of marine iguanas.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia1,688 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than a beach
    Tortuga Bay can be accessed via ferry or hike. The hike is more interesting, but requires a 3+ mile walk up hills and over a long stone path through desert flora and over a beach exposed to the sun. I made the mistake of not bringing enough water as there is none in the Park. The beach has an area where marine iguanas nest, and birds of all kind run, swim and fly on, in and over the beach. The bay is sheltered with calm water. You can rent a kayak for $10 and in <1 hour paddle through the mangroves. I saw sharks, iguanas swimming and perched on shore and sea turtles popping up to breathe. Even close to shore there were baby sharks swimming in a foot of water. It’s a good place to swim as the water is calm and a comfortable temperature.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 22, 2023
  • CatchBooker
    New Mills, United Kingdom228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Beach I’ve Visited.
    Been to Aruba twice. Oahu, Kuaui, Maui, Jamaica, Barbados (not Turks & Caicos though) and this may be the best beach I’ve ever been on. Kayaked in the bay, went snorkelling and had a giant tortoise swim directly underneath me. Lots of black iguanas on the beach. The only thing that ruins this place (as always) is people. Only visited Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela but this might easily of been the most beautiful place. Incredible place.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 30, 2024
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mdl100468
Harlech, UK72 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
We went to tortuga bay twice. The first time we were short on time and splashed around with about 100 locals on the red flag surfing beach where you are not meant to swim. Note they kick you off the beach at about 5:30pm. It is a nice beach, but no wildlife except a few marine iguanas. Beware of vicious biting horse flies that attack you if you try to sit in the shade at the back of the beach. I got 40 nasty bug bites in about 30 seconds before running back into the ocean to get them off. Painful.

We saved the long walk to the snorkel friendly bay by paying $30 for a water taxi (you can probably get it for $20). The water is very shallow, not clear and we saw hardly anything. It was busy despite the low number of visitors due to Covid. After 30 minutes we were bored but the boat would not leave for another hour, so we walked back to town.

My best advice if you want to visit the Galapagos by land is to fly into Baltra, have a taxi take you to Los Gemelos (20 mins) and the El Chato tortoise reserve (90 mins), then get off Santa Cruz as quickly as possible. Do not book any organized tours because they are a total rip off (5 times the price of renting a taxi and doing it yourself). Isabela is so much better. Snorkeling at Concha de Perla (free!) and Los Tuneles was awesome!
Written March 26, 2021
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA3,039 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
After hearing how great this beach was, we knew we had to make the trek out to it. It is a long 2.5km on a nicely constructed brick walkway shadowed by attractive cactus trees. The first beach is full of marine iguanas, many lazing in the shadows of the mangroves. It was too rough to swim on our day with red flags posted. The second beach was sheltered, but the water very shallow. There are no facilities at the beach - no food, toilets, or water. Buy a large bottle of water for $2 where you sign in - you won’t regret it. We stayed around an hour and headed back. Despite being overcast, I foolishly got sunburned. Was it worth it - I say no.
Written January 16, 2020
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clark5662
Saint Louis, MO181 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you are looking for a beautiful beach to sit on and relax-then this is your beach! It's gorgeous!
If you are looking for a place to see and interact with animals, there are better choices. We walked to this beach in the morning (8:00 a.m.). It takes awhile because it's a good walk , but easy because it's on a paved pathway. There are lots of Lava Lizards and birds on the walk, as well as, marine iguanas and pelicans on the first beach you come to. As we walked to the swimming beach of Tortuga Bay, there were already many people on this beach when we arrived.
I snorkled a bit. There were only a couple of fish. Then I rented a kayak (which was $10 since I was a single) and paddled around the outside of the bay. I saw a heron and two turtles. Unfortunately, the turtles were skittish and I was only able to see their heads before they swam away. It was a nice enjoyable visit-but I think I was expecting more based on the previous reviews.
Written July 24, 2021
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Sofia M
Kolkata (Calcutta), India29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
If you have time to spend then this is the right beach for you. It is beautiful and if you are lucky you might find some amazing creatures too. It takes 20-25 mins from the pier. It is better to plan an early morning trip before the crowd comes in so that you can enjoy the quietness and the beauty around.
Written August 12, 2022
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S81Bus
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Bring your snorkeling gear to really enjoy this beautiful beach. In 2 hrs we saw sharks, fish, pelicans, blue footed boobies, iguanas, a heron and probably more that I can’t remember. Amazing experience! The hike to the beach is worth it, but don’t try to do it in flip flops, it’s a hilly and long walk of 2.5 kms. My 9 year old fell in love with Tortuga bay! Remember it’s part of the park and therefore closed at 6pm. A park ranger does a sweep before 5:30 to ensure everyone leaves before closing.
Written March 12, 2020
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Tortuga Bay can be accessed via ferry or hike. The hike is more interesting, but requires a 3+ mile walk up hills and over a long stone path through desert flora and over a beach exposed to the sun. I made the mistake of not bringing enough water as there is none in the Park.

The beach has an area where marine iguanas nest, and birds of all kind run, swim and fly on, in and over the beach. The bay is sheltered with calm water. You can rent a kayak for $10 and in <1 hour paddle through the mangroves. I saw sharks, iguanas swimming and perched on shore and sea turtles popping up to breathe. Even close to shore there were baby sharks swimming in a foot of water. It’s a good place to swim as the water is calm and a comfortable temperature.
Written December 22, 2023
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Gege B
Florida243 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Absolutely stunning beach. The sand is fine and white, the water color is incredible and the iguanas were not scared and posing for our pics😃. The bay right after was great to swim and refresh but the water is a little mirky. Worth the 35 min walk from the registration point so 40 from downtown. Put good shoes on I went with my flipflops and my feet hurt after 😎. Also make sure to take plenty of water, I shared one with my daughter and it was barely enough in the hot sun of January.
Written January 28, 2023
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Chemtrailer
Canada359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
A good day trip. You have a choice in how you want to do it: walk both ways (about an hour each way) or take a boat either from Puerto Ayora or back (~25 mins).
There are no amenities so be sure to use the baños while you register at the park entrance. Take snacks and lots of water ..... Beach towels etc.
If you do wish to use the boat then the ticket "booth" is the small kiosk right infront of the big supermarket, the "Proinsular" in Puerto Ayora. Price is $10/adult each way.
If you plan to walk out, spend the day and then take the boat back to PA, be sure to buy your ticket before you leave because during high season there may not be enough room on the boat for you.
This "boat" is not the yellow water taxis that you see everywhere. This is a private commercial company. It's a single boat that fits back and forth. For example it heads out at 11:00, then back at noon, then out at 1:00pm then back at 2:00pm and so forth.
About a half dozen kayaks are available for rent at Playa Manya.
The view along the non-swimable Playa Brava is quite spectacular. The second beach is pleasantly secluded and good for safe family swimming although the water visibility isn't the greatest.
Lots and lots of marine iguanas.
Written December 3, 2023
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adriana z
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
The most pristine and gorgeous beach I’ve ever been!! Be prepared to walk a loooooooong path to the beach but the reward is worth every second!
Wear hat, spf clothing and comfortable shoes and there’s little shade and hot is intense.
When you come out of the walking
Path DO NOT SWIM THERE!! very strong currents and people have drowned there. Instead walk all the way to the left and discover the most pristine and quiet little lagoon where you can chill and swim to your hearts desire. You can take a boat back to town and walk back if you dare
Written January 16, 2022
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Robert G
35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Tortuga Bay is a very beautiful beach, with lots of wildlife. However, the walk (or run) to get to the beach is long and hot. Make sure to go early in the day, otherwise, the beach can get very crowded.
Written April 15, 2020
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