Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

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Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
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clark5662
St. Louis172 contributions
Not sure it's worth the hype
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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William V
Charleston, SC8 contributions
Galapagos Beach and Lagoon
May 2021
Our first foray for our trip was to Tortuga Bay. It was a nice beach with plenty of wildlife. We saw sea lions, iguanas, and sea turtle nests. The walk through town was easy and the entrance a little difficult to find. Once you found the entrance for the walkway, you sign in and walk about a mile to the beach through desert type vegetation with cacti and low thorny bushes. the walk is peaceful and you can see many birds. We especially enjoyed seeing the "pine tree" cactus since the bark made it look like a pine tree. Once at the beach, we walked down to Playa Peninsula and Tortuga Lagoon. We saw many iguanas. We did see 2 rats around some travelers' bags as they scampered into the mangrove bushes. Be careful with food and having it easily exposed or open. Beautiful scenes of the shoreline.
Written July 19, 2021
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henry M
Manabi Province, Ecuador19 contributions
The island of god
Jul 2021 • Family
The Galapagos Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It is known as one of the most famous destinations in the world for wildlife viewing. It is a province of Ecuador and is
Written July 12, 2021
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Finnian O
9 contributions
Perfect beaches!! Would absolutely go again if I could.
Jun 2021 • Family
GO HERE!! If you don’t want to take the beautiful but long walk, you can get a water taxi, which is what we did. The front part of the beach is stunning. There are beautiful trees and a big beach. There are even coat racks to hang your towels and bags. It was very quiet and peaceful. You can see a variety of animals such as lots of marine iguanas swimming around in the lagoon around the corner. The water is an amazing color of blue but I wouldn’t say the front part is the best place for snorkeling. If you would like to snorkel head around the left side (if you are facing the ocean) and there should be a separate part (the lagoon I think) and that is an awesome place for snorkeling. We saw lots of fish, marine iguanas, and two small sharks! Great for underwater photos and videos of the animals. If you are going to swim in the area of ocean to the left of the lagoon, be mindful of the flags telling you if it is safe to swim or not. The water was crystal clear with a little blue over here and it couldn’t have been prettier. We went in the morning and I think that is the best time to go. It wasn’t crowded at all, and the place was beyond beautiful. I would rate this beach a 100/10!!!
Written June 17, 2021
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S Shep
Denver, CO68 contributions
Beautiful Natural Beach & Nearby Lagoon
May 2021 • Couples
Depending on the time of day the walk to the beach can be really warm, bring water and wear comfortable shoes!

Once you get there, this is a beautiful natural beach. Keep an eye out for the signs protecting the nesting areas. We saw many marine iguanas bathing on the beach and swimming as well.

When we were here the waters were really choppy and not good for swimming. But you can walk up the beach to Tortuga lagoon where there is a perfect calm place for safe swimming. We did see a couple of small reef sharks in the lagoon too which was cool.

It's good to bring a hat, sun screen and clothes to protect from the sun. Water and small snacks are good too. Be sure not to leave any tace of your visit but your footprints in the sand!
Written May 24, 2021
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Jacqueline S
Huntington Beach, CA29 contributions
Lots of turtles!
May 2021
The beach is great, but make sure you don't skip the kayak; we saw a ton of turtles swimming. I can't wait to go back!
Written May 19, 2021
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mdl100468
Harlech, UK67 contributions
Surfing Beach is Nice. Bay is Busy and Boring.
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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Echo M
3 contributions
worth a visit
Sep 2020
the place is very nice and clean, most important thing: i saw a baby hammerhead shark !!! that made my day..
Written September 28, 2020
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Lee R
Caribbean14 contributions
Short hike from Puerto Ayora
Sep 2020
This was the first thing we did after arriving on Santa Cruz, as we didn't need a guide and it's a relatively short walk from Puerto Ayora. The trail itself is about 1.5 miles long, paved, and leads you to the beach. The trail itself is pretty enjoyable, taking you through a forest with many Opuntia cacti. If the surf is up, you can see surfers out in the waves, but other than that, there's no swimming allowed here because currents can be strong. If you walk along the beach, it'll bring you to another beach around a point that's protected by mangroves where it is calm and swimming is allowed. Along the way, we saw many marine iguanas soaking up the sun. A nice walk that doesn't require a guide.
Written September 26, 2020
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César M
Quito, Ecuador26 contributions
Most beautiful beach and cove
Aug 2020
Pristine clear water, white sandy surfing beach next to calm water cove ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Friendly Finch birds that come to you, colonies of marine iguanas. Accessible through a pleasant pathway.
Written August 14, 2020
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