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“Great lonely beach”
Review of El Garrapatero

El Garrapatero
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$208.00*
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Day Trip to Cerro Mesa and Garrapatero from Puerto Ayora
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

It takes some time by car to get there, then a walk along a paved path, then you are met with a wide open sand and rocky beach. Make sure you know how to swim well as the currents can be dangerous. All you have to do now is swim and enjoy. Bring water as there is nowhere to buy anything. And keep a good look out or iguanas, birds and fish. Great beach. We were all alone so it was heaven.

1  Thank GRIMS
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Reviewed July 31, 2014

Nice beach to visit, You need to take a taxi from Puerto Ayora, they charge USD 30 for the round trip, make sure to arrange with the driver to pay when he picks you up for the return, otherwise he may leave you there, and there is no other way to return. Beach and wáter very nice, bring your own wáter and food as there is nothing there.

1  Thank Fernando1806
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Reviewed July 20, 2014

We rented a kayak for the kids after kayaking for 15 minutes they realize that the waves were big enough to do some kayak surfing. The kids had a blast and wanted to return the next day again.

Thank Monique M
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

I tried the sesame-encrusted tuna from this restaurant, even knowing it was from the fish market next door. Despite the digestive problems I experienced over the subsequent three days, I would totally eat that dish again. It was that good. The margaritas aren't great here, though. I'd probably just get the tuna and a water instead...

Thank amr_ve
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

El Garrapatero was one of the few public beaches on the Island of Santa Cruz. It is over a kilometer long, covered in beautiful white sand, and is located about 19 km (12 mi) north east of Puerto Ayora. It can only be accessed by foot, but worth the walk.

The gravel trail that leads to the beach was easy, and did not have any major inclines. A Park ranger patrols the area daily from 7am to 6pm and was there to help visitors in the area. Camping is permitted at this beach with previous authorization from the “Unidad de Uso Publico”, which can be requested at the offices of the National Park in Puerto Ayora. Visitors cannot burn any wood from the area and must bring their own coal if they want to cook anything while at the beach.

Also, just a hundred meters from the beach one can find a small lagoon that is home to flamingos and ducks which was great to see in person!

10  Thank PSchicke
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