Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz

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Highly esteemed as one of the islands' most pristine sandy stretches, Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay features blue waters, rich wildlife, and plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Hike your way to the beach and then relax on the soft white sands, surrounded by marine vegetation and the famed local marine iguanas. Throw on your swimsuit, don your snorkeling gear, and explore the colorful underwater world of the bay's ecosystem, alive with fish and other aquatic species. You can even try your hand at surfing on the rougher waves, though keep in mind that currents and tides can be strong and potentially dangerous here. Plan your Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay visit and explore what else you can see and do in Puerto Ayora using our Puerto Ayora vacation route planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Taking the street Charles Binford is accessed on the way to the beach. Without making her case to the distance must be to walk. Going for two, but be sure to walk distances. Upon entering the path of roughly about 4 km pass by a House to sign up, remember you where you can stay on the beach until five in the afternoon. When the road ends, you get to the beautiful BRAVA beach but much swell. Surf type. And there you have to keep walking. You do get some pictures, you breathe nature and if you have luck, a bit of solitude and to keep walking. This beach will have 800 meters. You get to a point where the marine iguanas lie all the time. You doblás to the right and 50 metres it is another beach: the MANSA. Mansa beach is a pool of sea. It has a single Bank and many racks. If you arrive early, the Bank is yours. If not, coat-hanger. At noon it fills, but nobody touches it is not yours. Excellent for snorkeling or water to make the iron. There are small fish and arrimás you to loas rocks you can see sharks of 1 meter long. The arna is clean, clear, but if you do well you will find yourself with a gray clay, which maybe is good for something. At noon they begin to get a boat offering you to take you to the pier of Puerto Ayora for $10. If you don't want to walk the 5 km back, it is cheap. But you notice that the journey is as one of the buggies of Natal: with emotion, because it has to go against the surf break, sail sea in until the height of the port and then surf the waves to reach the coast. Worth it, but you tight.
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  • August 14, 2017
    very well maintained, very clean... nice but cold water... many iguanas, turtles in March when they mate, hence its name beautiful landscape, a gentle sea side and another brave sea (do pacifico?) cute, different experience
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  • August 11, 2017
    A path approximately two kms you lead to brava Beach and then another km you take the mansa Beach, a great place for walking, admire the beautiful blue sea and enjoy the iguanas. There's nothing to buy on the beach, so, take it all.
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As a popular jumping-off point for Galapagos visitors, Puerto Ayora receives loads of tourists, and therefore features many of the accommodation options you might expect from a major destination. Though there are types of lodging to suit all kinds of budgets, prices in general tend to be higher in Puerto Ayora than in mainland Ecuador. The more upscale hotels catering to wealthier visitors lie along the waterfront in the vicinity of Avenida Charles Darwin, and offer excellent access to the sea, port, and restaurant scene. Consider renting out a private apartment room or staying in a smaller-scale hotel a few blocks back from the ocean in order to cut down on costs, as the city itself is easily walkable.
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