Tortuga Bay Galapagos beach in Puerto Ayora is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Santa Cruz Island. Its unique wildlife, flora and fascinating sunsets become a magnet for visitors.
There is a a narrow concrete walking trail that will lead you to the beach. Actually there are two beaches at the Tortuga Bay. The beach to the south is used mostly for the surfing because of the strong waves.
The other beach on the west side is perfect for swimming and relaxing. It is the ideal place for ecological tourism, because here you can see colonies of pelicans, blue footed boobies, gulls, frigatebirds, sea lions, marine iguanas and even flamingos.
Tortuga Bay Galapagos beach is an excellent place to find peace and tranquility admiring its wonderful landscapes and warm breezes.
You can also enjoy water sports like kayaking, surfing and swimming. For the nature lovers there is plenty of birdwatching, and endemic animals in their natural habitat.
Tortuga bay beach is a great place for meditating, writing, reading, or just relaxing and taking a long nap. You can spend hours watching birds flying across the beach, crabs moving along the shore and marine iguanas basking in the sun. It's definitively a peaceful spot for the nature lover.
A short walk over to Playa Mansa brings you to a tranquil lagoon where you can swim and snorkel too.
Between Tortuga Bay Galapagos beach and Playa Mansa there is short trail along a rocky stretch of coastline and through a beautiful cactus forest where you can see marine iguanas, brown pelicans and blue footed boobies.
Here you can sit in the shade of the mangrove trees growing close to the beach. You can easily spot marine turtles, manta rays and lots of different kinds of fish.
As you walk through Tortuga Bay it will seem as an infinite and desolate beach of white sand encountering marine iguanas on their way out of the water.
The National Park Service opens the Tortuga Bay trail gate at 5:30 AM and closes it at 6:30 PM. The entrance is free but you are not allowed to camp or stay overnight at the beach and you cannot stay after 6:30 PM.
Tortuga Bay gets its name from the thousands of sea turtles that go there to lay their eggs.