Galapagos Beach (Tortuga Bay)

Galapagos beach at Tortuga Bay is a pristine location covered with beautiful white sand beach.


It is a great location for swimming and even surfing. Located south-west of the touristic town of Puerto Ayora on the Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz.

It is considered by the majority of visitors as one of the most beautiful beaches in Galapagos. The sunsets here are just stunning.

Tortuga Bay

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Tortuga bay located in Santa Cruz Island is also a favorite place for sea turtles (which gave the name to the beach), sea lions, marine iguanas, pelicans, flamingos and lava gulls which are endemic to the Islands and are commonly found along the shore of most beaches.

It takes around an hour walk to get to the beach. You'll be able to see beautiful birds including the famous Galapagos finches as you walk. The trail to the beach is paved and marked.

There are two beaches at Tortuga Bay, the main beach is used for surfing due to its strong waves. If you want to swim and just relax you can head to the west side of the beach where the waters are calm.

The beaches are separated by Red Mangrove. Exotic and endemic Plants of the Galapagos Islands are also all around the beach. As you walk around the Island of Santa Cruz make sure you visit the famous Lava Tunnelsalso named Lava Tubes.

A recommended one is the Tunnel of Endless Love, it is around 800 mts long and has this name because it has a heart figure at the top of it. These are natural tunnels and were formed by the lava flows from the volcanoes thousands of years ago.

Gardner Bay Beach:

Is another wonderful beach in Galapagos which is worth visiting.

You'll find large numbers of playful Sea Lions lying all around the beach, you can easily approach to these animals as they are very tame just as most of the wildlife in Galapagos. Click Here to Check the Best Galapagos Island Cruises

Pelicans are found in the sea and in the rocks in front of this beach. This is a great place for a Snorkeling Adventure because you will see many tropical fish as well as white-tipped reef sharks. It is also a beach blessed by wonderful sunsets.

Conway Bay Beach:

This Galapagos beach is located on the Island of Santa Cruz, it is not a very popular site because most Galapagos cruise ships do not include this spot in their trips. Read a Complete Galapagos Travel Information Review

Large colonies of Sea Lions and land iguanas can be seen. You'll have the beach completely for yourself and you'll really experience the feeling of being in paradise.

Other Galapagos Beaches

  • Playa Negra at Floreana Island
  • Playa Ochoa at San Cristobal Island
  • Playa Espumilla at Marchena Island
  • Playa Bahia at Genovesa Island
  • Galapagos beach of Garrapatero (The lake Las Ninfas is close to this beach where flamingos and other birds can be seen)

If you like true nature, then the Galapagos Islands are the right place for you, it is certainly one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


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Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


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Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


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Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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