Amazing beaches and wildlife to explore in the Galapagos Islands

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The Galapagos Islands lie off the coast of Ecuador in South America, a remote volcanic archipelago floating in the Pacific Ocean. They are one of the most fascinating places on the planet, thanks to their rich biodiversity and unique ecosystem which has led to a variety of native species of flora and fauna that exist nowhere else on the planet. 

For wildlife lovers, bird watchers, and scuba divers, the Galapagos Islands are a dream come true. And they are a pretty spectacular place to visit whoever you are, from couples and families to lone travelers, thanks to their remote location, dramatic landscapes, gorgeous scenery, and picturesque beaches.

The bottom line is if you are able to find a special cruise offer going to the Galapagos, take it. You won’t regret it, and chances are you’ll find yourself on the vacation of a lifetime. For anyone heading to the Galapagos for a trip, here are some of the most amazing beaches and remarkable wildlife to discover on this stunning, unique collection of islands.

Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island

Probably the most popular beach on any of the Galapagos Islands, and often included in lists of best beaches in the world, Tortuga Bay is a real treat for beach lovers. It’s extremely accessible, just a gentle half-an-hour stroll from downtown Puerto Ayora, but still manages to retain an ambiance of calm and tranquility. One of the best things about Tortuga Bay, other than the sea turtles who give it its name, is the chance to see marine iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks and white sand of the bay.

Gardner Bay

The stunning, pristine white sands of Gardner Bay mark it out as one of the best beaches in the Galapagos, with a picturesque fringe of palm trees completing the ‘paradise island’ look. It is also a wonderful place for scuba divers and snorkelers, with large numbers of manta rays and sea lions often found swimming in the bay. The wildlife on land is fascinating too, with a wide variety of crab species all over the beach, alongside red lava lizards basking on the warm stones.

El Garrapatero

Both Gardner Bay and Tortuga Bay are popular spots and can get crowded during high season. If you are after something a little more off-the-beaten-track, then El Garrapatero might be perfect. Situated about 30 minutes by car from the center of Puerto Ayora, it flies under the radar and you may find that you are the only visitor on some days! It is a pretty beach, albeit not quite as spectacular as its more famous cousins, but offers some amazing wildlife spotting opportunities. Sea lions, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and even Galapagos penguins are all regular visitors, making it one of the best beaches to visit if you want to see the most exciting creatures the Galapagos has to offer. 

Post Office Bay

Post Office Bay was once a mail-drop spot where long-haul whalers and round-the-world sailors used to leave letters to their family and friends back home, to be collected by ships on their way back to the United States. It was a slow process, but the tradition continues today, and visitors often both leave and collect letters to keep this charming history going. As a beach, Post Office Bay offers calm, shallow waters and gentle waves, making it a lovely spot to relax and take in the view. It is also one of the best places on the islands to find Darwin finches, as well as a collection of other animals and birds such as yellow warblers and green pacific sea turtles. 

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Beautiful Touches (Libby)

I have always wanted to visit…with one of my grandsons who is a great photographyer. I’ve added the link to this post in my Bucket List Notes in Evernote, so I’ll have the info when we finally get to go.