Most people know that it was the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin’s revolutionary and evolutionary theories of natural selection. Many others are familiar with the islands’ reputation as the single greatest wildlife-watching destination in the world. But what you might not know is that the Galapagos Islands are also home to some of the best, most pristine and most secluded beaches on the planet.
This is a bold claim, with contenders such as the Copacabana, Cancun and the Maldives claiming stunning white sands and crystal clear waters. But despite their obvious charms, you’ll also have to contend with the crowds and the cost. In the subtropical Galapagos, the incredible natural beauty is rarely blemished by other people, meaning you can often have huge areas all to yourself. Here is our pick of four of the best must-visit beaches in Galapagos:
Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island
Perhaps the most famous beach in the Galapagos (if such a thing is possible), this white coral sandy stretch lies about 2.5km from Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island). It’s a natural pool that is great for snorkeling, with turtles, sea lions, and incredible birdlife all found in abundance. A natural stopping off point for Galapagos cruises, this is about as close to busy as you will get.
Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
Not all beaches are about topping up tans, others have an extra edge of interest and this is a prime example. Named after the wreck of a US military barge from World War II, the pristine beach is noticeable for the rusty remains of the wreck jutting out of the water. The lagoons around the bay are also famed for their bursts of pink flamingos.
Gardner Bay, Espanola
If you have to share a beach, then it’s probably more fun to share it with sea lions than people. These playful and charismatic creatures like nothing more than to laze around on the white sandy beach. It turns out we’re not that different from each other after all. It is also one of the best locations for snorkeling in the Archipelago. Gardner Bay (Española Island) is one of the most beautiful beaches in Galapagos and has been awarded as one of the most beautiful beaches around the world.
Puerto Villamil, Isabela
Surrounded by coconut palms and tropical forests that teem with wildlife this is a perfect beach to visit while enjoying a Galapagos cruise or taking a land based Galapagos tour. With marine iguanas, birdlife and sea lions in large numbers, this beach has a magical quality that has to be experienced.
Visiting any of these colorful and sandy beaches on board yachts like the Sea Star Journey or other Galapagos cruise is a truly unforgettable experience! Contact Us today to receive a personalized option/offer for a fantastic Cruise-adventure.