El Garrapatero beach on the east coast of Santa Cruz Island is a local’s favorite spot to snorkel, swim, kayak, and enjoy the sunny skies of the tropics.
It’s a thirty-minute taxi ride from Puerto Ayora, followed by a 15-minute hike through cactus and poison apple trees that open up onto a tranquil stretch of beach.
El Garrapatero is one place on the island to find sea lions and turtles, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and an incredible variety of reef fish. The tidal pools off the shore lend themselves to swimming and relaxing, and through the mangroves at the back of the beach is a lagoon where flamingos linger in the shallow waters. Blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, herons, stilts, and the occasional penguins are common sights when visiting the beach.
El Garrapatero is often part of active day trips that start in the lush highlands, discovering tortoise reserves and volcanic caves before a pleasant bike ride to the coast. There are options for snorkeling and kayaking available, an adventurous way to explore the underwater world of the islands and the creatures that live in its shallow waters.
Playa de los Alemanes
Playa de Los Alemanes, across the bay from Puerto Ayora and on the trail to Las Greitas, is a windswept swathe of White sand where swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking take you into the relaxing tropical world of the Galapagos.
Take a water taxi across the bay and follow the marked path to Los Greitas. The beach opens up and sea lions, Sally-Lightfoot crabs, marine iguanas, and sea turtles greet you on the sand, under the sea, and when paddling around the expansive bay.
For more information about your options for land-based and cruise trips through the Galapagos Islands, contact a member of our team using our toll-free numbers or the contact form on this site.