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El Garrapatero

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“beautiful beach”(29 reviews)
“tortuga bay”(22 reviews)
“rent kayaks”(9 reviews)
NE of Puerto Ayora 19 km, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador
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All reviews beautiful beach tortuga bay rent kayaks pelicans fishing tidal pools turquoise water santa cruz taxi ride few hours clams worth the trip sea lions lagoon waves wildlife puerto picnic
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice beach, with some manglar to cover from the sun, white sands, you can find sea lions, iguanas, and sometimes flamingos, although we did not get the chance to see them. 40 $ return from puerto ayora. Easy access

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank fexba
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Garrapatero is a lovely beach and requires much less walking time (about 5-10 minutes or so) than Tortuga Bay (about an hour), though the drive is longer. It's also very beautiful and has a lot of wildlife - a sea lion swam 5 feet away...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank elizabeth4t
Reviewed 27 November 2018

It takes one hour to get to Garrapatero and the road is really nice. There is no need to get a Taxi. I rent a bike at Bike and Smile ( 20 a day ) and also visit the Twin Craters and Chato Turtle Reserve.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank munopatin
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile

We hired a taxi to take us here and spent an hour exploring tidal pools, walking on the beach, and photographing birds and scenery. You could spend more time swimming. There are bathrooms available. It takes 30 minutes to get there from town.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank triciab1945
Reviewed 4 October 2018

We visited during the week and it wasn't busy at all. Very calm beach, has a small area for snorkeling. We saw sea cucumbers, crabs and small fish. Recommend renting a Kayak and visiting the beach across, we saw tons crabs. We paid $10 for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank cristinamazutis
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Definitely worth visiting this beach that is half an hour from Puerto Ayora. There are many birds and iguanas. You can also do kayaking. The path to the beach is well cared for and it takes about 10 minutes to walk from the entrance to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Maria Ignacia R
Reviewed 23 June 2018

We stopped here during one of our day trips and it was a beautiful beach to swim and sun at. The walk to it from the parking lot is long but easy and there are no amenities here other than a spectacular view and beach...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Darci M
Reviewed 29 May 2018

You must see these land tortoises . They are gentle giants. HUGE. AMAZING. YOU MUST SEE. Take your cameras and lots of batteries .

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank William H
Reviewed 23 April 2018

This was a nice beach and worth the rather lengthy hike to get there. The sand and waves were daunting until we went around the peninsula.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Gerald M
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

At the recommendation of our hotel manager, we went here to grab a late lunch. The restaurant was only a couple of blocks from the port area on Charles Darwin Road. I had the grilled lobster which was outstanding! My husband had a fish dish...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank AllisonCW
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17 January 2019|
Response from triciab1945 | Reviewed this property |
I regret I only speak English so I cannot anwser your question.
17 January 2019|
Response from cristinamazutis | Reviewed this property |
You have to submit an application with at least 2 days prior to your camping date. Seems the charge is $10 per person. I found a contact online, try to e-mail for more information: Luis Fernando Caisaguano... More