La Loberia (San Cristóbal Island)#3 in Best Things To Do in Galapagos Islands
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Located near Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island, this scenic sea lion-laden beach offers ample opportunities for catching sight of the island's lively local residents. For those looking to hit the waves, there are also ample places to surf, swim and snorkel. Just be sure to stay a safe distance away from the sea lions; alpha males are known for being territorial and can be aggressive toward humans if they feel threatened.
Travelers agree that this isolated stretch is well worth the trip, and not just for the swarms of sea lions. Here, you're also likely to spot wild iguanas, lava lizards, yellow warblers and frigates, among other fascinating creatures. Some, however, do caution that getting to the beach takes longer than you might expect – approximately 30 minutes if you're walking from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. If you're not up for the walk, a taxi can take you from the city center to the beach for roughly $3.
La Loberia is situated about a mile south of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and the island's airport. The beach is free to visit 24 hours a day. No permanent facilities are available on-site, and you'll need to bring your own snorkeling gear (which you can rent in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno).
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#1 Tortuga Bay (Santa Cruz Island)
Outdoorsy types don't flock to these two white sand beaches simply to bake in the warm equatorial sun. Travelers visit this isolated strip of Santa Cruz Island's southern coastline for some quality face time with the Galápagos' marine turtles. If you visit between January and February, you may even catch sight of the black turtles laying their eggs (hatchlings emerge and make their way to the sea between April and May). Even if you're not a turtle-lover, you can still get up close and personal with the other beach combers like marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
While most recent travelers describe their visits to Tortuga Bay as a highlight of their trips, some do caution that it can feel like quite a trek to get there from Puerto Ayora, especially in the hot sun. Also, remember that the beach closest to the bay's entrance (Playa Brava) has strong currents, so it's not suitable for swimming. If you want to swim, continue walking to the bay's other beach (Playa Mansa).
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