Places to visit in Santa Cruz

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Places to Visit in Santa Cruz

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  • tlarie
    San Francisco, CA137 contributions
    You've never seen so many tortoises. And they are giant!! They are free to come and go... and they do. They like it here.
    Written 9 August 2022
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  • Sofia M
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India29 contributions
    If you have time to spend then this is the right beach for you. It is beautiful and if you are lucky you might find some amazing creatures too. It takes 20-25 mins from the pier. It is better to plan an early morning trip before the crowd comes in so that you can enjoy the quietness and the beauty around.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • SnappleSpice
    New York City, NY460 contributions
    This is almost a must-do when you're in the area. The tortoises are of course amazing and well worth the $10 tour fee you pay to enter the facilities. The tour itself felt a little lengthy, and I would have preferred to walk through on my own (there are signs with information posted). Still, it was informative and at the end of the tour you are able to walk around a bit.
    Written 22 July 2022
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  • Emily B
    Cincinnati, OH1 contribution
    We took a water taxi to the other side of the pier. They’re easy to catch-just look for the sign that says “Las Grietas.” Taxis seems to run all day, we never waited longer than 5 minutes for one. From there it’s a pleasant 5-10 minute walk on a path and then across Playa Alemanes to the tour guide stand. It costs ten dollars per person but we felt it was worth the money! Our guide took us on a short hike around Las Grietas and taught us a lot about the local plants and animals as well as the history of Santa Cruz. The hike paused at some beautiful overlooks of the ocean as well. When we arrived at Las Grietas we had about 45 minutes to snorkel. That was plenty of time to explore the small pool. The water was beautiful and refreshing. We saw tons of tropical fish and even an eel! It’s such a beautiful spot we ended up going twice during our trip. We rented snorkel gear ahead of time in town-I’d skip the flippers since it’s not a very big space and there’s no current. Las Grietas was definitely a highlight of our trip! Would definitely recommend checking it out!
    Written 7 July 2022
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  • GalapagosExperience
    Quito, Ecuador36 contributions
    this magical beach of the archipielago de galapagos is undoubtedly a natural jewel of the island santa cruz, its beauty is enveloping by its critalina waters and the unique landscape. It is one of the most beautiful beaches that you can not miss when you travel to the enchanted Galapagos Islands.
    Written 19 July 2022
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  • Emilia
    Berlin, Germany81 contributions
    Very small, though right on the main street, and lovely place to watch some of the wildlife gathered to fight over the scraps.
    The sea lions especially, behaving like dogs and begging for some grace from the fishermen, funny!
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • mich31
    Lindale, UK124 contributions
    Came here as part of the trip we were on.
    The guide was really knowledgeable and really enjoyed the walk around through the lava caves and seeing so many tortoises. It was quite wet but they provide you with boots to wear.
    They have small gift shop and cafe and clean toilets.
    Written 21 June 2022
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  • Travel Mine
    Indianapolis, IN5 contributions
    If you are looking for a quite place to spend a little time, this is a nice place to chill. Close in town.
    Written 3 December 2019
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  • duhoz
    Beroun, Czech Republic5,699 contributions
    Nice sandy beach with clear water and beautiful views but lacks of shade. There are many birds to watch and also some see life such as turtles, sharks, rays but little bit far away from the beach. This is a small beach without many shade. Easy to get but you need to take a water taxi 0,80$ and then walk about 5 minutes, it is same direction as to Las Grietas which is further along,
    Written 25 March 2020
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  • b2run
    Huatulco, Mexico202 contributions
    The road along the beach is filled with restaurants and agencies. The piers are the really interesting part. It is filled with sea lions lounging on the benches, iguanas lazing everywhere, pelicans and frigate birds fighting over scraps. In the water, you often see sharks, rays, sea turtles and sea lions. A cool place to wander.
    Written 23 February 2022
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  • Peter
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands55 contributions
    Santa Cruz is the most lively island of the three I visited (the others being San Cristóbal and Isabela Island). This isn't the one to visit if you solely come for exotic animals, though. Sure, there are sealions, crabs and big turtles (the latter at a 30 minute drive from Puerto Ayora), but I mostly liked it for its modest nightlife.
    Written 11 May 2022
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  • Adventure beyond imagination
    Munich, Germany14,608 contributions
    Impressive tunnel with less to see inside. A walk through the tunnel was pretty cool and nice. One place is so narrow that only creeping is possible.
    Written 9 February 2022
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  • GoFSUSeminoles
    22 contributions
    While snorkeling here we enjoyed seeing some marine iguanas and a few rays hanging around. It's about a half hour walk from the pier, close to the Darwin Research Station.
    Written 11 May 2022
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  • mfjaramillo
    Quito, Ecuador153 contributions
    This is not a beach where you can swim because it's full of volcanic rocks, but there's a nice trail where you can see all types of animals (crabs, iguanas, pelicans, frigates, even tintorera sharks if you're lucky).
    Written 2 January 2020
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  • jmichel01
    Myrtle Beach, SC412 contributions
    One of the places where you can see and hear a lot of birds, watch the sea lions, snorkel along the rocks, sit and enjoy the beach or go swimming where the beach warmed water doesn't require a wet suit. The bird sounds are incredible...like Jurrasic park!
    Written 18 May 2022
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