Share:

Garrapatero Beach

Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Other,

Start Exploring
Garrapatero Beach

Share:

Advertisement
  • The trail to Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • The trail to Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • The trail to Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • The trail to Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • The trail to Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • The only overnight camping spot on the island.- Garrapatero Beach
  • The only overnight camping spot on the island.- Garrapatero Beach
  • El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • A crab at El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • The guard station at El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • View from El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • View west from El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • Crab at El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • Marine iguana at El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • Marine iguana at El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • Crabs at El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
  • Crabs at El Garrapatero Beach.- Garrapatero Beach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Sandy beach. Wildlife, including flamingos. Camping options.
Cons: 
Rough access road.
Advertisement
Region:
Other,
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

Sponsored Contributor

Garrapatero Beach is a favorite beach destination among Galápagos locals and tourists alike thanks to the open, sandy beach and exceptional variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife along with diverse flora. 

From the parking lot, a short quarter-mile hike along a scenic cobblestone path leads to the beach with its expansive views. From the start of the hike you are greeted with cactus taller than 20 feet, while near the beach you will find the diverse flora including poison apple trees and mangroves. The flora diversity is equally matched by the broad range of marine life (reef and pelagic fish, sea turtles, rays, Sally lightfoot crabs and more) as well as unique terrestrial life (blue-footed boobies, flamingos, frigate birds, marine iguanas, pelicans, and many other bird species). The flamingos are a rare find, even on the Galápagos, and they can be found at a small lagoon just a short walk from the beach.

Garrapatero Beacha provides a great swimming and snorkeling destination since it is a well-protected, crescent-shape bay. Also, with a permit, Garrapatero Beach is the only beach camping destination on all of Santa Cruz Island.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Adventures

(4 within a 30 mile radius)

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
Become a pioneer and be the first to add this adventure to your Bucket List
Who's Done It
1 Members
Submission by
Sponsored Contributor
514 Adventures Explored
189 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info