What to do and see in Isabela, Galapagos Islands: The Best Beaches

July 28, 2021 Rebbecca Marino

The largest of the Galapagos Islands, Isabela is one of the most volcanically active places in the world. Whether this is thrilling or terrifying is up to you. It doesn’t seem to bother the iguanas and penguins of Las Tintoreras, a nearby island cluster and popular snorkeling site. Walk from Puerto Villamil through mangrove forests and saltwater lagoons to reach the Tortoise Breeding Center. Isabela was once used as an exile for prisoners, who built the devastating Wall of Tears as part of their punishment.
Restaurants in Isabela

1. Urbina Bay

Ecuador
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Urbina Bay

Reviewed By 220kenq

Another of the wonderful stops on our tour of the Galapagos Islands. It was great to be able to see wildlife so close.

2. Elizabeth Bay

Ecuador
Excellent
67%
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25%
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Elizabeth Bay

Reviewed By HarryR140 - Ramat Hasharon, Israel

A lovely zodiac ride through the quiet back channels in this bay. View turtles and rays in the water, and birds on the shore. A lovely, soothing navigation.

3. Playa Puerto Villamil

Puerto Villamil Ecuador
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64%
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Playa Puerto Villamil

Reviewed By ruthandvern - Wilton, United States

After whatever activity we plan for the day, we plan to have a nice swim here following. The clear water slapping on the white sandy beach is totally restful. Any sweat worked up is set free. The iguanas come and go along the edges of the volcanic rocks. At the East end in the sea grasses the area is roped off for the breeding season. We have many super videos of mano y mano arguments and the courtship (however brief) of these wonderful aquatic beauties. Nearer the Iguana Crossing end of the beach hundreds do hang out on the rocks and across the street on the sea walls. As you swim you get scooped by from the pelicans looking for their next meal while the frigate birds hope for a steal. Outstanding place.

4. El Faro

Puerto Villamil Ecuador
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

El Faro

5. Playa del Amor

Ecuador
Excellent
24%
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52%
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4.0 based on 29 reviews

Playa del Amor

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