Just minutes from Puerto Ayora is a fantastic peaceful beach: Playa de las Alemanes (German Beach).
Playa de las Alemanes is very close to the town – and you can visit it without a naturalist guide. This is a great destination for your free day in the Islands. Pack a little lunch and enjoy the day at the beach.
Getting to Playa de las Alemanes
Getting to the beach is actually pretty easy. Take a water taxi from the port in Puerto Ayora. Once you land on the other side of Academy Bay, it’s a short 300 meter hike to the beach. Get the full directions.
The trail is in good shape and the final section is a well maintained boardwalk across the beach.
Also, once you are at Playa de las Alemanes, it is just a short 600 meters to Las Grietas - an amazing swimming hole in a large fracture. Check this Las Grietas video. Las Grietas is one of our favorite places on Santa Cruz Island. If you want to see it, it’s just a few minutes walk past this beach.
While the beach is beautiful, the services there are limited. Be sure to bring a few snacks and drinks. If you do need something, it is just a few minutes back to the bay where you can get a taxi to the town.
Have you been to Playa de las Alemanes?