Espumilla Beach

Espumilla Beach

Santiago Island

Espumilla means “foam” in Spanish, and refers to the waves that break along this glorious golden sandy beach.

Behind the beach and mangroves, where green turtles nest, there is a lagoon that more or less dried up after the 1982/83 El Niño current, which was particularly strong that year.

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Espumilla_Beach_March_06_39.jpgHere you can see flamingos, pintail ducks, and common stilts.

This site is a good place to look for the Galapagos hawk, and to spot the Galapagos petrel. Pelicans feed near the beach which has lots of ghost crabs.

There is usually enough time at the end for swimming and snorkeling.