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 but is still populated by flamingos, pintail ducks, and common stilts.

This site is also 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.