There aren’t many places left in the world that can genuinely be described as ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ these days. Hyperbole is everywhere and all too often that unique natural phenomenon or undiscovered beach is anything but.
However, the Galapagos Islands are one of the few remaining travel destinations that could legitimately be described with the gushing prose above. This remarkable archipelago is remote, beautiful, and absolutely bursting with some of the most incredible animal, bird, and marine life on the planet.
The remoteness of the Galapagos make it a wonderful destination for travelers looking to get away from the hectic pace of normal life and discover the beauty of the natural world up close. Only four of the nineteen islands are inhabited,
but getting around and traveling island-to-island can be tricky (and expensive!) so knowing where to stay before you arrive is crucial. If you are planning to cruise the Galapagos, take a look at this short guide to the best places to stay in this extraordinary vacation spot.
1. Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is the largest and most popular island in the Galapagos, with beautiful beaches, fascinating sinkholes, and a large giant tortoise population. It also boasts the largest collection of ‘touristy’ amenities, with plenty of hotels and restaurants to be found.
There are plenty of hostels and mid-range hotels and guesthouses to choose from, but the pick of the accommodation options on Santa Cruz is the Finch Bay Galapagos. With a wonderful location just a stone’s throw from Alemanes Beach, it boasts wonderful views, an outdoor pool, and an excellent restaurant.
2. San Cristobal
San Cristobal is usually the first port of call for visitors to the Galapagos and offers a lively little town in the shape of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, with its very own sea lion colony!
The wonderful Galeodan Penthouse Suite is the place to be in San Cristobal. A penthouse apartment with a stunning panoramic view of the harbor just five minutes walk from the center of town, it offers luxury and convenience in a perfect package.
Floreana is the smallest island with a permanent population in the Galapagos, but what it lacks in human habitation it more than makes up for with its remote, secluded beauty and fascinating wildlife.
From flamingos to a collapsed volcano it boasts some of the most unusual sights on the archipelago, and the best spot to base yourself here is the Black Beach House. It is basic (everywhere on Floreana is) but its location, overlooking the titular black beach, is genuinely unbeatable!