Garrapatero beach is a 20-minute bus ride from town. Going through the highlands of Santa Cruz, you will pass the town of Bellavista where you will enjoy the view made up of beautiful scalesia trees. Then a 15-minute walk to the sandy shore, where local flora and fauna will be waiting to surprise you.
Early in the morning, you’ll enjoy the sunshine and admire marine iguanas soaking in the warmth on top of the volcanic rock before they slide in for a refreshing dip in the crystalline waters.
Finches, lava lizards, mangroves, and the common Poison Apple tree make up most of the landscape. Before reaching the beach, you will see a small pond where many species stop to find food. Almost any time of the year, you will see pink flamingos, herons, oystercatchers, and ducks.
You can enjoy hiking at the beautiful white sand beach as well as swimming and kayaking in its crystal-clear water.