When you are a kid, very few things can beat a trip to the beach. Spending days lying under the sun, swimming in the ocean and making sandcastles is enough to make any kid (young or old) happy for a very long time. Add to that the amazingly tame and unafraid wildlife (which range from trees, animals, and craters of huge proportions), the numerous activities from which they can learn and have fun, and emphasis on the importance of caring and preserving our natural environments, and you have an experience of a lifetime.
– Blue-footed boobies courting –
If you are considering a Galapagos vacation with your family, staying at Santa Cruz’s only beach-front hotel – the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel – is the best way to go, especially if there are kids involved. Fill your days with exploration and adventure, and give yourself some moments of well-deserved relaxation while your kids have the time of their lives in Galapagos. Imagine an out-of-this-world family Galapagos experience and read on to learn about our top reasons for why the Galapagos is a kid’s paradise.
The Galapagos are home to some of Ecuador’s and even the entire world’s most beautiful beaches. Tortuga Bay, located at a walking distance from Puerto, was selected as one of the world’s best beaches. After a 45-minute walk down a paved trail you will first arrive to Playa Brava, a beautiful long beach that is known for its strong currents, but don’t stop here quite yet. Keep on walking down the beach and follow the shoreline over to Tortuga Bay: it’s calm, protected waters and the shade of the Poison Apple tree make for the perfect spot to spend the morning or afternoon with the family. And if you wish to explore a little further, visit El Garrapatero beach (30-minute bus ride away) or Las Bachas. Or simply stay at Finch’s very own secluded beach – Playa de Los Alemanes! All of these are gorgeous, white-sand beaches, teeming with life that will make for some unforgettable memories.
Aquatic Fun Awaits
Ah, yes… and then there are cerulean blues of the waters that lap up against the beautiful and aforementioned beaches. The aquatic hues beckon each and every guest to take a dip in their vivid colors to cool off. The best part? They’re teeming with a near overabundance of life below. So strap on this fins and try on that snorkel and mask: you’re about to experience a vast and vivid underwater aquarium. Bonus points for if the kids manage to swim with playful Galapagos sea lions pups!
Everything is Bigger
We all remember how much bigger things were when we were kids. The Galapagos offers adults and children the chance to experience that together. With an abundance of vast, mind-bending terrains and giant underground lava tunnels that look like they’re from another world all the way to the Galapagos giant tortoises that amble around like something out of Jurassic Park, the Enchanted Isles are a place that humbles and mesmerizes by the sheer size of the things it hosts. Oh, and did we mention that Galapagos is home to one of the largest species of daisy in the world?
Galapagos is a Cageless Zoo
Animals, animals… everywhere. For kids, the Galapagos is like walking around in a cageless zoo, where animals peacefully coexist and show absolutely zero signs of fear in the presence of humans. Land and marine iguanas amble by the trails and beaches while Galapagos sea lions waddle ashore and hunker down right next to where you’re lying on the beach.
– There is no sense of “personal space” for these native species, and it’s a great experiential tool to, because…. –
The Galapagos Inspires Young Ones to Care for Nature
Adults will gawk at just how well these animals manage to coexist with our presence.
For the kids, it might even seem trivial that they’re able to living alongside the animal so peacefully, especially because it harkens back to just how natural this way of life is. If this can happen on the scale of the Galapagos islands, the kids will definitely feel encouraged to take the memory of the islands back with them and continue to respect nature the way they saw it was possible here.
These are the top reasons for why the Galapagos are a kid’s paradise!