The picturesque white-sand beaches of Tortuga Bay are well worth the effort of the hour long stroll from Puerto Ayora. You do not need a guide as it is very easy to find your way to the beach from the town, just ask your hotel to point you in the direction of the small registration hut where the dedicated path begins. Here is your last chance to buy water as there are no supplies beyond this point, so do come prepared. Once you reach the end of the stone path that winds through the vegetation, you arrive at the expansive bay which stretches along the coastline. At the first more exposed bay you can see sun-bathing marine iguanas, brown pelicans and even the occasional flamingo. The second mangrove lined bay of Playa Mansa is more sheltered, so makes a great swimming spot.