Favorite Beach

My Favorite Beach in the world

Looking back on my youth, I spent several years in the Galapagos Islands & one thing that stands out from that time is how beautiful the beaches were. One that stands out is the beach at Tortuga Bay. This beach was big, with dunes about 100 ft tall, a quiet inlet for swimming, heavy seas past the breaker and the water was a clear turquoise. There were a lot of indigenous animals such as red crabs, blue footed boobies, sea lions, sharks, manta rays, penguins,  turtles, etc. We also saw plenty of donkeys & goats, wild animals left by the settlers back in the 1700’s.

I’d forgotten the name of the beach but still can see in my mind’s eye. When I close my eyes, I can see it, smell the salt, walk the inlet, let the sand run through my toes & roll down the sand dune. Last night, I Googled the name of the beach and studied maps of the islands and, lo & behold, “Tortuga Bay”. Including pictures taken by tourists on vacation. It is as I remember it from my childhood. I was 10 at the time & living in Galapagos.

The beach made such an impression on my young ind that to relax, I can close my eyes and can focus on the beach and my body relaxes. I also use it as a place to go when I am doing meditation. In my mind’s eye, the beach is long, great waves, big sand dunes and no one is there. I’m the only person on the beach. In reality, we usually were 2-04 boys and no one else. During one of my treks for the Darwin Foundation, I approached the beach from the forest side and had a rough time reaching by crossing the brambles that protect from the higher elevations. It is such a secluded spot that very few people even know it exists.

In a scale of 1-10 for best beach, I would give it a big 10!!

Galapagos Islands

There are people living in Galapagos, you might ask. Yes, there are! Galapagos Archipelago is 600 miles from the coast of South America, right on the Equator line & are a province of Ecuador. They are famous because of Charles Darwin. He visited the islands, back in the 1800’s  & their flora & fauna were instrumental in his developing his theory of evolution. The Darwin finches with their beaks is one of the key elements of his theory.

The Galapagos Archipelago is composed of 18 major islands, lots of smaller islets & plenty of rocks. The islands are young in the evolutionary cycle and are thought to be no more than 5 millions years old. The Unesco & the Ecuadorian government formed a natural preserve back in 1964 and they have done a great job of keeping them pristine for study & future generations.

I was lucky enough to live in the Islands during the 1960’s & I have fond memories of that time. I lived in Puerto Ayora in the island of Santa Cruz (one of the major islands with people). There are people who live in 4 large Islands but the rest are not populated.  The Unesco also does a great job of keeping the islands pristine for future generations and science.

What is your favorite beach??