Beach at Gardner Bay on Española Island in Galápagos, EC

The 1.25 mile beach at Gardner Bay rivals any you will find in the tropics. The white coralline sand is hard along the shoreline, making it perfect for a stroll. Another option is to sit, relax and bask in the sun while watching the rolling waves. Or follow the lead of the sea lions and take a nap. The best spots for savoring this picturesque bay are on the sand dunes along the thick saltbrush. There are no trails at Gardner Bay. So, leave your hiking shoes behind. Appropriate footwear here are water shoes, flip flops or, best yet, no footwear at all.

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Bahía Gardner, Española Island, Ecuador

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