by Stephen Jermanok
The only beachfront property on Santa Cruz, there’s a lot to like about the Finch Bay. Four of the 6 new Ocean View rooms are connecting, ideal for parents with older children. The hotel features a large swimming pool, offers a breakfast buffet outside every morning, and is 100 percent non-smoking. Finch Bay is only a 15-minute walk to the giant tortoises found at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Our Editor Loves
- The only beachfront property on the island of Santa Cruz
- Connecting rooms available
- Large swimming pool
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
The only negatives are the room is a little small and you don't have enough area to spread out. More hooks on the wall or some shelves would help. That said, everything else was great. The restaurant food was excellent and varied, the pool was wonderful, the staff great in all things. Expedition staff and trips were top of the line.
The Galapagos is a magical place - and Finch Bay was the perfect way to explore. Can't say enough about the kind, friendly, attentive staff, wonderful facilities - and the quality of the programming. Much of the Galapagos is only accessible with a National Park tour guide, and we were thrilled with the day trips we made on board the Sea Lion, the hikes, the snorkeling - and most of all the wildlife. Where in the world can you look in one direction and see a marine iguana, a seal, and one of Darwin's finches in a single frame?