Now, the beaches in Galapagos may not have waving palm trees, but they're definitely a one-of-a-kind paradise.
When I fist visited Galapagos, I was disappointed with the beaches. They were either very rocky with crashing waves, or tiny with muddy brown sand. Not something you would see on a postcard. However, once we really started visiting the islands, the white-sand glory began to unfold itself.
Punta Cormorant is one such beach. Long, beautiful, and with silky white sand, it is the epitome of heaven. The rocks poking out from the sea, behind the turquoise waves, do nothing to take away from its beauty. Even better, we saw Magnificent Frigatebirds coasting along the shore. The males of this species have a little red sack hanging from their neck that they inflate and deflate, just like a big red balloon! Flying above us, they provided spectacular entertainment as they dove and swooped around our heads.
The seals would lay on the beach, sunning themselves and blinking lazily. They wouldn't even react if the blue waves lapped at their fins. They just snorted and turned themselves a little farther so the water wouldn't hit as them hard. My brother, being as he is, even laid down next to one of the seals. It didn't seem to mind, and I'm pretty sure they both fell asleep.
As well as seals, this beach provided a great view of Kicker Rock, which to me looks like a sleeping lion. The naturalist called it Mufasa. And the sand, oh, it was so soft and squeaky.
QUICK REMINDER: BRING A WETSUIT, THOUGH PRETTY THE WATER WAS FREEZING.
In Galapagos there were other beaches, but these two, Cerro Bujo and Punta Cormorant, were the most stunning. It was these beaches that made me realize how beautiful Galapagos was. Though they didn't have waving palm trees and flowering hibiscus, these gorgeous coastlines had a raw, natural beauty all to their own.
And that, folks, is another reason you should visit Galapagos!