A Practical Guide on Where to Stay on the Galapagos Islands for Every Budget
Galapagos Islands belong among the top world's destinations and finding the right accommodation can be a daunting task. Our guide on where to stay on the Galapagos Islands will help you to find the best hotel or hostel no matter if you are a budget traveler or if you are looking for an upscale place to enjoy this unique environment.
When visiting the Galapagos Islands, you have several options on where to stay.
The archipelago consists of many smaller or larger islands, but only four of them are inhabited and suitable for an overnight stay. Those four islands are Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Floreana, and Isabela. Each place has lots to offer in terms of flora and fauna, so it is possible that when traveling independently, you will visit most, if not all of these islands.
It brings us to a decision whether you want to visit the Galapagos on own (which is considered the more budget-friendly option, although even when trying to cut your cost you can be unpleasantly surprised how expensive the Galapagos Islands are) and travel from one island to another and take one-day tours to places where it is impossible to stay overnight, or if you prefer to explore this unearthly destination on a cruise ship.
When spending a week or more on a cruise, you might won't need to look for accommodation and best places to stay on the Galapagos Islands, but we also met quite a lot of travelers who decided to stay on the Galapagos a couple of days more after or before their cruise or who wanted to combine both - one week traveling independently and one week on a boat.
This guide on where to stay on the Galapagos Islands focuses on the best accommodation on all four inhabited islands for every budget, so hopefully, you'll find here the hotel which suits your travel style and travel budget.
If you are still not unsure what you can expect from the amazing Galapagos Islands, you can read posts from our personal experience.
WHERE TO STAY ON SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
Santa Cruz is a popular island, especially because of tortoises and sinkholes.
You can see giant tortoises in the wild, but also do no forget to pay a visit to Charles Darwin Research Center. Santa Cruz Island also has a fish market which is worth visiting when fishermen come back from the sea. When on the island, you will most likely stay in the town of Puerto Ayora from where you can take trips around.
Budget | Hostal El Pinzon - When traveling on a budget, this hostel offering private, clean rooms is the right choice. The hostel is well-located for exploring the island or for island hopping it features air-conditioning, private bathroom, well-equipped kitchen and also a swimming pool.
Mid-range | Capitan Max B&B - This reasonably priced bed and breakfast boasts with fabulous breakfast, clean, bright and spacious rooms, and the water pressure is excellent (something you might be missing elsewhere in Ecuador).
Luxury | Finch Bay Galapagos - Close to Alemanes Beach, this upscale hotel is featuring great sea views, outdoor swimming pool and award-winning restaurant where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily. You can also enjoy cocktails and snacks by the pool. This is unmistakably a place to stay when you want to splurge a bit on Santa Cruz Island.
WHERE TO STAY ON SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
San Cristobal is the usual first destination when on the Galapagos Islands because it has the airport where you will land when traveling either from Quito or Guayaquil.
There is probably not a better place which should welcome and introduce you to life on the Galapagos Islands. There is a sea lion colony right on the main pier in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, many laidback restaurants and pubs in the town and when you are ready, you can explore inland and head for example to El Junco Lagoon.
Budget | Hostal Terito - Cozy hostel on San Cristobal has an owner who speaks English, which makes everything much easier and it is not that common in Ecuador (especially in budget-friendly accommodations). Rooms are comfortable close to Playa de Oro, and you can order breakfast in the morning if you wish.
Mid-range | Hostal Cattleya - Nice and cozy rooms, the views and especially the relaxed vibes are the main reasons why to stay in this family-owned hotel. You can use the kitchen and even ask for a packed lunch when setting off for a day-trip.
Luxury | Galapagos Sunset Hotel - This hotel has a fabulous view overlooking the ocean - you can admire it either from your room or from the sun terrace as well. Services are top-class as you can expect in this type of hotel, and staff is welcoming and helpful in every situation.
WHERE TO STAY ON FLOREANA ISLAND
There is plenty to see in the near proximity of Floreana Island.
You can admire flamingos on Cormorant Point, snorkel close to Champion Islet, kayak close to Baroness Lookout or visit Post Office Bay, one of the most traditional places on the Galapagos Islands. Shortly, Floreana Island deserves a couple of days of your time. Floreana is a small island, and accommodation choices are limited here.
Budget | Black Beach House - Staying at this place is a real experience, it is time when you will reconnect with nature. The house is more like a villa which can host up to six people, but you can book it for a very reasonable price even when traveling as a couple.
Mid-range | Hostal Santa Maria - Basic but clean facilities and breakfast every morning is awaiting you in this hostel located on the volcanic island of Floreana. Rooms feature a private bathroom with toiletries, and this place is a great base for hiking or snorkeling.
Mid-range | Casa de Lelia - This is another mid-range hotel on Floreana Island where you can forget all your problems for a while and focus only on staying in this special place not many people are privileged to visit.
WHERE TO STAY ON ISABELA ISLAND
Isabela is the largest island of the Galapagos archipelago.
The main town on the island is Puerto Villamil where you will find the majority of hotels and restaurant. It has perfect beaches, interesting lava fields, lava tunnels, you can hike to Cerro Negra Volcano, visit tortoise breeding center and of course. watch the wildlife.
Budget | Posada del Caminante - This hostel has a real social vibe, it is a place where you can meet many same-minded people. You can relax in the hammocks, or enjoy the complimentary fruit provided to all guests!
Mid-range | El Rincon de George - This well-situated hotel has great reviews and no wonder why. Air-conditioning, excellent breakfast, fast wi-fi, free drinking water or seating area in all units make from this accommodation one of the best options on the island money-wise.
Luxury | The Isabela Beach House - Located on the private beach, you will be treated with exceptional views all the time. The hotel provides free wi-fi, breakfast, garden and enthusiast staff will help you to plan your free time on the island.
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