Tortuga Bay’s Playa Mansa

Playa Mansa

Playa Mansa is the calmer of the two Tortuga Bay beaches. Mansa means gentle in Spanish. Generally, this is the beach of choice for families with children. In the afternoon, there are often sea turtles swimming around the bay. Renting a kayak is another way to explore the area.

Rent kayaks at Playa Mansa


The beach and the bay of Playa Mansa are lined with mangroves. They provide shade from the hot sun and many people use them to hang their backpacks. There are four types of mangroves found along the Galapagos coast: the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) and button mangrove (Conocarpus erectus). The latter is the least common. Playa Mansa is one of the few areas where the button mangrove is found. It is most easily identified by its button-like fruit and smaller pointed leaves.

Button mangrove

2 responses to “Tortuga Bay’s Playa Mansa

  1. Your pictures are fantastical. Especially the beach images and the picture of the iguana.

  2. Milena – Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking. The information is interesting and succinct. Well done! It really makes one want to visit. Good luck in your ventures! Sincerely, SpazII

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