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.
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.