San Cristóbal is mostly overlooked by the media and the
tourist-mills. But we are grateful for that because, of all the
islands where you can stay, San Cristóbal features the best
blend of beauty, tranquility, facilities, convenience and
attractions without being isolated, crowded or polluted.
San Cristóbal grew up around fishing and San Cristóbal
is also the seat of provincial government. Tourism is a
relatively new industry here, and still relatively down
to earth, especially when compared to Santa Cruz...
Santa Cruz has more luxury hotels.
While San Cristóbal has excellent restaurants, Santa
Cruz offers more “fine dining” options.
Santa Cruz offers more high-end jewelry and souvenir
stores as well as art galleries.
Only Santa Cruz has hotels with private waterfront /
Santa Cruz is more tourism centred, so it is easier
to find a bilingual guide. But then you are more
likely to need one as there are fewer opportunities
for self-guided exploration.
But in San Cristóbal...
The water in the bay is crystal clear, unpolluted,
and teeming with life;
The waterfront is public and accessible, and you can
see the ocean from many parts of the town.
Unlike other islands where they have to de-salinize
the water, San Cristóbal has a natural supply of
clean fresh water.
The port and surroundings abound in wildlife,
particularly sea-lions, iguana’s, boobies, frigates,
pelicans, turtles, birds and fish.
We have the best diving south of Wolfe and Darwin
Islands (which are 240 miles north and accessible
only on a diving cruise).
We have, by far, the best fishing.
We have, by far, the best surf.
We have several beautiful beaches only a short walk
from the town.
The airport is only 5 minutes from the town centre.
Santa Cruz requires a bus, a ferry and another bus
(up to an hour travelling).
We have the biggest, most modern and well equipped
hospital in the region, and
Cristóbaleños are friendly and hospitable by nature.
If you must have 5-star luxury, infinity pool, room-service,
private beach, gourmet restaurants, fine wine and expensive
souvenirs, perhaps San Cristóbal is not for you.
But, if you want to really experience the Galápagos: the
wildlife; the out-of-this-world scenery; the people; the
tranquillity - Unspoilt in all its rocky, prickly, verdant,
wild, unpredictable and completely amazing best - Come to
So much to see and do
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