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Santa Cruz Fish Market

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Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
+91 44 6531 5613
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This is the real thing. Locals come here to buy fish. The pelicans, sea lions and a great blue... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jfkm
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Sarasota, Florida
Check it out for the pelicans

This is quite a small but cute fish market right on the ‘main drag’ through Porto Ayora (Ave... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
15MW
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Redding, Connecticut
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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“fresh fish” (23 reviews)
“lobster” (28 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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+91 44 6531 5613
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"sea lions and pelicans"
in 30 reviews
"fresh fish"
in 23 reviews
"lobster"
in 28 reviews
"fun to watch"
in 17 reviews
"catch of the day"
in 11 reviews
"for sale"
in 14 reviews
"hanging around"
in 4 reviews
"daily catch"
in 4 reviews
"filet"
in 8 reviews
"the main street"
in 12 reviews
"fish head"
in 6 reviews
"local animals"
in 4 reviews
"great fun"
in 9 reviews
"santa cruz"
in 24 reviews
"scraps"
in 67 reviews
"entertaining"
in 35 reviews
"leftovers"
in 17 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the real thing. Locals come here to buy fish. The pelicans, sea lions and a great blue heron hang out to get scraps. We watched the activity for over an hour and could have stayed longer. Definitely a highlight of Puerto Ayora local...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is quite a small but cute fish market right on the ‘main drag’ through Porto Ayora (Ave Charles Darwin) but the most enjoyable part for us were the very tame pelicans which wait around for scraps from the cutting table. You can get some...More

Thank 15MW
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the fish market 3-4 times on our trip and it was a delight every time. There are seals and pelicans and marine iguanas and frigates and other birds all hoping to get a scrap of some fish cleaning. The fish, although dead, are...More

Thank AllisonCW
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent the day exploring Santa Cruz with our guide and he took us to the fish market. Beautiful fresh fish and the tuna was $4 a pound. Loved seeing the birds hanging out waiting for a snack.

Thank Orange4blue
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's always fun to each what goes on at the fish market! Frigate birds trying to snatch some scraps from the fishermen, the chasing around among the pelicans and the gulls... Sea lions coming to steal the scraps from the baskets let unattended... Very enjoyable.

Thank galapaguito5
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We noticed a flock of pelicans hanging around this place, and realized it was the local fish market. The vendors were cutting up the freshly-caught fish and tossing the waste bits to the birds. We decided to buy some fish here, and have now had...More

Thank Dawn R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great, fun, quick, easy, free place to stop and spend a few moments. Fish are brought on shore and cut up directly in front and then taken off to stores/restaurants. Easy spot to spot sea lions, pelicans, and when we were there marine iguanas...More

Thank Andre S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is interesting to check out as you go thru town. They are cutting up and processing the catch of the day, The interesting part is checking out the scavengers, pelicans and sea lions searching for the leftovers.

Thank Lee L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Besides fresh buying fresh fish and having a local restaurant cook it, you can see sea lions and marine birds interact with the locals.

Thank Lia S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing to see all the animals around it! We bought some fish and langostina - it was delicious, fresh from the water Muchas gracias !!

Thank Agnes M
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cindybes
January 15, 2018|
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Response from Alice W | Reviewed this property |
La Garrapata restaurant cooked it for us, but our tour guide made the arrangements. Could ask the restaurant, maybe.
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Herbert E
January 31, 2017|
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Response from GetLostAndBefound | Reviewed this property |
Midday to late afternoon seemed to be when it was busiest, and when the sea lions came to play!
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Lisa G
June 20, 2016|
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Response from frugalarnie | Reviewed this property |
The Fishing Pier is a very short walk from the passenger dock. Head out to your right and you can't miss it. Men and women selling and breaking down the fish. Lobsters for sale on the sidewalk. And those sea lions and... More
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