1,050 sf 3rd Floor penthouse studio overlooking the Pacific Ocean
Sean and Maria Elena Keegan
- english, spanish
About Sean and Maria Elena Keegan
Maria Elena’s mother is from Santa Cruz and her father from San Cristobal, where he is still an active fisherman. Both sides of the family have deep roots in the Galapagos. Maria Elena grew up and worked in the Galapagos before leaving to Canada to further her education and outlook. Sean was raised in various parts of Africa while schooling in England. Sean is a professional Civil Engineer and has spent over 35 years in construction, including 25 years in Canada, the last 15 of which have been in his own consulting business. Maria Elena and Sean met in Canada, shortly before Maria Elena accepted an IT posting in Bermuda. Maria Elena and Sean were married in Bermuda and their two sons, who were born in Canada, now enjoy Canadian, Irish and Ecuadorian citizenship. The Keegan family has been visiting Galapagos regularly since 1996 and moved permanently to San Cristobal in January, 2009.
Sean and Maria Elena Keegan purchased this Studio in 2006
Why Sean and Maria Elena Keegan chose Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
The Galeodan Penthouse Suite is located in a private residential neighborhood, overlooking the bay. It is halfway between the main port and several of the areas most popular attractions, including the Interpretation Centre, the beaches (Playa Man; Punta Carola) and the Tijeretas (lookout and bay). Everything is within a few minutes walk.
What makes this Studio unique
The Galeodan Penthouse Suite offers unparallelled views, space and amenities plus extraordinary value for money.
Max guests: 3 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 18
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Our visit to San Cristobal island could not have been more perfect, thanks in large part to Sean and his family. We were greeted upon arrival and enjoyed our daily visits with Sean (either near the suite or seeing him around town).
Since we were only in town for a few days and did not really speak Spanish, Sean was a great help in suggesting both local excursions and daily activities on the island. Additionally, he took care to provide us with fresh bread and other necessary items to help make our stay that much more enjoyable. Further, we appreciated his recommendations for local restaurants.
In addition to having a friendly host, we were in close proximity to everything. We could walk to the beach or into town for Happy Hour in less than 5 minutes. The visit to Galeodan was perfect and we are already looking forward to our return trip!
Excellent location, 5 minutes walk from the downtown, quiet, unobstructed 360 degrees view of the ocean and island, large space and very nicely organized. I recommend it 100% for a couple or family with 1-2 kids. It would be difficult to find something better in San Cristobal.
This place is the best veiw in the town. Sean is very helpfull and kind. Bed was perfect, would stay here again for sure. Hope to come back on day with our kids and enjoy more of the warmth from this home. Can not beat the vaule of this home.
Best place to stay for Independent Touring!
We absolutely loved our stay at "The Penthouse". Sean was the perfect host for us with his English and knowledge of the island. He picked us up at the airport, called taxis for us when we needed one (use the ones he calls for reliability if making a day trip or any trip out of town), and arranged 3 boat trips for us. He knows the reliable tour operators. The penthouse is gorgeous, immaculate and private. Plenty of clean water is supplied everyday as well. Great for a couple or someone with one child. The porch with chairs and a hammock are perfect for drinking coffee and wine while watch stunning sunsets. Hairdryer, coffee maker, basics like soap and shampoo and even beach towels are provided.
The location is ideal as well. 15 min. gorgeous walk to the best snorkeling we found on the island at Cerro Tijeratas. Easy walk to town (maybe a mile at most) for restaurants, stores, bank and laundry services. We stayed 10 days on San Cristobal and did not visit any other islands as we found plenty to do there. Do not miss Punta Pitt!
It can be a bit noisy there occasionally with some nearby construction and a school across the street, but it never bothered us and we loved the sounds of the children from the school. Don't let the incomplete construction around the island throw you. It is part of the charm. Truly a magical place. One final word--the penthouse entrance is up 3 flights of stairs. Again, not a problem for us, but you do need to be decent shape even to try this trip.
Thank you very much for your kind words. It was a real pleasure to meet you and share your enjoyment of this amazing place. We were also very happy to arrange the excursions for you as that way we could relax, knowing you were in good hands. Odd that you thought it could be a mile to the town centre - Although we are on the fringes of town, we are still only 600 yds from the main pier. I guess it looks further on the map and it could be the many distractions on the walk that made it seem further - You certainly don't go anywhere in a hurry here. As you noted, there are construction noises and that is true just about anywhere there are people; we ourselves are even building new suites next-door. But we have an hourly-paid crew and we direct them to do quiet stuff or even stand by when our guests are in. Fortunately our neighbours do not have noisy dogs - or chickens so its really quiet at night (if you don't count sea-sounds and the odd sea-lion barking). All our best wishes go with you.
Sean & Maria-Elena
Best Choice Possible for a Novice Traveler
My 16 year old and I planned a trip to Ecuador to visit family outside of Quito. Since we were so close to Galapagos, we had to at least make a visit. I could only allot 3 of our 14 travel days to the islands. Island hopping/cruising wasn't an option due to budget/time constraints. Also, we speak no spanish other than "mustaza" (mustard) and "ojo" (ice). So, i needed a place to use as a home base with someone who spoke English that I could ask questions and get guidance. We knew no one on this island, and we aren't well-traveled. I booked this cold from VRBO using Paypal to pay for the rental.
I could not have asked for a better resource than Sean. He booked two tours for us (Highlands and Kicker Rock) picked us up at the airport, and called a taxi for us when we left. He was very unobtrusive but totally approachable and helpful in any way. And, the place! The view alone would have been enough reason to stay there, but the location is awesome. You could walk easily to several attractions...our favorite was Darwin Cove where you could snorkel yourself into exhaustion. We saw tons of cool stuff there including 3 sea turtles. Playa Mann and the Interpretation Center are 200 meters away. Also, we walked to the malecon (boardwalk) every night for dinner and it was easy and scenic. IN fact, we easily walked everywhere we wanted to go except for the two tours. Totally safe...I let my daughter go to Playa Mann and the malecon by herself without worries. Loft is neat as a pin, and you can get a fabulous cross breeze from the screened doors and windows if you want to give the a/c a break. It wasn't 5 star by American standards, but it was perfect for us to make the most of the time we had and enjoy the beautiful water and wildlife offered there. It was a trip of a lifetime, and we could not have enjoyed it as much without Sean's help. Worth every dollar!! Many thanks from the Mississippi Delta!
The Galapagos Islands are famous for
• Fascinating and fearless creatures found nowhere else on Earth;
• Out of this world landscapes;
• Crystal waters, teeming with life;
• World renowned diving destinations;
• World-class surf and;
• Fantastic Fishing ;
Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal's main port) is the provincial capital and seat of local government - It features the province's best hospital, an airport right on the edge of town and the archipelago's only naturally occurring fresh water. At the same time it is unspoilt, with crystal clear waters and public access along the entire waterfront.
San Cristobal offers the archipelago's best surf, all the best offshore fishing banks and the best diving south of Darwin and Wolf islands (which are 200 miles north and accessible only by cruise).