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The Bitcoin Beach Wallet: A Success Story

The Bitcoin Beach Wallet is helping bring the vision of a sustainable Bitcoin economy to fruition.

Galoy’s Mike Peterson on stage at the Adopting Bitcoin conference discussing bootstrapping the Bitcoin Beach project in El Salvador
A welcome sign at Bitcoin Beach, with directions to Hope House, Bitcoin Beach, Zontenos, Strike, and more

A community bank, built on Bitcoin and Lightning

Bitcoin Beach is an initiative designed to create a sustainable Bitcoin economy – utilizing the Lightning Network. The project is based in El Zonte, a town of roughly 3,000 residents on the Pacific Coast of El Salvador.

The Bitcoin Beach Wallet is the first implementation of Galoy software. It was designed as an open source Bitcoin-based community banking solution to meet the needs of the merchants and community members in El Zonte.

Shared custody

Double entry accounting ledger

Resilient architecture built with Kubernetes

Download the Bitcoin Beach Wallet from Google Play and Apple app stores. (not available in the US)

An Open Source Core Banking Proof of Concept

The Bitcoin Beach pilot project is the first step in our B2B strategy to support any company or community to self-organize as their own bank.


The app makes it easy to pay via Bitcoin address, Lightning invoice or individual username.

BTC/USD Support

It provides a unified balance of BTC and Lightning Network, showing your balance in both USD and sats.

Transaction History

A transaction log displays a history of payments between users.

Vendor Map

The mobile friendly map displays all local businesses that accept Lightning payments.

Phones displaying the Bitcoin Beach app, showing current account balances in Sats and Dollars
A large, orange Bitcoin sign off of Bitcoin Beach in El Salvador

Read the Step-By-Step Guide for Community Adoption

Galoy shares lessons learned from building the Bitcoin Beach Wallet on the ground in El Salvador.

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Whether you're an organization looking to plug into the Lightning network or an open source contributor seeking to build a better financial system, we'd love to hear from you.