Best Beaches In & Around Viña del Mar

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  • 1. Vina del Mar

    Vina del Mar

    Travel time from Viña del Mar: approx 0.5 hrs

    The coastal resort of Viña del Mar is home to a number of Chile's best beaches. Within easy reach of the capital, Santiago, Viña del Mar is a popular spot for weekends and the summer break when it really comes to life.

    The weather in Viña del Mar is often described as Mediterranean, meaning it is generally warm and dry. However, this does not extend to the ocean which is… read more »

  • 2. Playa Reñaca

    Playa Reñaca
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    Travel time from Viña del Mar: approx 0.5 hrs

    The city beach of Playa Reñaca is a place for fun. It has fantastic parties, crowds, and a lot of fun activities. This is a tourist hot spot in the north of Chile, and lives up to its other name of "Long beach", being a long stretch of fine golden sand. In fact the beach is divided into six sectors, all with soft sand and warm waters.

    The backdrop to the… read more »

  • 3. Playa Caleta Abarca

    Playa Caleta Abarca
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    Travel time from Viña del Mar: approx 0.5 hrs

    Caleta Abarca is a good-sized sandy beach located to the south of Viña del Mar city center. This is one of the most popular beaches in the Valparaíso region and is the place to be in the summer. Both the beach and the walkway above the beach are a hive of activity with plenty of stores, restaurants, and cafes

    The bay in which Playa Caleta Abarca lies rises up to the… read more »

  • 4. Playa Laguna Verde

    Playa Laguna Verde
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    Travel time from Viña del Mar: approx 0.5 hrs

    This beach is located about 10 km to the south of Valparaiso, and features an incredible green lagoon (the Laguna Verde) surrounded by a long stretch of white sands and tall cliffs. It is a popular spot for people who want to relax on the beach or take a swim in the Pacific waters. This is a stunning location, and it is well worth the trip.

    Playa Laguna Verde is… read more »

  • 5. Playa Tunquén

    Playa Tunquén

    Travel time from Viña del Mar: approx 0.5 hrs

    Despite being within day trip distance of Valparaiso the beach at Tunquén is still relatively undeveloped and retains its wild character, unlike virtually any other in the region. This is a good-sized beach measuring around 2km in length and even if it ever did get busy (which it doesn't) there would be plenty of space to avoid the crowds.

    Behind the beach is an area of dunes and a number of homes -… read more »

  • 6. Zapallar

    Zapallar
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    Travel time from Viña del Mar: approx 1 hr

    The small town of Zapallar is located on Chile's Central Coast a few hours drive north of the capital, Santiago. This is where Chile's wealthy and famous like to spend a weekend by the sea in any one of the fabulous old villas which cling to the hillside overlooking the beach. As a result visitors are particularly well catered for with some good shops and cafes. The town has something… read more »

  • 7. Playa El Canelillo

    Playa El Canelillo
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    Travel time from Viña del Mar: approx 1 hr

    With its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Playa El Canelillo is a beautiful slice of paradise for relaxing. The water is generally calm, so you can enjoy a swim in the shallow waters. It can be a little chilly (!) though. Given this is such a lovely beach it can get busy here during the summer months.

    To the back of the beach is a large area of pine forest… read more »

  • 8. Isla Negra

    Isla Negra
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    Travel time from Viña del Mar: approx 1 hr

    Situated around 70 kilometres south of Valparaiso is Isla Negra. Translated as "black island" this is somewhat misleading as it is not in fact an island at all. The name actually comes from an outcrop of dark rocks on the beach.

    Much of what you will hear about Isla Negra relates to its most famous formere resident, the Nobel Prize-winning poet and politician Pablo Neruda. It was in fact he who… read more »