With its white sand and crystal clear waters, Playa Blanca is one of the most beautiful beaches in Chile. Located in the little town of Tongoy, near Coquimbo, this picturesque crescent of sand is backed by hills. One of the most notable features is the huge sand dune at the northern end of the bay.
Being Chile, the water is fairly cold here, so this is not a great spot for swimming. However, there are other activities, and the hotels have swimming pools. In fact, Club Playa Blanca is right on the beach and has a pool overlooking the ocean. Cheaper accommodation options include a couple of campsites right on the beach.
Despite being quite remote Playa Blanca is a popular holiday spot with Chileans and there are plenty of good restaurants in the town. This remoteness makes it an ideal spot for star-gazing and if you enjoy this then make an excursion to the Observatorio Astronomico la Silla and the Cielo Sur Observatory.
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