South America

Best beaches in South America

  • Anakena, Easter Island Jesse Kraft

    Anakena // Chile

    It's not often you get to mix up a day at the beach with a viewing of some of the world's most iconic archaeological monuments, but this is exactly what you get at Anakena beach on Easter Island. Anakena is home to a set of moai; these are the huge carved stone figureheads that Easter Island is famous for. The Ahu Nao-Nao stones at Anakena are a... read more »

  • Zapallar beach, Chile David Zipper / CC BY

    Zapallar // Chile

    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... read more »

  • Baia do Sancho, Fernando de Noranha Erick Urrego

    Baia do Sancho // Brazil

    The volcanic archipelago of Fernando de Noronha off the north eastern coast of Brazil is home to many fantastic beaches. However, it is Baia do Sancho that takes the crown of, not only the finest beach on the island, but possibly the best beach in Brazil. That's pretty good going considering there are well over 2,000 other great beaches in Brazil... read more »

  • Vina del Mar beach, Chile

    Vina del Mar // Chile

    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... read more »

  • Isla Damas beach, Chile

    Isla Damas // Chile

    The beaches on Isla Damas are quite unusual for Chile and you could be mistaken for thinking you had mistakenly landed on an island somewhere in the Mediterranean. The landscape is arid with low shrubs clinging to the sandy soil. There are two beaches on the island; La Poza and Las Tijeras both of which have fine white sand and clear turquoise... read more »

  • Ipanema Beach by night Ekaterina Belova

    Ipanema Beach // Brazil

    The mere mention of the name Ipanema Beach conjures thoughts of a perfect tropical setting, beautiful bronzed bodies, acres of powder-white sand and the alluring ocean blue. You won't be disappointed, except for the setting, because Rio’s southern latitude - just north of the Tropic of Capricorn - means it is merely sub-tropical. However, that... read more »

  • Tunquén beach - Chile

    Playa Tunquén // Chile

  • Caleta Cóndor beach - Chile Jfbustos / CC BY

    Caleta Cóndor // Chile

  • Playa El Canelillo - Chile Warko / CC BY

    Playa El Canelillo // Chile

  • Playa La Rinconada Municipalidad Antofagasta / CC BY

    Playa La Rinconada // Chile