The Beach Guide

South America's Top 100+ Beaches

  • Anakena // Chile

    Anakena
    © Jesse Kraft

    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… read more »

  • Zapallar // Chile

    Zapallar
    © David Zipper / CC BY

    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… read more »

  • Caleta Cóndor // Chile

    Caleta Cóndor
    © Jfbustos / CC BY

    Sitting at the mouth of the Río Cholguaco river in the Los Lagos region of Southern Chile is what is possibly the most stunning beach in the country. A crescent of bone white sand meets the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean, all backed by thick, lush forest. Caleta Cóndor certainly has the appearance of a paradisical tropical beach, however the temperature… read more »

  • Vina del Mar // Chile

    Vina del Mar

    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.… read more »

  • Ipanema Beach // Brazil

    Ipanema Beach
    © Ekaterina Belova

    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 never stopped anyone and Ipanema… read more »

  • Playa Tunquén // Chile

    Playa Tunquén

    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… read more »

  • Bahía Inglesa // Chile

    Bahía Inglesa

    Bahía Inglesa is a small resort village in the north of Chile with the Atacama desert to one side and the Pacific Ocean the other. There are a number of beaches in the immediate area but it is the stretch of beach directly in front of the village that is best known - and allegedly one of the most photographed… read more »

  • Baia do Sancho // Brazil

    Baia do Sancho
    © Erick Urrego

    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… read more »

  • Morro de São Paulo // Brazil

    Morro de São Paulo
    © Eric Schroeder

    On arriving at this idyllic island destination just south of the city of Salvador, first time visitors may well think that little can have changed since the mid-1530s. This is when colonial explorers first landed on the virgin beaches of Tinharé Island in Bahia and realised the enormous strategic importance it held for the region.

    Situated on the northeastern… read more »

  • Isla Damas // Chile

    Isla Damas

    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… read more »

  • Isla Negra // Chile

    Isla Negra
    © Robert Cutts / CC BY

    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… read more »