South America's Top 50+ Beaches

  • Playa Caleta Abarca // Chile

    Playa Caleta Abarca
    © Christian Córdova / CC BY

    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

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  • 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 »

  • Playa La Virgen // Chile

    Playa La Virgen
    Camila Cociña

    Set among the earthy hues of the expansive Atacama Desert is Playa La Virgen, an oasis of color with its white sand and turquoise waters. This secluded beach gets its name from a nearby rock formation that is said to resemble the Virgin Mary. In fact the locals believe that the Virgin Mary protects the area.

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  • Playa Cole Cole // Chile

    Playa Cole Cole
    Yiyo Zamorano

    Playa Cole Cole is a beach that very few visitors ever make it to because it is hidden away in the Chiloe National Park and bordered by jungle. It is difficult to access this spot, so visitors often plan to spend the night on a tent on the beach and return the following day. With its long crescent of pristine,… read more »

  • Playa Laguna Verde // Chile

    Playa Laguna Verde
    Cynthya Silva Cabrera

    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… read more »

  • Copacabana Beach // Brazil

    Copacabana Beach
    © Paulo Duarte

    Perhaps the world's most famous length of coastline, Copacabana Beach lies to the south of central Rio de Janeiro. Lined with the restaurants, bars, shops, and high-rise homes of Avenida Atlantica's wavy black and white paving, Copacabana Beach continues on for no less than four kilometres of sun-drenched sands.

    The beach is demarked by historic forts at either end, with individual… read more »