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Panoramic view of the coastline in Vina del Mar, Chile

Between Beaches and Vineyards!

For all lovers of the ocean, the Chilean sea beckons!

It is an unmissable getaway from the city (Santiago). The central coast is a 90-kilometer network that encompasses some of the most beautiful beaches in Chile. Access from Santiago is easy via Route 5. The road is well paved, clean, and has beautiful landscapes to delight you while you begin your adventure to the most exclusive beaches of the central coast.

 While there are many beautiful beaches to talk about, Zapallar is a standout with its crystal clear and turquoise Pacific waters and amazing view of its mountain that will truly amaze.

Its beaches offer a myriad of activities from sunbathing, and swimming, to nature walks, hang gliding to eating fresh seafood and observing historical and contemporary architecture.

A walking pathway along the ocean side offers a quiet appreciation of rock formations, architecture and houses built high in the mountains.

In the middle of Zapallar beach, there are several excellent restaurants offering the best shellfish from the Chilean sea. A typical menu consists of traditional dishes from the Chilean sea such as razor clams with parmesan, pil pil shrimp, oysters, sea urchins (only in season), ceviche, and fried conger eel. Waiters are lifelong employees and greet everyone as family. Take your pick of a table on the beach or slightly under cover – in either case you will eat while viewing majestic hills and the glorious blue Pacific Ocean. The sea breezes with the sound of the waves will accompany you while you enjoy your meal. Zapallar is worth visiting during any time of the year, be it summer or winter!

Houses on the hill in Zapallar village, Chile

Would you like to visit other beaches? Only 116 kilometers (approximately 1h22mins) from Santiago, among pine forests and trees, are located one of the main tourist attractions of Algarrobo, El Canelo and El Canelillo beaches. These wonderful beaches have fine white sand. They are characterized by their beauty, gentle waves, and family atmosphere. There is parking (paid) and spotless sanitary facilities with showers. El Canelo and El Canelillo are located between the Peñablanca Rock (to the south) and the Isla de los Pajaros Niños (to the north).

To get to the Peñablanca Rock Nature Sanctuary from El Canelo there is a beautiful path that borders the beach with a unique view. The Peñablanca rock is approximately 30 meters high and has a great diversity of faunal species. You can see species such as the Black Cormorant, Red-winged Cormorant, Pelican, Piquero and Dominican Gull, Guanay, Cahuil Gull, Curlew and Black Pilpilen. In 1982 it was declared a National Monument. It is the ideal place to enjoy a dream sunset as the sun seems hide and form part of the sea. The road from Santiago along Route 68 has the peculiarity that it crosses one of the most important wine-growing areas in Chile; “Casa Blanca”

The coast of Canelillo, Chile

Only in Chile it is possible to visit vineyards and then head off to a beautiful beach in a single day!

These are just some of the most beautiful beaches on the central coast.  There are many kilometers of coastline offering beautiful beaches Let Explore Chile Tours plan a day or weekend getaway to Chile’s remarkable beaches, wineries, and restaurants within the central coast.

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