Bahía Inglesa: White sand and turquoise sea
Many people believe that these warm-water beaches are some of the best throughout Chile's extensive coastline.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Bahia Inglesa (Photo: Sernatur)
Caldera's coastline offers long and solitary beaches with white sand and turquoise sea, sunny weather every day and warmer water. One of the most famous is perhaps Bahía Inglesa.
These used to be Chile's northern border and home to the country's first railway back in the 19th century. Especially popular in the summertime, these are part of the best beach circuit in northern Chile. Caldera and Bahía Inglesa, twin towns, are the ideal starting point for enjoying miles of sand just waiting for sunbathers.
The most important summer vacation destination in the Atacama Region, Caldera is a booming mining and fishing port. Scores of beautiful and uncrowded beaches are the city's main treasure.
The city is located 75 kilometers northeast of Copiapó and 882 kilometers north of Santiago. Bahía Inglesa, in turn, is just 5 kilometers away from Caldera and both cities are joined by a fabulous bike lane inviting cyclists to get out and enjoy the area.
Caldera still showcases some of its 19th century architectural heritage, while Bahía Inglesa is the modern side of the coin, with a wide variety of lodging options catering to all pocketbooks. Seafood cuisine is a major attraction in both cities. The food stands close to Caldera port or along the Bahía Inglesa coastal highway are not to be missed. These towns are interconnected by the Coast Highway which runs between at least three large bays featuring attractive beaches and amenities.
North of Caldera
Flamenco, Rodillo, Granito, Las Machas, Los Patos, Obispito, Blanca, Brava, Ramada and El Caleuche beaches with impressive landscape.
La Piscina, Blanca and El Chuncho beaches with crystal-clear water.
South of Bahía Inglesa
Bahía Cisnes, a beach located 27 kilometers from the old Puerto Inglés. This leads to Puerto Viejo, a beautiful beach and the first port settlement in Copiapó. Most visitors agree that the best beach in the area, and perhaps the best beach in Chile, is La Virgen, just a few kilometers from Puerto Viejo. There are cabins, campsites and a restaurant at this beach.