Chile is known around the world for its extreme natural landscapes. The snow of the Andes Mountains and the forests of Patagonia are two of the landscapes that foreigners visit the most. However, with 4,000 km of coastline, the country has beach towns galore and in a variety of natural landscapes: from the arid coast of the Atacama Desert to the Mediterranean climate of the Norte Chico, and including the tropical airs of Polynesia.
Here we present you with a selection of the eight best Chilean beaches, from north to south, so you can enjoy their white sands and crystalline waters with the special enchantment of the Pacific Ocean.
Located 85 km north of the city of Antofagasta and 36 from Mejillones, this beach town has two main beaches: Los Hornos and Punta Hornos. It owes its name (“oven”) to the very high temperatures that its white sands acquire (average 28ºC). In addition to enjoying its pleasant sands, you can also sight sea tortoises in this area. You can stay in the municipal campgrounds located at the north end of the beach.
This beach town is situated 44 km south of Taltal, in the Antofagasta Region and has all the conditions to become a major tourist center. Its extended beach with crystalline waters and gentle waves, together with its light sands, is good for swimming and also fishing from the beach and practicing other water sports. You can also enjoy the delicious and fresh fish and seafood caught by the fishermen who use the small fishing cove in the area. You can either camp there or sleep in the city of Taltal or nearby hostels or cabins.
Ideal for a family trip, this beach is located 35 km south of Bahía Inglesa, in the Atacama Region. Its white sands and turquoise waters make it the perfect place for those who seek peace and quiet in the midst of a beautiful landscape. There are toilets, shows, lifeguards and restaurants and you have to take an 8 km road to get there. In addition, it has impressive dune fields near the coast that are very attractive for engaging in activities like sandboarding and the use of 4×4 vehicles.
If we’re talking about paradisiacal landscapes, then this beach is special. Suffice it to say that it is located on Easter Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and has calm waters at an ideal temperature. The beautiful scenery of hills, palm trees and moais create a unique atmosphere to relax. It is 18 km from the city of Hanga Roa, the main settlement on the island, meaning that you can get there by car, motorcycle, or bicycle. It takes about two hours in this latter form of transport, so if you are inclined toward that option it is best that you be in good physical shape.
They say that this beach is the Rapa Nui people’s favorite because it is not as trendy and massive as Anakena. But it’s also a good choice for tourists, as its fine pink sand and turquoise water cannot go unnoticed. However, this beach is half an hour from Hanga Roa and is not recommended for children because of the strong tides.
Located on Isla Dama, opposite Punta de Choros, 114 km northeast of La Serena and part of the National Humboldt Penguin Reserve, this beach is ideal for relaxing in its clear and calm waters. In addition, it is perfect for nature lovers, since you can dive and get a clear view of the marine ecosystem. It should be noted that Chilean coasts have the largest concentration of fish in the world, meaning that swimming in its waters is a unique experience.
This beach’s white sands and emerald waters are part of a small and very beautiful peninsula located 15 km south of Coquimbo. In addition to going for a relaxing swim in its waters, other activities you can engage in are fishing, recreational diving, and surfing. You can camp or choose cabins for couples in the area, where there are also restaurants and other facilities.
Located between Tongoyand Guanaqueros, this 500-meter-long beach is known as a favorite among the area’s families and one of the most beautiful in the Coquimbo Region. You can go diving and fish from the beach as well as swimming in its waters. The Playa Blanca campsite is a good place to spend the night is and there are also cabins.
It should be noted that Chilean tourism has been operating under perfect conditions since the earthquake that hit the central-southern parts of the country, as the vast majority of its most visited destinations are basically intact. In fact, only two of the country’s regions suffered major impacts from the earthquake.