With 4,300 kilometers of coastline and a large number of islands, Chile has plenty to offer when it comes to beaches and resorts.
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If you simply want to spread out your towel and enjoy the sun, then the warmer weather of Chile’s northern regions are perfect for you. Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Copiapó, La Serena and Coquimbo have warm-water beaches, bringing down the myth that only cold Pacific waters reach the Chilean coast.
The central cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar have lively beaches with bigger waves, like those found at Reñaca. There are also more peaceful options, such as Algarrobo, Concón and Zapallar. Chile’s surfing epicenter is Pichilemu.
Southern Chile is home to more rustic beaches, with enormous forests providing the backdrop. The waters are cold and wild, and the sand is darker. You’ll find good examples of this on the outskirts of Valdivia and Chiloé and in Patagonia. There are also hundreds of lakeside beaches, such as those on Lake Villarrica (in Villarrica and Pucón). Along with the beaches at Lakes Ranco, Rupanco and Puyehue, they offer fun nautical outings and 100 percent natural relaxation.
But the star attraction remains Anakena Beach on Easter Island. It combines tranquil waters and perfect temperatures, complete with palm trees and view of the mysterious Moai statues.