Obviously Rio’s the regional pin-up – and Brazil has the lion’s share of beautiful South American beaches on our list. But cast your eye beyond and, from Peru to Venezuela, Colombia to Chile, you’ll find some stunning sandy stretches. Except for two landlocked countries, all nations on the continent boast breathtaking beaches – Atlantic, Pacific or Caribbean. Whether you’d like a quiet fishing village or a remote island – or if a party shore or vibrant surf town is more your (beach) bag – here we bring you the most beautiful beaches in the whole of South America.
Alex Robinson provided additional reporting to this article.