The Most Beautiful Beaches in Chile

Pan de Azucar National Park sees the starkness of the Atacama desert rub up against the mighty Pacific Ocean
Pan de Azucar National Park sees the starkness of the Atacama desert rub up against the mighty Pacific Ocean | © Erlantz Perez Rodriguez / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Lucy Pierce
24 May 2021

With an enormous 4,270km (2,653mi) of coastline, Chile boasts an embarrassment of beautiful beaches. Though not tropical in the same way as nearby Brazil and Colombia, Chile nonetheless offers some gorgeous stretches of sand for every type of traveler. Here are some of the very best.

Bahía Inglesa

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Bahia Inglesa, a relaxed beach town, Caldera, Chile
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This place is perfect for people who want to relax, as well as those who love to engage in water sports, whether it’s sailing, surfing, windsurfing or kayaking. Once you’ve exhausted yourself, there’s no place more beautiful than here to bask in the sun on the shining white sand. What’s more, the sea is warm, and due to its northern location, the summer is longer than in the south.

Playa Anakena

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Easter Island - Anakena Beach. Image shot 05/2009. Exact date unknown.
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In the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Easter Island spoils visitors with its pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters that are the perfect location for both relaxing and diving. Surrounding the beach are coconut trees and moai statues, whipping up a real tropical ambiance.

Punta de Choros, La Serena

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Not far from La Serena is Punta de Choros, known primarily as a great place to see marine wildlife within the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, which consists of the islands Gaviota, Choros and Damas. In addition, it’s said that it’s the best place to dive in Chile, with a variety of biodiversity and good visibility.

Playa del Cole Cole, Chiloe

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You can find Cole Cole beach in the Chiloe National Park. This long stretch of beach has golden sand, but beware, the water is freezing cold. Walking along the beach is extremely peaceful, surrounded by hills covered in shrubbery. Climb up to the viewpoint and look back over the stunning scenery.

These recommendations were updated on May 24, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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