Viña del Mar...
The city of gardens

Acapulco beach. Vina del Mar, Chile
Acapulco Beach. Vina del Mar - © Luis Sandoval Mandujano/Istockphoto

One of the Chile attractions you shouldn't miss is Vina del Mar.

It's Chile's top seaside resort, considered the capital of Chilean tourism and often called the Chile's Riviera.

Close to Santiago (120km/74 miles) and Valparaiso (a mere 8km/5 miles) away, it's the perfect introduction to Chile's most important tourist destinations you are just about to discover, being Easter Island (well into de Pacific ocean), Trorres del Paine (in the far South) and Atacama desert (in the far North), first and foremost places for nature and adventure lovers.

Viña was developed back in the 1870s and soon became a favorite summer retreat for well-to-do Chileans. Today is Chile's most luxurious resort town- 4th. largest city in the country.
Traces of its colonial past are best enjoyed if you take a horse-drawn carriage for a romantic ride along Victoria street.

"Vineyard of the Sea" (Vina del Mar) is also known as "Garden City" (Ciudad Jardin) for its profusion of gardens and flowers everywhere benefited for its Mediterranean weather - visit the Clock of Flowers, for instance - a clock face created with seasonal flowers.

Viña del Mar Attractions:

  • Fine Arts Museum
  • Municipal Theater
  • Museum of Archaeology and Natural History Francisco Fonck
  • Cultural Center of Viña del Mar
  • Botanic Garden
  • Vergara Pier
  • Municipal Casino
  • Flower Clock

A long standing tradition is to watch the sunrise in the beaches of the city. And talking about beaches, let's mention some of the most important ones...

  • Acapulco
  • Mirasol
  • Los Marineros
  • Las Salinas
  • Mirasol
  • Cochoa
  • Caleta Abarca
  • Negra and Amarilla beaches

Nearby beaches include...

Beach front. Vina del Mar, Chile
Viña del Mar. Chile - © Luis Sandoval Mandujano/Istockphoto

Viña del Mar has a rich nightlife that caters for youngers as well as older people, from discos, piano bars and coffee places to cabarets and a world-class casino. Besides, nearby Valparaiso offers more options for bohemians and night lovers. Try some seafood restaurants by the old town as well.

Best time to visit is summertime - December to March - when you will witness to major yearly events...

How to Get There:

Very easy access from Santiago through Route 68 (1,5 hours away). There are daily buses to/from Santiago and Antonio Benitez International Airport. You can reach Viña del Mar through the sea as there are a number of cruises stopping at Valparaiso, only 8 km away.

If coming from Argentina, "Los Libertadores" pass through the Andes mountains is only 213 km distance.

Where to Stay:

Viña offers a huge variety of hotels, from budget to 5 stars accommodation...

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