Colorful hills, a maze of staircases and a thriving street art scene
Chile’s breathtaking coastline offers spectacular views of crashing waves, jagged landscapes, and smooth white sand beaches. Anchored by the affluent resort city Viña del Mar and the historic port of Valparaíso – declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural and cultural importance – a number of charming beach towns spread to the north and south. One must-see is Isla Negra, where Pablo Neruda’s former home looks out to sea and provides a snapshot into the life and mind of Chile’s most beloved poet. All along the coast, elegant homes and hotels are nestled into the hills, and a number of excellent restaurants serve some of the best seafood you’ll ever taste.
- The beauty of this coastal town is that there really is no best time to go. You can enjoy the full experience (street art, museums, culinary experiences) all year long.