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Vina del Mar

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Introduction

Vina Del Mar

Vina Del Mar

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Vina del Mar is Chile's premier beach resort and is located along the coast of the Pacific Ocean in central Chile. It's part of Greater Valparaiso which is the third biggest metropolitan area in the country. Vina del Mar itself, after Valparaiso, is the fourth largest city in Chile with around 300,000 inhabitants. It's popularly known as the Ciudad Jardín (Garden City).

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Sights and Activities

In general, many people like the clean nature of Vina del Mar, compared to many other cities in the country, including big neighbour Valparaiso. Among the attractions are:

  • Beaches including Reñaca, Las Salinas, Miramar, Casino etc.
  • Treelined boulevards
  • Parks and fountains
  • The casino, the oldest, biggest and most visited of Chile, designed in art deco style.
  • Quinta Vergara, this amphiteatre is the site of the world-famous Vina del Mar International Song Festival held during 6 nights every Fabruary.
  • Jardin Botanico: a natural reserve.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Vina del Mar has a subtropical climate. Summers last from November to March, when it's mostly between 22 and 27 degrees Celsius during the day and pleasantly warm nights. Winters last from June to September when it's still mild, 14 to 18 degrees Celsius or even more, but nights become rather chilly with around 10 degrees Celsius. This is also the wettest time of year (with around 100mm a month in June and July!), summers are almost completely dry.

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Getting There

By Plane

Valparaiso doesn't have commercial flights, the nearest option is the airport of Santiago de Chile, about 2 hours away.

By Train

Metro Valparaiso offers commuter trains to neighbouring municipalities like Valparaiso.

By Car

With a rental car you can drive easily between Santiago and Vina del Mar, via Valparaiso along Ruta 68 in about an hour or a little more during busy traffic times.

By Bus

Regular buses connect Vina del mar with Santiago (1,5 hours), Valparaiso and many other cities in the country. To Valparaiso, you can also take a shared taxi. It's just a short drive away.
La Serena is about 7 hours away, while travelling to Mendoza in Argentina takes about 12 hours (roads might be closed in winter).

By Boat

There are no passenger services, though you might be able to catch a berth on a cruiseliner or cargoship from neighbouring Valparaiso. Cruises are mainly during the summer season.

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Getting Around

By Foot

Most of Vina del Mar is easily explored on foot and beaches are not far away either. If not, take a bike or taxi.

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Eat

  • Cafe Journal is highly recommended for its lunch menu. Good value.

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Drink

  • Cafe Journal is very popular among university students and young travellers.

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Sleep

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Casa del Sol Bed and BreakfastRomero 375Guesthouse-
Che Lagarto Hostel Viña del MarDiego Portales 131Hostel82
Gisela & Carlos houseEntrar Por Avenida Las Mercedes 203Guesthouse93
Hostal Reloj de Flores B&BLos Banos 70, Caleta AbarcaGuesthouse-
Hotel RokamarViana 107, with Von SchroedersHotel-
Little CastleVista Hermosa 166 Cerro CastilloGuesthouse87
Kalagen HostelValparaiso 618HOSTEL77
Hostal Vista Hermosa 26Vista hermosa 26Guesthouse91
Hospedajes MirtaSan Miguel 242 Las ColinasGuesthouse92
Hostal LimonaresAv. Limonares 105Guesthouse-
Hostal BastosDiego Portales 23HOSTEL-
Hostal MagnolioAvda San Martin Psje Montt 6Guesthouse-
Posada BellaMareBellavista 740Hotel-
Casoina de ChorrillosPasaje Portugal 75Guesthouse87
Residencial Jaguar HostalCalle Dos Poniente 333 Casa 12GUESTHOUSE89
Reñaca Beach HostelEmiliano Figueroa 15019 Reñaca, Vina del MarHOSTEL-
Casona EspañolaJackson 531HOSTEL-
Green Star HostelTres Poniente 369, Viña del MarHOSTEL-
Hostal LimonaresAvenida Limonares 105Hostel-
B&B CasaMoroChorrillos 399 RecreoGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are cybercafes in every major and midsize city and at all tourist destinations. Some libraries are in a program called Biblioredes, with free computers and Internet. Wifi is getting more and more common. They're usually in metro stations, airports, malls, cafes, public buildings and several public spaces. Check for the ones that say gratis - for free. McDonald's and Starbucks are chains which almost always have free wifi.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Chile is: 56. To make an international call from Chile, the code is: 00. Emergency phone numbers include 131 (Ambulance), 132 (Fire) and 133 (Police).

Public phones located on streets are very likely to be tampered or vandalized, so it's better to use a phone located inside a commerce or a station. Prepaid cards for mobile phones and public phones are sold at most newspaper kiosks, supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies and phone dealers. Mobile GSM networks are ubiquitous in all major cities and most of the territory of central and southern Chile. A basic prepaid cellular phone usually costs about 15,000 pesos, most frequently charged with 10,000 pesos worth of prepaid minutes. No ID is required to buy a prepaid phone. GSM SIM cards from ENTEL, Movistar or Claro are usually available for 5,000 pesos, but without credit, so you'll need to buy some prepaid minutes to be able to call. Money can be charged into a cellphone from some pharmacies (Ahumada, Cruz Verde and Salco Brand) on the counter and in cash, or by using a credit card through an automated service operator, with directions in Spanish or English.

Post

Correos de Chile is the national postal service, and although relatively slow it is reliable with post offices throughout the country. On the website you can find more information about prices to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. Post offices are generally open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturday until 2:00pm, although there are sometimes longer opening hours in the bigger central post offices and shorter ones in small places. Ask around. If you want to send packages internationally, you might consider companies like DHL, TNT or UPS, which are fast, reliable and usually competitively priced as well.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -33.0253832
  • Longitude: -71.5146942

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