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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).
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:
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.
Valparaiso doesn't have commercial flights, the nearest option is the airport of Santiago de Chile, about 2 hours away.
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.
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).
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.
Most of Vina del Mar is easily explored on foot and beaches are not far away either. If not, take a bike or taxi.
|Casa del Sol Bed and Breakfast||Romero 375||Guesthouse||86|
|Che Lagarto Hostel Viña del Mar||Diego Portales 131||Hostel||79|
|Gisela & Carlos house||Entrar Por Avenida Las Mercedes 203||Guesthouse||92|
|Hostal Reloj de Flores B&B||Los Banos 70, Caleta Abarca||Guesthouse||87|
|Hotel Rokamar||Viana 107, with Von Schroeders||Hotel||85|
|Little Castle||Vista Hermosa 166 Cerro Castillo||Guesthouse||89|
|Kalagen Hostel||Valparaiso 618||HOSTEL||78|
|Hostal Vista Hermosa 26||Vista hermosa 26||Guesthouse||89|
|Hospedajes Mirta||San Miguel 242 Las Colinas||Guesthouse||90|
|Hostal Limonares||Av. Limonares 105||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostal Bastos||Diego Portales 23||HOSTEL||84|
|Hostal Magnolio||Avda San Martin Psje Montt 6||Guesthouse||-|
|Posada BellaMare||Bellavista 740||Hotel||-|
|Casoina de Chorrillos||Pasaje Portugal 75||Guesthouse||85|
|Residencial Jaguar Hostal||Calle Dos Poniente 333 Casa 12||GUESTHOUSE||91|
See also International Telephone Calls
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.
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