Stretching along the city’s coastline up until neighboring Coquimbo, this sandy city beach is La Serena’s star attraction and a popular spot for families, surfers, and couples, who come to enjoy the great views over the bay at sunset. Like many city beaches, though, it suffers from mild trash problems in parts and is overrun with tourists during the summer high season. The large waves favored by surfers also mean swimming is prohibited in places. Amenities:
food and drink; lifeguards (summer only); parking (fee); toilets. Best for: walking; sunset; surfing.
La Serena, Chile