The Central Coast Travel Guide


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Plan Your The Central Coast Vacation

Most people head to the Central Coast for a single reason: the beaches. Yes, some may be drawn by the rough grandeur of the windswept coastline, with its rocky islets inhabited by sea lions and penguins, but those in search of nature generally head south to Chiloé and Patagonia or north to the Atacama Desert. Yet this stretch of coastline west of Santiago has much more than sun and surf.


The Central Coast Hotels

Because the central beach resorts were developed by and for the Santiago families who summer here, they are dominated by vacation homes and more


The Central Coast Restaurants

Dining is one of the great pleasures of visiting the Central Coast. It's not rare to see fishermen bringing the day's catch straight to the more

Things To Do

Things To Do in The Central Coast

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


The Central Coast Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Riding the ascensores: Valparaíso's steep hills are smoothed out a bit by the ascensores, or funiculars, that shuttle locals between their jobs... Read more

  • Chilean Coastal Cuisine

    "In the turbulent sea of Chile lives the golden conger eel," wrote Chilean poet Pablo Neruda in a simple verse that leaves the real poetry for... Read more

  • Neruda's Inspiration

    First of all, let's clear up one thing: Isla Negra may mean "Black Island," but this little stretch of rugged coastline is not black, and it... Read more


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