After spending a week in the desert we thought it was time to see some of Chile’s gorgeous beaches. So we headed straight for the coastline west of Santiago – Viña Del Mar.
Viña Del Mar is a somewhat resorty and way-less-sketchy-than-neighboring-Valparaiso beach town. The gorgeous sunset views from our Airbnb were unparalleled. The apartment also came with a heated indoor and outdoor pool, and was a short 5 minute drive to the beach.
Although we had planned to see Valparaiso while here, we decided against it. After reading countless stories of people getting mugged in broad daylight at even the “safest” areas of the city, we thought it best we stick to the beaches.
Since it was low season, we were able to enjoy long stretches of beaches pretty much all to ourselves.
It was too cold to swim, but the girls enjoyed themselves nonetheless.
We also found time to take some fun aerial shots. Danny happened to catch the split second where Toddler was holding my hand before she ran off.
Note to self: do not fly drone with stray beach dogs around 🤦♀️ Danny had to pull some fancy parkour maneuvers to climb onto rocks and catch the drone midair before the dogs got to it.
Conveniently enough, our apartment also happened to be just a short walk away from the Concon Dunes. So much for leaving the desert behind 🙈
The dunes are sandwiched right between two cities on the Pacific coast of Chile. Once again, our toddler (lover of all things sandy) didn’t want to leave. We had such a blast that we ended up coming back twice 😬
Sunset on the dunes made for some phenomenal views.
Beach time over!
Next Up: Penguins!