I've been longing to go to the beach and I don't get to go until May, so for this week's Travel Tuesday post, I thought I'd do a recap of my time in Viña del Mar.
Viña is Chile's fourth-largest city and is part of the Valparaiso region. As you can probably already tell, it's also a very popular beach destination during the summer. It was definitely the the busiest place I visited during my trip. I was surprised, but I actually really enjoyed how bustling the city was. It seemed like everyone was a tourist!
What did surprise me about it was that even though everyone heads to Viña for the beaches, very few people actually go into the water because it's too cold and the waves are usually pretty rough. The views of the ocean are stunning, though, and the weather was fantastic, so even though swimming seemed reserved for pools, the beach itself was packed. The whole city had a very social vibe to it, almost like Miami.
There were a ton of souvenir stands strung along the beach and everything was so cheap that even if you're terrible at haggling like I am you'll still manage to get a good deal.
Best of all, Viña has a Starbucks so you can really complete the whole tourist experience. This was towards the end of our trip, so one sip of a dulce de leche latte was enough to keep my homesickness at bay! Actually, dulce de leche everything had me seriously considering emigrating. Every time I'm in a Latin American/Caribbean country I load up on it.
Beach towns are always relaxing and this one wasn't an exception - we ate, laughed, danced, fed stray dogs, slept in, and eventually headed to the beach to watch the sunset. We went to Viña right after Patagonia and it was the perfect pitstop for us to recover from trekking. I just wish it had been more disappointing - I can't head to the beach for two months, and looking through these photos has me regretting every trip I planned for this month. Who needs cities when you can lay out on the sand, instead?
I'm sure no one was surprised that this Travel Tuesday post was set in Chile. I've been editing hundreds of photos of penguins, Patagonia, and wine so we're almost done with the recaps! And just in time, too, since I head to Montreal in two weeks. Where are you going for spring break?