We can arrange a stay at Zapallar pre or post the rest of your South-American travel itinerary and we will include the transfer in and out as well as a nice boutique hotel. We suggest a minimum of 2 nights, but 3 or more would be better in order to relax properly.
Zapallar is 181km north-east of Santiago by road and 75km north of Vina del Mar. We tried to keep this place a secret, but it has now, unfortunately, been “discovered”. It comprises a very small bay with sandy beach, a simple village and two beach side restaurants – one is known for its fish menu and the other for a more general menu. The fish one is called “Chiringuito’s” situated right next to the sea with views to the fishing boats and back to Zapallar beach. Unfortunately, due to commercial greed the owner has made the big mistake of modernizing it and this has resulted in a loss of much of the charm and magic it once had. It is, however, firmly ensconced on the “must go to” restaurants by the rich and famous and also now quite expensive. There are still the simple wooden tables, parasols, and the old fishing boat forming the bar. The hills in Zapallar that back up from the beach are wooded and interspersed with large houses, owned by wealthy Chileans as weekend and summer retreats. On a sunny day it is “World Class”.
You need to arrive and depart from Santiago airport and from here the drive time is about 2.5hrs.
The main beach, foot paths in the woods and beside the sea, Chiringuito´s sea-food restaurant.
Summer months (Dec, Jan, Feb) shorts, short-sleved shirts, but for cool evenings and nights always bring a sweater and long pants. Sun-screen cream, hat and sun glasses. Bathing suit.
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Zapallar is a tiny, up-market coastal village offering a higher-end experience on Chile´s Pacific coast.