120 km (74 miles) NW of Santiago; 8 km (5 miles) N of Valparaíso
Viña del Mar is one of Chile's most fashionable beach
resorts and a great place to take a vacation if you want go to
the beach and relax. The town was founded in 1874 as a weekend
retreat and garden residence for the wealthy elite from Valparaíso
and Santiago, and it has remained a top beach destination for
Santiaguinos ever since. Most simply call the city "Viña"
The sight of Viña del Mar's attractive homes, manicured
lawns, and golden beaches dotted with colourful surfboards is
something of a contrast to the ramshackle streets of Valparaíso.
There are plenty of fine beaches here.
Viña del Mar is a wonderfully relaxing place to spend a
The city is divided into two sectors: the downtown and the beach-front
Several downtown locations are desirable for their proximity to
the lush Quaint Verger Park and shops, but it's about a 15-minute
walk to the beach from here. The beach area is better suited for
tourists, with plenty of hotels and restaurants.
See what they have to offer. Bed and Breakfast My Father's
House offers peaceful, quiet lodgings with breakfast at the
hour of your choice and amazing view of the whole bay area , while
only a short distance from Vina's center. Hotel Monterilla in Vina del
Mar, cosy and friendly and within walking distance of the Casino
and many fine restaurants, comes highly recommended or the nearby
Gala hotel which also has
facilities for events. You can also take day trips from there
to Valparaiso which is just a few minutes away by vehicle..
One of the most famous beaches in Chile is also in the area; Reñaca
Beach is visited by people from all over the world especially
in the Chilean summer months which are November, December, January,
Febuary and March.
Please click hear for more info Valparaiso,
the neighboring town of Vina del Mar.