Fog lifting over Vina del Mar beach
Vina del Mar is a popular beach resort ninety minutes from Santiago, and just north of Valparaiso. In fact they are so close, we even walked the 5+ miles one grey day (locals thought we were crazy).
The main drag, northern end of Vina where the beach areas get a bit more swanky.
Most of the walk is along a very busy road, and a bit unnerving, due to the buses that come screaming by, but we enjoyed getting some exercise, had lunch at the fish market midway, and really got a feel for the area – just another of our non-touristy days!
Nice beaches for a tanning fix, but nothing special if you are from California.
Freighters can be seen crossing the bay in transit from the busy port in Valparaiso
Our plan was to stay in Vina for 2 nights, to relax on the beach, then move over to Valparaiso. Our hotel in Vina was the Cap Ducal, designed to look like a cruise ship. It was an experience – the staff was very nice, the restaurant good and the rooms were, well… funky, musty-smelling, 1980’s with a killer view, all for $120 a night, (which is not bad for Vina in high season.)
The view was definitely the best thing about the room!
It felt like you were on a ghost ship from the 50’s – we never saw another guest in the hall, but the hotel said they were full!
The view from the bed made up for the squishy mattress!
After the bright sunshine and balmy nights in Santiago, we were not prepared for cool, foggy weather in Vina, so our plan to lounge on the beach was replaced by a lot of walking and munching.
Happy Hour overlooking the promenade
Romantic dinner ‘aboard’ the Cap Ducal
We were however very lucky with our timing, as we had spectacular views of the moon over the Pacific every night of our stay at the coast. Continue reading →