The Central Coast

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Central Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Casa-Museo Isla Negra

    Historic Home

    Perched on a bluff overlooking the sea, the house is a shrine to the life, work, and many passions of the Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Pablo...Read More

  • 2. Cerro Concepción


    Either walk up from Plaza Aníbal Pinto or ride the Ascensor Concepción to one of the most popular of Valparaíso's famous cerros (hills). The...Read More

  • 3. La Sebastiana

    Historic Home

    Tired of the frenetic pace of Santiago, poet Pablo Neruda longed for a calmer place overlooking the sea, and he found it here in the house that...Read More

  • 4. Museo de Bellas Artes

    Cerro Alegre | Historic Home

    The art nouveau Palacio Baburizza, built in 1916, houses the city's fine-arts museum. Former owner Pascual Baburizza donated this large collection...Read More

  • 5. Playa El Canelo


    Algarrobo's prettiest beach is Playa El Canelo, located in a secluded cove south of town. It's actually two beaches in one, divided only by...Read More

  • 6. Playa El Sol


    Just north of the rock wall along Avenida Peru and flanked by the old Muelle Vergara is a stretch of sand that draws crowds of people from December...Read More

  • 7. Playa Ritoque


    Just north of the Mantagua humedal (wetlands), a long stretch of enormous sand dunes and golden sands hugs the coastline for 7 km (4 miles...Read More

  • 8. Playa Zapallar


    Zapallar's raison d'être is a crescent of golden sand kissed by blue-green waters, with a giant boulder plopped in the middle. Cropped at each...Read More

  • 9. Ascensor El Peral

    Cerro Alegre | Notable Building

    In Valparaíso, riding one of the city's 14 ascensors (funiculars) is a must. El Peral, built in 1902 and now a national monument, is one of...Read More

  • 10. Ascensor Reina Victoria

    Cerro Concepción | Notable Building

    This steep 40-meter (131-foot) funicular, built in 1902 and named for Queen Victoria of England who died a year earlier, connects Avenida Elías...Read More

  • 11. Caleta de Zapallar


    At the south end of Playa Zapallar is a rocky point that holds Caleta de Zapallar, where local fisherfolk unload their boats, sell their catch...Read More

  • 12. Club de Yates Algarrobo


    This private yacht club next to Playa San Pedro organizes and participates in numerous regatas throughout the year, including the Regata Mil...Read More

  • 13. El Quisco


    South of Algarrobo, El Quisco is a long beach of pale sand guarded on either end by stone jetties. In the middle of the beach is a boulder with...Read More

  • 14. Galería Municipal de Arte


    This crypt in the basement of the Palacio Lyon is the finest art space in the city. Temporary exhibits by top-caliber Chilean artists are displayed...Read More

  • 15. Iglesia Parroquial de Papudo (Nuestra Señora de Las Mercedes)

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Near the south end of town, the lovely early 20th-century, neocolonial church seems out of place surrounded by modern buildings. It was once...Read More

  • 16. Islote Pájaros Niños


    Just offshore from the Cofradía Náutica, this tiny island and penguin sanctuary shelters 20 species of marine birds, including some 350–500...Read More

  • 17. Laguna Verde


    In a somewhat secluded cove 23 km (14 miles) southwest of Valparaíso, Laguna Verde is a stunning and largely uncrowded stretch of yellow-sand...Read More

  • 18. Las Salinas


    Just north of town a white arch announces the tiny family-friendly Balneario Las Salinas beach area, a crescent of yellow sand that has the...Read More

  • 19. Monumento Natural Isla Cachagua

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This 4.5-hectare protected island off the coast of Cachagua, a few miles south of Zapallar, is one of the world's most important Humboldt penguin...Read More

  • 20. Muelle Prat


    Valparaíso's main wharf, Muelle Prat, bustles with activity. Vendors hawk their offerings, from trinkets and snacks to face painting and temporary...Read More

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