Beaches and Beach Resorts of the “Norte Grande”

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Playa Las Machas

The beach is located in the vicinity of the "city of eternal spring", Arica. It is very lonely, ideal for long walks. It is also suitable for sports such as surfing and fishing from the beach.

Playa Corazones

This beach lies 15 kilometres south of the city of Arica, in a sector known as Ancota. There are natural caves with cave drawings accessible from the beach. It is an excellent place for observing sea lions from the shore.

Playa Cavancha

This is the name of the beach which makes up the foreshore of the city of Iquique. The white sand beach is sought after by holiday-makers all year round. There is scope all along its length to practice such water sports as surfing, windsurfing, sailing, water-skiing etc. The average temperature throughout the year is 24°C, making it an attractive destination at any time of year and converting Iquique into a great centre of tourism.

Playa Boca del Diablo

This beach lies 112 kilometres south of Iquique. It is very long and has a very heavy swell, and for this reason only activities such as sport fishing and certain other water sports are permitted.

Playa Blanca

This beach is south of Iquique at kilometre 13 of the city’s residential sector. As its name suggests, the sand is white, and the sea is a clear emerald green. It is suitable for bathing, sport fishing, diving and other water sports. There are parking facilities.

Punta Gruesa

This beach is located at a historic site 18 kilometres from Iquique, being the scene of action of the Sea Battle of Iquique on 21st May 1879. On the rocky shore a lighthouse has been raised in homage to the heroic deed of Captain Condell on that famous day.

Playa Lobito

This beach, located 22 kilometres from the city of Iquique, is surrounded by cliffs, but despite this is suitable for bathing, sport fishing and picnicking. It is on the way to the Los Verdes resort.

Playa Los Verdes

This is one of the best-known bays of the Iquique area, located 24 kilometres south of the city. The beach is small with a gentle swell, making it suitable for swimming, fishing and other water sports.

Playa Seremeño

This beach is located in the vicinity of the regional capital, Iquique, which lies 31 kilometres further north. It is suitable for such activities as bathing, fishing and other water sports.

Playa Canavayita

This beach is located 60 kilometres south of the regional capital, Iquique. It is a rocky zone and there is an inlet used by fishermen. The emerald green waters are pleasant for swimming and the practice of other water sports. Nearby you will find camp sites, restaurants and hotels.

Puerto Patillos

You can see the collection depots for the salt which is waiting to be shipped from the mechanized wharf located in this sector. The rocks visible off the coast are white with guano. Today the port is the operational home of the Punta de Lobos salt works. It is deep enough to allow the entry of deep draft vessels.

Puerto Patache

Inaugurated in 1998, this is the port for the Tarapacá thermo-electric power station. It also continues to operate a guano plant, from which recently-deposited white guano is extracted as well as older guano which is red in colour. The shoreline of the area is rocky, and the pools which form offer abundant sea-food and good fishing. The major feature of the wildlife in this area are the sea lion colonies.

Playa Yape

This beach lies 52 kilometres south of Iquique. It is an exclusive resort where people build their holiday homes. The beach is suitable for various water sports.

Playa El Aguila

This beach, which is characterised by a heavy swell, is located 73 kilometres south of Iquique. It is suitable only for fishing and some water sports. You can observe giant turtles here since they come to lay their eggs on the beach. It has been declared a National Nature Sanctuary.

Playa Huaiquique

This is the ideal beach for water sports such as surfing. It is suitable for bathing, fishing and water sports in general. It is located 5 kilometres south of the city of Iquique, capital of the Region. Services such as parking and lifeguards are available to make your visit safer and more enjoyable.

Playa Chipana

This beach, located 120 kilometres from the city of Iquique, is the furthest from the capital of the region, and also the longest. This is a sector of scientific interest, and it is expected that ecological protection measures will be introduced. It is suitable for bathing, fishing and water sports in general.

Playa Torrecilla

This beach is located a few kilometres south of the village of Río Seco. Its main features are the white sand beach, the excavations of the old guano extraction companies, and the excellent fishing for sole which can be caught here.

Playa La Lisera

This beach is easy to get to, being located only 2.5 kilometres from the centre of Arica. The waters rise and fall gently on the white sand beach. Various water sports can be practised here, and there are also games areas to keep younger children amused. The area offers a number of restaurants where you can enjoy different species of locally caught fish.

Bahía Chinchorro

This beach is located north of the Port of Arica, below an esplanade of the same name. The esplanade is 1,700 metres long and is decorated with Andean motifs, palm trees, a little square and other attractions. The beach is clean, with gentle waves. It is suitable for bathing and other water sports such as body-boarding and water scooters. The esplanade comes to life at night with a number of entertainment spots. In the summer it is home to various events.

Playa El Laucho

This beach, with its white sands and warm waters, is located right in the city of Arica, and is therefore very popular. The water is suitable for bathing. Close to the beach you will find a range of services such as showers, toilets and changing rooms. There is also a chance to enjoy a variety of entertainments in restaurants, pubs and discotheques.

Desembocadura Río Loa

The mouth of the Loa River, located 141 kilometres from the city of Iquique, marks the boundary between the First, or Tarapacá Region, and the Second, or Antofagasta Region. The long beach is suitable for sport fishing, since the sea bottom is stony.

Playa Brava

 This beach is located in the urban sector of the city of Iquique. Due to the heavy swell only fishing and certain water sports are permitted. There are kiosks and parking facilities close to the beach. A life guard service is provided on the beach for your protection.

Playa Cáñamo

This little beach is suitable for swimming, fishing and other water sports. It is located 65 kilometres south of Iquique.
Balneario Juan López

This resort is located 38 kilometres north of Antofagasta. It consists of a number of houses in a desert section of the coast. The fine sand is grey in colour and the waters are calm and warm. The resort is set in a closed bay shaped like a horseshoe. It is ideal for water sports, fishing and bathing.

Caleta Paquita

This bay is located 28 kilometres north of Tocopilla. It is a popular place to visit on account of the magnificent view to be had from the cliff top. It is suitable only for fishing.

Balneario Caleta Boy

This beach offers easy access and contains a natural swimming pool. It is ideal for water sports, fishing and bathing. It is located at the southern end of the city of Tocopilla.

Balneario Las Almejas

This is a quiet beach located in the urban sector of the regional capital, Antofagasta. It is suitable only for bathing. The services available include restaurants, kiosks, showers and toilets.

Balneario Municipal de Antofagasta

The municipal resort is located in the urban sector of the city and offers various places of entertainment, restaurants, sports grounds, pedestrian walkway etc. It is suitable for bathing and fishing.

Playa Los Hornitos

This is one of the beaches accessible from Antofagasta, located 80 kilometres north of the city. The long beach has good sand and the sea is warm. You will see a number of holiday homes in the vicinity.

Playa La Rinconada

This beach is located 25 kilometres north of Antofagasta. It is suitable for water sports and fishing. The services include a kiosk, camp site and parking areas.

Playa Los Gringos

This beach is located 11 kilometres south of the regional capital, Antofagasta. It is suitable for bathing and offers a camp site, kiosk and parking area.

Playa Matancillas

This beach is located 5 kilometres north of Taltal and is suitable for bathing and fishing.

Playa Mina Fakir

This beach is located 72 kilometres north of Tocopilla. Its main attraction are its beautiful white sands. It is suitable only for bathing.

Cifuncho

This is one of the most beautiful beaches of northern Chile, located in Bahía Lavanta. In summer it is one of the most popular in the region.

Balneario Chacance

This resort is also known as Parque del Loa. Nearby you can visit the Escalera del Indio (Staircase of the Indian), cut into the side of a gully in 1874. It is all that remains of a metal-working complex.

Caleta and Bahía Coloso

This bay is located 18 kilometres south of Antofagasta. It is now a little local fishing port, where the inhabitants will serve you dishes prepared from fresh fish and seafood. In times gone by it was an important nitrates shipping port.

Caleta El Cobre

This bay is 101 kilometres south of Antofagasta, and is suitable principally for activities such as fishing.

Caleta El Loa

This bay located 90 kilometres north of Tocopilla is suitable mainly for fishing. The road leading to the bay is an alternative route if you are travelling to Iquique.

Playa Amarilla

This beach, one of the longest in the Region, is located 15 kilometres south of the city of Antofagasta. It is suitable for bathing, fishing and other water sports, and the services include kiosks and car parking.

Playa Club

This beach is located in the urban zone of the city of Antofagasta. It is a popular resort where you can bathe or practice a variety of water sports. Other services include the presence of life guards on the beach, showers, toilets and car parking.

Playa Chacaya

This bay is located 79 kilometres north of Antofagasta. It is suitable for bathing, fishing and water sports in general. Playa El Huáscar This beach is located 12 kilometres south of Antofagasta. It is suitable for bathing and water sports. There is also a camping area, kiosk, life guard service and car parking area.

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