For a vacation on golden sand beaches with a stunning mountain backdrop when facing inland, look no further than Papudo, Chile. With two popular beaches, Playa Grande and Playa Chica, this charming seaside town lures visitors with its promise of beachside relaxation and unique cultural attractions in a location not far from metropolitan Santiago. Experience the golden coastline and quaint coastal living of Papudo as only a local can by staying in one of our charming vacation rentals!
Sitting at the foot of a sloping cliffside along the Pacific Ocean, Papudo lies 104 miles northwest of lively Santiago and just under 50 miles north of bustling Viña del Mar. Known for its small size and diverse coastal activities, Papudo is the northernmost of several popular beach communities within a few hours drive from Santiago, including the dunes of Concón, scenic Zapallar, and sunny Valparaíso.
Wherever you might roam from your Papudo vacation rental, make sure to budget plenty of beach time. During the summer, Playa Chica’s gentle slope and tranquil surf make for great swimming, scuba diving, and boating, while wind-swept Playa Grande appeals to kite boarders and other water sport enthusiasts looking to take advantage of its big waves. On a trip to either of these beaches, bring your binoculars for views of penguins and sea lions perched on rocky islands just offshore, and maybe even spot the occasional dolphin or otter in the surf!
Ready for some excitement in town? Grab your camera and go for a stroll through the streets. Snap pictures of the vintage architecture of Chalet Recart, then head to the Iglesia Las Mercedes for a look at the town’s fascinating past while touring this museum and former summer home of a wealthy Chilean rancher.
If you like to golf, bring your clubs for 18 holes at the Papudo Golf Club, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the coastline while you work on your swings. You might also head out for a leisurely bike ride along the beachfront path, which is also popular for rollerblading, running, and sunset strolls.
Our vacation rentals give you front door access to all the best activities in Papudo, but if you’d like to get out and explore a bit further, you’ll find several fun day trips worth the drive. Take a winding trip around stunning cliffside scenery seven miles south to Zapallar, an upscale seaside community with a similarly beautiful coastline, exclusive resorts, and more beach options.
Keep going south to find the laid-back fishing town of Concón, about 40 miles south of Papudo, while another 10 miles farther lies the vibrant nightlife, lush city gardens, and lively beach culture of Viña del Mar. Just over 100 miles southeast, Santiago's big city attractions, such as renowned restaurants, unique street art, and famous landmarks, make for a great weekend trip. Wherever you go, our vacation rentals have you covered.
Papudo is one of those towns that have it all – beautiful beaches, uncrowded streets, and attractions for all ages. You'll find a new favorite Chilean getaway when you book one of our vacation rentals today!
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