After watch the fire show to celebrate the New Year in Valparaiso, I headed to Vina del Mar clubs to party. Great vibe and a nice discovery the following days, that there is more to the vibrant nightlife. Not really the beach (the water is too cold for my liking), but big parks and green spaces to stroll around.
Did a trip on a bus from Santiago. Spent the half day at the beach and other half eating and walking around. Its a weekend getaway town for the locals.
Vina del Mar is a great coastal resort town reminiscent of California. In fact, the deep bay reminds me a lot of Monterey, California, where I grew up, with its shape and deep waters. The beautiful long beaches are like Southern California, and with the hi-rises, a bit like Santa Monica or Surfer's Paradise in Australia. The weather is a lot like parts of California, too. In fact, it is a sister city to Sausalito, California, the popular tourist destination across the bay from San Francisco, and the town by the shore has more of that feeling. So sit on a patio restaurant, take in the great view, and enjoy a nice Ceviche and glass of wine, like I did when I visited. Vina Del Mar has about 250,000 people, fourth largest in Chile.