Quintay is a tiny, mostly residential beach town hidden among wooded seaside hills and relatively untouched beaches about 40 minutes south of Valparaiso. Since this tiny dot on the map is only accessible by private vehicle or by colectivo, you wonâ€™t find any big tourism offices or moneyed hotels. Unlike its more developed neighbors, Quintay is a relaxed but shabby beach communityâ€”homes and small local businesses are connected by dirt roads that radiate from the playground which is the townâ€™s central plaza. On your way into town, colectivos will drop you at this plaza, and this is your best bet for finding a ride back to Valparaiso.
At the entrance to town, youâ€™ll see a plaque with a nice map of Quintay with icons that point out the townâ€™s services and a list of helpful contact information. If youâ€™re looking to stay in Quintay, there are a few restaurants down by the water, and a several small accommodation options scattered around town. On calle Jorge Montt, a road leading out to the sea, youâ€™ll find Carcola, a small lodge and restaurant. Further inland on this same road, there is a small artisan shop and ecotourism center where you can get information on renting kayaks and guided tours to Ballenera (www.artesaniasQI.cl, telephone: 089 055 137, 09 238 279).