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An Introduction to Iquique’s Beaches - Beach Iquique - Chile

A chain of pale beaches drape southward along Iquique’s coast. Starting in the city’s center at Calle O’Higgins and Avenida Prat is Bellavista. Here, a broad band of sand is trimmed with ragged rock lace. Although most of the beach is not safe for swimming, adventuresome surfers will take a turn here. Paseo Costanera Parque Balmaceda ia a sail-roofed promenade along Avenida Prat. It connects Bellavista with the city’s most popular beach, Playa Cavancha on the north edge of Península Cavancha and the Club Naútico. On the south side of the peninsula is Playa Buque Parado. Within the many nooks in the rock heaps are nice places to picnic and, at low tide, pools large enough to bathe in. Locals often drop a fishing line at this beach.


Continuing along Avenida Prat is Parque Las Americas, where all the flags of Latin America flutter in the ocean breeze. Next on the coast is Playa Brava, a several-kilometer-long, pale-beige beach perfect for sunbathing, sandcastle building and kite flying. An expansive promenade paralleling it has a skateboard and mountain bike track, and a large playground.


Primer Piedra is the next place to hang out for a while. The rocky shore is perfect for picnicking, fishing or observing tidal pools at low tide. Now expensive mansions begin to hug the shore.

To get to the last of Iquique’s beaches, Playa Huaquique, you must turn back inland, towards the avenue. This beach is the most popular among surfers, and is suitable for all levels of expertise. The long strand of sand is also good for beach sports, sunbathing and fishing, though not for swimming. A lot of shore and seabirds also hang out here.

Iquique, Chile

Beach Types:
Surfing, Sunbathing

Getting There
To get to Playa Huaquique, take any bus signed “Huaquique” ($0.80). From there to Playa Bellavista is almost 10 kilometers. You can spend the day wandering from one beach to another, enjoying their different characteristics.

Travel Tips: Most of the beaches are signed not safe for swimming. In summer some have lifeguards on duty.

Price Description: Free.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Dawn

Open Hours to:Dusk

Travel Skills: None

Swim, sunbathe or surf at Cavancha and the other beaches in Iquique. Stroll down Paseo Bolognesi, visiting the historic houses and museums. Head out to the arid pampas to visit the old nitrate mining oficinas Humberstone and Santa Laura, or check out Gigante de Atacama and the other geoglyphs decorating the desert hills. Visit historic Pisagua and soak in the hot springs at Pica or Mamiña.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

Here are other activities in and around Iquique that may be of interest: Playa Cavancha,

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