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Playa la virgen, Caldera

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Stranded on the coast in the middle of desert dunes and hills, Playa la virgen attracts visitors with its white sand and calm turquoise waters. A bit remote and difficult to access, this pristine beach focuses on ecotourism. Pick a place on a wooden sun lounger under a straw umbrella, or bring your own beach equipment. If you wish to stay overnight, rent one of the wooden cabins in the surrounding hills overlooking the beach. Amenities include public restrooms, a spacious parking lot, and a restaurant. Bring cash and prepare to spend a day without mobile phone service. See Playa la virgen and all Caldera has to offer by arranging your trip with our Caldera vacation route planner.
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Where to stay in Caldera

The main selection of accommodations in Caldera lie just north of Batallion Atacama, offering good access to the waterfront and the town's main amenities, including restaurants, cafes, and stores. Hotels of great variety sit on the major boulevards and side streets, while rental apartments offer a good option for those planning an extended stay. Consider exploring the lodging options of the coastal areas north and south of town, where small boutique and resort-style hotels make good use of the extra space with additional facilities and extensive views of the coast, just a short drive from the conveniences of the main urban area.
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  • We went there with a rental car and it was a nice drive getting to the beach. Only the last 7K was a rough road but doable with a regular car. Parking on top of the hill is free and when we were there...  more »
  • It's nice enough. Spent a day there but nothing to write home about. Water is a bit dirty compared to nearby beaches. Sand is nice and there are nice wooden parasols to relax under. Some nice stray do...  more »
  • One of the beat beached in the Region III of Chile, with turquoise water and white sand, the beach attracts the distant and weekend travelers!!  more »