It’s a quick drive to the beach from the town of Santa Cruz if you want to take a break from wine tasting or just incorporate a little road trip into your itinerary.
Considered Chile’s ‘Surf Capital,’ Pichilemu is a small beach resort just over an hour from wine country. Famous for its epic waves, Punta de Lobos has been a place for national and international surf contests & tournaments attracting surfers from around the world.. Even if you’re not a surfer, it’s mesmerizing to watch the surfers and seals.
The sand is noticeably black and there is plenty of fun in the sun with the generous shoreline. The road into Pichilemu takes you right to the main beach area known as ‘Playa Principal’ and if you continue to drive along that road, there are lookout points where you can stop and enjoy the views.
Punta de Lobos is on the way and you’ll immediately recognize it with the big rocks and very steep cliffs. While the temperatures are very hot during the summer, the water is always cold (19°C) and you’ll need a wet-suit for any water activities. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are definitely a necessity.
For those interested in taking some surfing lessons, there are schools that provide instructors and gear (some even offer Spanish classes.)
Pichilemu is an up and coming beach town with colonial-era churches and restored beach side villas. It’s become a popular vacation spot for locals and travelers from abroad. There are many cute restaurants, cafes and shops that have sprung up over the past couple of years.
If a day trip is too short, there are several lodging options from budget friendly to pricier accommodations. It’s worth checking out if you have time in your schedule.