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Vina de Mar or Concon

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Vina de Mar or Concon

For 5 days in January we plan to primarily hang out at the beach with some sightseeing. We will not have a car...The question is: will we be isolated if we decided to stay in Concon or should we stay in Vina del Mar and go to Concon by bus once or twice to go to the beach???

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Stan

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1. Re: Vina de Mar or Concon

It depends what you want to do more of. If you are going to want to go to Valparaíso to sightsee, then stay in Viña. If you primarily want to stay on the beach, then stay in Reñaca or Concon. The whole coast is full of people going to the beach in January. A huge number of Argentine tourists come over the Andes to go to the beach and many local people have second homes there. There is a bus between Viña and Reñaca/Concon and bus or train between Viña and Valparaíso.

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2. Re: Vina de Mar or Concon

I don't know about Concon but we did not like Vina del Mar. it's a bit like a rather tacky English seaside resort or perhaps Maple Beach on a bad day. Very ordinary beach and crowded in season.

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3. Re: Vina de Mar or Concon

You can't go wrong with either one, it's a matter of what you're looking for. Concon has a beach and a small strip of cafes where you can buy empanadas and overpriced beach food, and that's all there is to Concon. Vina del Mar has more more food options (many overpriced as well IMO), some nightlife, Starbucks, and the mall, so it's a matter of what you're looking for. Both towns are swamped with tourists in January, and many tourists prefer the upscale beach towns a bit farther north. Busses frequently travel back and forth between Concon and Vina, stopping at the Argentine favorite of Renaca along the way.

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