North of Viña, the coast road meanders to the small fishing village of Papudo, about 75km away, and beyond to the farming town of La Ligua from where you can reach the family resort of Los Vilos. Hugging the oceanside in some stretches, darting inland in others, the northern coast road is far quieter than its southern counterpart, and very beautiful in parts. Cachagua and Zapallar are the most exclusive resorts along this coast. Countless local buses head to Reñaca and neighbouring Concón, but services to the other resorts further north are less frequent; most can also be reached from Valparaíso and Santiago. Unless you have your own vehicle, the best option is to pick one or two places and head for these, rather than resort-hopping on public transport.

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