Viña del Mar is often referred to as either the Garden City or the Vineyard of the Sea thanks, in large part, to the impressive array of parks and water fountains spread throughout the city. The port town boasts a beautiful layout, incredible architecture and a seaside location that makes it a perfect spot for spring break.
The Chilean city boasts beautiful weather year-round, so rest assured the temperatures are plenty warm while we’re still feeling the winter freeze up north. There are a variety of beaches to choose from, though Playa Reñaca is arguably the best. Nightlife in Viña del Mar is centered on Plaza México and Avenida San Martín, with Ovo often cited as the go-to spot for a crazy club experience.
During the day be sure to check out the stunning Parque Quinta Vergara, the crown jewel of the city’s numerous parks. The Neo-Gothic palace at the center is a work of art. A couple of other local hot spots include the 20th-century Castillo Wulff, situated at the end of a rocky bluff, and the Casino Municipal, if you’re looking to gamble.
Viña del Mar also boasts some fairly impressive museums that showcase the city’s bourgeois past. The Francisco Fonck actually contains a real-life Maori statue similar to the ones found on Easter Island.
The only downside to the city is its status as a luxury destination means prices can be high. However, with a little ingenuity and penny pinching, there are plenty of ways to pull it off.
The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of beach season. Although the temperatures start to dip, there is still plenty of European coastline ripe for swimming and sunbathing well into September. Take advantage of cheaper, off-season airfare and jet to one of these European beaches before fall weather makes its way south.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
Stay safe and germ-free the next time you travel with PlaneAire Surface & Air Purifying Travel Mist. The lab-tested and scientifically proven formula kills nearly 100 percent of the surface bacteria travelers encounter in airports, planes and hotels, while still being organic and all-natural. The formula includes a blend of just six certified organic essential oils and ingredients from organic fruit, but still manages to kill serious bacteria and viruses, from staph and MRSA to salmonella. There are no harmful chemicals like alcohol or bleach.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Massages and other spa treatments are a highlight of many vacations, whether for the need to relax after long flights in cramped seats or simply for the sheer indulgence of being pampered. To maximize the enjoyment and benefits of your next treatment, take note of these top five ways to improve your experience.