Isla Seca (or dry island in English) is like a little peninsula that juts out at the end of the beach inlet at Zapallar. It looks like an island from afar because of the rocks on it that elevate the area that sits out in the ocean however it is connected to the mainland and easy to access. We walked around to here from the far side of the beach and...more
The "caleta" or fisherman's wharf is THE place in Zapallar to buy fresh seafood if you want to cook it yourself. Fisherman go out each day and then sell their catch next to the Chiringuito restaurant close to the beach. Many of the people who stay in Zapallar have their maid call the dock early in the morning to reserve such delicacies as "locos"...more
Zapallar is a great place to wander around. Granted, in summer it does get hot, but I think it is a good way to explore the place. Mary, Wini and I wandered around the rocks, along the beach, over to Isla Seca and then up through the town and these pics are of some of the things I saw along the way.more
The Chiringuito restaurant is located at the Caleta - fisherman's wharf. It has the freshest seafood served in a cute little restaurant that overlooks the beach at Zapallar.
While I was in Zapallar I was amused to note that some of its residents liked to helicopter themselves in and out of Zapallar. Probably they were coming from Santiago and wanted to save themselves the 2 1/2 hour or so drive. These wealthy people had helicopter pads on their properties... oh to have money!
Zapallar does not have many shops to look at however there are a few cute souvenir/gift shops which are interesting to walk around. There is a small shopping centre with a busy pastry shop in summer and a cafe. There are supermarkets (small scale) also.
What to buy: Apparently THE zapallar souvenir to buy is a replica of a a little wooden fishing boat, usually painted red, white and blue. Don't ask me why??!!
The area that I satyed in in Zapallar was called "Mar Brava" (fierce seas) and I am sure it was named that for a reason! The ocean surrounding Zapallar is very rough and there are strong currents. The beach area is safe as it is located in a protected bay but don't do anything silly like try to swim around the rocks because it really is dangerous.
Luggage and bags:
Anything goes in this category!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Well... you are going to the beach so make sure you bring a swimsuit and towel. Zapallar is the kind of place that you can easily walk around so make sure you bring good walking shoes.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The Chilean sun burns very quickly so bring a good sunblock with you.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I don't think there is camping allowed anywhere in Zapallar. I think there is a camping ground though in one of the beaches nearby called Maitencillo or Cachagua
While I was walking around the island I came across this cute church. I am sure it is well attended as Chileans tend to be pretty devout (Catholic's in the main). I didn't go into the church as it was closed at the time but the building and grounds outside were worth a look.