Welcome to San Antonio, Chile!
San Antonio is the capital city of the San Antonio province in Chile. Located in the center of the country, San Antonio sits on the shores of the Pacific and the small city owes a lot of its charm to the majesty of the ocean. The city is also a port city and is one of the most important cities in South America, in terms of freight cargo coming in and out of the city. Despite all that, San Antonio is pretty laid back.
San Antonio is a perfect destination for a worldwide local who wants to explore the quaint smaller cities on the Chilean coast. You’ll enjoy being by the ocean, eating amazing seafood, and observing the lovely wildlife. Here’s our guide to the quaint little seaside city of San Antonio.
Worldwide Local Tip: Chile is, generally, a safe country but like many other port cities, there can be a problem with petty crime. Things like pickpocketing, snatch and grabs, and muggings can happen. Keep your bags and belongings on you and within eyesight, while exercising a normal amount of precaution when going out, and you’ll be perfectly fine. Check with the manager at your San Antonio hotel for their safety policies, as well.
Find the Best Things to Do in San Antonio
As a worldwide local you’ll want to explore the areas where the locals go and where things are happening. One of the biggest hot spots around town for visitors and locals is the el Paseo Bellamar (or “beautiful seawalk”). The area is a boardwalk area where people come and gather to watch the boats go by, hit up some of the restaurants around, and also partake in some sports, as well as fishing. Over time the area has become more and more popular, and naturally, it grew to attract a lot of little shops and a growing artistic flair.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you’re looking for a little fun at night, there’s the el Casino del Pacifico nearby, as well. Try your luck at the tables or play a few slots. There is also a great restaurant and cocktail bar, so if you’re not into gambling you can still enjoy the experience. There are also shows that are performed here, so again if you’re not into the games, there are always some other nice options.
For the Science Nerd
A worldwide local knows that the nature of a city and its people are often what makes a place important. To understand the culture and the people of San Antonio, check out the Museum of Natural Sciences and Archeology. The collections they’ve gathered over the years focus a lot on marine life, with exhibitions of sea lions and a blue whale skeleton. However, there is a very comprehensive section on pre-European natives that lived in the area, as well as a large botanical garden focusing on the native flora of Chile and San Antonio.
Worldwide Local Tip: If you want to explore San Antonio’s natural landscape up close and personal, then take a trip out to the Sanctuary Laguna el Peral. The area is a natural wetland space that’s always very green and flush with wildlife and exotic birds. The park was built in the 1970s and continues to be a place for both locals and tourists to come and relax in a natural sanctuary in the middle of the city.
Get Outdoors and Explore
San Antonio has built itself around nature. From sea to hills, and if you’re further interested in seeing San Antonio’s natural beauty, put on your walking shoes and take a trip over to the Cristo del Maipo. Located on a massive hill just outside of the city, the Christ figure stands at a high vantage point, and hiking to the top will grant you some amazing views of the city. The statue has been there since the 1940s and is an iconic part of the city. Don’t forget to bring a camera.
Worldwide Local Tip: If climbing steep hills isn’t your thing, then look no further than heading to the universal spot where people like to relax - the beach! The Playas Blancas is a pretty standard beach but it is a popular destination for both locals and visitors. San Antonio can get some pretty hot weather, especially during the summer months, so if you’re around when it is summer, you’ll definitely want to hit the beach.
Enjoy Your Stay!
San Antonio might be a little off the radar for some people, but a worldwide local knows that’s not necessarily a bad thing. San Antonio is a small city, but it’s beautiful and coastal, a perfect place for an off-the-radar South American getaway.