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Vacation rentals in La Serena

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Popular amenities for La Serena vacation rentals

Stay near La Serena's top sights

4 Corners Beach3 locals recommend
Avenida del Mar7 locals recommend
Tololo Beach69 locals recommend
La Portada Stadium11 locals recommend
El Faro Beach5 locals recommend
Mall Plaza la Serena150 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in La Serena

  • Total rentals

    4.1K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    49K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    2.9K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    1.3K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    2.7K properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    740 properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to La Serena

All About La Serena

Chile’s second-oldest town lures tourists with its crescent of a dozen sandy beaches, uniquely neocolonial architecture, and dry desert air. Travelers using La Serena as a base take advantage of those clear skies in the nearby Elqui Valley, the first International Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world, renowned for its stargazing. The desert’s natural beauty brings people in for its spring bloom, while late spring through early fall offers excellent whale watching conditions. And, as capital of the Coquimbo Region, La Serena serves as a hub for the area’s prominent wine and pisco industries, with plenty of opportunities to taste local products in town and on tours to nearby estates.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in La Serena

The desert climate of La Serena means you can leave your raincoat at home, as almost no rain falls outside of June, July, and August. Even in those winter months, the days stay moderately warm, with high temperatures averaging around 60 degrees Fahrenheit ― a number that goes up by about ten degrees in summer. The pleasantly warm temperatures in December, January, and February bring the beachgoers, so don’t forget your sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. The crisp desert air cools off at night, though, with lows averaging around 45 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and just below 60 degrees in summer, so pack a few warm layers.

Top things to do in La Serena

Avenida del Mar

Twelve beaches along La Serena’s sweeping shoreline line this “Avenue of the Sea,” almost all of them excellent for swimming, sunbathing, and beach sports. This pleasant pathway for walking and lane for biking, well maintained and well lit at night, runs along the beach side of the street throughout town and into neighboring Coquimbo, while restaurants and bars line the inland side, along with other useful businesses, like bike rentals.

Elqui Valley

One of Chile’s most important winemaking (and pisco distilling) regions by day and a hub of astrotourism at night, the Elqui Valley sits on the southern edge of the Atacama Desert, about an hour from La Serena, and is well served by local tours and transportation. About a dozen observatories cater to stargazers, helping you understand what you can see thanks to the clear skies, dry weather, and high altitude.

Isla Damas

A bit of a drive and a quick boat ride from La Serena brings you to the three islands of the National Humboldt Penguin Reserve — of which only Isla Damas allows you to visit. Scenic white sand beaches and crystal-clear water play second fiddle to the real attraction: the wildlife, including Humboldt penguins and bottlenose dolphins.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in La Serena?

    La Serena enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate. Summer, from December to March, usually has temperatures around 70°F (21°C) with cool ocean breezes. Winter, from June to August, is cooler with temperatures around 50°F (10°C) and occasional rainfall.

  • What are some of the best things to do in La Serena?

    In La Serena, guests frequently enjoy visiting the city's many beaches, exploring local markets for unique souvenirs, or taking a leisurely stroll around Plaza de Armas. Astronomical observation tours are also popular due to the city's clear skies.

  • What is the best time of year to visit La Serena?

    The most frequented time to visit La Serena is during their summer months, from December to March. During February, the city hosts the La Serena Summer Festival, attracting many visitors with a variety of musical performances.

  • What are the best places to stay in La Serena?

    Locations like El Centro, the city's bustling heart, and Avenida del Mar, with its close proximity to the beach, are often suggested for stays in La Serena. Another frequently recommended area is La Recova, known for its local markets and eateries.

  • What are the best places to visit in La Serena?

    When in La Serena, consider visiting the La Serena Lighthouse, a beautiful beacon standing on the city's shoreline, or explore the Japanese Garden, a peaceful spot filled with exotic plants. The Archaeological Museum, showcasing regional artifacts, is also an interesting destination.

  • What are some hiking trails in La Serena?

    While La Serena itself might not be a hiking hotspot, the nearby Elqui Valley and Fray Jorge National Park provide plenty of hiking opportunities with trails suitable for various skill levels.

  • What are some family activities to do in La Serena?

    Families in La Serena often enjoy a visit to the local zoo, Parque Jardin del Corazon, or spending a day at one of the many beaches. Taking a family bike ride along Avenida del Mar is another enjoyable option.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in La Serena?

    For a day trip, explore the Elqui Valley, known for its clear skies and beautiful landscapes. The Isla Damas, part of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, is also a popular choice for wildlife enthusiasts.

  • Do hotel rentals in La Serena have wireless internet?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 hotel rentals with wireless internet in La Serena. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there La Serena vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 2,740 vacation homes with pools in La Serena, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

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