Playa Santa Barbara | Informal Campsite

Chile

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Last Visited: about 1 month ago
GPS: -42.85524, -72.79866
Altitude: 23.6 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: Cold
Water: Potable
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Description

Nice spot at picnic area direct at the coast, grass and gravel, black sand at a little beach, seals and dolphins nearby, good driveway, also for big rigs and tents, some hiker with tents, Chaiten ferry only 10km away, toilet and water available
Dolphins and seals close to shore, lots of spaces some with picnic tables and a decent bathroom with dishwashing sinks too. All free. Abalone lovers...at low tide you can harvest some egg sized ones on rocks...very delicious.

Good 3G from Entel

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perfect night with picnic tables
very quiet and safe
we saw seals and dolphins on morning wonderful! you can stay all nights you need

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Perfect spot, we were here the afternoon and night and it was perfect and quiet! Loved this place but didn’t saw any dolphins or sea lions…

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We really liked this place. The beach is nice, we saw seals and dolphins and the sunset was beautiful. Some people coming in the evening, but we were alone at night, very quiet.

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Nice and quiet during night. Acces to water in banos. Possible to use toilets, cold showers (use some tools), tables with benches, trash bins.
A lot of sea lions jumping just in front of the beach. Most of locals left before and after sunset.
Street lamps works whole night. Accessible for all kinds of vehicles. Very good Entel and Movistar signal. No wind protection.

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One of our favorite camping spots on the Carretera! Check out the other side of the beach, you can forage tasty tiny strawberries. Also check out the caves!

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very nice, wide place with sandy beach, beautiful sunsets and sea lions every morning swimming left und evenings right.

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lugar calmo, onde você dorme com o som do mar , banheiro e ducha fria, água potável, chip só Intel.

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playa pública con lugares para hacer picnic ideal para acampar, baños y duchas (agua fria).
en la esquina en una casa roja una señora muy amable vende pizza, sopaipilla.

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Wonderful spot! Spend 4 nights here. A lot of other iOverlanders, cool atmosphere. The toilet building is indeed not the cleanest but there it is nice you have water to do the dishes. Also clean on the land on the side of the vans/trucks, let’s keep it that way!:) Definitly recommend this spot!

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very nice spot. it is quite popular, but there's a lot of space. the toilets and sinks were working fine but the showers seemed to be not working.

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Great spot. Very popular but almost no wind. Sunny and peaceful. Bathrooms were free but pretty messy, one toilet backed up. Nice area to wash dishes.

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lugar increíble para acampar, tanto con auto, con bicicleta o solo con tienda. Hay mucho espacio y lo mejor es que tiene baños a pocos metros con agua y ducha

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Absolutely beautiful spot. We stayed for two nights, lots of other overlanders. Suitable for all kind of vehicles and tents. There is a little kiosko selling completos (hot dogs) and coffee and behind on the other side of the road are banos with two toilets and two cold showers (not very clean).

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Great place. Lots of travellers around: 3 big RVs, 2 campers, bikers, trekkers on tents...

Really good 3G from Entel,

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Superbe endroit sur la plage avec un peu de chance vous pouvez voir des dauphins et des otaries. Tranquille.

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The showers are dismounted for some reason. You can take a medium warm shower for 2000 CLP in the red house on the corner though.

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Toilets, sinks for washing laundry or dishes, cold showers, picnic benches, lots of space to park all kinds of rigs. LTE phone signal. Lots of large black tabanos

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like already described, really nice place, possible to see seals right in front of the beach

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beautiful campsite! with free (cold) showers and toilets and sinks for dishwashing or whatever you need. lots of other overlanders there last night. good vibes and even better views :)

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We shared the place with many other friendly overlanders. Cosy and relatively quiet place with nice views to the beach.
There are indeed free toilets and bathroom, but they were quite dirty, when we were there, so we preferred the nature :) Definitely a nice place before or after trekking senderos in parque Pumalin, due to its proximity to the park.

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We did not park on the big parking close to the houses but further on the road where this a small place for a tent and a small parking.
We stayed 2 night, it was so quiet and peaceful.
We saw dolphins many times !
Facilities (bathroom, cold shower) quite close.

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Nice spot on the beach ! The view is amazing and you can see seals.
Really quite.
There are a cold shower and toilets beside.

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As already described by others, great spot at the beach with an abolution block (dirty, cold water, but functioning), good views, nice walks and dolphins and sea lions making it a perfect place to unwind.

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As others said before: One of the best wild camping spots!! Huge area for big rigs, cars and tents, beautiful sunset, dolphins, penguins and sea lions, free toilets and cold showers. Important to know: Even though there are no signs we were told the next day by a ranger that making fire is strictly forbidden.

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We stayed here for two nights. Other Overlanders stayed there aswell. Really safe and a really nice beach. Saw some dolphins in the morning. Totally recommended!!!

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Great spot, all by ourselves.Nice black sand beach and sealions.

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Playa tranquila y con servicios disponibles

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bonito lugar para pasar el dia y esperar para sacar pasaje para la barcaza...

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belle plage de sable volcanique proche d habitations.
nuit calme et vu sur les lobos marins.

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Just like everyone said. Beautiful spot, perfect for camping (tent or car). In October, we were the only people here. Highly recommend

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Stunning beach, perfect to spend few days in Chaitén. We felt super safe and were alone all 3 nights. We saw dolphins and sea lions. There are toilets, not super clean but free as well as picnic tables and trash bins. Good 4G with Entel.

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lovley and safe spot (as I'm travelling alone as a woman). free. little windy. possible to cook on a fire. perfect night (:

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This has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Patagonia. You can camp on the beach with picnic tables or next to the river which has an amazing color. Lots of animals in the ocean as mentioned before. Toilets and cold showers in good shape. One of the places that you will remember for sure.

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As described by others, nice place to stay near Chaitén. View is beautiful, toilets available, no wind protection.

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Nice place but a bit crowded. We were having issues with the battery in our van earlier so decided to stay here over night in case we needed to find someone to help jump start our car in the morning. Would have been a nice night had our neighbors not started blasting music at 2am

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Very nice location to rest some days. Super clean beach. Dolphins and seals are cute. Even toilets and cold showers are usebale. Free!!

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Lindo lugar. Tiene baños públicos con agua potable y duchas. Puedes acampar gratis tranquilamente.

Nice place. Toilets with shower and running water. You can free camping safely.

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Santa Barbara beach with black sands. Nice spot for few nights. We saw dolphins here also. Toilets with cold shower (free) wooden green builing next to the beach. A loot of place for teent and campers. 4WD you can camp on the beach, 2WD on the grass next to the beach. In the house on the corner you can buy Pan’s, egs and meat. Good cell phone signal.

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We arrived in the afternoon as some of the first overlanders and had tons of options to choose for camping spot. Nice beach with a little kiosk in the middle of the beach selling hot drinks and cakes which were delicious. No sunset with dolphins and seals but luckily they passed us by in the morning so we didn't leave without seeing them.

Bathroom and sink for cleaning dishes made this a top location.

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we spent 4 days here. great spot, a lot of seals, many locals fishing. but many many campers, so please respect the place and keep it clean and quiet

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Real chill, multiple people tent camping. Locals were there en mass but left when sun set. Saw seals from a distance in the morning

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Very nice spot. Especially with beautiful weather. An older man cleans the beach. He told me not to make fire or be very careful. I saw seals and a dolphin.

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Amazing camp spot. Maybe the best of the trip. About 4 motor homes already here but still plenty of room. Amazing sunset. Fresh water in the creek. Didn’t manage to find the bathrooms but someone was painting a small building when we were there so maybe that’s in there. Saw a couple of seals. Note: it’s not the small dodgy gravel trail straight after the sign to the beach, it’s a genuine road after that coming from the North.

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nice place with a lot a good spaces, the police pass and says we can stay but not on the beach, only in the official park spaces. you can refill your water tank in the bathrooms, and the toilet or very clean and free, not a commonly thing in chile

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Numerous good spots on the beach. We used it after the ferry ride from Chiloe, arriving at 0:30 AM. Best places at the southern part of the beach (occupied by no less than four French RVs).

Rest of the spots closer to the road.

Bathrooms need renovation. It's unbelievable that 'others' will destroy common property.

Great GSM reception.

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Nice place. A little bit windy but there are a lot of spots where you could sleep. Also nice places to make fire and a lot of wood nearby. Toilets and sink for washing plates, ... . No problem for 2WD.

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Amazing beach for camping with easy access from the road for all cars - no 4x4 required if you don’t drive further down the beach. Nice grassy areas for camping with tables. Lots of driftwood for making a fire. We saw dolphins and seals in the evening!

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Great place with an amazing view, toilets, and cold showers, as previously stated. However, our second night we were approached by a man who told us it was illegal to camp here and it was illegal to camp on any beach in Chile. Total BS, and we we're parked in the parking lot anyway, not on the beach. He held up some beer cans that he found on the beach, implying they were ours, which they weren't and then said we couldn't camp there because there was no potable water. We explained that there were bathrooms, showers, and sinks with running water. He then drove over there to "check it out". A few minutes later when we went to go use the bathroom we found the jerk had turned the water off. After a few minutes we found the main valve and turned it back on. So, just be warned and if the water isn't working, check the main valve that's on the ground in front of the bathrooms.

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There is plenty of space to stay overnight along the beach, from gravel areas to park a car to grass areas to pitch a tent. Moreover, the beach as well as the view is beautiful. The public toilets, however, are in a rather poor condition. Nonetheless, probably the best place around here!

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Great spot
Big rig welcome
But take care for the wood bridge, we have passed with 9 tonnes.
Great sunset with dolphins.
Black sand beach and river

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Beautiful big black sand beach. Great for kids - plenty of space to run. Gorgeous quiet location but only a few level spots for big rigs.

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the spot for wildcamping. Perfect sunset! Do not forget to bring wine.

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Fine spot - toilets and water ok -
Showers NOT working
Dolphfins and seelions at sight

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Lot of campers at this beach. Nice sunset! Free

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Beautiful beach camping! Flat lots at either end of the beach. Dolphins and seals are very active. Great beach walk on black sand beach. Toilets are available in small hut. (Free) Also 2 dish washing/laundry sinks.

Or you can pay the woman in the house at the corner for a hot shower/toilet (1500pesos). Look for sign on fence and ring bell on door. Very clean and private bathroom inside house.

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Great spot with nice views. Parking lots at either end of the beach, small pullouts with picnic tables along the road, or camping on the sand. Also a more sheltered/secluded camping area with tables above the far end of the beach. Public toilets were pretty clean (no seat) with cold showers (basic pipe) that can be turned with a pliers. House on corner of street entering beach sells hot showers for 1500. Lots of marine life to watch. Horse flies can be bad during the day but those things are everywhere this time of year. Recommended.

*We saw an old man cleaning the beach every day. He cleaned up the mess that the many travelers passing through neglected to notice, including the mess and TP that several campers left in the open. Please care for this place as does the local man cleaning up after us.

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Nice spot on the beach! All is the same as mentioned below with a couple of changes- toilets are open and clean and there are showers that can be turned on with pliers. Very beautiful spot with lots of other travelers :)

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It’s high season and a lot of people camped here (tents and camper vans). Nevertheless very quite and clean. Next morning a garbage man came to make the beach really tidy 😊. Dolphins around.

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Lovely beach and peaceful! No wind when we were here.

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My favourite spot so far! Beautiful beach and no problem to camp here!! Loved it!

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As other allready have written.
But take care of the Sand. It tok us 45min to came out of it.
We had 4x4 and all Differenzial locked.

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Nice spot on the beach. Can get windy but wasn't too bad when we were there. We found a water tap behind a small wooden shed (I believe the old toilet block). Many people camping here. We recommend.

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Nearby: parking lot, more tables for pick-nick and a nice spot for staying overnight - somewhat shielded from direct sunlight and wind. Toilet was open but run-down and not clean, but it flushed anyhow.

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Nice place to stay for a night. Houses in the back but seem to be OK.

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Really nice beach
Great spot, safe and quiet.
But lots of campervan and campers !

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nice beach spot
the mentioned toilets are locked at the moment, but at least u can get water outside

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grassy area before beach. pickninktables. it is aloud to camp there. beter if you drive a bit up along the beach, because there are houses....
in the morning there were dolfins and seals!
quiet during night, during the day some visitors and cars

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Large beach, some tables and toilet (all run down a bit), easy to access. Looks as if camping is allowed here.

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We couldn't find the other boondock place on ioverlander so came to this public spot and loved it. Dolphins and seals close to shore, lots of spaces some with picnic tables and a decent bathroom with dishwashing sinks too. All free. Abalone lovers...at low tide you can harvest some egg sized ones on rocks...very delicious.

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nice spot at picnic area direct at the coast, grass and gravel, black sand at a little beach, seals and dolphins nearby, good driveway, also for big rigs and tents, some hiker with tents, Chaiten ferry only 10km away, toilet and water available

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