Maitencillo, with a population of 1,567, is the narrowest and longest seaside resort of the central coast area. Its houses are located at the foot of a sandy cliff that reaches the sea full with rocks, with small interwined beaches and natural sea water pools . Next to the ocean and surrounded by summer houses runs an oceanside road at sea level, unique around the coast. In both ends there are beautiful beaches: to the South is the long Aguas Blancas beach (playa Aguas Blancas) and, to the North, the Los Pocitos and Abanico beaches.
To the north of Maitencillo and by the Catapilco marsh (estero Catapilco) is the La Laguna, a small area where horses and boats for fishing are rented. The greatest activity happens on the oceanside road. From this place, you will be able to appreciate fishing fans arriving to one of the best places for this activity in the coast, where many major championships have been held.
Maitencillo has few services; for any major necessity you will have to go to Puchuncaví, located 7.4 miles to the South.
Mar Bella Resort, with 682 acres, is a large and elegant real state tourist complex that lies over the Aguas Blancas beach of Maitencillo. Its different areas are harmoniously integrated.
The Real State Development Area of Marbella Resort has two urbanized residential sectors, where stand out the single-family housing, houses and buildings that are being developed.
The recreational and sports area has a golf course with 27 holes, putting green, central court and tennis courts, a gym, a large club house of 13 thousand square feet and a soccer field. Besides, it offers horse riding, bike trips and heated and unheated swimming pools.
The tourist area of Marbella Resort has a five stars hotel, open all year round, with 56 rooms and 22 suites for families and penthouses, swimming pools, meeting rooms, SPA, bars and restaurants with excellent cuisine and service. Besides, it has an event and conference center with auditorium, movie theater, five rooms and a cafeteria.
The seaside resort of Cachagua, that means place of grasses, it’s located at the north end of a long beach and over a smooth hillside that gets to the ocean. The main feature of Cachagua is its informal style, depicted in its beautiful houses built with trunks, with straw (coirón) and lime-based stucco roofing, and also in its streets without a strict design and sidewalks.
Maitencillo’s greatest attraction is the beach, which is the longest one in the area, is flat and has fine sand that allows people to play beach racquetball, volleyball and soccer. The parking fee is $2,000 from Monday to Friday; $4,000 on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Plus it counts with one of the suitable places in the coast for practicing surf.
You can walk along the shore up to Piedras Preciosas beach (playa Piedras Preciosas) or rent horses to make trips to the protected gores, such as Aguas Claras. You will also have the option of practicing fishing on the shore of sole (lenguado) and corvine (corvina), recollecting pink clams (machas) in the wave breakers and, in the afternoons, extracting crabs. The place has golf courses and tennis courts at the Golf Club (Club de Golf). Paragliding is practiced from the cliffs over the south end of the beach.
Further to the North, in the small the Cujas beach (playa las Cujas), with a calm ocean and surrounded by beautiful rocky places, there are ideal areas for sport diving and for fishing soles and corvines. In front of it there’s the Cachagua Island or Penguins Natural Monument (Monumento Natural Isla de Cachagua o de los Pingüinos). With a surface of 11,1 acres, it houses and protects the most important colony of Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) in the central area of Chile -about 2,000 specimen-, that can be seen from the beach when they come back from fishing o while they rest around the islet, outside the caves were they make their nests. Another specie that is protected in the island, classified as “endangered” and also easy to observe is the sea otter (nutria de mar) or “chungungo” (Lutra felina). The access to the area is not allowed due to the fragility of the habitat.
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