Algarrobo is a popular beach resort about 75 miles west of Santiago, very busy during the summer months but relatively empty starting the first week in March, when we happened to visit. It is a beautiful small town with old residences that have been in the same family for generations and surrounded by newer neighborhoods on the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
There are huge, new condominium buildings, some of them already completed and many being built that are changing the town and taxing the roads which were built for a lower population density and a slower pace of life. One of these condominium complexes – San Alfonso del Mar – was built right on the dunes and features the largest salt water swimming pool in the world at about one-sixth of a mile long; one continues to wonder about the wisdom, or lack of, building over sand dunes but that is a different subject.
A couple of the pictures in this gallery are of, or taken from, the Estero San Jerónimo, a protected wetland inhabited by many of the native fauna species.