Welcome to Coquimbo
The rough-and-tumble port of Coquimbo next door to La Serena has been undergoing something of a revolution in recent years. Clinging to the rocky hills of Península Coquimbo, the town was long written off as La Serena's ugly cousin, but it has blossomed into the area's up-and coming spot for nightlife. It's worth a trip for a wander around its handsomely restored 19th-century Barrio Inglés (English Quarter) and a visit to the fish market for some fresh seafood. Other highlights include boat trips on the bay and a massive cross (with museum) that offers magnificent views over the bay.