Paseo de los Turistas


This beachside, pedestrian boulevard stretches along the southern edge of town. Cruise ships make visits to the eastern end of the road, and a variety of souvenir stalls and casual restaurants known as kioscos are there to greet passengers. Their specialty is the Churchill, a bizarre dessert concoction of condensed milk, syrup and chopped fruit, which got its name in the 1940s from a guy who regularly ordered it and looked like the British prime minister.

On weekends, this is the place to knock back beers.

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1. Casa de la Cultura

0.18 MILES

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3. Palacio Municipal

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Built in place of the previous Municipal Palace that burned down, this rather unusual 1970s structure with jutting upper floors, designed by architect…

4. Casa Fait


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5. Parque Marino del Pacífico

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6. Playa San Isidro

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7. Playa Doña Ana

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