Playa Preciosa

North Coast

Only 25m down a path leaving from just in front of Playa Grande's bathrooms is this spectacular stretch of sand. Pounded by serious waves and some undertow, few attempt to play in the surf. Those who do – typically surfers at dawn – do so for the thrill. Some of the narrow beach is covered during high tide.

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1. Playa Grande

0.67 MILES

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2. Playa El Bréton

4.19 MILES

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3. Monumento Natural Cabo Francés Viejo

4.28 MILES

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4. Playa Caletón

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5. Laguna Gri-Gri

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6. Playa Los Mino

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7. Playa Diamante

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8. Playa La Entrada

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