Having grown up on the Southern California coast (Santa Monica, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach), I got used to the frequent “marine layer” of clouds and sometimes fog that crept onshore most days.
The marine layer hardly ever extended past 5 miles inland, and served to keep the coastal communities far cooler than inland counterparts. For instance, Woodland Hills, Pasadena or Riverside might be 100°F while coastal cities remained at 80°F. The marine layer is produced when the cold Pacific Ocean water hit the desert mainland, rolling in late at night and not “burning off” until around 11am to 2pm the next day. It was especially prominent in certain months and for this reason was often termed “the June gloom.”
Central Chile is in many ways a mirror image of Southern California. While Santiago may have sunny 85°F to 90°F days throughout the summer and fall, coastal communities in the 5th Region, such as Viña del Mar, will have highs in the 60°Fs and be covered by the marine layer, whose name in Spanish is vaguada costera.
The main difference in Chile is that it does not burn off so quickly. In fact, sometimes it stays all day, making places like Viña del mar somewhat dreary. Nonetheless, the quality of life in Viña is marvelous and anyone coming to Chile should consider living there as an option in spite of the pesky marine layer. At least it keeps you cool!
Chile is a freer place than most countries and looks better and better all the time. You might consider investing in the country and even moving to Chile. Chile has a new sustainable community starting called Freedom Orchard. Check it out. Buy your “Plan B” lot in it, and diversify out of the decaying assets in “First World” nations.
Also, be sure to tune in to Dr. Cobin’s radio program: “Red Hot Chile” at noon (ET) on Fridays on theOverseas Radio Network (ORN). You can also join the thousands of other people who download the shows each month via the archive link on our Red Hot Chile page (recorded show updated every Monday morning).
Be sure, too, to visit AllAboutChile.com for discussion and forums about the country and what’s going on with Freedom Orchard.
Dr. Cobin’s book, Life in Chile: A Former American’s Guide for Newcomers, is the most comprehensive treatise on Chilean life ever written, designed to help newcomers get settled in Chile. He covers almost every topic imaginable for immigrants. This knowledge is applied in his valet consulting service – Chile Consulting – where he guides expatriates through the process of finding a place to live and settle in Chile, helping them glide over the speed bumps that they would otherwise face in getting their visas, setting up businesses, buying real estate, investing in Chilean stocks or gold coins, etc. The cost is $49.
Dr. Cobin’s sequel book, Expatriates to Chile: Topics for Living, adds even further depth on important topics to expatriates who either live in Chile already or who have Chile on the short list of countries where they hope to immigrate. The book deals with crucial issues pertaining to urban and rural real estate transactions, natural disasters, issues pertaining to emigration and its urgency, money and the quality of life, medical care and insurance, business opportunities, social manifestations (including welfare state and divorce policy concerns), Chile in the freedom indices, social maladies (lying, cheating, stealing and murder), as well as discussion of a few places worth visiting and some further comments about Santiago.
For a brief introduction consider Dr. Cobin’s abridged book (56 pages): Chile: A Primer for Expats ($19), offering highlights found in the two larger books.Buy Dr. Cobin’s Public Policy books at Amazon.com:
Christian Theology of Public Policy: Highlighting the American Experience (2006)
Bible and Government: Public Policy from a Christian Perspective (2003)
A Primer on Modern Themes in Free Market Economics and Policy (2009)These and other resources can be found on the Escape America Now resource page.