Viña del Mar has a lot going for it but there is probably nothing better than its beach areas. The boardwalks shoreline parks have all been nicely redone recently. Reñaca beach, sector of town on the north end of Viña del Mar, is case in point.

And there is no better month of the year in central Chile than April: sunny, no rain all month, warm (but not hot, 18°C or 65°F), perfect for an afternoon stroll. On this day (12th) of the middle of April 2014, while most Americans are being beleaguered by the taxman and its oppressive regime, this former America was taking in the sights and the good life! There happened to be a fire over Valparaíso as seen in the image below. In fact, it was the beginning of the fire that burned over two thousand homes and made international headlines.

Some of the well-done amenities along the shore and some of the classic stair-step architecture can be seen in these images. No crowds this time of year. Beach vendors are squeaking out a living.

For many residents that live on the hills above Reñaca (or Recreo or Valparaíso), getting to the beach requires some effort. The images below were taken from step number 106 out of 168! Of course the 30 meters of rise (100 feet) is a comfortable number when the tsunami sirens sound!

A cruise ship can be seen in the distance, leaving the port of Valparaiso.

Hope your day is great, and whether it is or not just remember you are only a flight away from relative freedom!

    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 the Overseas 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 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
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.