It is the main port for the area and includes a rocky peninsula that forms the southern part of the bay that both cities sit upon (Bahia de Coquimbo). A labyrinth of unique houses and assorted buildings has grown up on the rocky outcrops of the peninsula that overlook the central plaza as well as the main port. This area is well worth a visit (in daytime only, as shadier folk seem to populate it at night), with a dozen or so zig-zagging stairways winding upwards at the end of the main avenues of town. A fantastic view of the entire bay including La Serena in the distance is possible from one of the many miradores (lookouts) up top. There are also tidal pools at the point of the peninsula that are a popular swimming spot at low tide. Outrageously good seafood can be had at the various restaurants around the central market or purchased fresh from the stalls at the pier moments after arriving from the fleet of boats that dock there. From the wharf one can take tranquil half hour tours of the harbor and enjoy the feel of the ocean as well as its salty smell. Like La Serena, Coquimbo is surrounded by some of Chile´s most beautiful beaches both to the north and south.