Expect a nice place with good public transport, but long treks between the towns. The prime months are March to September, when low pressure systems are pushing swell up from the South Pacific. Take your full quiver. The locals charge some very big waves, but you can hide on the inside section at most of the points! For dinner you’ll be having some excellent fish, if you can find a decent restaurant. Check out the completos, a Chilean reinvention of the hotdog with literally everything on it—cholesterol city! Stay at any decent place you can find! Make sure you take Spanish lessons before you go. Most of the surfers speak a bit of English, but it really helps if you make the effort. Don’t miss the Atacama desert, the driest place on earth and home to the remarkable ‘Chariots of the Gods’ hieroglyphs. If it’s flat, you’re very, very unucky!