Mar Del Plata Argentina

Mar Del Plata on the Atlantic Coast of Argentina is home to the best beach.

Argentina beach at Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata is also known as “Ciadad Feliz” (celebration city). This young town became the popular tourist destination for portenos around 1900 and combines relaxing and nature with an exciting urban environment. This city hosts the most famous Argentina beach becuase of its long beaches, dunes, cliffs and ravines, as well as swimming, windsurfing, jet skiing, diving and sailing. It is also home to the biggest casino in the world.

How to get to this Argentina beach from Buenos Aires

By Bus – There are at least 10 different bus companies that run to Mar Del Plata from Buenos Aires. The trip takes about 5 hours and the cost is less than 50pesos for a luxury ride one way.

By Car – Driving from Buenos Aires is an easy jaunt lasting about 5 hours. However many of the roads require constant tolls and are often only one lane. Forcing you to pass trucks habitually. The scenery is mostly farmland and small farm towns along the way.

By Air – Flights from Buenos Aires to Mar Del Plata are common and last about 45 minutes. The cost is typically $200USD for the round trip.

What to do in Mar Del Plata

Interesting neighborhoods – The most outstanding attractions are the Colón Square, the Torreón del Monje (The Tower of the Monk), Los Troncos neighbourhood, the Harbor and Mar del Plata Sailing Club, Punta Mogotes, Barrancas de los Lobos, De los Padres Hill and Lagoon, and Chapadmalal Beach.

Mar Del Plata nightlife – This seaside city has an active nightlife especially in the summer months. Theater is huge here, often shows on the road from Buenos Aires. Tickets sell out quick. Casinos and bingos have a large following in Mar Del Plata. And of course there are amble amount of pubs and discos to choose from.

Outdoor activities – Not only is El Paraíso a zoo full of animals but also a fantastic botanic garden. Just a few minutes from Mar del Plata, this spot is ideal both for children and grown-ups to have a closer look at Mother Nature. The Gold Cathedral offers the possibility of playing along the sea, in the hills or in the cliffs. The famous golf cathedral is something unique and not to be missed. There is a surf school that also teaches a philosophy of life and a passion as well as how to surf this spectacular Argentina beach. You can cruise the water in various sea going vessels and get great views of the city or share a romantic meal with someone special. Diving and snorkeling is also available here to explore the sub aquatic brimming with fauna and colors.

Museums – The successors of Mr. Benjamín Cisterna created the Museum of the Sea in Av. Colón 1114, an amazing history and tribute to the ocean. “Juan C. Castagnino” Municipal Art Museum is on Av. Colón 1189, where the residence of the Ortiz Basualdo family used to be. Villa Victoria Ocampo Cultural Center is at 1851 Matheu Street. It is a building that was constructed by Mr. Manuel Ocampo as a present to Victoria’s grandmother- Mrs. Francisca Ocampo de Ocampo.

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1 Response to “Mar Del Plata Argentina”

  1. 1 Adam December 5, 2007 at 11:14 am


    I am currently planning a trip to Buenos Aires. I will be coming there mid January. We are planning on coming to Mar del Plata, I think. I wanted to ask you: is Mar del Plata a MUST destination? Especially in the hot weather? Do you recommend a certain spot in Mar del Plata to stay? Should we reserve lodging before we leave the States?

    Thanks. And thank you for this blog. It’s VERY helpful.

    Adam Harrington

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