Once a retreat for Argentina’s aristocracy, Mar del Plata today is the country’s top beach resort city. Located on the Atlantic Coast in the Buenos Aires Province, Mar del Plata attracts millions of tourists every year to its sandy beaches and lively culture. During the summer weekends it can get very crowded here but outside the summer months, the city takes on a much more relaxed feel.
Mar del Plata is a beautiful city of both historic and modern architecture from charming Spanish chalets and Victorian homes to high rise hotels and casinos. Whether it be sports, family fun or arts and culture, the city offers something for everyone. In addition to a wide range of restaurants, shopping choices, museums, theaters and cinemas, the city also offers an aquarium, zoo, five golf courses and a major sports stadium.
By far, the main attractions in Mar del Plata are its sandy beaches. The most popular beaches are the ones conveniently located near the city center such as Bristol, La Perla and Popular. Other favored choices are Playa Grande and Playa Mogotes. Although crowded during the summer months between December and March, these beaches offer restaurants, shops, bars, tournaments and numerous water sports and activities for both children and adults. The Southern Beaches are where young people often hang out with live music and parties.
Restaurants and food choices range from international to local fare such as fresh seafood, grilled Argentine beef and alfajores, which are cake sandwiches made with cream caramel. With countless bars, pubs, nightclubs and discos, there is never a shortage of nightlife activity here.