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Mar del Plata, Argentina Travel Guide

Playa Bristol (Bristol Beach) in Summertime with Hotel Provincial in the Background

Mar del Plata – population 614,00 – is the seventh largest city in Argentina yet the number one Atlantic coast balneario (seaside resort in English). Visitor numbers during the months of December to March (summer) can reach into the millions; beaches get packed and the nightlife never stops.

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Mar del Plata is easily accessed from Buenos Aires by both bus (Retiro Bus Station) and train (Plaza Constitution). The cheap train – Tren Diario – is half the price of the bus and takes approximately 6 hours. For train schedule and pricing information view: Trains from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata

Things To Do in Mar del Plata

  • See seashells from around the world and absorb information from creatures in a tidal pool at Museo del Mar (Sea Museum in English). Located at Avenida Colón #1114.
  • See a live show or concert performance at Teatro Colon (Hipolito Yrigoyen #1665). Official website with programming information is located here: Teatro Colon.
  • Sing your heart out – or watch others make fools of themselves – at one of the many Karaoke clubs.
  • Spoil yourself with a massage at the Les Airelles Spa. Located at 3 de Febrero #3410.
  • Lose a bunch of money at Casino Central – a humongous complex on the waterfront at Bulevard Maritimo #2242.
  • Indulge your conservative spiritual side by visiting the Mar del Plata Cathedral. Is located at Mitre #1780.
  • Take the kids, or your young self, to the Mar del Plata Aquarium for a day and see the dolphin show. Open Fridays and weekends during low season (April to October) and daily during high season (November to March). Is 1.7 km (2 miles) or so from the town center at Martínez de Hoz #5600. Official website is located here.
  • Be a speed demon or watch your kids squeal around corners at Interlagos Karting (indoor/outdoor), just outside of town. Has a restaurant.
  • Take a taxi or bus to Waikiki beach and oogle at the surfers or grab a few waves yourself. Has a popular surf school – Kikiwai Surf Club.

There are two shopping malls in Mar del Plata for you to browse through and see what the Argentine clothing buyers think is in style: Gallegos Mall and Paseo Diagonal. Both are located at Diagonal Pueyrredón #3050 and have shops as well as movie theaters and restaurants. Gallegegos has a food court and Mc Donalds while Paseo Diagonal has a cafe serving deli foods, salads and pastries plus a gym on the upper floor. For more information click here: Shopping in Mar del Plata

In November an International Film Festival is held annually. For information on what is showing, when and where view their official website: Mar del Plata International Film Festival.

Where to Stay in Mar del Plata

Name: Sainte Jeanne Hotel Boutique & Spa   Book Now
Address: Guemes #2850
Website: Five stars that shine with equisite pool, restaurant and spa in excellent central location.

Name: Maison Apart Hotel   Book Now
Address: Belgrano #2143
Website: Near Bristol Central Beach with fully-equipped kitchens, dining area and rooms with balconies.

Name: Rebbel Hostel
Address: Sarmiento #2258

Where to Eat in Mar del Plata

Name: El Palacio del Bife (parilla & pastas)
Address: Córdoba 1857
Website: None. Has a Facebook page!   Specializes in the culinary cuisine Argentina is best at… steaks, steaks and more steaks.

Name: Pescadores Restaurant
Address: Club de Pesca at Boulevard Maritimo
Website: None. Sit over the sea in this three-tiered restaurant and enjoy the view while indulging in quality seafood such as salmon, lobster, calamari, oysters… you name it and they have most likely caught or harvested it for you.

Name: Bocitas
Address: Rivadavia #2262
Website: None. Cheap pizza with outdoor seating and plenty of beer.

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