Miramar, Argentina Travel Guide
You could call Miramar ‘the little cousin of Mar del Plata‘… but most likely the locals would not like it. Small (in size, not spirit) and proud, a balneario with spunk that hosts a good time for all during the summer (December to March).
Miramar is a short 50 minute drive away from Mar del Plata but worlds apart. Travel Guide to Mar del Plata
No fancy shopping malls, crazy nightclub scene, high-end resort hotels or spas… just simple, quality living with a focus on families as well as retirees escaping the high level of crime in Buenos Aires.
Come the end of December along with the warm weather are surfers, partiers and families visiting from other areas of Argentina. The beach is the main draw with row upon row of oceanfront restaurants and bathing areas. Surf schools pop-up, camping areas open and the town comes alive with movie theaters, children’s arcades, after hour dance venues, etc.
Things To Do in Miramar
- Have a shot at catching some small fry for your dinner at the fishing pier in front of town.
- Visit the “Energetic Forest” (Bosque Energetico in Spanish) just outside of town where it is said that due to lack of sunlight the forest growth developed a form of mystical energy that is seen in the shape of the branches and direction they grow… bring your divining rod.
- Schedule a surf lesson with Parador Peche Escuela de Surf - best when the water is warm January and February.
- Try your hand at one of the 60 slot machines or 16 game tables at the Miramar Casino, or at least visit and enjoy live music that is often available.
- Take a secluded beach walk at Mar del Sud, a short twenty minutes away and not surrounded by high-rise apartments like the beaches that front Miramar.
If traveling with children there is a small skate park in Miramar that is popular with locals. If needing a break from said kids… head to Puerta del Bosque and pamper yourself to a spa treatment while they are kept entertained in the childrens play area.
If visiting during the high-season – January and February - you need no advice as to what to do… take a walk in town or along the waterfront promendade and see what is going on. There are outdoor concerts in the plaza during this time, bowling alleys, pool tables to try out your skills while downing a few, dancing parties on the beach, etc.
Editor’s Note: If wanting to have a long-term stay in Miramar, read our Miramar – Cheap Place to Live article.
Note: During winter there are no hostals open, but Hotel Castilar is (around $25 USD per night with buffet continental breakfast). During summer the place explodes with businesses.
Name: Hotel Ideal Book Now
Address: Peatonal 9 de Julio #632
Website: www.h-ideal.com.ar/ If in need of a good soak this is the place to go (baths in the bathroom are a rarity in South America!), garden area, WiFi, private balconies.
Name: Hotel Castilar Miramar
Address: Avenida 12 #1335
Name: Hostal Fuser
Address: Calle 16 #524
Note: High-end restaurants are closed during off-season. Summertime January – March there is an abundance of choices (cheap & pricey) both in town and lining the beachfront promenade.
Name: Ristorante Fortunato Platos Gourmet
Address: Calle 21 #1458
Website: None. Parilla (grilled meats & chicken), pastas, salads in central area with indoor/outdoor seating.
Name:Van Dyke Resto-Bar
Address: Calle 21 and Diagonal Fortuna de la Plaza
Website: None. Parilla (grilled meats & chicken), pastas, seafood in popular central location.
Address: Calle 26 and 21
Website: None. Hamburgers, pizza, quiche, crepes with indoor and outdoor seating to people watch at the plaza.
Photograph by Molly McHugh, all rights reserved.