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Small Beach Towns On Argentina's Atlantic Coast


Beach Towns Around Bahía Blanca, Argentina

If you're traveling along the coast between Buenos Aires and Bahía Blanca, you'll find an abundance of small beach towns dotting the shoreline. Each town has a unique vibe, whether it's the trappings of wealth and power found in Pinamar or the bohemian Villa Gesell. Most towns fill up on weekends during the summer months (December-February), when accommodations are stretched to their capacity by vacationing porteños. In the off-season months, the towns can seem empty and depressing, and available services sharply decline. However, you're likely to find a great rate on lodging if you can put up with a somber atmosphere and cool weather.

There are a variety of activities offered in these towns, and they depend on what's around. In some spots you can go surfing or windsurfing, especially near Pinamar. There are also horse and bike rentals, nature preserves and a few cultural activities to be found. Those looking for an adventure can find climbing, rappelling and mountain biking in the vicinity of Mar del Plata. The beaches don't have the same natural beauty as their Brazilian or Uruguayan neighbors, but the water is warm up near Buenos Aires and the beaches are uncrowded in the smaller towns.

Many towns were established fairly recently by visionary developers eager to profit from the untouched coastline so close to the capital city. A few began as vacation destinations for the wealthy, including Pinamar and Mar del Plata, while others developed in a less contrived manner, such as Mar Chiquita, Villa Gesell and San Clemente del Tuyú. Most towns have balnearios (beach clubs) that provide tents, umbrellas and chairs for a daily fee.

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By Eli Mangold
10 Aug 2010

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