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Mar Del Plata

Altitude: 38 meters/125 feet, Population: 616,142, Telephone Code: 0223

Mar del Plata is Argentina’s largest coastal tourist destination (resort), and during the summer months it certainly feels that way. The medium sized city of 600,00 swells with roughly six million annual visitors, all during the peak period of December through March, looking to mingle on the crowded beaches, take in a show or simply escape the heat of Buenos Aires. This is not the destination for every traveler. The beaches are far from spectacular and the city itself is a little rough around the edges, literally, with nicer neighborhoods around the coast and center. The bulk of the tourists that come to Mar del Plata are Argentine. Travelers looking for a glimpse at the Argentine holiday culture that want to meet new people, practice Spanish, eat fresh seafood and shop would definitely enjoy the area in the lively summer months. Mar del Plata is a family destination. Expatriate families living in Buenos Aires would enjoy the variety of entertainment and activities.

Founded in 1886 in conjunction with the arrival of the railroad, the area soon became a popular destination for upper class families from Buenos Aires looking to colonize a cooler climate during the summer. The whims of this aristocratic class led to the development of the Mar del Plata architectural style, a combination of Art Deco, Picturesque and others, that adds a unique charm to a city dominated by high-rise hotels and apartment buildings. Many examples of the style are still found on the quieter streets of the residential neighborhoods. Villa Victoria Ocampo and the neighboring Arhivo Historico Municipal, a must for history buffs interested in seeing photographs of how the city developed, are both excellent monuments to this eclectic style.

The city developed through tourism and the summer holiday period and remains defined by both. Play Bristol and Plaza Colon, the area directly in front of the Casino Municipal, become the ad hoc center of town when the beach goers and holidaymakers arrive. The Plazoleta de Las Provincias, adjacent to Playa Popular, fills with people headed in every direction, often stopping to take in a show by a street performer or talk to a friend in front of the enormous sea lion statues. The Peatonal San Martin, a popular pedestrian shopping area likely to be crammed with people throughout the day, heads away from the coast into the official center of town, Plaza San Martin. Further to the North is quiet and charming La Perla, filled with hotels and known for its popular beach. Playa Grande and the port area are located to the south of the center. The seafront walkway that connects Playa La Perla and Playa Grande is a great way to visit the entire coast and experience the city.

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Other places nearby Mar Del Plata: Santa Rosa, Santa Clara Del Mar, Villa Gesell, San Clemente de Tuyú, Luján, La Plata, Visit Pehuén-Có, Pinamar, Villa Ventana and Tapalque.







By Brandon Bragato
I like to experience the world for what it is, the good and the bad....
03 Dec 2010

Things to do in Mar Del Plata

Villa Ortiz Basualdo Museo Municipal de Arte Juan C. Castagnino

Built as an enormous seaside home for the Ortiz Basualdo family in the early Twentieth Century, the spires that dominate this hillside corner look more like they belong to a legendary haunted house ...
Museum
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Museo del Mar

Museo de Caracoles (Museum of Shells) is a more fitting name. The collection of shells from all over the world, including fines examples of the Nautilus, is the most impressive part of the museum. ...
Museum
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Centro Cultural Victoria Ocampa: Villa Victoria

Despite never being formally educated, the accomplishments of Victoria Ocampo made her a pioneering feminist and prolific cultural figure in Argentine history. She was the first woman to be issued a ...
Museum
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Playa Chica and Playa Grande

South of the Casino and center of town is Playa Chica, unique in the area because it is the only part of the coast with cliffs instead of a sandy beach. There are staircases that descend from the ...
Beach
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Playa Magotes

South of town beyond the Port area lays the longest stretch of uninterrupted beach within close proximity of the city. This area is spotted with several family-oriented private beach clubs that ...
Beach
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Playa La Perla

Just North of the center La Perla is an urban beach filled with rentable chairs and activities for all. The edge of the beach closest to the road is filled with little huts that are taken over by ...
Beach
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Port Area

Still a very important- if not the most important- port in Argentina, the area functions much better as a hub of fishing and international commerce than a tourist destination. However, the stench and ...
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Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Sierra de los Padres

Up in the hills, just 17 km East of the city, is an exclusive neighborhood surrounded by forest and farmland. The area was developed after the installation of the golf course and since become a ...
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Mar Del Plata, Argentina

Villa Mitre: Archivo Historico Municipal

In yet another example of the aristocratic homes of Mar del Plata is the perfect for place for history buffs or anyone curious about how the seaside resort developed from nothing into what it is ...
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Mar Del Plata, Argentina
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