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San Clemente de Tuyú

(Altitude: 6m / 20 ft, Population: 11,000 Telephone Code: 02252)

San Clemente de Tuyu, the northernmost town in the Partido de la Costa District, is a low-key alternative to the the region's swankier resort towns. It was first discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1520. After the Spanish government first surveyed the area in 1580, Governor Hernando Arias de Saaverda and his Guaraní team named the area Rincón del Tuyú, which means muddy corner. The small waterway next to the area was named San Clemente by the Jesuit priest José Cardiel after it was first mapped in 1744.

In 1825, General Juan Manuel de Rosas incorporated the area into a district in the Buenos Aires province. The coastlines around Buenos Aires were made into public beaches in the 1920s, which increased San Clemente de Tuyú's popularity, and a four-lane highway was built in the 1950s by President Juan Perón.

The biggest attraction here is Mundo Marino, the largest sea center in Latin America (January-February 10 a.m.-8 p.m., March, December, and July 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Adults $11, children $7). Founded in 1979, it features entertaining dolphin, penguin and seal shows. It is also home to Kshamenk, a male orca that has been at the marine park since 1992. 

San Clemente de Tuyú is home to one of Argentina's most popular hot springs, the Termas Marinas. The site of the hot springs used to be home to the nature theme park Bahía Adventura and now features a café and a beauty spa (summer 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Closes earlier during the off-season. Adults $6.50, children $5).

The Reserva Natural Punta Rasa (free) is a great nature sanctuary to spend a day strolling along its secluded beaches. The peninsula's water is known for its fishing as well. For fishing information, visit

If the weather permits it, one of the best options for sleeping is the various campgrounds at the entrance of San Clemente, which all cost around $2.50 a night. Another good option is Hotel Avenue 5 (Ca. 5, 1561, Tel: 421-035, rooms $13-25 per night), which is two blocks from the beach and tucked away from the madness of the downtown bars.

Balneario Eden (corner of Av. 11 and the beach, Tel: 430-519, meals $2-5) has a great view overlooking the ocean and offers burgers and different types of seafood. It is open for lunch and dinner, and open 24 hours a day in January. 

La Querencia is a great parilla that also offers seafood and plenty of homemade pasta options (Ca. 1, 2453, Tel: 432-081, meals $2.50-11). It's open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday.


Other places nearby San Clemente de Tuyú: Visit Pehuén-Có, Villa Ventana, Villa Gesell, Santa Clara Del Mar, Tapalque, Miramar, Necochea, San Antonio De Areco, Sierra De La Ventana and Luján.

03 Jun 2010

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