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Mar del PlataArgentina

Long sweeping beaches, watersports, wildlife spotting, elegant architecture, historic villas and superb art museums make this a popular Argentine beach town. 

Mar del Plata is the queen of Argentina’s coastal resorts. During summer its beaches teem with vacationers from across the country. Inland, the city offers cultural experiences. Find historic landmarks, galleries, museums, picturesque squares and shopping districts. Once a glitzy destination for affluent families, today Mar del Plata caters to all budgets.

The city’s coastline extends for 29 miles (47 kilometers) along the Atlantic Ocean and sets the scene for sailing, spotting sea lions, sunbathing, watersports and walking. Closest to the city center is Bristol Beach, backed by La Rambla promenade and the Casino Central. Travel north to the quieter Playa la Perla and Playa Popular. To the south is Playa Chica. Playa Grande is a favorite among surfers. Waikiki Beach is also a good surf spot.

Sit on tree-shaded lawns and watch street performers at beachfront Plaza Cristóbal Colón. San Martín Square is framed by Mar del Plata Cathedral and the Colón Theater. Mitre Square features December’s Mar del Plata JAZZ festival. Shop for artisanal gifts on Diagonal de los Artesanos and browse outlets on pedestrian-only Peatonal San Martín.

Discover the life of writer Victoria Ocampo and see how early 20th-century affluent Argentines lived at Villa Victoria Ocampo Cultural Center. Villa Normandy is another home of one-time aristocrats. Scrutinize the architectural beauty of the Stella Maris Church, medieval-style water tower Torre Tanque and castle-inspired Torreón del Monje. Meet dolphins, penguins, sea lions and tropical birds at Mar del Plata Aquarium.

Admire works by national artists at Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Art Museum and MAR Museum of Modern Art. Delve into maritime history at the Museum of the Submarine Force. Peruse displays of antique city photographs at the Roberto T. Barili Historic Museum Archive.

Mar del Plata is about 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of Buenos Aires. Reach the town by bus, plane or train. December through February is the high season, when hotel prices peak. Come in the off-season to experience the relaxed atmosphere justifying its nickname, Happy City.

Where to stay in Mar del Plata

San Martin Square which includes wildflowers, a statue or sculpture and a park

La Perla

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

Unique features of La Perla include the beaches and restaurants. Make a stop by Bristol Beach or La Perla Beach while you're exploring the area.

La Perla

Top Hotels in Mar del Plata

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Costa Galana
Costa Galana
4 out of 5
Boulevard P. Peralta Ramos 5725, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
The price is ¥14,471 per night

Located in Mar del Plata, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Grande Beach and Mar del Plata Golf Club. Chica Beach and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (107 reviews)

"the room was excellent. Hotel staff attention was wonderful"…"

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2020

Costa Galana
Sheraton Mar Del Plata Hotel
Sheraton Mar Del Plata Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Avenita Alem 4221, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mar del Plata Golf Club and Grande Beach. Chica Beach and Mar Del Plata Port are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (281 reviews)

"the food, the cleanliness and the friendly staff but there were things that I thought should have been addressed better considering the quality of the hotel like the bathroom facets."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Sheraton Mar Del Plata Hotel
Mérit Mar del Plata
Mérit Mar del Plata
3.5 out of 5
Libertad 2936, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires

Located in La Perla, this hotel is steps from La Perla Beach and Alfonsina Storni Monument. Lorenzo Scaglia Museum of Natural Sciences and San Martin Square ...

3.7/5Good! (224 reviews)

"Excellent location, nice and clean, great breakfast. The staff is very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Mérit Mar del Plata

Popular places to visit in Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata Cathedral
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Mar del Plata Cathedral

5/5(4 reviews)

This grand neo-Gothic monument, characterized by its bell tower and multiple spires, lords over the lively main square of Mar del Plata. 

Top things to do in Mar del Plata

Vacation Photographer in Mar del Plata
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Vacation Photographer in Mar del Plata

¥26,763
Per adult

Reviews of Mar del Plata

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

the roads are awful. everything else i liked.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

Mar del Plata is a beautiful city to visit and walk. A lot of dinning options and open late. The medialunas (croissants) are the best in the world.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Feb 8, 2019

not my cup of tea

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 21, 2018

It's a beautiful city with many beach options but best to stay away in January through mid-March due to extreme crowds.

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