Experience the casinos, monuments, and surfing in Mar del Plata!

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.

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Casinos, Monuments and Natural Parks

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Where to stay in Mar del Plata

La Perla
La Perla, Mar del Plata, Argentina

La Perla

Known for Monuments, Natural Parks, Beaches

4/5(5 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.

Top Hotels in Mar del Plata

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sheraton Mar Del Plata Hotel
Sheraton Mar Del Plata Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Avenita Alem 4221, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
¥12,245
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4.1/5Very Good! (244 reviews)
Excellent all round

"Excellent"…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Sheraton Mar Del Plata Hotel
Costa Galana
Costa Galana
4 out of 5
Boulevard P. Peralta Ramos 5725, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
¥13,378
per night
Oct 24 - Oct 25
4.5/5Wonderful! (99 reviews)

"Beautiful view lovely service good location comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2019

Costa Galana
Hotel Versailles
Hotel Versailles
3.5 out of 5
Av. Luro 2426, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
¥3,418
per night
Oct 24 - Oct 25
4/5Very Good! (48 reviews)
Great place in Mar del Plata

"Good comfortable hotel 2 mins from seafront and with plenty of bars/restaurants/shops close by. Nice room with good facilities and good wi-fi. Excellent choice for breakfast. Very friendly staff with good check in/out service. Very good value - recommended !!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

Hotel Versailles

Popular things to do in Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata Cathedral
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Mar del Plata Cathedral

4.5/5(3 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 activities in Mar del Plata

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

¥3,343

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

Reviews of Mar del Plata

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Top Destination

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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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