Mar Del Plata
Mar del Plata is a popular beach destination of Argentinian travelers and international tourists. It has ten miles of beaches, each with their own identity; some cater to families, others are upscale, but there is a beach that will fit any traveler. Days are spent in the sun and surf, early evenings focus on the world class dining in the many hotels and resorts, and late nights feature dancing and music at the many nightclubs in the city. With relatively steady weather throughout the year, it is always a good time to visit Mar del Plata and join the party.
Cuisine: Argentina is world renowned for its incredible meats, and you will see many restaurants offer beef grilled or roasted in coals. Make sure you try some medialunas, sweetened crescent rolls, as an afternoon snack, and for dessert don’t miss alfajores, two biscuits filled with jam or dulce de leche and covered in vanilla or chocolate.
Must See: After spending the day at the beach, catch a show. Many hotels in Mar del Plata offer theatrical plays to enjoy between dinner and late night dancing at the nightclubs. This city is also home to the Mar del Plata International Film Festival every November, which is the only accredited competitive film festival in Latin America. If visiting during the event, make sure you keep an eye out for celebrities.
Lodging: The beachfront location of the NH Gran Hotel Provincial is one of the reasons this historic hotel is such a lovely place to stay. With many amenities, like plush rooms, a cafe, a lounge, a swimming pool and jacuzzi, you will be very comfortable.
Ground Transportation: Although buses are available for public transportation, the tourism infrastructure of Mar del Plata is well versed in arranging transportation for travelers via shuttles and car services. Taxis are available and can be easily obtained in the city or arranged for by the concierge of the hotel.
Packing Tips: Mar del Plata is a coastal city that is a popular tourist destination. Bring beach wear for the day, upscale casual outfits for dinner and a show, and club wear for late nights of dancing.
Recommended Books: Ricardo Piglia, one of Latin America’s most prestigious, award winning fiction authors, was raised in Mar del Plata. His first book, Artificial Respiration (Respiracion artificial), has been translated into a number of languages. This mystery novel follows a detective searching for missing young men and weaves Argentina’s history through the story.
Currency: The Argentine peso is the local currency.
Calling Code Argentina: 54
Best Travel Dates: Mar del Plata is a destination that can be visited year-round, since the temperatures aren’t often extreme. Peak tourism season is in January and February, the warmest months. Visit in December or February if you want to avoid large crowds.