Argentina's Hot Spot:
Given these numbers, it is no surprise that this Atlantic coast playground has built up a sophisticated infrastructure to handle this level of tourism. The city boasts many hotels, restaurants, casinos, theatres and other tourist attractions.
Beachs of Mar del Plata:
Downtown beaches including Bristol, Popular, Punta Iglesia,Las Toscas are centrally located and often very full. However, they have benefited from recent renovations and have the infrastructure to handle many thousands of sun worshipers. Get there early, or, cruise a bit further down the coast to see if you can find a spot at a less hectic beach.
- By plane: Aerolíneas Argentinas offers flights in to the Mar del Plata airport which is just 10 minutes from downtown. Flights from Buenos Aires are just under an hour, with about three flights a day.
- By car: you would take Route 2, the main highway from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata. The drive is about 4 to 5 hours.
- By bus: More than 50 bus companies link Mar del Plata with the rest of the country. Buses from Buenos Aires, which arrive at the central bus terminal at Alberti 1602, are comfortable and leave Buenos Aires at the Retiro Bus Station. Bus rides are around 4 to 5 hours.
- By train: A train run by the company Ferrobaires connects Mar del Plata with Buenos Aires, and it's only slightly more expensive than the buses. It leaves Buenos Aires from Constitución, in the southern part of the capital, and runs three times a day. The trip take about 4 to 5 hours.
When to Go:
Mar del Plata Attractions:
- Casino Central de Mar del Plata
- Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Museum of Art
- Museo del Mar
- De Los Padres Lake and Hills
- Zoo El Paraíso
- The Museum of Natural Science