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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.

Top Hotels in Mar del Plata

Luz y Fuerza Mar del Plata
Luz y Fuerza Mar del Plata
2.5 out of 5
Las Heras 2256, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
The price is CA $72 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10

Located in the heart of Mar del Plata, this beach hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casino del Mar and Bristol Beach. Plaza Almirante Brown and Millennium Square ...

3.7/5Good! (31 reviews)
Para mi es 7puntos

"Ubicación buena,limpieza buena ,atención del personal muy cordiales ,habitación buena ,baño incómodo muy chico es espacio de ducha y no tener wifi Fi en la habitación Malo desayu no es de buena calidad el fiambre lo demás bueno"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 30, 2019

Luz y Fuerza Mar del Plata
Bagú Playa Grande
Bagú Playa Grande
3 out of 5
3528 Leandro Nicéforo Alem, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
The price is CA $47 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in the heart of Mar del Plata, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mar del Plata Golf Club and Chica Beach. Grande Beach and Martin Miguel de Guemes ...

3.2/5 (10 reviews)

"Fue una estadía medianamente cómoda nos tocó una habitación muy pequeña ..a la anterior vez que estuvimos ahí.. pero en general bien... igual volveré 😃"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Bagú Playa Grande
Sennac Hotel
Sennac Hotel
3.5 out of 5
La Rioja 1339, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires
The price is CA $57 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in La Perla, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lorenzo Scaglia Museum of Natural Sciences, Colon Theater, and San Martin Square. Los Gallegos ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)

"muy optimo precio/calidad. amorosa la gente. todo limpio y lindo. para standart argentino muy bueno."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 11, 2019

Sennac Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Mar del Plata

Apart Avenida del Mar
Apart Avenida del Mar
3 out of 5
Las Heras 2128, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires (province)

Situated in Mar del Plata, this aparthotel is steps from Casino del Mar and Bristol Beach. Plaza Almirante Brown and Millennium Square are also within 5 ...

Apart Avenida del Mar
Beautiful sea front apartment in Argentina's classiest resort
Beautiful sea front apartment in Argentina's classiest resort
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires (province)

Located in the heart of Mar del Plata, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Grande Beach, Chica Beach, and Mar del Plata Golf Club. Mar Del ...

Beautiful sea front apartment in Argentina's classiest resort
SPACIOUS APARTMENT METERS FROM THE SEA IN GUEMES AREA
SPACIOUS APARTMENT METERS FROM THE SEA IN GUEMES AREA
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires (province)
The price is CA $77 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Situated in Mar del Plata, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Martin Miguel de Guemes, Casino del Mar, and Bristol Beach. Juan Carlos Castagnino ...

SPACIOUS APARTMENT METERS FROM THE SEA IN GUEMES AREA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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