A slice of paradise in Argentina, Mar del Plata is nationally celebrated for its picture-perfect beaches, vibrant street culture and oceanside beauty. Although the summer season is busy, you can still capture the enticing, busy energy that draws holidaymakers in to enjoy the “Sea of the Silver Region”.
Things to do in Mar del Plata
The highlight of Mar del Plata is its beach, a sandy and sunny escape from the urban streets and the epicentre of energy in the city. Join any of the parasailing or boating activities out on the water or just breathe in the fresh Atlantic Ocean winds. If you prefer to explore a quiet area, trek to Waikiki Beach, a smaller and lesser known cove with a great surf school.
Break away from the beach crowds by taking a cultural tour of Mar del Plata. Learn about its charming history by exploring the smaller streets of the centre, home to charming cafes, antique photographs and handsome, centuries-old architecture. Explore the local marine life by witnessing a huge, international collection of seashells at the Museo del Mar and the native sea life of the city aquarium.
Seafood cuisine is a must-try in Mar del Plata, especially the local dish of rabas or mariscos, and you can wash it down with a drink of mate, a caffeinated beverage sold throughout Mar del Plata. After dinner, walk along the long beach to see the way the sunset catches the evening light, making it clear why this is one of Argentina’s most loved destinations.
Getting around Mar del Plata
The extensive bus network and an array of taxis make it easy to navigate Mar del Plata. The city is home to Astor Piazzolla International Airport, with daily flights to Buenos Aires.