Popular Beach Destinations

Come the summer and porteños flee the city for the annual beach season. During December the first vacationers start to arrive and by New Years the beaches are crowding until they peak in January. The beaches quiet down a bit in February, as do prices and by March the crowds have disappeared and scattered visitors remain, taking advantage of the last days of summer, the bargains and the solitary shores.

So where are the most popular and nicest beaches for a quick escape? Read on.


In Argentina

For a crowded classic summer location: Mar del Plata

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Founded in 1874, Mar del Plata is one of the oldest beach towns in the Buenos Aires province and a very popular destination. The seaside town gets incredibly crowded, so, it´s not the place to go for a quiet gettaway, however if you like beaches with bustling city options such as theatres, cafes, and shops then it may just be the place.


To go with a group of friends or family, enjoy the shade of pine forests: Pinamar, Cariló and Mar Azul

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Pinamar (the largest and most crowded of the three), Cariló and Mar Azul are all along the same coast in the Buenos Aires province. There are also some in between towns on the coast such as Ostende, Valeria del Mar and Villa Gesel (this last one is popular but not so nice as the others). All of the towns are surrounded by small pine forests, have great sandy dunes and are popular beach destinations.

For colder waters and amazing wildlife- Puerto Madryn

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Puerto Madryn is to the south of Argentina in the province of Chubut. This popular destination is visited every year for its unique fauna, including whales, penguins and seals!


Other popular beaches in Argentina include Las Grutas, Necochea, and Miramar.


In Uruguay

For fashion, parties and celebrity sightings- Punta del Este.

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This upscale beach in Uruguay is the hottest vacationing spot for models, sports stars and other fashionable Argies who like to strut their stuff and party to the early dawn. Fashion shows, and of course intense parties are par for the course.


For a romantic getaway- Punta del Diablo

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This small colorfull fisherman’s town in the Rocha district of Uruguay has beautiful beaches and great stretches of deserted shores to explore.


To get away from civilization- Cabo Polonio

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Cabo Polonio is an eco beach town where no cars are allowed and where there is no electricity. The beaches are amazingly beautiful and clean as are the eco houses built there. Due to the environmental preservation of the area the stars at nights can be seen brighter than in any other beach town and they also have a small group of sea lions living in the area.

Other popular beaches in Uruguay are La Paloma, La Pedrera and Piriapolis.

We Recommend: Day Trip to Colonia

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Argentines cross over to Uruguay frequently for weekend getaways to lovely towns and summer holidays at the beach. One of the common destinations for a day away is Colonia del Sacramento, a historic town founded in 1680 with a combination of Portuguese, Spanish colonial and Post-Colonial styles.

This small charming town is just an hour away from Buenos Aires by Ferry and has a variety of attractions. Some of these  include the historic quarters where Bastión del Carmen, an old fortress lies, seven museums including the tile museum (Museo del Azulejo) where a collection of valuable Portuguese, French and Spanish tiles are exhibited, the municipal and indigenous museums which tell more about the heritage and history of Colonia, the Spanish museum,  the Portuguese museum and Casa de Nacarello which is an 18th century Portuguese house, and an aquarium. We also recomend that you walk down the lovely coast at sunset before stopping at Lentas Maravillas (Santa Rita 61, Barrio Historico), a great teahouse overlooking the river. There are also some wonderful art galleries and some interesting restaurants such as La Florida, a renovated antique house which serves gourmet dining (Odriozola 215) , El Drugstore (Portugal 174), which has a colorful ambiance including an antique car set for two to dine in, and the traditional Pulperia de los Faroles(Misiones de los Tapes 101).

Colonia is just a ferry ride away.  Both Buquebus and Colonia Express offer various promotions for ferry rides to Colonia as well as special day trip fares.