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Mar del Plata

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Mar del Plata has numerous city beaches and less crowded sand dunes and beaches just south of the city.  It has an ample array of accomodations, from hostels to five star hotels, and a vast number of restaurants, cafés. bars and nighclubs.  Entertainment venues include theater of all genres, musical performances, movie theaters and a classic casino.

The Puerto de Mar del Plata is an active fishing seaport in the southern part of the city.
Small yellow-orange fishing boats create a colorful scene along the docks.  Seals and sea lions swim around the boats and climb onto the docks in hopes of getting fed.  The Crucero Anamora offers a scenic boat ride, going from the port and then north along the coast to the area in front of Playa Bristol, the city’s central beach, and back again.

East of the dock area there is a cluster of  seafood restaurants, a fish market, a small theater and a few shops.

There are dozens of balnearios (beach resorts) along the coast at which you can rent a beach umbrella or a small square tent with table and chairs.  The services at each resort can vary but most include several eating choices from fast food to full sit down restaurants, sports activities such as volleyball and swimming and other organized activities.

Mar del Plata’s downtown area, just a couple of blocks from the beach, has plenty of shopping, restaurants and theaters.  The Casino and Hotel Provincial are Mar del Plata’s emblematic twin brick buildings which overlook the beach.  Across the street, several city tours and day excursions depart from Plaza Colón.

Among the several places to visit in Mar del Plata are the Museo del Mar  which has an impressive collection of unique seashells from around the world.  It’s terrace offers a scenic view of the city and the ocean.  It also has a cafë, a small theater and gift shop.  For ocean lovers, the Aquarium Mar del Plata, located at the southern edge of the city, features dolphins, seals, sea lions, penquins and fish.

A short distance to the east of Mar del Plata the landscape changes; a small cluster of hills rise up from the flat pampas (plains) forming the Sierra de los Padres.   There are several restaurants and parrillas with beautiful views of the farmlands below and a small quaint village with shops and cafés.  Nearby lies a lagoon, Laguna de los Padres.

Mar del Plata is about five and half hours away from Buenos Aires; long distance buses depart several times daily from the Terminal de Omnibus Retiro.

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